The Bride's Guide To The Big Apple 1

The calm before the storm… Save the spare showroom appointment or two tomorrow, come Thursday, I'll be joining the ranks of editors around gleaming white runways to witness the latest bridal confections from all my favorite designers. Having spent more than my fair share of time in this sprawling city, I've most definitely perfected my role as tour guide. So, in honor of my latest trek to the Big Apple, I've put together a city guide with all the best spots for all of my lovely brides to-be. From late night dessert to wedding dress heaven, I've covered it all. 

Chicest hotel

The Standard, High Line

848 Washington St. 

Best public park

Central Park (be sure to see Bethesda Terrace–and also get lost for hours on purpose)

Best bridal salon

Bergdorf Goodman (hands down, most helpful, down-to-earth and attentive associates–and no big box effect like at Kleinfeld's)

754 5th Ave. 

Jewelry for the dress

Henri Bendel (don't miss the House of Lavande section)

712 5th Ave. 

Spot for afternoon cocktails

BG- Bergdorf Goodman

754 5th Ave., 7th floor

Best museum

Frick Collection

1 E. 70th St. 

Restaurant with a view

Perry St. 

176 Perry St. 

Taste of Old New York

La Grenouille

3 E. 52nd St. 

The most delicious pastries

Pasticceria Rocco

243 Bleeker St. 

Non-Starbucks coffee joint

Culture Espresso

72 W. 38th St. 

Brunch spot

Cookshop

156 10th Ave. 

New York pizza

Artichoke Basille's

328 E. 14th St. 

Dinner with the future in-laws

Scarpetta

355 W. 14th St. 

For a piece of the South

Brother Jimmy's (started by a Carolina grad–great BBQ and this one is the official game watch location for NCSU alumni)

1485 2nd Ave. 

After-work drinks

The Campbell Apartment at Grand Central Station

89 E. 42nd St. 

{Photo by Kristin Vining}