Where to Plan a Bachelorette Dinner


@FritosnFoie asked: Where should a group of 10 girls go for my best friend’s bachelorette dinner? Small plates, great drinks!

Hello @FritosnFoie!

If I were planning my BFF’s bachelorette dinner, the first place I’d consider is Sorella, a lovely little Italian spot with an excellent wine list, fine cocktails, and many delicious, reasonably priced small plates that are ideal for sharing (unreasonably good fried broccoli, crispy sweetbreads with mustard and cherries, muffins topped with chicken-liver mousse). It’s a cozy place, open late, and ideally situated for some post-dinner debauchery on the Lower East Side. Sorella, 95 Allen Street, 212-274-9595

That said, I might want to go get “the whole shebang” at the West Village tapas bar Alta. It’s a tempting option at the bottom of the menu: all of Harrison Mosher’s small plates for $480. Now, everyone won’t be able to try every dish, since the portions are small, but it would be pretty awesome to sit and drink with 10 friends in a grand, candlelit tavern as 46 dishes arrive in succession–spicy lamb meatballs, roasted rabbit, spheres of fried goat cheese sitting in honey. And you could always order a few more rounds of the table’s favorites. One note: It’s only cash or American Express here. Alta, 64 West 10th Street, 212-505-7777

And do consider Lani Kai as well, Julie Reiner’s fun, Hawaiian-themed spot where your group could share gigantic bowls of wonderfully boozy punch and pu pu platters with little tastes of mascarpone-crab rangoon, baby back ribs, and squash tempura. Lani Kai, 525 Broome Street, 646-596-8778

Good luck planning, and let us know how the night goes!