NYC: Ladies Night Out Ideas

Big Apple moms on the top New York restaurants, bars, and spas for hanging with the girls.

Modern moms always seem to have a never-ending to-do list, and it usually involves catering to others. The solution? Hand the evening chores over to daddy, throw on a great dress, and head to your favorite spot with your gal-pals. A night out with the ladies is often just what the doctor ordered.

The Bar at Four Seasons
“There is nothing I covet more than a night out with my girls! This is one of our go-to places for cocktails and conversation. It’s never too loud, so we can actually catch up, and the atmosphere is always so chic.”—Lyss Stern, founder of DivaLysscious Moms

“Co-owned by the brilliant Jean-Marc Houmard, I knew this would become my favorite place in New York as soon as it opened.  Neatly tucked into the landmark building at No. 9 Great Jones Street (under a deceptive sign advertising Southern and Cajun cooking—it’s a hidden boîte of my kind of perfection…

Hourmard’s other restaurant, Indochine, is my place of choice for the best dinner parties ever—my favorite being the one I arranged for the launch of’s print magazine. Everyone who is anyone in fashion was there. It was a night to remember!” — Alice Ryan, founder of A Company

Just having a night out with the girls is so close to a miracle, it would be fun if we met in a parking lot! For a birthday or event, we love to go to Bagatelle for delicious food, chilled rosé, and happy music we can sing (and inevitably dance) to. It makes us feel like we are back in school and going to Studio 54, where we shared so many fun nights.—Karine Bakhoum, founder of KB Network News

Don’s Bogam
“I love a night in Ktown—Manhattan’s Korea Town on 32nd street. I start at a Korean restaurant, usually Don’s Bogam. It’s chic and delicious Korean barbecue with great cocktails and a nice wine and champagne list. The servers are all very helpful to those who aren’t familiar with Korean barbecue…

Chorus Karaoke
Then it’s off to a private karaoke room in one of the many karaoke places in town.  My favorite is Chorus. The private rooms are great for those that are a bit shy—there is plenty of time in the privacy of your own room to get tipsy and then scream your heart out!”—Marja Vongerichten, author of The Kimchi Chronicles

“It’s important to have what I call glow time—personal time for yourself to fulfill and recharge your batteries.”—Latham Thomas, founder of

Barrio Chino
“Great meeting spot, but make sure to plan ahead because they don’t take reservations for small groups. Expect serious fun after you’re served that first jalapeño margarita. Sit by their open windows and take in the drinks and atmosphere. Oh, the food—do women really eat when they go out together?  I’m a multi-appetizer kind of gal and they’re all quite terrific.”—Alicia Ybarbo, co-author of Sh*tty Mom

Hundred Acres
“This place has a great happy hour with amazing cocktails. It also has is a southern flair, which makes me feel right at home.”