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Where to eat: New York offers many restaurant-cum-clubs where you and your ladies can dine in a party atmosphere. Among the choices are Abe & Arthur's, which bills itself as a 1930s/40s-inspired restaurant, with a classic menu of oysters, Caesar salad and many cuts of steak, along with a gorgeous waitstaff and lots of finance boys with expense accounts. More the sushi type? Tanuki Tavern at the Gansevoort won't disappoint. Be sure to try the scallops wrapped in bacon or the crispy chicken meatballs. Those looking for something a little more casual should head to Bill's Bar and Burger, where you can order your chocolate shakes spiked with booze.
Where to party: Be as adventurous as you want to be with your club choices in NYC. For the hippest, try Avenue, a comparatively small lounge with a tough door policy. (Wear your Jimmys and ask your hotel's concierge for help getting on the list.) If you can't get in the door there, give Provocateur in the Gansevoort a shot -- it's half club/half lounge. Feeling in the mood for something a little risqué? Check out The Box, a sexy, sometime raunchy Folies Bergere - style show.
Where to relax: To get seriously glam, head to Blow Salon for simultaneous manis and blowouts. For a detox session, check out the Jade Igloo Sauna at the Juvenex Spa. The owner handpicked pieces of jade in Korea for the stunning sauna, but it's more than just for looks: Jade is said to help balance your pH by reducing your body's acidity to help your cells release toxins (such as alcohol).
Where to brunch: For an oldie but goodie, head to Pastis, where celeb sightings are as guaranteed as the long wait.
Dress code: The Big Apple is a label-conscious town. You're more likely to get into the hottest club if you're wearing Jimmys, Loubs or Manolos.
No bachelorette party in New York is complete without: Cupcakes à la Carrie Bradshaw at the original Magnolia Bakery in the West Village.
Things to know: Taxis are fairly easy to hail in NYC, but will only take four ladies (or guys) at a time.
And don't forget to check out our picks for the top bachelorette party props!
Anne L. Fritz is the founder of The Jet Set Girls, a website about girls' getaways. Fritz is the former style director for Life & Style Weekly and has written for DailyGlow.com, Daily Makeover.com. and InStyle.com.