Our Ultimate Girl’s Night Out Guide

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School’s almost out for summer, but it’s not just the kids who are going on vacay—mom is, too (well, at least a little more than the previous nine months). So, this weekend, pull out that party dress, strap on those slingbacks, and grab your girls—you’re going out on the town for dinner, drinks, and a whole lot of fun. And before you go, hand the sitter a Red Bull. You’re going to be home late.

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American Cut Bistro
Dining out has never been more filling—or fashionable—than at this premier Art Deco-inspired steak house serving up prime cuts, sumptuous surf-and-turf, and clutch-your-pearls good specialty cocktails. And now there’s even more to rave about: its Friday night outdoor “Patio” parties, featuring live music, super-fun events, and a lush landscaped layout overlooking the Palisades.
495 Sylvan Ave (9W), Englewood Cliffs
Tuesday-Thursday 11:30am-10pm; Friday-Saturday 11:30am-11pm; Sunday Brunch
11:30am-4pm; Dinner: 5pm-9pm. Closed Mondays.
Reservations recommended
Park & Orchard
From the brand new décor to the lively bar area serving reasonably priced wines and craft cocktails to an updated menu from celebrity chef Christopher Albrecht (Gramercy Tavern, Craftsteak) featuring a mixture of new and classic dishes from this decades-old East Rutherford institution, Park & Orchard is once again the definition of destination dining.
240 Hackensack St., East Rutherford
(201) 939-9292
Monday-Friday 12pm-10pm; Saturday 4:45pm-10pm; Sunday 2pm-9pm
Sear House
You and the girls will definitely want to cool off with a cocktail under an umbrella-topped table at this Mediterranean steakhouse’s rooftop lounge, because this place is a scorcher. While you’re at it, order up an assortment of steakhouse sizzlers and super-fresh seafood apps, including Maryland crab cakes, fried calamari, oysters on the half shell, and more.
411 Piermont Rd, Closter
(201) 292-4612
Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5pm-10pm; Friday-Saturday 5pm-11pm; Sunday 12:30pm-9pm
This Greek-themed restaurant is great year-round, but it’s really something special in the spring and summer, when their breezy patio will have you thinking you’re dining al fresco by the Aegean. Dig into a plate of tender grilled octopus, Ouzo-steamed mussels, and maybe a charcoal-grilled whole fish, just for good measure, and your table will definitely be cheering “Opa!” 
30 N Spruce St, Ramsey
(201) 995-9333
Dinner: Monday-Sunday, 3:30pm-10pm
Head inside this “Estate of Small Plates” with your party and, well, get the party started with a selection of super-sharable small plates influenced by Spanish and European flavors. The candle-lit dining room has a fantastic vibe, with reclaimed wood walls and welcoming round tables. All the better to perch and enjoy Finca’s sensational sangria.
20 East Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood
(201) 444-1199
Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday 5pm-9:30pm; Friday-Saturday 5pm-10pm; Sunday 4pm-9pm; Closed Monday
Get ready to dish: the oversized umbrellas topping every table of this Closter café’s outdoor patio make this the perfect pick for spilling secrets and sipping some of the best wines around.
208 Piermont Rd, Closter
(201) 750-3233
Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11:30am-3pm; Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5pm-10pm; Friday-Saturday 5pm-11pm; Sunday 12pm-9:30pm

NYC Nights Out

It may have had its heyday back in the 80s when Andy Warhol was a regular, but this Midtown West dining staple is back with a vengeance, thanks to its menu fresh and fun fare from James Beard Award-winning chef Jonathan Waxman, who basically created the California cuisine movement.
1414 Avenue of the Americas
(212) 703-2007
Dinner: Sunday-Wed 5pm-10:30pm; Thursday-Saturday: 5pm-11pm
Bar Hours: Monday-Sunday, 11a-12a


A night out in Downtown Manhattan always in style, especially at this sprawling, ultra-chic tapas joint decked out with eye-popping modern artwork, comfy banquettes, sexy succulents, and lush lighting that will have your Instagram feed working overtime. Between selfies, refuel with an spectacular selection of craft cocktails and your choice of small, medium, or large plates.
199 Bowery
(212) 400-0199
Dinner: Sunday-Wednesday 5pm-1am; Thursday-Saturday 5pm-2am
Lounge: Daily 7pm-3am
La Sirena
Anything Mario Batali touches is automatically amazing, so you can’t go wrong making rezzies at his indoor-outdoor trattoria located at the Maritime Hotel in Manhattan’s glitzy Meatpacking District. Mangia the night away on a menu full of Italian specialties and delicious drinks—note: breakfast service starts daily at 7am, for you night owls in need of a quick snack before heading home.
88 Ninth Avenue
(212) 977-6096
Dinner: Monday-Wednesday 5pm-11pm; Thursday-Saturday 5pm-12am; Sunday 5pm-10pm
Bar (Drinks & Antipasta): Monday-Wednesday 7am-12am; Thursday-Saturday 7am-1am; Sunday 7am-11:30pm
The Polo Bar
Sure, it’s a little—okay, a LOT—tricky to score a seat anywhere inside Ralph Lauren’s swanky Midtown restaurant that But if you do manage to get past the front door, you’re sure to have a night to remember: top-notch seasonal dishes, elegant cocktails, equestrian-inspired ambiance, and most likely a major celebrity sighting (or four).
1 E 55th Street
(212) 207-8562
Open daily 5pm-10:30pm
Reservations required
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