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5 Magical NYC Activities to Try This Winter

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Come explore 5 magical NYC activities to try this winter! So many unique spots to enjoy, so let us help you out!

There’s no shortage of exciting things to do in New York City. But, in this season of wind tunnels and freezing rain, locals and tourists alike have to get creative! So, come check out 5 magical NYC activities to try this winter!

Ice skating and holiday markets are all well and good, but what about some more original activities to try in NYC during the winter months?

To help keep up your spirits until the city starts to thaw, here are five magical NYC activities to try this winter.


#1 Go crazy golfing in a botanical palace

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If you’ve never heard of crazy golf before, get ready to have your world rocked.

This new-to-NYC phenomenon combines all the best of mini golf, bougie bar hopping and delicious street food, with a setting fit for royalty – in this case, the underground palace of Swingers Crazy Golf in NoMad.

Here, you and friends can putt your way through three amazing crazy golf courses, challenging each other to get past their many riveting obstacles!

To help you keep warm, you’ll obviously get plenty of physical activity at Swingers, and you can have drinks delivered to you right there on the course. (The Chailand Iced Tea – an energizing combination of chai-infused vodka, lemonade and cinnamon syrup – is sure to leave you feeling toasty.)

With cocktails and golf clubs in hand, you’ll also have great props for posing with Swingers’ gorgeous botanical decorations! And once you’ve worked up an appetite, don’t forget to stop by the gourmet street food vendors for pescado tacos and pepperoni pinwheels.

If you’re after a deluxe NYC destination for food, drink and entertainment, Swingers does it all.

Location: 35 West 29th Street

 

#2 Curate tunes at a classic vinyl record bar

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Karaoke is always a hoot, but for those who’ve heard a few too many off-key renditions of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, consider a much trendier option: an old-school vinyl record bar.

Our favourite in NYC would have to be Tokyo Record Bar, just a few minutes’ walk from Washington Square Park – and the ideal spot for a memorable night with friends (or to impress a date).

At TRB, you’ll be seated in an intimate, warmly lit space to choose from exciting drinks such as honeydew sake and buttermilk nigori. You can then proceed to the main menus, both culinary and musical.

On the former, you’ll find elegant dishes like hiramasa sashimi with burgundy truffle and caviar; for the latter, you and your guest(s) can select vinyl jukebox songs to be played as part of your dining experience.

Needless to say, a few hours at TRB can really reinvigorate a dreary winter evening… but make reservations now if you’re interested, because this 12-seat space fills up fast!

Location: 127 MacDougal Street

 

#3 Visit an enchanting French bookstore

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Bookstores aren’t such a rare sight in NYC, but bookstores like Albertine – located on the third floor of the Payne Whitney mansion on Fifth Avenue – contain a sliver of cultural magic.

This enchanting space has the largest collection of French language books in the country, with classic titles from 30 French-speaking countries, as well as plenty of English books and translations for those who don’t parlent français.

Visitors can enjoy this abundant, cross-cultural literature under a deep blue, astrology-inspired ceiling and golden hanging lamps. Without a doubt, Albertine is just the place to immerse yourself in another world on a cold winter’s afternoon (and maybe take a dreamy doze in one of their leather loveseats).

Alternatively, for those who don’t want to be tempted into buying any beautiful, expensive books, we’d recommend the Morgan Library and Museum: a glorious Beauty and the Beast-style collection situated two miles down the road, close to the Empire State Building.

Location: 972 5th Avenue

 

#4 Get your game on at an eccentric Brooklyn arcade

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Got some laundry to do? Looking to play a bit of pinball? Or just craving a beer after a long day? For any or all of the above, take a trip down to Sunshine Laundromat in Greenpoint.

This retro laundromat/arcade/bar feels very New York City: a quirky space that’s nonetheless quite functional and minimalist in design.

Indeed, some of the flashier arcade spaces in the city can feel a bit artificial. Sunshine Laundromat, on the other hand, is a truly authentic Brooklyn spot frequented by locals.

Pull up a stool and order a pint of locally brewed Greenpoint beer, or take a turn at one of the nostalgically themed pinball machines – Star Wars, Ghostbusters and Jurassic Park are just three iconic themes you’ll find here.

And if you happen to spill a drink on your jacket, simply pop it in the washing machine and pick it up on your way out! (Seriously, this is one amenity that every Brooklyn bar should offer.)

Location: 860 Manhattan Avenue

 

#5 Sip warming drinks at a secret speakeasy

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Speaking of highly authentic and slightly hidden NYC spots, our last suggestion is a speakeasy in the East Village – a place so covert, it has a hidden entrance and is quite literally called “Please Don’t Tell.” (We’re only defying their request because it’s a genuinely cool spot that many more people should know about!)

Step through the phone booth in Crif’s Dogs (a local hot dog joint) to a low-lit, highbrow space of brick walls and polished surfaces. Here, you can order signature PDT cocktails and classic drinks alike – perhaps a regionally appropriate Cosmo or Manhattan.

And if you want to go all out to beat the winter blues, consider hiring out the entire venue for up to 30 people!

Take note, however, that of all these magical things to do in NYC, an evening at PDT is one of the hardest to come by; they’re often booked up until well after midnight.

So, if this one sounds like a wintertime winner to you, we’d suggest making reservations well in advance.

Location: 113 St. Marks Place


Photo Credit: Swingers, Please Don’t Tell, Sunshine Laundromat, Albertine Bookshop, Tokyo Record Bar, 

4 Great Places To Take Your Dad In NYC

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New York is not only a place for the young and daring, but it’s an amazing city for kids, families, moms and dad! So, today we will share with you 4 amazing places to take your dad in NYC!

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Yup! New York it great for dads, so we’ve put together a short list of 4 great places to take your dad in NYC. He’ll definitely have a memorable time!

While it can be lovely and the height of friendship to celebrate an event with your mother, or to take them on a special trip, from time to time it’s a fantastic idea to care for your father too.

No matter if this is your Dad, a stepfather, or someone who has simply filled that role in your life, heading to a special place like NYC and finding the best entertainment for you both to enjoy is a great idea.

Luckily, NYC is a playground for many, and caters to guys of all walks of life.

In this post, then, we’ll discuss four great places to take your Dad during your NYC trip, for a weekend out, or a longform vacation.

Let’s get started:


Mustang Harry’s Irish Bar

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Located on 352 7th Avenue (between 29th and 30th street), Mustang Harry’s Irish Bar is a fantastic sports bar and restaurant near Madison Square Garden which welcomes everyone of age.

With a beautiful rustic-modern design, beautiful wood panelling and comfortable seating, relaxing and feeling the buzz and atmosphere has been enjoyed by guys and Dads for over two decades.

The bar and restaurant is proud of its lunch and dinner menu and has been regarded as offering outstanding value compared to many other bars in the local area.

Location: 352 7th Avenue, Chelsea
https://www.mustangharrys.com

 

The Storm King Art Center

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While Storm King is located just outside of NYC, it’s considered an incredible art showing with sculpture exhibits that truly beggar belief.

Set over five hundred acres combining woodlands and beautiful hills, many of the best sculpture artists in the world proudly display their works here and help give you a real sense of reverence for this artisan craft.

On top of that, they regularly host events specifically for Father’s Day, but will certainly help any guy who respects craftsmanship feel utterly inspired.

Location: 1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY
http://stormking.org

 

Visit Shipwrecked for Ultimate Mini-Golf

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Many of us have played mini-golf in a small area designed for a local resort or near a beach, but what if a business took a real dedication to design the best courses, suitable for all families, and offering fun and collaborative effort for every team?

Shipwrecked in Red Hook is considered one of the better mini gold locations around.

With quick but well-designed courses with aesthetic implements that rival the locations they’re meant to represent.

This can be a quick way to have some fun between lunch and dinner, and to burn off some of your competitive calories before you head to the bar later.

Location: 621 Court Street 2nd Fl, Red Hook, Brooklyn
https://www.shipwreckednyc.com

 

Check Out Some Independent Acts at Forest Hills Stadium

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Nestled in the heart of Queens, Forest Hills Stadium is considered to be one of the most calming and enjoyable stadiums around.

With a great rotation of talent from indie bands to hallmark throwback acts, this venue attracts comedians, acting troupes, and the next great music act alike.

Not only this, but the premium experience can grant you a couple of free drinks.

If there were any way to convince your Dad to see a folk band they may like, this is a great place to start.

With this advice, you’re certain to have a great time with your father figure, or whoever else you wish to treat, around and across NYC.

Location: 1 Tennis Pl, Forest Hills, NY
https://foresthillsstadium.com


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Best Rooftop Venues for a Bachelorette Party in New York

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New York is definitely one of the best places on Earth to go out! So, check out the best rooftop venues for a Bachelorette party in New York!

Best Rooftop Venues for a Bachelorette Party in New York Behind the Scenes NYCThere are thousands of rooftop party venues in New York and almost every one of them is perfect for a Bachelorette party.

But you want yours to be special (and who doesn’t?) so you have to search through the best ones to figure out what you want. We are going to do that for you.

First, you need to think about the basics like how many to invite, the style, and whether you will have food or just cocktails.

If it is your party, you can easily decide most of these issues but if you are planning it for someone else, you may have to be more creative.

Talk to the bride or, if it is a surprise, the maid of honor about the specifics you will need to plan for.


When will the big day be?

Since the party will be outdoors and it is in New York, the best time for this shindig is spring or early summer.

You do not want it to be too hot or too cold and New York tends to get a lot of snow, so you definitely do not want to plan it for the winter.

Even early autumn is not a bad choice as long as you keep an eye on the weather reports.

 

Figure out the budget

There is always a budget to think about and with a bachelorette party, there are a lot of little things to count that can add up.

From food and drinks to décor and transportation, you have to make sure you have enough money for everything before you go all out.

You do not want to run out of money before you get it all paid for.

 

Decide on the guest count

Determining the guest count is not just about how many people are in the bridal party.

Some of the people that the bride may want to be there may not be a part of the bridal party for some reason or another.

And you must think about the budget because the more guests you have, the more money it will cost.

 

Choose a theme

There are so many themes that you can choose from to make the party more unique.

You do not want it to be just another bachelorette party where the girls don’t really mingle and there is little to no entertainment. Here are some ideas that we think are awesome:

  • Beach theme with swimsuits, colorful drinks, and fake palm trees
  • Vegas theme with casino games, bright neon lights, and Elvis
  • 50s theme with poodle skirts and old-time rock and roll
  • Pink everything for a Barbie theme
  • A final fiesta featuring Mexican food, margaritas, and a piñata
  • Game night theme with board games and fun card games
  • Masquerade or costume party theme
  • Rainbows and glitter for a unicorn party theme

 

Décor and invites

Once you decide the theme and budget, you can plan the décor and send out the invites.

Make the invites match the theme and be sure to ask them to RSVP as soon as possible. You need to know how many people will be attending to plan the best party.

 

Choose some games

All bachelorette parties need games no matter whether it is a small get-together or a huge bash.

Of course, you want to try and match the games with the theme as much as possible. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Beach blanket bingo
  • How well do you know the bride?
  • Bachelorette roulette
  • Pin the kiss on the Mister
  • Beer pong with fancy glasses
  • Never have I ever

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Secure transportation for the partygoers

No matter how many people you have and where you end up, you want to make sure everyone has a safe ride home. Your friends will appreciate it too. Plan for a party bus, limo, or hire an all-night Uber.

 

Some great spots to party

The list is endless in New York, but you want something that will fit your needs.

Some of the rooftop venues are for large groups while others can only handle a few. We found a few nice spots to choose from.


#1 Refinery Rooftop

Known as the crown jewel and named #1 Rooftop Bar & Hotel for three years, this chic spot has views of the Empire State Building and Manhattan like you cannot get anywhere else.

The indoor/outdoor floor plan holds 80 guests indoors, 100 in the atrium, and 80 on the outdoor terrace.

You also get a variety of amenities like:

  • DJ booth
  • Entertainment
  • Sound system
  • Fireplace
  • Flatscreen TVs
  • Sushi bar
  • Kosher food
  • Photo booth
  • Private elevators
  • Retractable roof
  • Wi-Fi

www.refineryhotelnewyork.com

 

#2 Monarch Rooftop

If you have a huge guest list (and budget), check out the Monarch Rooftop on West 35th with room for 200 in the Skylight Lounge or 100 on the Royal Terrace.

They both have party planning, delicious cocktail appetizers, and a variety of drinks. Located on the 18th floor, this place is one of the best with views like no other.

www.monarchrooftop.com

 

#3 The Crown

For a smaller guest list, on the 21st floor of Hotel 50 Bowery, you can find the majestic Crown.

They can seat up to 50 guests for dining or host up to 100 standing, and the views of the city from the top of this building are stunning, to say the least.

They also have catering and drinks for each of their two terraces.

www.thecrownnyc.com


Take pictures

Regardless of where you choose to party, make sure you party responsibly so you can have fun without worry.

And take a lot of photos to share on social media. This is one party you will not want to forget.

Lastly, if you enjoyed reading about the best rooftop venues for a Bachelorette party in New York, take a look at a few other Rooftop options: Best NYC Rooftop Bars for Your Night Out.


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Best off-beat musical venues in New York

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Come explore some of the best off-beat musical venues in New York for locals and curious visitors! You’ll be sure to have a great time!

Best off-beat musical venues in New York Behind the Scenes NYC

Today, we will share with you some hot tips of the best off-beat musical venues in New York that you have to add to your to Must-See spots in town!

New York officially adopted the nickname “The Big Apple” in 1971 to woo tourists, and what an incredible job it’s done!

The city finds a place in most travel itineraries of people traveling to the US, and for good reason.

It’s rammed with famous musical venues, right from Carnegie Hall to Bowery Ballroom. All of which do their bit to attract music enthusiasts in large numbers.

However, just like all cities, NYC has some less ‘touristy’ musical venues too. Places that few non-locals actually know about.

So, if you’re a New Yorker or just an audiophile, read on to take a closer look at some of the slightly more ‘off-beat’ musical destinations the city has to offer…


Off-beat musical venues in New York

As a music lover hunting for ‘outside the box’ tourist destinations in NYC, you cannot afford to miss these 4 tourist spots off your itinerary…

 

#1 Pete’s Candy Store

Pete’s Candy Store stands on Lorimer Street in Brooklyn.

And, even though it’s not the biggest tourist hot-spot, it doesn’t disappoint when it comes to music. In fact, it hosts musical performances!

Book yourself a ticket & you can help yourself to cocktails, snacks, and sandwiches, all whilst listening to a music performance.

But you know the best part? They’re free to attend!

The venue also hosts an open mic every Sunday, Quizzo on Wednesdays, and a reading competition called Dead Pete’s Society (a society to remember past poets) on a Friday.

Location: 709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY

https://www.petescandystore.com

 

#2 Jalopy Theater

Fans of traditional folk music & live performances, need to get themselves to the Jalopy Theater.

Besides folk music itself has roots across other genres including country, bluegrass etc., so there’s a high chance it’ll be a vibe that most will enjoy.

You could also attend one of its many festivals like Roots n’ Ruckus Fest, The Brooklyn Folk Festival, and Midwinter Jug Band Rendezvous.

To make things even more interesting, they even offer adults classes and workshops, giving you the chance to learn various musical instruments like the banjo, fiddle, harmonica, guitar, and mandolin.

Location: 317 Columbia Street, Brooklyn

https://jalopytheatre.org

 

#3 Barbes

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Barbes, a combination of bar and performance space, has hosted more than 18,000 performances ever since its opening in 2002.

The venue first came about because of two French expatriates, who wished to provide a space for non-commercial musical projects.

In essence, it’s a small clubroom with a focus on the worldwide music scene.

There’s always some form of cultural music playing, be it Western classics, more American style genres or even music from places far as France or Brazil.

You can jump into events here from Monday to Friday between 5 PM to 2 AM and Saturday and Sunday between 2 PM to 2 AM.

Location: 376 9th Street, Brooklyn

https://www.barbesbrooklyn.com

 

#4 Flushing Town Hall

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Flushing Town Hall is a landmark in Queens (NYC) that’s steeped in history.

Aside from serving as a bank, jail, courthouse, and assembly hall, it’s now known for being a multidisciplinary venue for music & the arts.

Today, the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA) looks to encourage jazz performances; the hall itself has been host to some of the best jazz performances in the USA!

Today, it hosts a whole range of musical events, showcasing all the various musical traditions from across the globe.

Plus, while you’re there, you could also enjoy Korean, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, American, and Taiwanese cuisines, as food is served regularly too.

Location: 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing

https://www.flushingtownhall.org


So yeah, that’s 4 lesser-known musical event destinations you can find tucked away in New York – AKA: The Big Apple!

Oh, and if you enjoyed this post, and you’re a Jazz Lover, be sure to check out these Must-See Jazz Spots In Harlem and our amazing Youtube video on them!


Credits: All images courtesy of the venues and Edward Eyer

Unlocking The Romance of NYC With Your Partner

Unlocking The Romance of NYC With Your Partner Behind The Scenes NYC

Are you going to New York City, or you live here (lucky you!)?! Well, here are some quick tips on unlocking the romance of NYC with your partner.

Unlocking The Romance of NYC With Your Partner Behind The Scenes NYC

It’s hard not to see New York City as one of the premiere romantic cities in the world. So, let help you unlock the romance of NYC with your partner!

While some might think of Paris, Rome, or perhaps even London as fantastic alternatives, NYC has that charm of being larger than life, of making dreams come true, of being the home of so many cultural reference points that it’s hard not to see why millions of couples come to the Big Apple each year, hoping to bask in the delights offered here.

But, how can you unlock the romance of NYC with your partner?

Where should you go, and what should you do? How should you set your preferences, and to what degree should you book in advance?

Well, those are worthwhile questions to ask, because while the city that never sleeps can cater to your every whim, it’s usually time that limits us in such a fantastic city, and so having some priorities set can save you time and money, granting you the best experience of all.

So, with that in mind, let’s consider the following:


Amazing Food & Nightlife

NYC is known for having some of the best cuisines in the world, as all the top chefs in the world come to visit and make their name in such a city.

From Gordon Ramsay’s titular restaurant to smaller authentic cafes and delis showcasing the best of authentic cuisine, all the way to chopped cheese sandwiches found in certain bodegas.

The nightlife can be a fantastic place to experience the city too, from small bars that play underground dance music to those that hold jazz with real reverence.

In the end, whatever your scene is, you can sure the vibe is authentically preserved in NYC.

 

Hotels With A View

NYC has perhaps one of the most impressive skylines in the world. So, it can be worthwhile to find a hotel that allows for that view. Well, we do know that New Yorkers love a rooftop spot, right!?

No matter if this means taking a hotel just out of the city and looking in on it, or going for a hotel in the midst of Manhattan with a gorgeous view for two nights, the more you can view the city from a comforting vantage point, the more you can breathe it in.

From there, set as a base for romantic things to do in NYC, your fun can start.

 

See The City From Above

It might be cliche, you may have seen it in every romantic television show or movie, but taking a helicopter ride or even hot air balloon ride near NYC can really give you the scope of the city, and see it from a vantage point that not many people get the chance to.

Doing this can help you enjoy a real memorable experience right there next to your favorite person! Appreciating how such a man-made marvel can even exist.

If this doesn’t ignite your passion to explore NYC, it’s hard to see what could.

 

So, with this advice, you’re sure to unlock the romance of NYC with your partner. Take the city at your own pace, and you’re sure to love it.


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Best NYC Rooftop Bars For Your Night Out

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It’s a well-known fact that New Yorkers love exploring rooftops during the warmer months of the year – actually, all year long, lol! Now, with social distancing, they are great options to enjoy some time outside! So, check out some of the best NYC rooftop bars!

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Today we’re going to share with you a list of some of the best NYC rooftop bars in Manhattan and Brooklyn!

Rooftop bars in New York are popular in the summer because of their revitalizing breezes, skyline views, and relief from the crowded streets.

Since outdoor dining is the only way you can indulge in communal drinking, rooftop bars have become necessary than ever before.

If you are looking for a break from the home-made cocktails you’ve been forced to make at home since the onset of the COVID pandemic, here is a collection of the best rooftop bars in New York.


#1 Cantina Rooftop [Hell’s Kitchen]

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The Cantina Rooftop bar is on 48th Street. This outdoor space was opened four years ago and offers the best modern Mexican menu. 

You should try their specialty mezcal and tequila cocktails to get the party starting.

One of the main attractions of the Cantina Rooftop bar is its climate-controlled glass rooftop terrace. This bar provides a fantastic panoramic view of Manhattan, which you will enjoy – regardless of the weather or season.  

Location: 605 West 48th Street

https://cantinarooftop.com


#2 The Greens at Pier 17 [South Seaport]

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One of the recently launched rooftops in New York is already one of our favorites NYC rooftop bars to go!

The famous Howard Hughes Corporation owns The Greens at Pier 17. This pier has the Brooklyn Bridge for its backdrop and a rooftop designed to allow the required social-distancing standards.

One end of the space features micro backyards, an inbuilt Yeti cooler, umbrella, and comfortable lounge chairs. You will also find USB ports if you want to charge your device, so don’t worry if you run out of battery during the day.

The other end of the space has lounge areas. You can enjoy delicious lobster rolls and other delicacies in this lounge space. The pier also offers refreshing cocktails like watermelon margaritas. Pretty cool, right!?

Check out the bar’s website for upcoming events. And, for the best experience, it is advisable to make reservations, after all, no one likes to be hanging on a waiting list…

Location: 89 South Street

https://thegreens.pier17ny.com


#3 74WYTHE [Williamsburg, Brooklyn]

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Side from exploring great public rooftop bars, you might consider this one for your private event.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re hosting a party or want an intimate gathering place, the 74Wythe has got you covered.

This outdoor space will surely create unforgettable memories for you and your guests. 74Wythe has a priceless view of Manhattan’s amazing skyline, with an all-season rooftop.

If you want privacy, you can ask for a private loft. There is also a spacious main room and a chic, elegantly furnished Greenroom for you to chose from. Or, you can decide to enjoy your drinks at the concealed cocktail lounge.

Remember to make reservations in advance and enjoy! Oh, and we’re sure your guests will be talking about your party for months!

Location: 74 Wythe Avenue

www.74wythe.com


#4 Ophelia at the Beekman Tower [Midtown East]

Nightlife Bars Best NYC Rooftop Bars Ophelia Beekman Tower
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As they say: “Drink & dine like Frank Sinatra.” So, if this is what you’re looking for, you found the right place!

Ophelia is situated at the top of the popular Beekman Tower. It has an impressive Art-Deco design, which includes restored elements of vintage artifacts such as old tarot cards and flapper hats.

You can expect some of the best well-crafted cocktails at this outdoor space. They won’t disappoint!

So, enjoy your cocktails and favorite drinks while reflecting on the panoramic view of the East River with Roosevelt Island right in the middle!

Location: 3 Mitchell Place

https://thebeekmantowerny.com/ophelia


#5 Mr. Purple [Lower East Side]

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If you like to party, this is the place to do so and this spot couldn’t be left out of our list of best NYC rooftop bars that you should explore!

Mr. Purple is a rooftop bar situated above Hotel Indigo at the Lower East Side of New York.

This rooftop bar is where you will find a fun, young crowd and the who’s who in New York getting their groove on. It’s even on Holy Burt’s post “The Perfect Girl’s Night Out in NYC“, if you want to check it out.

Expect awesome cocktails and take selfies in this chic space that provides 360-degree views of the city.

You shouldn’t leave this bar without enjoying THE Mr. Purple – a punch of tequila, allspice dram, cranberry liqueur, lemon, and apple. Also, make sure you try out the fish tacos and buttermilk fried chicken sliders. Yum!

Location: 180 Orchard Street – 15th floor

www.mrpurplenyc.com


#6 The Crown [Chinatown]

Nightlife Bars Best NYC Rooftop Bars The Crown 50 Bowery
The Crown at 50 Bowery Hotel – Photo Credit: Courtesy

If you thought Brooklyn was the only place you would enjoy impressive views of Manhattan, think again. And, if you twist your nose when people talk about Chinatown, it’s about time to reconsider that thought.

Situated on Chinatown’s Hotel 50 Bowery, The Crown is loved for its intimate lounge, unobstructed views of Brooklyn Bridge, and rooftop patios.

You also have a perfect view of One World Trade and The Empire State Building from this strategic location.

You can expect great drinks and a therapeutic atmosphere at The Crown. It is advisable to make reservations in advance, as we always recommend. 

Location: 50 Bowery

www.thecrownnyc.com


#7 Top of The Box [Greenpoint, Brooklyn]

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Top of the Box at The Box Hotel – Photo Credit: Courtesy

Initially, this rooftop bar was used exclusively for wedding parties and their guests. As of July of this year, anyone who wants to party has access to the Box House Hotel – a 10,000-square-foot rooftop.

This is one of the only bar and restaurant in New York that has a retractable rooftop.

You will find lots of room for seating, including the adorable cozy hanging chairs. Plus, their unobstructed view of Manhattan is definitely worth experiencing.

Top of the Box offers small bites and drinks in the form of wine, cocktails, and bottle service. And they’ll be hosting some cool events through out the Summer like morning Yoga Classes with YO BK and other cool activities!

This spot is open from Wednesday to Sunday. Make reservations in advance to avoid last-minute disappointment.

Location: 77 Box Street

https://theboxhousehotel.com


#8 Summerly [Williamsburg, Brooklyn]

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The name of this rooftop bar is enticing.

Situated above the Hoxton Hotel, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, you can expect to experience New England vibes here.

The delicious flatbreads and lobster rolls will leave you craving for more. And, of course, the unique view of the Manhattan’s skyline is breathtaking.

The restaurant boasts of its own elevator and the hotel observes all distancing rules with several sanitizing stations and digital ordering. 

Location: 97 Wythe Avenue

https://thehoxton.com/williamsburg/summerly-restaurant


#9 Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge [Garment District]

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New York City’s biggest indoor and outdoor hotel rooftop bar is an ideal adult playground.

The lounge features a topiary garden, mini-golf, and rotating seats. In addition, expect to enjoy the soothing sounds of talented DJs during the night.

You will definitely have a good time with great drinks and a panoramic view of our beautiful Empire State Building. This rooftop spot is designed to allow you to self-indulge and have an enjoyable nightlife. 

Location: 485 7th Avenue – 18th floor

http://moxytimessquare.com/dining/magic-hour-rooftop-bar-lounge


In Conclusion:

If you are tired of isolating yourself at home and making monotonous cocktails, it’s high time you went out for communal drinking.

There are many rooftop bars in New York that observe all the social distancing and sanitizing standards. Before you visit any of these rooftop bars, you should make an online reservation to avoid long waiting time.

Go enjoy some of the best NYC rooftop bar and come back to leave your comments or even share new discoveries with us! We’d love to know what you’ve been up to!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of the venues

No Sleep in NYC: Best Places to Go for a Night Out

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New York is definitely NOT the place to sleep! So, take a look at the best places to go for a night out that will make your New York experience memorable!

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Almost every movie set in New York highlights the best spots that are sure to make you wish you could teleport there in an instant.

If you ever find yourself in the city that never sleeps, be sure to craft an itinerary of all the best spots open at night.

There’s something for everyone in a city as diverse as New York City, so you’re sure to find the crowds where you’ll feel most welcome.

Here are some of the best places to go for a night out to remember.


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Visit a Jazz Bar

NYC is a jazz destination – actually it was the jazz epicenter – where many of the biggest names in the genre like Ella Fitzgerald and Charlie Parker launched their careers.

Luckily, there are still a number of jazz bars you can hit up for live performances.

Our ‘Must-See Jazz Spots in Harlem’ focused on the best traditional spots in the neighborhood, but there are actually quite a few others around the city.


Blue Note

The Blue Note proudly boasts its reputation as the jazz capital of the world.

It houses new talents as well as veterans like Chick Corea. Their Facebook page says that they’ve been one of the world’s most premier clubs and cultural institutions since 1981.

You’re in for a surprise, as throughout the week, celebrities often make special appearances.

Location: 131 West 3rd Street (b/t 6th Avenue & MacDougal Street)

www.bluenotejazz.com


The Village Vanguard

Located in Greenwich Village, The Village Vanguard has been a legendary location since 1935.

Over 100 jazz albums have been recorded here.

Patrons have to refrain from speaking loudly, taking videos and photos, as well as using their phones – they’re all about enjoying the music and respecting the artists at The Village Vanguard.

Location: 178 7th Avenue S

https://villagevanguard.com


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The Casino Scene

While casinos are not as widespread in the city as other major gaming hubs, the New York Times reports that state officials are considering putting casinos in NYC, due to how popular casino-resorts are in major cities across the globe.

PPPoker’s LinkedIn page shows that major poker events are held everywhere from Argentina to London, showcasing its increasingly global player base.

If you fancy a bit of gambling while in New York, the following places offer just that and much more.


Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct

This is an obvious choice as it’s the only casino currently within the boundaries of the city in Queens.

Originally a “racino” (horse racing track), there are also video slots for gambling in some arenas, as well as table games if that’s more up your style.

Location: 110-00 Rockaway Blvd, Jamaica, NY

www.rwnewyork.com


Empire City Casino

Twenty miles north of Time Square is Empire City in Yonkers, which features another racino as well as more video slot machines.

It’s not too far from main haunts like the Bronx, and is just thirty minutes away from Queens.

It’s quite a memorable destination and it attracts a younger crowd since the minimum age of playing is 18 and not 21.

Location: 810 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers

https://www.empirecitycasino.com


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Find a Hidden Speakeasy

NYC has a number of nightclubs and bars for any occasion, but if you’re in the mood for something low-key, a speakeasy might be a good pick. It’s surely part of the best places to go for a night out in New York City!

The Prohibition was the heyday for New Yorkers who wanted to unwind and let loose with some quiet drinks.

But while it’s no longer forbidden, the thrill of having secret bars remains unparalleled and NYC still has some hidden gems in the most unexpected places.

And, they’re sure to make you feel like you’re experiencing a blast from the past.


Attaboy

Attaboy is as clandestine as far as secret bars go.

This place doesn’t accept reservations, nor does it offer a menu.

Those who have heard about this little spot know that they can only enter on two conditions: if their party (of no more than six) is complete, and if they knock on the barely labeled door.

Bespoke drinks can be quite pricey, but they are made to your liking.

Location: 134 Eldridge Street

http://attaboy.us


The Blind Barber

Barbershop by day and bar by night, The Blind Barber is a nondescript bar in the space’s back lounge.

Their menu features loads of specialty and curated cocktails and you can either chill out at the back, or hang out in front of the DJ booth if you’re feeling more energetic.

Location: 339 East 10th Street

https://blindbarber.com


Pick and choose from the best places to go for a night out that appeal most to you. You’re sure to have the best adventure around New York!

The next time you visit, you may come up with your own recommendations! And, we’d love to hear them!


Photo Credits: Renata Meirelles and courtesy of the venues

Patent Pending: One of our favorite speakeasy bars in NYC

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Patent Pending is truly one of our favorite speakeasy bars in NYC. It’s hidden behind a fake wall, inside a small Nomad coffee shop in Manhattan! As they say: “Paying homage to thinking outside the box.”

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Hidden behind a fake wall, inside a tiny coffee shop in the heart Manhattan, Patent Pending has one of our favorite speakeasy bars in NYC. And, with one of the most creative cocktail menus in town!

See our short and fun IGTV!

The specific neighborhood is Nomad and it’s housed inside the famous Radio Wave Building, a historical landmark in NYC. The building gets its name from the years that the world-famous inventor and engineer, Nikola Tesla, lived there.

During the day, you’ll just see a normal NYC coffee spot in action, called Patent Café. But, by night, the secret comes to life!

When you find the entrance, type 4-9-2-7 # so that the host opens the glass doors for you.

There are no lights when you walk inside and the coffee shop is closed, but just risk it and you’ll be fine! Ha!

As you walk down a few steps, it all seems odd, since there is no visual sign of a bar and it’s a bit dark. Unfortunately, they don’t accept reservations, so be sure to go early, otherwise you might just end up waiting for quite some time – over 1 hour!

When the time comes of you to enter, the host will lift the countertop and spread open a sliding door that leads to this beautiful, underground, dim lit bar…

…and the door closes behind you.

The place is quite small with only a couple tables, and the bar area is obviously always our preference to sit. ⁠

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⁠They just added 4 new Fall drinks to their menu, so we decided to go and try them.

Their names?

  1. Illuminated Manhattan: With Campfire Whiskey, Aged Rum, Scotch, Madeira…smokey, chocolatey, smooth;⁠ ⁠
  2. Emulating Edison: Their take on a traditional Mulled Wine…warm, spiced and silk;⁠ ⁠
  3. Static Pet Theory: Genever, Shochu, Islay Single Malt, Tomatillo, Egg White and Umami…smooth and savory;⁠ ⁠
  4. Flash of Inspiration: Roasted Corn Mezcal, Sherry, Islay Single Malt, Smoked Maple Syrup, Green Hatch and Chipotle…spicy, smokey and tart!

Cool, right?

We obviously also had some of their classics as well! And, if you get hungry, they have a few small bites, and even a vegan sandwich option. I tried it and it was delicious! ⁠

The spot is always full, but it’s definitely worth the wait!

Have fun and let us know what you thought of it!


More about the Radio Wave Building:

“This is the building in which Nikola Tesla lived and performed his experiments on radio waves, transmitting them to his laboratory near present day Trinity Church in downtown Manhattan.

The ‘waves’ which guided you here (GPS) and surround you now (WiFi) were envisioned by Tesla more than a century ago.  Born during a lightning storm, Nikola Tesla was a child of light.

An immigrant, an innovator and a patriot, Tesla dreamed of a world which few others could imagine. He was an eccentric genius, an ‘Electric Messiah’.

We toast to him and the countless others that think outside the box, persevering against all odds.”


If you enjoyed this post, take a look at these other 9 speakeasy bars in NYC!

Hours:
Sunday – Wednesday: 5pm – 12am
Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 5pm – 2am

Location: 49 West 27th Street

www.patentpendingnyc.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Patent Pending
*Last Update on March/2020.*

6 Boutique Hotels In NYC For The Cool Crowd

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 We contribute with Glamour Brazil  magazine with posts about the hottest spots in town. In this posts we listed 6 Boutique Hotels in NYC that attract some of the coolest guests.

We’ve translated the original article, that is originally in Portuguese, so everyone can understand! We selected some boutique hotels in NYC to share with you. Some newer, some older but still great!

Unlike traditional hotels, these boutique hotels in NYC attract a young, modern crowd, who appreciate art and like to have fun.

Therefore, they offer great restaurants, hype bars, a fantastic décor with art works and design pieces, plus a bustling nightlife!

Take a look at our selection:


Paramount Hotel

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Built in the 1920’s, the hotel was considered one of the best in town. At the time, everyone passing through Times Square (between 1938 and 1951) would certainly enter the hotel to go to Diamond Horseshoe – a club / theater serving dinners in the basement of the hotel.

After being sealed and closed for 62 years, the hotel was repurchased by a millionaire by $20 million and reopened in the New Year’s Eve of 2014.

One of the great attractions at the hotel is the show Queen of the Night, which takes place inside the famous Diamond Horseshoe which was also revitalized. Giovanna Battaglia is the Creative Director of this “theatrical dinner” that mixes theater, music, circus and design. The Dress Code? They ask you to “Dress for the Queen”, so only formal attires, cocktail dresses or luxurious costumes are accepted.

The hotel is also the home of a restaurant called Paramount Bar & Grill and the Corso Coffee, an Italian bar with coffee, cakes, pastries, sandwiches and salads.

The rooms have contemporary decor and modern design with flat-screet televisions, internet, iPod docking station…and your floor tells you what is the temperature out there to help you get dressed.
Interesting, right?!

Location: 235 West 46th Street

www.nycparamount.com


The Refinery Hotel

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The hotel was built inside a former hat factory of the early 20th century. Located in Midtown, it has 12 floors with 197 rooms and offers a really cool entertainment.

Parker & Quinn, the restaurant with seasonal foods offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and for those who want a good cocktail, its nostalgic décor recalls the early 1900’s in NYC. They offer live music with pianists, jazz singers and even DJs in certain week nights.

The Winnie’s Wine Lobby Bar recalls the era of the US Prohibition when the production, sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages was prohibited. With a beer and wine menu for every singular possible taste, the bar also offers live music.

Since all true New Yorkers love a rooftop, the hotel did not forget to make its own! The Refinery Rooftop is cozy, with a rustic space and an amazing view of the Empire State Building. The cocktails created by Alex Ott are made from natural ingredients and certainly will make a difference in your night!

Location: 63 West 38th Street

www.refineryhotelnewyork.com


Marlton Hotel

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Located in Greenwich Village, The Marlton Hotel is a hotel with small rooms, yes. But, it did become one of the most hip spots in the city where the cool gang hangs out.

In the past it hosted poets, artists and writers such as Jack Kerouac, Julie Andrews, Carmen McRae seeking work in New York and that enjoyed the neighborhood.

After a revival, it was reopened in September 2013.

The restaurant called Margaux, has a menu with influences blending cuisines from California, France and some of the countries bordering the Mediterranean. It offers dishes with fresh seasonal ingredients.

The Cocktail Bar is opened from 7pm through 2am. It attracts the cool local NYC crowd we mentioned above, for after hours. Something that is pretty common in the New York nightlife scene.

Location: 5 West 8th Street

http://marltonhotel.com


Ludlow Hotel

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The Ludlow Hotel, inaugurated in 2014 in the Lower East Side, instantly became one of the coolest boutique hotels in NYC to stay at.

The hotel has 184 rooms and 20 suites – that can cost up to $2,000/night. But, the other suites do have good, affordable prices, so don’t worry!

The very unique décor has marble tiled floor, handmade silk carpets, handcrafted lamps from Morocco and giant industrial windows.

We guarantee the hotel has everything you might want…even a mini bar with gluten-free products. WOW!

The restaurant, Dirty French, is also a “must-go” when you come and visit. Be sure to make a reservation!

Location: 180 Ludlow Street

http://ludlowhotel.com


The High Line Hotel

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Located on a terrain where apples were once cultivated, the hotel offers 60 rooms in a beautiful brick building bordering the High Line Park – an old train track that was turned into a suspended park, in Chelsea.

The rooms are large, with beautiful décor mixing American and European styles, vintage looking furnitures. In addition, generous windows overlooking the High Line Park and the private garden of the hotel.

Unlike other boutique hotels, it does not offer famous restaurants or bars, but it does host the 1st Coffee Bar in New York, Intelligentsia. They have a wonderful coffee that you can enjoy in their garden area.

In front of the hotel you can find a coffee truck with coffee and delicious sweets that are perfect to enjoy during the summer.

In the evening, Champagne Charlie’s, their outdoor lounge on the hotel’s patio, is a great option to have some appetizers and a great selection of beer, wine and champagne.

Location: 180 10th Avenue

www.thehighlinehotel.com


Viceroy New York

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Located in Midtown, the Viceroy is one of New York’s hotel that blends the cool Downtown style, with the luxury of Uptown, in a subtle and intelligent way.

The rooms have amazing views of the city, mainly of Central Park. The design was created by the renowned duo called Roman and Williams, famous for decorating other luxury hotels too.

The Kingside restaurant brings the creations of Chef Marc Murphy. In addition, the famous and always crowded rooftop, The Roof, is definitely an attraction.

With a lounge and outdoor terrace, the drink menu is great and offers handcrafted local beers, wines from every corner of the world. The cocktails are made with fresh ingredients and the food menu offers small snacks and dishes – the most popular dish is surely their burger.

Enjoy any time of the year to visit the Viceroy. Go up to the The Roof to be “awed” by one of the most beautiful views of Central Park and Manhattan!

Location: 120 West 57th Street

www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com


We are sure you will enjoy any of these Boutique Hotels in NYC. And, even more, your experience in the city will be unforgettable!

Do you need help with something? Take a look at our Concierge Services and countless ways we can make your vacation even more memorable!

Are you a Company needing assistance in NY for your executives? Contact us to learn how our Corporate Services can make their work trip seamless!



Photo Credits: Courtesy of Hotels
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

The Water Tower Bar: Hidden NYC Cocktail Bar High Up In The Sky

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There are so many speakeasy bars in New York, but today we came to talk about a NYC Cocktail Bar called The Water Tower Bar. These guys are hidden high up in the sky!

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New Yorkers are all about creativity and searching for unique things to do in the city. We all know that summertime in New York is the best time of the year where businesses get creative to attract you into their “homes”.

In addition, we also know how quick summer can pass by, so you should definitely take advantage of everything that’s going on: from unique experiences like jet skiing in the Hudson River, the best rooftop screenings and open door helicopter tours to get pictures of NY from above!

All of that is truly amazing, but today we want to talk about New York’s nightlife! We aren’t the biggest party peeps around, I have to confess, but we do enjoy exploring some of the best hidden cocktail bars in New York.

You’ll find great bars in so many different parts of New York but, have you ever been to a hidden cocktail bar high up in the sky? Yup, that’s exactly what you read!

The Water Tower Bar, located on the very top of The Williamsburg Hotel has one of the coolest bars you can visit. Why? Well, they literally built an intimate space inside a water tower with probably one of the most amazing skylines views of Manhattan!

Just to start off, it’s a pretty interesting walk up! You have to climb quite a few steps…up and up and up, until you get there.

The bar is not a big, making every night an opportunity to actually meet new people and interact with everyone there. The super high ceiling gives us air to breath, combined with the huge floor-to-ceiling windows offering the priceless view I spoke about!

Rael Petit, the expert mixologist of the house, has done some serious work on these cocktails. And, we can say, he really knows what he’s doing! So, lucky us to have found this spot! Actually, lucky everyone!

We decided to try 3 of their most famous drinks to share with you our thoughts! And, bottom line, they were all AMAZING! Plus, the names are all pretty cool too!

This is what we had:

  • Message in the Bottle: Bacardi 4yr, Clarified Milk Punch, Chinese Cinnamon Cordial, Blue Majik Pineapple Juice and Lemon
  • Big Poppa: Hendricks, St. Germain, Thyme Corial, Egg White, Lemon Juice and Angostura Bitters
  • Blue Jeans: Empress Gin, Salers, Velvet Falernum and Dolin Blanc

And, if we could, we’d just continue on tasting the entire cocktail menu!

We just ordered a small dish with mozzarella cheese to eat before. They do have a few options if you get a bit hungry.

The night we visited was on a Thursday. We had the pleasure of listening to a great reggae Brooklyn-based band that got everyone on the dance floor. The band is called Sundub and the singer is called Joanna Teters. Her voice is really fantastic!! Other nights, they have some of the top DJs in town doing some serious music too!

So, now it your turn to go there, try their cocktails and dance a bit! Don’t forget to get some priceless pictures of Manhattan’s skyline!

If you enjoy these posts and finding the next best NYC Cocktail Bar, take a look at some speakeasies we love.

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 6pm – 4am

Location: 96 Wythe Avenue

https://www.thewilliamsburghotel.com/bars-restaurants


Photo Credit: ©Behind the Scenes NYC
*Last Update on March/2020.*

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