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

Nightlife Bars Best Places to Go for a Night Out NYC

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!

Nightlife Bars Best Places to Go for a Night Out NYC

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

Immersing Yourself In The Rich History Of Greenwich Village

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Among New York City’s many fascinating sites, Greenwich Village is arguably the most storied. Come immerse yourself in the rich history of Greenwich Village!

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Greenwich Village’s Sixth Avenue. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Wikimedia

Among New York City’s many fascinating sites, Greenwich Village is arguably the most storied. Albeit usually remembered as a haven for artists, its historic roots actually run deeper. Before it was anything else, Greenwich Village in the 1630’s was a marshland where Dutch settlers fed their livestock. It was initially developed into a village separate from New York City.

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Greenwich Village, 1900. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Wikimedia

But as the urban sprawl consumed the area, Greenwich Village took on a new identity in 1857 at the founding of the Tenth Street Studio Building. It housed the first architecture school in the US and attracted artists from all over the world.

It was also the place where the so-called “bohemian” movement began, a subculture which was described in an 1858 article on The New York Times as “either an artist or an author, whose special aversion is work, and whose ambition is to excel in some particular walk.” The Village’s affinity to bohemians of all sorts has since defined its identity.

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The Albert Hotel. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Wikimedia

Decades later, the Hotel Albert opened in 1880 and attracted the best artists and writers of that particular time. A long list of creative people stayed here including Mark Twain, Anais Nin, Walt Whitman, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, and Jackson Pollock.

In addition, the Village also saw the birth of American experimental theater pushed by Eugene O’Neil and Edna St. Vincent Millay, and it was integral in the transition of the global art capital from Paris to New York in the mid-20th century.

Various American art movements including Abstract Expressionism, emerged out of the Village.

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The Stonewall Inn. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Wikimedia

The Village has significant contributions to music and self-expression, too. It’s the place where the first desegregated nightclub in the country, Cafe Society, was built. The venue dedicated itself to the cutting-edge music of its time, bebop jazz. Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, and other jazz giants graced it with their presence during its heyday.

The ferocious sound of bebop and Jazz also lured the Beat Generation artists to the Village, with writers Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and others gaining the literary spotlight. In the 1960s, the Beats became an inspiration for different forms of counterculture. The progressive ideas of the Beats and the hippies informed the eventual rise of the LGBT movement and other civil rights groups. The LGBT movement found expression in the 1969 Stonewall Riot, which also happened in Greenwich Village.

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Grace Church. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Grace Church

Popular structures such as Grace Church and the Jefferson Market Library tower over the Village as reminders of the place’s creative tradition.

Another structure, The Westbeth, which was a former Bell Telephone Labs office, also became a popular residence for artists. It eventually housed the studios of choreographer Merce Cunningham, musical arranger Gil Evans, Robert De Niro Sr., and Vin Diesel.

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Jefferson Market Library. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Wikimedia

While the Greenwich Village of today has none of the rustic and bohemian charm of its past, it remains one of the most renowned places in New York, thanks to the preservation of its iconic buildings.

Greenwich Village’s longevity can be attributed mainly to local laws that help maintain its historic buildings.

In fact, a section of the Village made up of more than 50 blocks has been established as part of a Historic District, thanks to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Development in this area follows very strict rules, such as the requirement to preserve a historic building’s main facade if it is to be renovated.

NYC also implements Local Law 11, which indirectly contributes to the Village’s preservation. Local Law 11 is explained by real estate expert James McGrath in an article on Yoreevo. He states that the law mandates regular facade inspections of buildings higher than six stories to ensure their structural integrity. Although it’s primary purpose is for safety, the law also helps ensure that old buildings in the city are maintained. The excellent condition of most structures in Greenwich Village is a good example of how a bustling metropolis should take care of its historic buildings.

Just knowing the history of Greenwich Village and the people who have called it home are enough reasons to give this neighborhood a visit. To explore other interesting places in the Big Apple, check out our previous post about Astoria, a commercial neighborhood in Queens.


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*Last Update on March/2020.*

Must-See Jazz Spots In Harlem

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We visited and shot a pretty cool YouTube video at a few of the must-see Jazz spots in Harlem with a super special guest: Zé Luis Oliveira. Come explore these fantastic spots with us!

Harlem is a neighborhood that is constantly growing and new businesses are opening all the time. Real Estate is also booming and prices are going up!

But, it’s also known for being the best neighborhood if you’re into true Jazz. Why? Because some of the most traditional jazz spots, where world-famous musicians have performed, are hidden throughout the streets.

I decided to invite an extremely special guest to host this YouTube video with me! Zé Luis Oliveira that is not only an amazing musician, but is also a composer, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist.

Zé carries a few Grammy nominations too and knows absolutely everything about the Jazz scene. So, it was impossible to not invite him!

We had a musical chat with him at 3 different-style must-see Jazz spots in Harlem: Minton’s Playhouse, Shrine Harlem and Paris Blues. 


Minton’s Playhouse

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So, Henry Minton founded Minton’s Playhouse in 1938, but did you know that he was a tenor saxophonist, just like our guest, Zé Luis? Yup! Plus, all the big names like Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald have played there.

In the 1940’s when the bebop jazz style was created, musicians gathered for musical sessions at Minton’s to play and record. On the video above, Zé told us a bit about the bebop, so check it out!

As they say: “The energy and spirit of the Playhouse are a unique and a perfect way to continue your already festive evening. Minton’s Playhouse is home to only the exceptional musicians who will sweep you away with outstanding performances. The highest quality music with the highest quality service and drinks in a fun, one of a kind establishment.”

Oh! Minton’s is not only a great place for Jazz nights, but they also have a restaurant called The Cecil Steakhouse. So, go there for dinner, before the show!

Hours: Daily from 6pm – 12am

Location: 206 West 118th Street

http://mintonsharlem.com


Shrine

Nightlife Bars Jazz Spots Harlem Shrine

The Shrine, is a bit different from the other spots we visited, since it a modern/contemporary world music and Jazz venue. It opened only in 2007 as a multimedia arts and culture venue.

“We are dedicated to art and culture in all mediums: film, theater, dance, and live music. Shrine World Music Venue’s mission is to establish a positive creative atmosphere for both artists and audiences from all backgrounds.”

They host mostly great emerging artists and musicians, that are not only focused in Jazz, but also rhythms and styles, like funk! But, they also have some amazing established artists every now and them!

They are considered one of the top 10 jazz spots to visit in NYC, so be sure to go and check it out!

Hours:
Sunday – Friday: 4pm – 4am
Saturday: 3pm – 4am

Location: 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd

www.shrinenyc.com


Paris Blues

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We finished off in grand style! We were hosted at Paris Blues by the super well-known owner, Sam! It was truly an honor to meet and have a great musical talk with him!

Paris Blues, in the heart of Harlem and founded by Samuel Hargress Jr, or Sam like I mentioned, back in 1968. They have Jazz 7 nights a week, no cover, free food and great drinks, right?

People go there to listen not only to the super traditional 20’s Jazz, but also to some rhythms of the 90’s funk!

They have a full bar, so you’ll be sure to enjoy every single moment and every single music, with your favorite drink beside you! Have fun!

Hours: Daily from 12pm – 3am

Location: 2021 7th Avenue

https://parisbluesharlem.webs.com


If you enjoyed this post and the video we did, but still haven’t subscribed to our channel, be sure to do so! We post a new video on Mondays, at 10am!

Take a look at one of my favorite restaurants in New York, this one obviously located in Harlem! It’s truly a hidden gem and worth the trip!!!


VideographyRenata Meirelles 
Photo Credits: Renata Meirelles and courtesy of  the venues
BeautyLeila Soldeira
Styling:
 Érika Mesentier and Camilla Adão

*Last Update on March/2020.*

Epistrophy: A Restaurant Where The Owner Plays Jazz For You

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SoHo is a neighborhood with some of the most amazing businesses and stories! We found Epistrophy, a charming restaurant, where the owner plays Jazz music to his clients! How awesome is that!?

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Luca and Georgia came to NY many years ago for a quick 3 months experience. They worked in a few bars and coffee shops before moving back to Sardinia. On the side, Luca also played Jazz music for some extra cash – he plays the trumpet!

After a while, they couldn’t get New York City out of their heads, decided to come back and in 2005 opened Epistrophy – a restaurant with Sardinian-inspired recipes.

A huge portion of the restaurant was actually built by Luca and his former boss and friend, Leo. Luca explained that:

“Every year we revamp the place without losing its soul. This way, our customers won’t be upset and we maintain our essence.”

The dishes we tried were:

  • Quinoa Salad with kale, beet, squash, chickpea, avocado and radish
  • Avocado Toast
  • Vegan pasta with vegetables
  • For dessert, a banana muffin with fruits

We can’t forget about the beautiful rustic décor! Just like we enjoy it, with beautiful metal and wooden tables, a gorgeous full bar, and a cute waiting area that reminds us of a home.

For the lovers of the traditional 20’s-30’s Jazz, every Sunday night they offer live music!

And the coolest things is: every 1st Sunday, Luca himself plays too! I mean: How cool is it to have the owner himself play music to his guests!? We love it! By the way, he has a few records already if you want to check these out!

We’re sure you’ll love this place and we can’t wait to go back!

If you’re going to explore Brooklyn, be sure to visit their sister restaurant in Greenpoint called Le Fanfare! And take a look at the YouTube video we’ve done there as well!

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Hours:
Happy Hour Weekdays: 4pm – 7pm
Monday – Sunday: 9am – 12am

Location: 200 Mott Street

http://epistrophynyc.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Brussels Vegan
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Chris Pitangy: Brazilian Fashionista’s Favorite NYC Spots

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For our new NYC Hush Hush Tips, we invited the Brazilian Journalist and Blogger, Chris Pitanguy to share her favorite NYC spots.

Curiosities Insider Interviews Chris Pitanguy

We couldn’t be more honored to interview this Brazilian beauty and super powerful women, Chris Pitanguy. She shared some of her favorite NYC spots and we have to say, they are all fantastic places to go and #UnCover!

Chris Pitanguy studied journalism and founded a fashion and luxury consultation company in 1995, in Brazil.

A few years later she used her expertise working for a few shopping centers and increased her portfolio with numerous renowned Brazilians brands.

Chris, as friends call her, is part of the elite collaborators for Vogue Magazine and Harpers Bazaar.

Ind addition, she has an important work as Publishing Board Member and Lifestyle Curator for Forbes Magazine Brazil.

Besides her super busy agenda, she still has a lifestyle and fashion website and co-founded Eu Ajudo Foundation, which supports important causes, in Brazil.

Definitely an amazing, multitask beauty…that is still working in community-driven work! A perfect sum!

Here are a few great places from her list:


Curiosities Insider Interviews Chris Pitanguy DuMont Burger

“DuMont Burger has fantastic hamburgers, variations of classic recipes and other delicious dishes make the place perfect for a relaxed dinner, in Brooklyn. The place is named after their iconic sandwich. Plus, they also offer a wonderful delivery service!”

Located in South Williamsburg, DuMont Burger was founded back in 2005 by Colin Devlin in partnership with the Executive Chef, Polo Dobkin. They felt that the neighborhood lacked a good burger spot!

Today, they offer countless burger variations and they are great for a casual dining night! Plus, they also have made-to-order artisanal doughnuts and Brooklyn Roasting coffee service.

Location: 314 Bedford Avenue

www.dumontburgerbrooklyn.com

New York City is a place of experience, and this is certainly one that you should attend!

This dressy “supper club is the city’s spot for hot live music, cabaret and even hotter burlesque shows”.

So, if you’re in the mood of some classy burlesque music and fantastic jazz, paired with a delicious dinner and an awesome crowd, go check them out!

Curiosities Insider Interviews Chris Pitanguy Marea Branzino by Ted Axelrod

“The restaurant redefines the seascape of high-end Italian cuisine serving regional foods of Italy. Chef Michael White presents a fresh interpretation of the coastal cuisine and is also famous for his house-made pasta! They offer a 750 selection wine list!”

Located literally across the street from Central Park, Marea is one of New York’s restaurants that make it to the top of the list of best restaurants in the city!

Moreover, this high-end Italian spot is a great place for a special celebration, a business meeting, a place to impress clients, or a place to pamper yourself in – because you deserve it!

Location: 240 Central Park South

www.marea-nyc.com


Nomad

Curiosities Insider Interviews Chris Pitanguy The Nomad Restaurant Broadway

“With a blending of the Mediterranean Cuisine and the North African Desert, the ambiance at The Nomad Hotels’ restaurant is a mix of the artwork of Alex Weiss’ wall paint sceneries, imported artwork from Morocco, and the carved iron work of Steel Neal. Chef Daniel Humm offer a menu with fun, colorful dishes!”

The hotel offers a few different dining spaces. From The Atrium, inspired in the airy European courtyards and the Parlour’s elegant ambiance, to The Nomad Bar remembering a classic New York City tavern and The Elephant Bar with a grandiose 24-foot-long mahogany bar.

In addition, Chef Daniel Humm does miracles in the kitchen and clients always leave the dining experience in “awe”. After all, there is nothing better than having a feast to enchant your taste buds!

Location: 1170 Broadway

www.thenomadhotel.com


Curiosities Insider Interviews Chris Pitanguy Jeffrey New York

“Jeffrey is a great high-end shopping experience in the Chelsea. You can find gorgeous pieces by Thom Browne, Comme Des Garçons, Raf Simon, Givenchy, Prada and Margiela, plus an amazing shoe selections.”

Their philosophy? They explain that they are always aiming to offer the best and most flawless service, showcasing coveted products in a fun, positive and upbeat ambiance!

Well, they’re going that quite well!

Jeffrey is a shopping experience you have to indulge in. They are a one-stop shop with a great team to assist you, with a focus on customer service. Location is great, since they are right on the border of the Meatpacking District with Chelsea!

Plus, their product selection is super unique. It’s a great place not only for the ladies, but also the gentlemen to shop!

Location: 449 West 14th Street

www.jeffreyusa.com


Thank you, Chris Pitanguy, for sharing your amazing NYC tips exclusively with us!!!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Alessandra Lima, Ted Axelrod for Marea and courtesy of all the venues.
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Zinc Bar: A Hidden Jazz Bar In The Greenwich Village

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Zinc Bar, located in Greenwich Village, swept me off my feet – or chair – on my first visit! It was beautifully said by the New York Magazine: “Down steep stairs and through a velvet curtain, but don’t bother unless you intend to become a regular…”

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Alex Kay and Kristina Kossi, the owners of Zinc Bar, were “lucky” enough to secure the location, once the famous Club Cinderella closed down. It was also a Jazz spot and very famous during the 1940’s.

When you walk along West 3rd Street, you do have to pay attention to find the spot. The entrance is small, below eye level and you have go walk down a few steps. Passing the small door, you’ll see a long full bar with stools lined up. You can start your night by grabbing a drink there, before the show.

Passing a nostalgic red velvet curtain, you’ll find another space with tabled sorted relatively close to each other, and a small stage. That’s where all the magic happens!

Up on stage an amazing Afro Jazz band was having a blast and so was every other person in the room! The guys were just crazy vibing off each other and having so much fun.

We were there with musician friends. We have to say, when other musicians get just as excited as the band on stage…that’s something not to miss.

What you can expect? Inspired in African, Latin & Brazilian rhythms, a great insider crowd and definitely an unforgettable night!

Visit their website to see the events by genre. They have everything from Avant-garde Jazz, Blues, Bossa Nova, Cabaret, Flamenco, Free Jazz, Funk to Malagasy, Reggae, Salsa, Tango Jazz, Vocal, World Music and many more.

Certainly one of our preferred NYC Jazz bar in Greenwich Village.

Before, or after the show, you can make a reservation for dinner at Palma, just a few blocks away. And, if you want to try and stay at a hotel in the Greenwich Village, you can try The Marlton Hotel – one of the hot spots in town.

If you are a jazz lover, be sure to go to the bi-annual event at Governor’s Island called the Jazz Age Lawn Party. Also, you might want to have lunch or dinner at Epistrophy. There, the owner Luca, plays Jazz for his clients every last Sunday of the month!

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Note: Some of the nights, there is a cover fee for the stage area. It’s not much, around $8 – $10. The bar area, on the other hand, nas no cover fee, but may request a minimum of two drinks depending on the day. Definitely, a good “problem” to have!

Last, we can help organize any event you’d like in the city. It can be a private event, or a corporate event, so contact our experts to see how we work.

Hours: Open 7 days a week
Week Nights: 6pm – 2:30am
Weekends: 6pm – 3am

Location: 82 West 3rd Street (btw Thompson & Sullivan)

https://zincjazz.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Marco Losavio, CBK.
*Last Update on March/2020.*

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