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Piccola Cucina: A Charming Italian Restaurant in NYC

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The smaller, the better! That’s how we like our restaurants to be! Piccola Cucina Enoteca is a charming Italian restaurant with a few locations around New York.

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I remember the very first time I went to Piccola Cucina on Prince Street. The place was not new – it was founded back in 2008 – but I only had a chance to visit them on September 2014.

Behind the Scenes NYC was just starting its journey uncovering the local New York scene, I had just hired my immigration lawyers to kick off my Visa process, so I wanted to start our explorations in grand style!

As soon as you walk in Piccola Cucina, you’ll be surprised on how tiny the place is.

There are maybe only around 10 tables, all pretty packed up together. But, no one really seems to mind, nor pay attention to what’s happening with their neighbor.

If you’re a visual person like me, the good thing is that you can peek around to see what the dishes look like.

I went there with a friend that I’ve known since we were 3-4 years old, that studied with me back in school and eventually in college. He’d been living in NYC for quite some time, working for a renowned bank, and knew about all my life changing plans of moving to New York City.

Since then, everything ended up well: I moved to New York and properly started my business. There is just so much to see in this city that, even though I do go to places I love multiple times, I always tend to look for new places to explore. It’s always good for new content for you guys!

That said, I hadn’t found a good opportunity to go back, until a few days ago with 2 good friends that also live here and have never been there.

We did a reservation for Sunday, at 2pm. The place is so tiny that if you don’t have a reservation, you’ll probably have to wait a while for a table.

I woke up a little later than normal, since Sundays are my lazy days. I had a light breakfast to actually arrive hungry at Piccola Cucina. I wanted to know how Chef Philip Guardione, a true Sicilian raised, would surprise me this time!

We all ordered different dishes:

  • To share: Bruschetta ai Pomodorini e Basilico – Classic Cherry Tomato and Basil Bruschetta
  • Cavatelli ai Funghi Porcini – Cavatelli with Porcini Mushrooms
  • Lasagna al Ragu – Lasagna with Meat Ragu, Tomato and Bechamel Sauce
  • Pasta alla Norma – Eggplant Rolls Stuffed with Tomatoes Spaghetti and Ricotta Cheese
  • Red Wines by the glass: Divus Ciavolic Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Cembra Pinot Noir

All the dishes are super well served and came in beautiful pans that was pretty unique! I actually ordered the rest of mine to go. I literally was able to eat only half!

“I only came to New York for a visit, but the energy and vitality of the people bewitched me. Today the Big Apple has become my city, where this unexpected adventure all started, and my goal is to bring the joy and flavor of my country here”. ~ Chef Philip Guardione

We decided not to order dessert, but we did see the Cannoli with Ricotta Cheese and the Tiramisú at the neighbor tables. They looked delicious and the people eating them, seemed very happy with their order! Ha!

So, after some coffee, it was time to go! We had a fantastic time! The staff was ultra-friendly and solicitous, music was pleasant, and guests came from all over the globe. We could listen to them speaking multiple different languages.

Piccola Cucina is a perfect place for a brunch with friends. It’s also a fantastic idea to surprise your date on a trendy, intimate New York spot! But, not really fun for small kids though…

If you’re in SoHo, you can just take more time to explore.

So, go grab a drink at a speakeasy bar called The Ship, have fun at the famous interactive exhibit called Color Factory, or go for dessert and coffee at Sweets by Chloe. I love their Red Velvet cupcake – it’s vegan, but if I hadn’t told you, you’d never notice!

Hours: Please check details for each location on website.

Locations:
Enoteca – 184 Prince Street
Sicilian Osteria – 196 Spring Street
Estiatorio – 75 Thompson Street
Upper East Side – 106 East 60th Street

www.piccolacucinagroup.com


Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC and Courtesy of Piccola Cucina

Submerge: Immersive Installation at ARTECHOUSE

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Come explore SUBMERGE, the new immersive installation at ARTECHOUSE created by Pantone! Be sure to guarantee your ticket!


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ARTECHOUSE invited us to an exclusive preview to experience a new immersive installation called SUBMERGE!

This new fully immersive visual experience was inspired by “19-4052 Classic Blue” as the Pantone Color of the Year 2020 and opened to the public this week!

“PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective, open the flow of communication and connect to others.”

“Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Moreover, this multi-sensory installation seeks to do the same as the color itself, centering our thoughts, aiding concentration and fostering resilience while immersing visitors into a realm of boundless blue, evocative of the infinite evening sky at dusk, the vastness of deep, serene ocean waters, and the limitless reflections in the rain.”

We have to agree that this color is truly calming and smoothing. Plus, it was beautifully and creatively showcased through this technology-driven work of art!

Don’t miss the chance to see it!⁠

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More about ARTECHOUSE:

Founded in 2015 by arts advocates Sandro and Tati, ARTECHOUSE is a new age art destination dedicated to showcasing works by groundbreaking artists who work with new technology and new forms of creative expression.⁠

ARTECHOUSE will offer visitors and artists alike the most technologically advanced art platform in the world.

Utilizing the Barco-powered, 16K resolution, 150 megapixel, laser projection technology, ARTECHOUSE will be the first cultural institution to integrate the largest seamless megapixel count, bringing every pixel alive in the widest color spectrum.


In addition, if you enjoyed learning more about ARTECHOUSE, you might want to check out Arcadia Earth, the first immersive augmented reality journey through planet Earth!

They built a creative way to share critical topics of what’s happening to our Home. So, come see this augmented reality journey with a purpose!

Tickets:
Adults (15-64): $24
Students, Seniors (65+) & Military ID holders: $20
Children (2-14): $17
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Date: Up through February 23rd, 2020

Location: Chelsea Market – 439 West 15th Street⁠

www.artechouse.com


Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC

A NYC TV & Movie Tour

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Let’s explore New York City in a different way! If you’re a TV and movie fan, this NYC TV & Movie Tour is the perfect one for you! So, what are you waiting for? Let’s go!


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Take a guided bus for the NYC TV & Movie Tour to the sites of your favorite movies and TV shows!

New York is the most filmed city in the world, and this tour will allow you to see the New York your favorite TV and movie stars saw. You’ll even see a few celebrity homes.

Your tour is guided by a local New York City actor or actress who will share some tidbits about his or her experience on a film set.

This tour also provides a fun, unique way to explore Manhattan, for those that want a sightseeing tour with an entertainment twist. We start out at a central location in Times – Square, but along the way we visit locations in Greenwich Village, SoHo, and Chelsea.

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This tour is equally fantastic for tourists and locals, families and groups of friends. Your guide will entertain and inform you as you visit over 40 locations, including:

  • Pass the Oscorp and Daily Bugle office buildings from Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Visit the Park featured in Glee, The Mindy Project, and When Harry Met Sally, etc
  • Catch a glimpse of the hotel s featured in Modern Family and American Hustle
  • Spot The Original Soup Man, along with other Seinfeld locations
  • Visit popular spots from Friends including the gang’s apartment building
  • Stop at McGee’s Pub, the bar used as the inspiration for the one used on How I Met Your Mother
  • See new locations from Younger, Girls, Mr. Robot, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and more!

TOUR DETAILS:

  • Price: $51 / person
  • Duration: Tour runs Approximately 3 hours
  • Features over 40 TV & movie locations and is our most popular tour
  • Features the most recent locations used by TV shows and movie, but also includes classic sites from Friends, Seinfeld and Ghostbusters
  • All our tour guides are local actors who share insider information about filming in NYC
  • Features three stops for photo opportunities
  • Tour takes place on a comfortable, clean and air-conditioned bus
  • Gratuity: Gratuities are not included in the price of the tour ticket. A tip for exemplary service is always appreciated, but never required. 🙂

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To organize a behind the scenes tour for your team or a special group of clients, contact our experts to learn more about our Corporate Tours & Experiences.

If you enjoyed the NYC TV & Movie Tour, be sure to check what the Secret Behind The Scenes Grand Central Terminal Tour is all about and the Greenwich Village Coffee Tour & Tasting.

Also, see the YouTube Video we shot and a list of 25 Most Iconic and Instagrammable Movie Locations in NYC!


Photo Credit: ©Behind the Scenes NYC

The Perfect Girl’s Night Out in NYC with Holly Burt

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“Legs bigger than your future!” as Holly Burt says on her Instagram bio! This New York-based lady has quite a story and has shared with us her 7 tips for the perfect girl’s night out in NYC!

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This week we interviewed a great lady called Holly Burt! If you Google, one of the first things you’ll probably see about her is that she has the 2016 record for Longest Legs in America, measuring 49.5″ (126cm)!

Aside from having this beautiful natural gift, Holly is also a super talented designer and has a pretty funny and kind personality that just brightens your day!


My name is Holly Burt and I have been living in NYC since 2013.

I came up here for school where I attended Parsons School of Design and was so lucky to have experienced an unorthodox college experience where the city was my campus.

Now having graduated, I work in graphic product development for a huge childrenswear manufacturer working with brands like Nike, Converse, Jordan, Hurley, and Levi’s.

Although, you may know me from the internet or TV as having the record (obtained in 2016) for the Longest Legs in America (49.5 inches).

The past couple of years I was featured on shows like TLC- primetime documentary, Comedy Centrals – Tosh.0, The Travel Channel, the New York Post and much more!

Recently I have been working with tall women’s apparel companies which I am so passionate for standing at 6’5 (198cm), I’m hoping to start my own tall apparel company one day.

Now, 2020 has a lot in store! Shortly, I will be moving to London to accompany my boyfriend who just moved to start his job at Amazon. We’re now in the process of obtaining my Visa. For now, I am quickly checking off everything that’s been on my NY bucket list before the big move! 

Lastly, I also have a graphic design website and have worked with great brands like Nike, Converse, Levi’s, Snapchat and others!


Holly shared her 7 best spots for the perfect girl’s night out in New York City. And we have to confess…it’s a pretty cool list of places!

We were super excited to see that she chose spots in 3 neighborhoods that we are also super fond of: the East Village, the Lower East Side and Bushwick in Brooklyn.

So, take a look at Holly Burt’s 7 spots to enjoy the perfect girl’s night out in New York City:


Good Night Sonny

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Located on the East Village border is a poppin, but not too poppin of a place to grab dinner and drinks with friends.

Good Night Sonny has a long bar and small tables aligned on a big window front. The acoustics are great so you can actually have a conversation.

A good friend, Chad Shaner is the head chef here and has a lot of awards under his belt like a 2-star review in the New York Times (critic’s pick), as well as a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand.

I know you will be in good hands here – also the cocktails are BANGING!

Hours:
Daily, until 4am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 4pm

Location: 134 1st Avenue

https://www.goodnightsonnynyc.com


Souvlaki GR (LES)

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Love this place because you could spend hours on end here and not even know it. It’s Greek/Mediterranean vibes and I’ve been here a lot before I start my night out.

Really amazing food and the interior it’s very jammed packed but it feels like you’re in Santorini.

I highly recommend the lamb chops, shot of Mastika (literally tastes like an edible pine candle- in a good way) and a bottle of Ouzo.

If you come here in the summertime you can sit outside on the streets and watch all the bar goers go by since it’s conveniently located in a strip of amazing bars in the Lower East Side.

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 11pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 12:30am

Location: 116 Stanton Street

https://www.souvlakigr.com


Lovers of Today

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This lovechild-of-a-speakeasy-and-lounge right off Tompkins Square Park might be easy to walk past.

It’s a fairly nondescript bar, but as soon as you walk through the mini alley and enter the dark basement, you’ll be ready to set the scene for a sultry rendezvous with a special someone, be it a lover or a friend.

There are hints of red neon lights to brighten up the dark corners and a disco ball glimmering to the 2000’s hip hop music.

They have a pretty awesome happy hour- goes until 8PM!

Hours: Daily: 5pm – 4am

Location: 132 1/2 East 7th Street

https://www.facebook.com/loversoftoday


Mr. Purple

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It’s happy hour and my friends and I tend to get thirsty before 5pm. We always like to start a night out at a bougie rooftop if the weather permits.

A favorite rooftop of mine is Mr. Purple. I personally think it has the best views of the city because I prefer a Downtown backdrop of the city as opposed to Midtown/Uptown.

Oh, and it does have a pool on the rooftop, so in the summertime you can jump in with an Aperol Spritz in your hand.

But this place also holds a special place in my heart because this is where my boyfriend and I had our first date!

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 4pm – 2am
Thursday & Friday: 4pm – 4am
Saturday: 11am – 4am
Sunday: 11am – 2am

Location: 180 Orchard Street, 15th Floor

https://www.mrpurplenyc.com


Double Down Saloon

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If you are looking for a gritty and disgusting dive bar, Double Down Saloon is your place! Super cheap drinks and you have to try their signature shot “Ass Juice”.

I still can’t figure out what it is, but it sits in a warm jug under the bar. The bartenders are super mean, but it goes with the ambience – I’m pretty sure most of them are ex-dominatrix’s.

There is an ancient myth that when the bartender does “last call” she hops on top of the bar and screams “LAST CALL” with a whip in her hand, and everyone must respond simultaneously “YES MA’AM”.

They also have a pool table and 80’s porn going on the big screen.

This may not be for you, but if you’re looking for an experience, this is your place.

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 12pm – 4am
Saturday: 10am – 4am
Sunday: 11am – 4am

Location: 14 Avenue A

https://doubledownsaloon.com/nyc


Turks Inn

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Off to Bushwick! ​Turks Inn is whimsical and has crazy decorations.

Everywhere you look has something outrageous, including clowns, various birds and old photos.

The outside does stand out a little for the strip, but it does nothing to prepare you for inside.

First thing you notice when entering is the low light with a red cast. Then your eyes just go all over and are overwhelmed in a good way. So many layers of whatever all over the place.

They have pretty good Turkish food, but having a Turkish boyfriend and going to Istanbul has ruined me for American Turkish food.

I would say: go to this place for the experience, they also have a dance club right next door with a live DJ called Sultan Room.

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 6pm – 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 6pm – 11pm

Location: 234 Starr Street

https://turksnyc.com


House of Yes

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Right down the street from Turks Inn is the grand finale, House of Yes in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

This is the perfect place to dance your heart away until 4am. ​Most events are themed, and people tend to wear amazing costumes.

I’ve been here for several parties and always had a blast.

The scene here is LGBTQ friendly and you won’t run into anyone that doesn’t have a smile on their face, it truly is magical.

If it’s a themed night, be prepared. They will not let you in if you aren’t dressed to the theme, but no worries – they have a thrift like costume shop out front that comes equipped with everything you need to dress to theme.

House of yes has a live DJ set, cage dancers, and acrobatics, don’t be surprised if you see people dancing from ropes 20ft up!

Hours: May vary. Please check their website.

Location: 2 Wyckoff Avenue

https://houseofyes.org


Thank you, Holly, we loved your girl’s night out list and we wish you all the best in your future home, London! We’re sure you’ll all have a pretty good time at all these carefully curated spots, so let us know what you thought!

If you want to explore a few other cool New York secret places, you might want to check out the 9 best speakeasies in New York City.


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Holly Burt, ©Behind the Scenes NYC, William Foster (aka dubfoster) and all the venues

6 Under The Radar Museums In Manhattan

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There is nothing better than exploring unusual spots around New York. So, we decided to share with you 6 under the radar museums in Manhattan! Have fun!

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Yes, we know that New York City’s world-famous museums are definitely places to visit, but they aren’t the only ones around. There are some quite amazing under the radar museums in Manhattan.

Indeed, it’s now estimated there are about 100 first-rate museums spread throughout the Big Apple’s five boroughs.

If you have just checked out of your Airbnb, you’re not ready to check out some of New York’s hidden gems before heading out. So, be sure to read our guide.

Below, we share six under the radar museums in Manhattan with amazing experiences but that you can easily find.

So, fire up your Google Maps, store your luggage, and go explore!


1. Travel Back in Time at the Tenement Museum

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To get a feel for New York’s gritty past, definitely stop by the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, at 103 Orchard Street.

In addition to touring an authentic 19th century tenement house, this museum hosts highly interactive neighborhood tours with guides dressed in period costume.

All of the Tenement Museum’s exhibits are designed to illuminate the realities of American immigration from the 1800s onwards.

Oh! And before visiting the Tenement Museum, feel free to drop your heavy bags at one of the convenient Stasher locations in nearby SoHo or Chinatown.

Location: 103 Orchard Street

https://www.tenement.org


2. Tour the Teensy-Tiny Mmuseumm

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Only large enough for three people, Lower Manhattan’s Mmuseumm won’t win any accolades for its extensive collection.

Despite the Mmuseumm’s amusingly small size, visitors rave about the constantly rotating selection of newsworthy artifacts.

We can’t promise you’ll feel overwhelmed by the Mmuseumm’s offerings, but you certainly won’t forget your visit.

The Mmuseumm’s is located close to the Canal Street Metro.

Location: 4 Cortlandt Alley

http://www.mmuseumm.com


3. See the Original “Winnie The Pooh” Plush

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Despite protestations from British leaders, the stuffed animals that inspired A. A. Milne’s “Winnie The Pooh” remains in the New York Public Library.

In addition to Pooh Bear, visitors will get to see the original Kanga, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet dolls that Christopher Robin once played with.

Note: the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is the library branch that holds these treasured toys.

You can easily find this building near the 5th Avenue/Bryant Park Metro.

Location: 476 5th Avenue

https://www.nypl.org/schwarzman


4. Explore the Himalayas at the Rubin Museum of Art

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Looking for some Buddhist serenity in the Big Apple? Consider visiting the underrated Chelsea’s Rubin Museum of Art. We truly love exploring it!

This easy-to-miss museum houses thousands of ornate art objects from the mystifying Himalayas.

From Tibet and India to Nepal and Pakistan, you’ll need a few reincarnations to appreciate all the art on display here.

The Rubin Museum of Art is less than a mile’s walk south of Penn Station near the 18th Street Metro. Bag storage is limited, so be sure to check out Stasher’s convenient luggage storage options in Penn Station before your visit.

Location: 150 West 17th Street

http://rubinmuseum.org


5. Get Your James Bond on at SPYSCAPE

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Get ready to live out your own James Bond adventure in the SPYSCAPE museum, launched back in 2018. It’s a pretty new addition to New York’s list of attractions.

After viewing dozens of espionage-related artifacts, visitors can test their spy skills through a series of highly immersive challenges, like solving encrypted codes and walking through laser sensors.

You might even be able to talk with resident hackers about the importance of Internet Privacy.

You can find this exhilarating museum on 8th Avenue, which is less than a mile from Carnegie Hall.

Location: 928 8th Avenue

https://spyscape.com


6. Soar to New Heights at the Skyscraper Museum

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Honestly, what other city is more deserving of having a Skyscraper Museum?

Sure, the art of skyscrapers has now gone global, but New York City’s skyline will always remain the world’s most iconic.

Inside Battery Park’s Skyscraper Museum, you can learn the engineering behind all of New York’s famous buildings.

This museum also works hard to present the stories of the countless engineers and investors who made New York City what it is today.

Oh, a while back we experienced an amazing 2-day tour with Siemens where they showed us how their technology also helped build NYC! You might find this pretty cool as well!

You can easily reach the Skyscraper Museum on foot from the Wall Street Metro. Before visiting, please take a peek at Stasher’s convenient storage destinations in the Financial District.

Location: 39 Battery Place

https://skyscraper.org


If you enjoyed reading this post about the under the radar museums in Manhattan, you might want to see a few more hidden museums around the city!

Check out the 5 Offbeat Museums In NYC You Should Visit or read about the Most Different Museum In New York Of All Times.

If you’re looking for custom tours or need to put together a corporate experience, let our experts help you out!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of all the Museums
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Greenwich Village Coffee Tour & Tasting

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New York is know for its countless coffee shops and we all know true New Yorkers love a great coffee cup. So, come explore the Greenwich Village Coffee Tour & Tasting experience.


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Drink your way through the surprising history of coffee in NYC on the Greenwich Village Coffee Tour & Tasting.

Discover the surprising history of coffee in New York City while exploring Greenwich Village, its iconic birthplace.

On this unique walking tour we will learn how New York and coffee go hand-in-hand both in cultural and economic development. We will hear the story of one of the most successful coffee entrepreneurs of the early 20th century, who’s first shop was in Grand Central and who was a woman!

In between sampling coffee at some of the retailers that popularized America’s favorite beverage, you’ll get a crash course in coffee history from its ancient discovery in Africa to its sustainable farming movements of the past few years.

We will also highlight many of Greenwich Village’s hidden historical gems, like the Minetta Brook, and explain their connection to coffee.

By the end of this experience you will have tasted: an espresso, a drip coffee, chocolate covered coffee beans and a cappuccino… so you will be caffeinated!

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Drink a cappuccino from NYC’s oldest cafe
  • Discover the former cafe that became the unofficial birthplace of the off-off Broadway theatre movement
  • Taste coffee treats from New York City’s oldest whole bean retailers
  • See NYC’s first espresso machine
  • Learn how NYC coffee culture played host to the first Stock Exchange and was considered to be the world’s first internet

TOUR DETAILS:
Price: $40 / person
What to wear: Bring comfortable shoes. This tour is happening rain or shine so please dress appropriately for the weather.
What to know: The tour is 1.5 hours long; the group meets at the Minetta Triangle, N/e Corner of Ave. of Americas and, Minetta Ln
Ticket Confirmation: After you book this experience, you will receive a confirmation email from our partner confirming you are attending the tour!

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To organize a behind the scenes tour for your team or a special group of clients, contact our experts to learn more about our Corporate Tours & Experiences.

If you enjoy the Greenwich Village Coffee Tour & Tasting, be sure to check what the Secret Behind The Scenes Grand Central Terminal Tour is all about!


Photo Credit: Courtesy of our partner

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

Chelsea Market, Meatpacking District & High Line Food & History Tour

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Eat like a local on a Chelsea Market, Meatpacking District & High Line Food & History Tour! And, explore the new Hudson Yards! Let us show you what this area in Manhattan is all about!


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Work your way through the Chelsea Market, Meatpacking District, and the High Line, and see the new Hudson Yards! If you’ve never been to New York City, this is a great place to start exploring!

From its working-class origins to its place in New York City’s club scene, to today, where high-end fashion houses rub shoulders with celebrities and trendsetting gourmands, the Meatpacking District is a slice of all of NYC!

Learn the area’s secrets, take in the views from the world-famous High Line and sample the diverse fare in the historic Chelsea Market.

In addition, explore Manhattan’s newest neighborhood, the Hudson Yards, that had an investment of 25-billion-dollars! Crazy, right!?

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(Get 15% off with the exclusive Promo Code: BTSNYC!!!)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Pizza from local favorite Filaga Pizza
  • VIP pastry sampler from Las Delicias Patisserie (gluten free and vegan available!)
  • Taco from inventive Takumi Taco (vegetarian option available)
  • Seed + Mill halva
  • Doughnuttery doughnut or Legendary little ‘witch from Fat Witch Bakery
  • How hot can you go?! Guided hot sauce tasting by a hot sauce “sommelier”
  • Special introduction and tote bag at Artists & Fleas. Shop NYC gifts from local makers!

TOUR DETAILS:

  • Location: Manhattan
  • Duration: 3 Hours
  • Tour Maximum: 14 people. Our groups are small for intimate, high-quality experiences.
  • Tour Includes: All food (enough for lunch); Drinks not included.
  • Walking Distance: One mile or 1.6 km.

Additional Notes: All of our tour guides are working actors or actresses so each tour comes packed with personality! This food tour is great for vegetarians. You can indulge in beer or wine (additional cost). Stops are subject to change at any time. *Tour runs rain, snow or shine.

Rates: $56 / person
Times: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays at 10am

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So, if you enjoyed this tour, you might also want to check out the “A Flatiron Food, History & Architecture Tour“.

If you’re looking for a custom tour related to art, food, historical sights, fashion or any other focus, contact us so we work on this with you! For Corporate Tours, let our experts help you out and share exclusive rates!


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Secret Behind the Scenes Grand Central Terminal Tour

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Grand Central Terminal is one of New York City’s most amazing historical attractions. Even though it can be quite touristy, we always find a way to tweak it into a behind the scenes experience for you! Book your spot at our Secret Behind the Scenes Grand Central Terminal Tour!


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If you’ve never been to New York, or if you’ve been here countless times, the city can be quite overwhelming with things to do and places to go!

Even though we are always covering the best hidden spots, events and upcoming brands, there are quite a few historical places that will never negate! The city is overflowing with history and our efforts in keeping it live are tireless and endless!

One of the most magnificent and monumental attractions is our beloved Grand Central Terminal! We always get lost in thoughts and emotions when we walk through it.

We definitely experience a timeless affair with it!

The story behind this grandiose landmark is more than amusing, but let’s starts with saying it’s name correctly, ok?

People have the habit of calling it “Grand Central Station”. But, the correct name is “Grand Central Terminal”! Why? Because a terminal is where train lines “terminate”. It’s the start and ending point for trains, hence, it’s a Terminal, not a Station. So, let’s start saying the name right!

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In the past, the Grand Central Terminal was seen as an embarrassment to the city of New York, and you can’t even imagine why!

This behind the scenes Grand Central Terminal tour will take you through the common areas. In addition, it will also give you so much rich, unpublished and private information of things people don’t quite notice while rushing by!

But wait, we want to tell you more! You’ll also finally be told where the 4 Whispering Arches are, if you haven’t found it yet.

Want something ultra top secret!? Ask about the M42, a secret sub-basement. Why it’s completely blocked by security and why its exact location is so closely guarded! The story is thrilling!

During the 2nd World War, even Hitler tried infiltration spies to gain access to destroy it, but was thankfully unsuccessful. It does not even show in the Terminal’s blueprints and maps, due to is secrecy.

So, expect not only to see many of the traditional spots – with secret information, but also experience some quite unique places within the building!

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Peek into the entrance of the glass walkways;
  • Locate its lost armchairs;
  • Learn about Grand Central Terminal’s backwards ceiling;
  • See its hidden tennis courts;
  • Learn many more of its secrets!

DETAILS:
Price: $35 / person
What to wear: Bring comfortable shoes.
What to know: The tour is 1.5 hours long; please consult with the MTA for weekend subway schedules and routing changes. Please note that due to enhanced security measures, Grand Central no longer allows access to places like the M-42 basement, FDR train car or glass walkways to non Metro-North or MTA employees.
Ticket Confirmation: After you book this experience, you will receive a confirmation email from our partner confirming you are attending the tour!

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To organize a behind the scenes tour for your team or a special group of clients, contact our experts to learn more about our Corporate Tours & Experiences.

If you enjoy this type of tour, be sure to check what the Underground New York Subway Tour is all about! Plus, for the music lovers, explore these secret music gigs that happen around town!


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*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

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.*

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