Here’s a truth all women know: Time with friends is cheaper than therapy, and lunch with the girls feeds your soul, as much as your appetite. Freshen up the weekly lunch routine with these spots, from pinkies up at afternoon tea to a healthy lunch with workout buddies or catching up over a cheesy indulgence. These are the perfect spots to slow down and enjoy the little things in life together.
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302 Huguenot St, New Rochelle; 914.358.1841
Dreaming of taking a girls trip to Paris? Satisfy your cravings a little closer to home at this café with a French flair, fittingly situated in New Rochelle (the town was founded by French Huguenots, after all). The space is intimate and the sound of jazz fills the air. Try a sandwich on a crusty baguette and a flaky croissant, brought in fresh each morning (as are all the pastries) from Balthazar Bakery in Manhattan. Then, sip a café au lait and watch the afternoon go by the wide windows in good company.
979 Main St, Peekskill; 914.734.2520
You’re never too old for a tea party. The charming ambiance of Kathleen’s traditional English tearoom is perfect for a special get together. Afternoon Tea arrives on a towering three-tier stand, laden with assorted tea sandwiches, exceptional crumpets and scones, and sweet treats. Choose from more than sixty teas, ranging from classic crème Earl Grey to refreshing cucumber-melon, steeped tableside and served in charmingly mismatched porcelain cups and saucers.
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144 Larchmont Ave, Larchmont; 914.833.2274
Everyone has that friend who is obsessed with cheese (Maybe it’s you?). When a cheese craving hits, grab your girlfriends and head to Larchmont’s Auray Gourmet where you’ll need a group to tackle one of the artisanal cheese platters. In its past life, Auray was just a cheese shop, named for a town in Brittany, France. Today, the shop has expanded into a casual café, serving delightful sandwiches such as avocado toast — it’s set apart from the rest with a heaping scoop of exquisite, organic Greek feta — without forgetting its roots.
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1 Christie Pl, Scarsdale; 914.472.8300
Is your yoga crew in need of a healthy lunch spot to keep the day in balance? You’ll find a rainbow of fresh salads at this cafeteria-style restaurant. Choose one or a selection from more than a dozen options, including Greek, curry chicken, and Southwestern quinoa and edamame salads. For something more substantial there are quiche, baked salmon, and veggie burgers, just to name a few.
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