If you ever wanted to go to Beautique and ask the age-old question, "What are you doing here without Dorinda?" now's your chance. Can we get a hallelujah?
On April 6, Bravo and On Location Tours officially launched The Real Housewives of New York City-themed tour of Manhattan, which makes stops at some of the most memorable spots in Housewives history here in NYC. From Beautique to Le Cirque, no hotspot is left unturned. And The Daily Dish got the chance to ride on the maiden voyage of the Ramona Singer-approved trek.
"They will see all the iconic moments that happened over the past eight seasons," Ramona told us inside Tipsy Parson, where she was joined by RHONY rookie Jules Wainstein. "And what's not better than that? Seeing all these landmark places that are wonderful to go to, such as Le Cirque, now that's where Aviva threw her leg, or Serafina, which is a great restaurant and where I launched Ramona Pinot Grigio and had the hugest fight with Jill. Or Beautique, a fun place we always party [and] hang out at."
Jules and Ramona inside Tipsy Parson
Inside Tipsy Parson, tour participants were treated to a tasty breakfast of biscuits, mini spoonbreads topped with mushrooms, and avocado toast, as well as mimosas and Bloody Marys. A tasty start to a day spent driving around New York, stopping at some of the most memorable places to ever appear on RHONY. We also got to hang with 'Wives — including Carole Radziwill, Sonja Morgan, Dorinda Medley, and Luann de Lesseps — at various stops around the city. Not a bad way to spend a Wednesday.
Jules and Ramona show off the RHONY tour bus
As the bus made its way around downtown Manhattan, namely the West Village and Meatpacking District, tourgoers (including press and fans who won tickets from a local radio station contest as well as from Today) got the inside scoop from the tour guide Melissa Stokoski, who revealed tasty behind-the-scenes tidbits about the show and its cast. For instance, did you know that the outfits that the cast wears during the interview portions of the show are carefully curated between the 'Wives and crew? Well, now you do.
In addition to hearing all about the series, some of the series' most memorable moments are replayed during the trek. Who could forget when Kelly Bensimon told Bethenny Frankel off? Or when Luann likened Alex McCord's footwear to "Herman Munster shoes"? Really, no one. (Which is why we've provided those moments for you, below.)
And on the debut trip, tourgoers were treated to special stop at Ricky's NYC on Broadway where RHONY alum Kristen Taekman greeted fans with her Pop of Color beauty line.
Kristen at Ricky's on Broadway
The tour runs every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with stops all over the island including the Russian Tea Room and Dos Caminos in the Meatpacking District. And Jules is pretty stoked for it all. "I think [fans are] gonna be really excited. I even want to go on it," she said. "Actually, I'm going to be on it. I'm going to disguise myself. Dorinda and I, I'm going to play her [and] she's going to play me. We're not going to tell anyone. We're doing it."
And while we can't promise that you'll see Jules and Dorinda on board, you can bet you'll get the full RHONY experience — including getting the chance to chow down on tasty cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake.
A delicious treat from Georgetown Cupcake
Our day wrapped up the way each tour does, at Bravo HQ inside 30 Rockefeller Plaza where exclusive Real Housewives swag is available at The Shop at NBC Studios.
Be sure to catch new episodes (and hotspots) when RHONY airs Wednesdays at 9/8c. Get a look at what's in store for Season 8, below.
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