Tinsley made the day of a tour bus full of housewives fans who were on the RHONY tour in NYC today. Yes that actually is a thing. Tinsley was walking down the street with her mother, who the fans also got to meet, when she spontaneously decided to hop on the bus and say hello!
In case you didn’t know, for a mere $50 bucks you can hop on the three and a half hour bus and explore the city housewives style. After reading the itinerary, it’s really not as dumb as it sounds. It does seem to cover the city pretty well above ground where you can get a feel of the layout of the city. I still don’t understand downtown, uptown, UES, UWS, LES, LWS and all the little areas that make up the city. Frankly, went I went to NYC I spent my time in Little Italy/Chinatown/Greenwich Village by day and in a theater as many nights as possible.
Here is the tour route (that changes from season to season).
- See the restaurant where Bethenny’s “Get off my jock” was coined
- Pass by Le Cirque, home of the “leg toss heard around the world”
- Check out the shop where Bethenny invited the girls to let loose and decorate some cupcakes
- See the hotel where Ramona renewed her vows
- Drive past the Watch What Happens Live studios
- Stop at the hotel where Luann’s fiancé got caught cheating
- Visit the Russian Tea Room where the first season reunion show was filmed
CHELSEA AND MEATPACKING DISTRICT
We can’t think of a better place to start the Real Housewives of NYC tour than at one of our very own housewives favorite locations: Tipsy Parson! We will then make our way into the ever chic and wild Meatpacking District – home to many ups and downs for the housewives. You’ll see the Real Housewives locations of many housewife parties including Kelly’s Halloween Party at the Dream Hotel, Bethenny’s 44th Birthday Party at the now closed Monarch Room and Dorinda’s Bra Fitting Party (gone wrong) at The Gansevoort Hotel. MePa was also filled with numerous arguments amongst the housewives in places such at Dos Caminos, where Bethenny’s infamous phrase “Get off my jock!” was said, and La Gazzetta (now Raven) where LuAnn walks out on Alex after neither saw eye to eye with each other.
One of the most important figures in all of the Real Housewives lives is the fabulous creator of Bravo’s Real Housewives and pop culture mogul himself – Mr. Andy Cohen. This next section of the tour gives you all the juicy details on Andy’s television background and how he became the King of the housewives. As you drive through the lovely Greenwich Village you will get to see the studio where all Bravolebrities alike have shared a laugh and a drink with Mr. Cohen and TV viewers in his show Watch What Happens Live. Here you will also get a chance to see Carole’s neighborhood as well as the home of the Skinnygirl Offices.
Every housewife loves a good shopping spree in this next part of town -Soho! You’ll see some of the ladies favorite places to gossip, cry and shop such as: the tasty macaron mecca Lauduree, the vintage shop that Carole takes Aviva to called What Goes Around Comes Around, IL Mulino the Italian restaurant that the women frequent often, and CB2 home decorating store where Bethenny had to use a napkin from the store to wipe her tears away. Just to name a few!
You’ll then have a chance to celebrate Sonja paying off her $7 million judgement with a delicious cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake – the very place she took the girls to celebrate.
NOLITA AND UNION SQUARE
As you make your way back uptown you will come across some of Alex and Simon’s favorite places in the city such as the shoe store 25 Bond Street, the restaurant Indochine, and Joe’s Pub live music venue. You’ll pass by some of the New York University buildings where Carole received her master’s degree in business from. As you make your way through Union Square you’ll see Kristen Taekman’s favorite 24 hour diner in NYC called The Coffee Shop. You’ll then have a chance to let out that inner child in yourself as you visit one of Carole’s favorite places – the ping pong club SPiN.
We will then make our way to Bryant Park to see the previous site of NYC Fashion Week where the infamous Jill Zarin stormed out of a fashion show because she wasn’t seated in the front row. The ladies sure did fill Bryant Park with loads of fashionista drama throughout the seasons! You will pass by many other Midtown hotspots including The Warwick Hotel, The Essex House, Petrossian, and even have the chance to explore the renowned Russian Tea Room where the Season 1 Reunion show was filmed.
UPPER EAST SIDE and MIDTOWN EAST
A Real Housewives of New York Tour wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Upper East Side where we see the restaurant Le Cirque – home of “The Leg Toss heard around NYC” and Jill and Bethenny’s tearful attempt at a “make up” session. You’ll see other UES hotspots such as Dylan’s Candy Bar, the housewives favorite plastic surgeon Dr. Sharon Giese’s offices, leading NY restaurant Serafina, and the Pierre Hotel where Ramona and Mario renewed their vows. Speaking of vows, you’ll gasp when you see The Regency Hotel where LuAnn’s fiancé Tom was caught on camera kissing another woman. We’ll end the tour on 5th Avenue at Henri Bendel for a sneak peak at a Real Housewives Season 9 episode!
Sadly, it looks like Zarin Fabrics is no longer on the tour.
Would you go on this tour of NYC?