Friendships take work – just as much, if not more, than any romantic relationship. Whether you’re in a slump or just in need of some good old fashioned girl time, I urge you to think beyond the brunch and take your bff on a date. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. Dinner and a movie, upgraded (Nitehawk Cinema)
You can drink wine, eat (shockingly) great food, AND watch a movie, all whilst perched on cozy couches in Williamsburg. And this counts as a night out! I don’t know about you, but this is pretty much my dream. And, pro tip, they’re showing Cruel Intentions for brunch this weekend. So go get your Sarah Michelle Gellar on, drink themed cocktails, eat too much popcorn (or fish tacos!), and gossip the whole way home on the L.
2. Union Square Greenmarket, and shopping
Splurge on the prettiest flowers (split them if you’re roommates!), pick up some apple cider doughnuts and maybe even some produce. Walk around, take in the protestors, the drum players, the chess prodigies, the free hugs, and the farmers, and catch up. Then realize that you’re smack dab in between H&M, Trader Joes (read: the cheapest wine in the city), Starbucks, and hello, Sunday.
3. Make something
Admittedly, this is my worst nightmare (painting things, creating things, being presented with a brush, some colors, and a blank object and told, “go crazy!”) BUT friendship is about compromise. And, if my best friend will wander around looking at 18 varieties of radishes with me, I will paint some damn pottery with her. Also, I hear they let you drink wine.
4. Cook together
If you’ve spent five minutes with me you probably know I’m a devoted subscriber to Quinciple, a delivery service that brings seasonal, farmer’s market produce to your door, complete with producer information and recipe ideas. It’s both frugal and fun to cook with your best friend and even I, culinary-trained control freak, can relinquish power in the name of female bonding.