A rare retro-feeling, bistrot corner in East Village
It is small so it is usually packed, both inside and outside at the small yard - better go on week nights
There is freelive jazz music to travel you in different parts of the worlds and in old and modern times...
- I guess that is one of the feelings New York City has to offer: the feeling that you can be everywhere in time and place, just being here -
oh, and you can eat , too - and have a great, affordable meal !
Dress Code: Casual
This is quite a historic sight in Greenwich Village. Since 1924 the Cherry Lane Theater has been bringing locals and visitors groundbreaking theatrical entertainment.
From F. Scott Fitzgerald, Clifford Odets,Gertrude Stein to Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson, and David Mamet the Cherry Lane Theater has showcased creative talent that have become household names.
Check out its web site for the current production.
Dress Code: Casual, but dress nicely.
This is a popular place where you can drink and eat. This time, at The Half Pint we scheduled our Sunday brunch and unofficial VT meeting which was included margaritas as much as you wish :)
Oh dear, that Sunday went by very quick... hic.
This is another pub and restaurant that I was only use it for drinking and therefore it is listed here.
Bill's Bar & Burger have few in New York and this one was near Rockefeller Center. We met here few friends from around US and the world, so it was convenience location for all for few drinks.
This is a pub and restaurant, it can easily be in the restaurants list but as I only had beer here I am listing it as night tip. The Heartland Brewery is a regional brewery and I notice they have few pubs around the city. This one was most convenience, it the 5th Ave by the Empire State Building, so you cannot miss this one.
Update 2012: this night spot that used to be called Me Bar when we were there is now called VU Bar so I've updated the material.
This is a terrific little rooftop bar for a couple of bumps under the sun or the stars. It's also a good spot for people who can do without the attitude of NYC nightclubs. VU Bar is hidden away on the 14th floor of the La Quinta Inn and feels like it's practically up against the side of the Empire State Building. The interior bar and outside terrace are tiny but cheerful, the bartender was friendly, tunes were good and drink prices reasonable for Manhattan. No dress code, no cover, no velvet rope. There also wasn't any table service but the bar is only steps away so not an issue. The terrace is open almost all year - even in the winter - with heaters to take the chill off. Nice.
It's crowded on the weekends and they can only let so many people up to the postage stamp-sized lounge and terrace at a time so your best bet for grabbing a seat without a wait is on weekday evenings or at opening hour on the weekends. Take the elevators, that are straight ahead of you when you enter the hotel, to the 14th floor and exit to the right. Go up a few stairs and into the cozy, glass-sided interior bar. This was the perfect low-key venue for escaping the street and resting our pavement-weary heels. It's also one heck of a view up the face of the ESB from the terrace!
Dress Code: Shirt, shoes, the usual.
I always visit Wicked Willy's when I'm in town. The bar has great specials every day, awesome bartenders, and attracts a fun crowd. The pirate memorabilia is so cool to look at while playing beer pong and hanging out with friends. Make sure to pay a visit!
Dress Code: Dress to impress.
There’s a very good reason why the Top of the Rock stays open until midnight (last ride up at 11.00 PM) – the views of the city from here, stunning as they are by day, are absolutely magical by night!
On our early morning visit we’d opted for the Sunrise and Sunset ticket, which allowed us to make two visits on the same day. So later that day (about 6.00 PM) we returned for our second visit. Although it was a little busier than in the morning, we didn’t need to queue to buy tickets, and on showing the one purchased earlier were able to progress quickly through the exhibition and after only a five minute wait, back up to the roof terraces. We’d timed it perfectly. Although still light, the sun was starting to dip in the sky, and after a brief walk around the terrace we settled on a good spot from where we could watch it set. We were soon pleased that we’d done this, as the roof started to fill up and later arrivals had to settle for looking over the shoulders of others.
Once the sun had gone we remained, taking photos (far too many photos!) of the lights as they came on all over Manhattan and beyond. The solid stone pillars that support the retaining wall make great impromptu tripods so you should be able to get decent shots even on a fairly basic camera. On returning home I had a go at creating a panorama from some of mine which I’m quite pleased with (it's in a separate travelogue if you want to check it out). As in the morning, we stayed a good hour and a half, making this experience one of the best we had on the trip and good value for the $30 we’d paid for the two visits (a simple one visit ticket would have been $20).
For general information about the Top of the Rock experience please see my Things to Do tip.
Dress Code: It may be warm and sunny when you ascend but take a warm sweater as it can get pretty chilly up there after dark.
parties in the city with local NYC crowd, places like 1OAK, SL, Tenjune, Kiss&Fly and more in the Meat packing district area, if you want to enjoy some F-R-E-E vodka cranberries at my table..
Text me :347 822 2175 and ill get you on the guest list
Not surprisingly, NYC has one of the grandest 4th of July Fireworks displays in the USA. Actually, it has several displays, but the largest is along the Hudson River. I learned that 59th street and 12th avenue was a good place to go, but I also found problems with this location. The good part was ease of access by a short walk from Central Park, but the bad part was the sunset view of the river was blocked by the elevated parkway. I recommend that NYC consider removing this eyesore freeway and to open up a view of the river. Anyways, the fireworks were launched high over the river, so they were nevertheless easy to see. NYC had six launch sites in a row, maybe six times the show of most major cities in the USA.
McSorley's rival for longest continually operating NYC pub, Pete's has been open since 1864 and had its share of notable patrons. O. Henry was a regular and wrote my favorite of his short stories, "Gift of the Magi", at a booth near the door. Painter/author Ludwig Bemelmans created his first story of a petite mademoiselle "in an old house in Paris that was covered with vines..." here and "Madeline", first published in 1939, has been delighting little girls for 50 years. Strange to think of a children's book being penned in a saloon!
Pete's is a bit more tidy than McSorley's but still retains most of the original furnishings - including an enormous, 30-ft. rosewood bar. The establishment has taken a bow in several films and TV shows - such as Sex in the City, Seinfeld and Ragtime - as well as in advertising campaigns. It has its own ale too, cleverly named "Pete's Ale". Guess they didn't spend much on focus groups in the 1800's?
Unlike its rival, Pete's has the usual array of bottled and tapped brews, a full bar and a restaurant with an Italian/American menu but reviews of the food is, well, mixed at best so come here for a pint of Pete's and a look at the other of NYC's oldest surviving pubs.
Dress Code: Very casual
I went there one night to listen to my guitar teacher's performance. And Suke did well! Besides that, the place is trash and the local beer (Pabst) reminded me of the US-beer / s** in a canoe - joke...
Boulevard is yet another place to party with the Latin Flare. On Wednesdays ""Al B Productions"" promotes what he calls "El que sabe, sabe" He who knows, knows. And its definitely a place for those in the know go.
The D.J. mixes a blend of disco music from the 80's, freestyle from the 90's, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and of course Reagatton!!
Don't forget to hang out at the VIP Lounge, you'll love the "Dancer Poles" and the excellent service from the the lovely "waitresses"
Way back when, before I began frequenting this wonderful city, I confused this wine bar with the one SES used to take me to last summer. When Matthew and I came here, I was pleasantly surprised with the mix up. Acutually this wine bar is a lot nicer than the other one. The people who own and operate this establishment also own a winery up the road from my home, Rivendell Winery, you can find information about it on my New Paltz page. I highly suggest you pay this place a visit and try as many of the locally made New York wines as you can.
Not much of frontage (as usual for New York), and first impressions were a bit disappointing. Seemed to be a fairly lifeless small bar with regimented waitress service.
The two key appeals of the place take a few minutes to sink in.
Firstly, obviously the monkey murals on the wall that are both bizarre and intriguing in equal measure - the bar is quite dark but bright spot lights seem to bring the (sometimes creepy looking) monkeys into 3D.
Secondly, the old geezer playing away to himself on the piano. This guy is a genuine, natural born, musical genius and he's so engrossed he seemed totally oblivious to anyone or anything in the bar. Just watching him rock in his seat and mouth the notes he was playing was fascinating enough. Go & hear him play before you snuff it !
Was unexpectedly quiet for a Saturday night at 10pm, but then it's not the velvet rope venue that would normally be full at this time.
Come here after a meal at nearby Tao restaurant and drinks at Bar Seine in The Plaza Athenee (NOT the same as The Plaza hotel - as we unfortunately discovered) for a full-on Sex & The City night out.
Dress Code: Probably none (it's too refined for doorstaff or bouncers) but make an effort anyway
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