Showers: New York City Bridal Shower Ideas

by Lisa Carse

Co-ed bridal showers are in, as are showers at bowling alleys, bars, and beaches. But sometimes a bride-to-be gets a nostalgic yearning for the traditional girls-only gathering that is the old fashioned bridal shower. A cozy brunch or lunch complete with plenty of tea, pastries, ladylike salads and omelets may be just the thing for the bride who wants to bond with her maids, her moms, and assorted female loved ones -- without the guys around. These ten places are each available for private parties, and also work well for a bridesmaid luncheon or morning-after-the-wedding gathering place.

ABC Parlor Cafe

The funky Victorian decor sets a fairytale mood at this intriguing cafe in the famed furniture and carpet store. Breakfast fare, light lunches, and a traditional tea service are all nice options for a bridal shower. 38 East 19th Street, (212) 677-2233.


Bloom is known as one of the city's best floral shops, but it is also a warmly styled party setting. French country decor, rustic furniture, and a fireplace make Bloom feel just like the country home you wish you had. 16 West 21st Street, (212) 620-5666.


Traditional Sicilian cuisine and a relaxed European ambience make Bondi an elegant choice for lunch. The cozy backyard garden is perfect for al fresco celebrations. 7 West 20th Street, (212) 691-8136.

Caffe Vivaldi

Dark wood, a fireplace, and a long menu of coffees and teas with the perfect pastry accompaniments make this a popular Village lingering spot. The atmosphere is warm and romantic, the music is calming and classical. 32 Jones Street, (212) 929-9384.

King's Carriage House

A more formal choice than many of the cafes listed here, but a lovely spot for a luncheon. This elegant Upper East Side restaurant is furnished with antiques and lit with candles and chandeliers to create a very charming setting. The menu is traditional Continental. 251 East 82nd Street, (212) 734-5490.

Le Pain Quotidien

This rustic, farmhouse-style Belgian coffeehouse has wonderful pastries, waffles, and breads. A light brunch here feels like a quick trip to the European countryside, with shower gifts, too! 1131 Madison Avenue, (212) 327-4900.


The hip, cool atmosphere at Lola works surprisingly well with an eclectic Southern-style menu. On Sundays, a popular gospel brunch draws happy crowds. 30 West 22nd Street, (212) 675-6700.

Popover Cafe

Stuffed animals are only part of the very cutesy style at this enormously popular cafe. Enjoy the famed popovers, omelets, and comfort fare while opening your shower gifts in what feels just a bit like a beautifully decorated bedroom. 551 Amsterdam Avenue, (212) 595-8555.

Wild Lily Tea Room

An oasis of peace and civility is the Wild Lily Tea Room. In fact, a pool in the floor sets a slightly exotic tone. This is heaven for tea lovers -- a list of 40 different teas complements the pastries and light dishes. 511 West 22nd Street, (212) 691-2258.

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