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In honor of the Gossip Girl reboot on HBO Max, we created a “How to Spend a Day like Blair Waldorf” guide to help you live your most lavish life.
Some of the places may be outdated—and slightly overdone—but they are true New York City establishments. And class never goes out of style.
So grab your pearl headbands, patterned tights, and favorite box of macarons shipped directly from Paris, and let’s head to the Upper East Side. In full Queen B style, of course.
Oh, don’t forget to put Dorota’s phone number into your hot pink Motorola Razr. You may need some backup when plotting revenge against your minions.
After a crazy night out on the town, you’re going to need to rehash last night's blurry events over eggs and hashbrowns (light on the oil, duh). Grab the S to your B, and head over to Sarabeth’s. There are a few locations, but all of Manhattan’s socialites congregate on Park Avenue South. Besides, that’s where the best shopping is.
Queen Waldorf lived by the three B’s: Bergdorf's, Barneys, and Bendels. Two of the three are in the department store graveyard, but Bergdorf Goodman is still going strong. Make sure to bring all of daddy’s credit cards with you - today is all about self-indulgence! As the wise queen once said, “Whoever said money doesn’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop.”
The Met may fall under the “culture” category, but it’s really just an excuse to channel your inner Blair Waldorf and eat yogurt on the most instagrammable steps in NYC. But in all seriousness, no Upper East Sider would ever be caught dead eating dairy. OMG! Did you see that Jenny Humphrey actually went inside to see the new exhibit? How tacky.
In commemoration of Ms. Waldorf’s one true love, Chuck Bass, you must go to the Empire Hotel for drinks. Bring your investment banking boyfriend along and make him roleplay the show's most iconic line: “Three words. Eight letters. Say it and I’m yours.”
According to B, Gramercy Tavern is the only restaurant in NYC worthy of her presence. Known as her go-to date spot, this Manhattan institution is harder to get into than Butter circa 2007. But that has never stopped Madame Waldorf before. “If you really want something, you don’t stop for anyone or anything until you get it.”
Even though the 2021 version of Blair Waldorf would never eat a carb, the 2009 version sure did. Stop for a box (or multiple) of rose petal-flavored macarons from Ladurée, and hop in your bubble bath (courtesy of Dorota, of course). Crack open a bottle of wine and shed some tears about your dream man trading you in for a hotel. Thank god you’re wearing Chanel’s newest waterproof mascara!
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Photography by: Slaven Vasic