Hi, my name is Bert, I have three children, a lovely husband, a suburban house and I am obsessed with practically all of the shows on BRAVO. From the minute Real Housewives of Orange County graced my television screen I was in love. I thought it would be fun, especially since I’m still in Minnesota with no plans to travel outside of the Midwest, to plan a girls trip to New York City where we see the sights of Real Housewives of New York (RHONY)! Sure you can pay for a guided tour but why pay when it’s pretty easy to plan a little sight seeing expedition on your own?
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Real Housewives of New York Free Self Guided Tour
Here’s my itinerary for my RHONY girls trip. Remember, only the truest fans can come, well, I also need to get along with them as well. I want to pack my bags now and by now I mean yesterday.
This is the hotel that Tinsley Mortimer stayed at after she moved out of Sonja Morgan’s town home. The hotel is beautiful and oh so chic! There are 128 rooms and you can even book an extended stay if you’re thinking about just parking it in New York City for a while. Of course it’s no Holiday Day Inn. I say if you’re going all out why not stay in the same luxury, upscale hotel (their words, not mine) that Tinsley Mortimer resided and celebrities like Elle McPherson call home sweet home?
Fine dining at a classy Real Housewives’ favorite restaurant is what you’ll find at Il Mulino. Many of the franchises frequent this spot found in the heart of Soho, Real Housewives of New Jersey (RHONJ) former cast member Siggy Flicker celebrated her 11th anniversary with her husband, Michael Campanella, at the modern steak house and Italian restaurant. As far as RHONY credits go, Bethenny Frankle met Sonja Morgan for lunch in season 7 after hearing how delusional Sonja was. Dorinda and her longtime boyfriend John dined at Il Mulino in season 8; Dorinda eventually walked out on John because he wasn’t letting her speak.
Do you remember the small pizza joint where Dorinda and John met for lunch and he wouldn’t stop touching her? The woman hates PDA (public display of affection) and he would not let up at all. She walked out of the lunch…again…which was kind of a theme for Dorinda that season.
The CLIP! heard round the world. This is thin crust pizza place is where Dorinda really lost her marbles with Sonja’s whole Tipsy Girl brand. Not sure what I’m talking about? Check out the episode. Zero Otto Nove has three locations and you’re going to want to visit the place where the scene was filmed which is in the Bronx.
Dorinda’s boyfriend, John, owns the luxury dry cleaners and many scenes have been filmed at the location. Probably the most infamous scene was the party that John threw at his place of business where Luann ran into a heavily intoxicated man she had a fling with in Ibiza. Oh the memories! Check out the season here.
Luann’s ex-husband, Tom, frequents the hotel bar often. It’s kind of his thing. The week after he proposed to Luann he was seen kissing another woman. Bethenny was sent photos from an anonymous source and she confronted Luann with the evidence while the group was in Palm Springs, FL. So go and grab a few drinks, be on the look out for Tom, he’s bald.
Ramona Singer co-owns AOA with her business partner, Peter. The restaurant is located in SoHo and Tribeca and apparently is the largest American kitchen serving 25 craft beers, 100+ bottles beers and cocktails. They also source their food from local farms.
Remember Jill Zarin? She was one of the original RHONY cast members; then she got into a major fight with Bethenny Frankel and was booted from the show. Jill’s late husband, Bobby Zarin, owned Zarin Fabrics. It’s a family business and is known for it’s largest selection in the tri-state area.
Speaking of people Bethenny Frankel doesn’t get along with, remember Heather Thompson from season 7? Season 7 was Bethenny’s comeback season and the new girls, Heather Thompson and Kristen Taekman, did not get along with Bethenny at all. Luann met Bethenny and Heather for lunch at Dos Cominos and this is where Bethenny said her famous, “Get off my jock!” line to Heather. Dos Cominos was also seen in season 9 when Bethenny brings some friends there for an election party pre-drink.
Bethenny brought the girls to Georgetown Cupcake to decorate cupcakes together as a bonding group experience in season 7. Sonja also took the girls to the cupcake shop when she paid off her $7 million judgement celebratory cupcake.
Bonus: Le Cirque – 151 E 58th St.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Le Cirque which is where former Housewife Aviva Drescher shocked everyone dining with the dramatic, “The only artificial or fake thing about me is this!” She then throws her prosthetic leg onto the table. The dining establishment is well-known in NYC so you might want to get a reservation if you want to grab a bite to eat.
Where do the Real Housewives of New York hangout?
There are a few websites that will list where the Housewives hangout and where filming happens. One of the most thorough that I’ve found is Taste of Reality’s dedicated RHONY’s Get Off My Jock page. You can also pay for a tour through businesses like On Location Tours. Of course you could do your own research or just use my free list above! Whatever you do, have fun and please comment and let me know if you’ve visited any of these spots!
Bert Anderson is a blogger and social media manager mom of three living outside of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. She’s the author behind the blog First Time Mom, where she honestly chronicles the peaks and valleys of parenting. Even though she has more than one child, Bert maintains that whether you have one child or 19, there’s a first time for everything. She’s a lover of coffee, conversations, pop culture, healthy living and fitness.