Even subway loyalists and dollar-slice devotees deserve to splurge once in awhile. Penny-pinching is a reality for the majority of city dwellers, especially given the sky-high rent prices, but that doesn’t mean an occasional indulgence is off the table.
The next time you’re looking to #treatyoself, consult this list of delightfully over-the-top restaurants, bars, and shops. Whether you’re craving a five-star dining experience or an Instagram-worthy manicure, these admittedly bougie spots will ensure your hard-earned cash is well spent.
99 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022
If you’re looking for an updated take on old-school New York decadence, look no further than this newly-opened steakhouse. Hosted in the historic Seagram Building, famed chef Mario Carbone puts his own touch on fancy favorites like prime rib, dover sole, and mock turtle soup. $10,000 service trolleys and dishes finished table-side undoubtedly scream “bougie.”
4 Charles Street, New York, NY 10014
A similarly decadent option with a downtown flare, 4 Charles Prime Rib is a self-described “intimate supper club tucked away in Manhattan’s West Village.” Expect leather upholstery, vintage light fixtures, strong cocktails, and rich food; menu options include Cacio Pepe Carbonara Pasta, Ribeye Steak, and Crispy Brick Chicken.
80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street, New York, NY 10023
This cocktail bar is housed in the penthouse of the mega-trendy Mandarin Oriental, so rest assured that your drinking experience will be equally indulgent. Cocktails are as inventive as they are decadent and include the Wake and Bake, a mix of rye, whiskey, coffee, and orange juice served alongside an everything bagel-scented pillow.
22 Battery Place, Pier A Harbor House Fl. 2, New York, NY 10004
Inspired by the Prohibition Era, this swanky bar and dining destination boasts 21st century drinking innovations and post-inflation prices. Drink options range from traditional favorites like The Highball and an elevated Mojito to inventive offerings like Robin Hood, which is composed of celery vodka, Aquavit, Fino Sherry, tomato and jerk bitters.
149 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002
A haven for all things Instagram-worthy, Chillhouse serves up matcha lattes alongside luxurious spa services. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind manicure, signature nail designs curated by Lady Fancy Nails are available as are a variety of massage services and aromatherapy options. Latte choices are equally diverse and include a Beet-Chata and an Ube-Bey latte.
22 Park Place, New York, NY 10007
Boutique fitness classes are inherently bougie, what with their branded merchandise, complimentary towels, and showers way nicer than your own. The Class takes it to the next level with marble slabs, flickering candles, and crystals galore as well as bath products made by Chanel and Onda Beauty. The studio even has its own jewelry collection, The Airelume, made of deeply charged, energetically meaningful gemstones. Can we say, “extra much”?
The next time you are looking to splurge, be sure to check out one of the places on this list to get a taste of the bougie life.