Katie Perry, Director of Marketing at Crowdtap and 10x marathoner shares with us the places where the cool startup entrepreneurs hang out! Surely, some of the best NYC hot spots!
When she’s not at her startup’s NoHo HQ, she can be found (quite literally) running around the city.
Katie is a 10x marathoner – or causing trouble with her friends in Williamsburg.
Take a look at her 6 favorite NYC hot spots:
“‘Dive’ is an understatement at Arthur’s Tavern: Everything smells like mildew, the toilets never work, and the décor hasn’t been updated since the Reagan presidency. The music, though! A tale talented house band sets the stage with classic R&B hits while you await the big show: Sweet Georgia Brown, a 80-year-old soul singer with pipes like Aretha.”
Founded in 1937, Arthur’s Tavern has some of the best live jazz and blues music. Every night of the week they host ‘live jazz, blues, rhythm & blues, and Dixieland jazz music’ and they don’t ask for a cover charge!
Live jazz: 7pm-10pm, Tuesday through Saturday
Dixieland Jazz: Sunday & Monday 8pm-11pm, Sunday and Monday
Best of blues and R&B:Tuesday – Saturday from 9pm – 3am and Sunday & Monday from 11pm – 3am
Location: 57 Grove Street, West Village
“One of the geniuses behind The Commodore and Pies & Thighs debuted this Mex-American haunt, El Cortez, last summer, conveniently located two blocks from the Morgan Avenue’s L stop. The restaurant’s giant totem pole looks absolutely ridiculous against Bushwick’s post-industrial skyline, and that’s okay. Get the nachos – they’re 100 emoji status and SUPER hot – and pick your poison off a lengthy drink menu. Karaoke kicks off at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays.”
Founded by Stephen Tanner, El Cortez is located in one of the artsy streets in Bushwick. Besides the restaurant, you can find a dance floor and a bar upstairs, if you decide to extend your night.
No cover charged and you do have to be over 21 to get in.
Daily from 4pm through 4am
Location: 17 Ingraham Street, Bushwick
Mulberry Street Bar
“At a first glance Mulberry Street Bar looks like your standard Little Italy bar-slash-pizza kitchen, but something magical happens here on Friday nights. A regular crowd of straight outta Sicily karaoke enthusiasts fills the gingham-covered tables and belt out crooner hits from Dean-o and Old Blue Eyes. Watch out for Sonny – the most incredible karaoke performer you ever did see. The brick oven pizza isn’t too shabby, either.”
Founded in 1908, Mulberry Street Bar is one of the oldest bars in New York City.
It has hosted a few of Hollywood’s favorite movies like: Donnie Brasco, The Sopranos, Law & Order and Contract on Cherry Street with Frank Sinatra.
Décor is practically the same as when it opened, with a few modern twists.
Location: 176 Mulberry Street, Little Italy
The Globe NYC
“If being “basic” is a thing, why not embrace it in the most ironic way possible? The Globe NYC, a typical bro bar most nights, is a gem late night on Saturdays. Check your bougie attitude at the door and bring a high-energy squad to dance the night away to terrible Top 40 – because even hipsters can appreciate the occasional Pitbull banger.”
The Globe NYC is an old-school Irish pub, since 1886, with a fireplace featuring Guinness and other drafts, plus pub grub.
They have Burger & Brew for $12 from Mondays – Fridays, until 4pm.
Plus, every Tuesday night from 8pm – 11pm, they have a Live Irish Folk Jam Music!
Oh! Wanna host your party there? They have a new craft bar and event space called The Green Room. Go check it out.
Location: 158 East 23rd Street, NoMad
The Monster Cycle
“The Monster Cycle is an edgy spinning studio that shares the same landlord as Y7. Sign up for a 45-minute workout with one of their tatted-up instructors and sweat your sins out as you watch music videos play at the front of the room. Monster is on ClassPass and your first class is just $15. Bonus points for instructors who are allowed to curse.”
What do you think about the Slogan “Ride or Die”?
Well, if you like to sweat it off, this is definitely the place to go!
Different from other spinning classes, they are a mixture of gym, art gallery and nightclub with parental advisory before starting class. Yup, you’ll find leather straps around the place.
As they say: “We’ll steal your soul”, so go at your own risk!
Location: 182 Lafayette Street, SoHo
“On a sunny Sunday Funday in the East Village, swing by Royale and ask the bartender for a “piggy-back,” which is a pickle back shot with a slice of bacon. It’s a drink so ‘grammable’ that you won’t even mind that the bacon was nuked in a beat-up microwave behind the bar.”
This neighborhood spot was founded in 2006 and offers amazing burgers, a huge bar selection. Plus, they have a great outdoor patio which is perfect during the Spring/Summer time!
So, as they explain:
Royale is known for it’s juicy burgers, airy year-around garden patio and extensive bar selection. But more importantly, Royale is a neighborhood spot: a place where everyone knows your name, what you drink and how you like your burger cooked.
Location: 157 Avenue C (b/t 9th and 10th Streets), East Village
Thank you, Katie, for participating in our Insider Interviews and sharing your favorite NYC hot spots!
So, if you want to bump into the cool startup entrepreneurs, like our Founder, Fê, be sure to hang out at these places! We’ll see you there!
Photo Credits: Courtesy of the venues, Claudio Papapietro for The WSJ, Free Williamsburg, Melissa Hom and Ephemeral New York