When she’s not at her startup’s NoHo HQ, she can be found (quite literally) running around the city – she is a 10X marathoner – or causing trouble with her friends in Williamsburg.
Arthur’s Tavern: 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!
“Dive” is an understatement here: 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.
Live jazz: 7pm-10pm, Tuesday through Saturday
Dixieland Jazz: 8pm-11pm, Sunday and Monday
Best of blues and R&B: 9pm-3am, Tuesday through Saturday and 11pm-3am, Sunday and Monday
Location: 57 Grove Street, West Village
El Cortez: 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. They are opened daily from 4pm through 4am.
“One of the geniuses behind The Commodore and Pies & Thighs debuted this Mex-American haunt 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.”
Location: 17 Ingraham Street, Bushwick
Mulberry Street Bar: Founded in 1908, Mulberry Street Bar is one of the oldest bars in New York City and 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.
“At a first glance this place 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.”
Location: 176 Mulberry Street, Little Italy
The Globe NY: The Globe NY 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, Mondays through Fridays, until 4pm. Also, 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!
“If being “basic” is a thing, why not embrace it in the most ironic way possible? A typical bro bar most nights, this place 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.”
Location: 158 East 23rd Street, NoMad
The Monster Cycle: 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!
“Monster 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.”
Location: 182 Lafayette Street, SoHo
Royale: This neighborhood spot, Royale, was founded in 2006 and offers amazing burgers, a huge bar selection, plus a great outdoor patio which is perfect during the Spring/Summer time!
“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.”
Location: 157 Avenue C (b/t 9th and 10th Streets), East Village
Photo Credits: Courtesy of the venues, plus Claudio Papapietro for The WSJ, Claudio Papapietro for The WSJ, Free Williamsburg, Melissa Hom, ephemeralnewyork