Gather your crew for a weekend of drunk shopping, mani-pedis and ice cream.
Tue Jun 14 2011
Brunch at Bobo
Instead of hunkering down for a second (or fourth) viewing of Bridesmaids, round up your double-X-chromosome crew and begin your weekend of female-only amusement with a classy brunch on Bobo's sunny back patio, where you can feast on French toast with bananas and oatmeal streusel ($10), amid the hanging petunias. After a few Bobo Marys (Aquavit, tomato juice, cucumber puree, house spices and fresh horseradish; $10), you might almost believe you've been transported to an English garden—or just feel lit enough for drunk shopping with your gang. 181 W 10th St at Seventh Ave South (212-488-2626, bobonyc.com)
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You'll come that much closer to embodying Zooey Deschanel's cool downtown aesthetic with a trip to indie-designer bazaar Creatures of Comfort. A spin-off of the much-buzzed-about original boutique in L.A., this airy Nolita outpost is a purveyor of brainy downtown-girl duds from Rachel Comey, tribal-chic attire from Suno and beastly punk-rock baubles from Pamela Love. The store also churns out an eponymous line of effortlessly chic basics that are sure to strike the fancy of all your pals, like silk one-button blazers ($299) in dreamy pastels. From there, walk to Babel Fair for printed dresses by Australian and Brazilian designers and then to Sobral for matching rainbow-colored resin accessories, like the Pop Art Greek Eye Ring ($48). Creatures of Comfort, 205 Mulberry St between Kenmare and Spring Sts (212-925-1005, creaturesofcomfort.us) * Babel Fair, 260 Elizabeth St between E Houston and Prince Sts (646-360-3685, babelfair.com) * Sobral, 412 West Broadway between Prince and Spring Sts (212-226-2710, sobralusa.com)
Sakura Nail Spa
Take over this upscale mani-pedi haven, and ask for a flashy Calgel manicure: The Japanese-imported process doesn't chip as quickly as traditional polish, and you've got a ton of colors to choose from. Sip complimentary green tea and browse the stack of Japanese-nail-art magazines for inspiration (bright orange? leopard print? rhinestones? all of the above?) before committing to a design. The service starts at $40 for your fingers and $50 for your toes. 35 E 1st St between First and Second Aves (212-387-9161, nailspasakura.com). Call a week in advance to book appointments.
Dessert at Amorino
Visit Italy in Greenwich Village at the new stateside location of this European ice-cream chain. The gelateria churns out 22 flavors in-house daily (including fresh mango and rich cioccolato), and uses only organic eggs and whole milk. The signature cone ($5--$7) comes in the shape of a rose—but you're on a staycation, so get even more indulgent with the focaccina ($3.50--$7.50), a brioche roll stuffed with gelato. If you can hold out long enough, carry your treats to nearby Washington Square Park. 60 University Pl at 10th St (212-253-5599, amorino.com)
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