Hello everyone! A beautiful Monday it is today. The birds are chirping, the sun in shining, and my allergies are finally starting to calm the heck down (except for yesterday, it was pretty darn windy outside). Most importantly, today was the first day I walked around outside without a jacket! Progress people! I know that in the winter time, and subsequent never ending chilliness thereafter, people generally don't like to venture out and explore things. We just wanna stay inside, drink our bodega wine, and watch Netflix throughout the night. Which is fine, don't get me wrong (especially since this Friday, season 3 of Orange is the New Black comes out!!! Seriously, don't contact me on Friday, that's all I'll be doing all day), but there is a whole wide world out there that has yet to be explored by us!
I have been getting a few requests from readers to talk about things to do in NYC, and I figure now is quite the perfect time to share a few of my FAVORITE things! Besides the often special events that happen in NYC, there are always a few go to spots that I will share for anyone who is visiting soon... or even if you live here and you don't get out much!
As most of you know, I am very much a night person, but seeing that NYC is supposedly the city that never sleeps, it's pretty darn hard to find good late night food! My absolute favorite place to eat at ANY TIME of day is a 24 hour place called Coppelia. I use to go here all the darn time after getting off work at 4am. I'm a huge loner sometimes, so I usually sit at the bar and eat. It's also really good for couples and groups too. The food is kinda small with the portions, but so darn good! I always get the fish tacos, but the last time I went and tried the arepas...amazing! One time, they had a special menu item, watermelon ceviche...changed my life! Honestly, this place is my go to SUPER late night spot for food. That or halal....but I only like the halal on Chrystie and Houston!
Moving along to my favorite places to fall off the wagon, I will begin with the fanciest: Rose bar! This place is SUPER boughie, but I absolutely love it. Hotel bars are actually my favorite bars. You can meet people from around the world, who usually don't live in the city, so they won't bother you after they leave town! However with Rose Bar, there are also lots of regulars who go, so it can become somewhat familiar. All of the bartenders there are also surprisingly very nice, even when the place is PACKED. I really despise rude bartenders. There is a door guy you have to get past after like 10pm I think, which can prove to be a bit tough. I'll give tips on that in a separate blog! My next favorite is a bar called Mother's Ruin (weird name right?). This is definitely an industry bar to the fullest. What that means is that people who work in the service industry (bartenders, servers, managers), usually frequent this place during the week (not weekend...never the weekend!) One of the perks of this bar is that they have food until the bar closes. Most of the time the kitchen closes super early in bars, and I'm just sitting there drinking instead of eating, and that's never good! The burger is HEAVEN. I actually rung in this New Years by eating one! All of the bartenders are amazing at their job, and always end up making me some special hand crafted cocktail I've never had before.
Other places I frequent: La Esquina (underground hidden Spanish restaurant and bar with very good DJs), Brass Monkey (the most wasted I've ever been...on many occasions. Also an industry bar), the Box (very hard to describe....but just be prepared for literally anything)
Other than the obvious fun stuff like eating and drinking, what I REALLY love doing in NYC is going to karaoke! It's pretty nerdy I admit, but it's so darn fun! I am still in search for the perfect place to karaoke, however I do know of some good ones. The Diamond Horseshoe has decent karaoke on Wednesday night. Drawbacks to this place are the limited selection of songs, and long wait times, but the pluses are, you get to sing with a live band on a huge stage! Planet Rose also has very fun karaoke. Lots of songs to choose from! Very chill crowd, so nobody will judge you, and the wait times are pretty short. If you want to sing in the privacy of your own room, I suggest going to St. Marks between Bowery and 2nd ave. BUT, these places do charge per song, or per hour...so know what you wanna sing!
Of all the things you could do in NYC, and trust me, there are a lot, the best thing you could probably do (and cheapest!) is to just straight up walk around! It's the best way to find new things, especially if you actually live here. I get into so many random shenanigans (man, I haven't used that word in the longest!) by just walking past and stumbling upon hidden treasures. You could crash block parties, wander into events, there could be free giveaways...or you might just find some beautiful landscape and architecture. Neighborhoods that are good for exploring: West village (BEAUTIFULLLL streets, neighborhood feel in the bustling city, but you might get lost... I always do!), Long Island City ( A great view of the Manhattan skyline, also this part of town looks very modern, and kind of reminds me of California), Prospect Park South (Right by the park, and also some very nice fancy houses, as oppose to the usual city apartment buildings or brownstones. Great for bike riding!) Basically just get out there and walk around!
If you are in fact coming to NYC soon, and need even MORE tips, please feel free to contact me directly and I will let you know the full report based on your budget, time, and/or locational needs. It's very easy to get overwhelmed by all of the possibilities, but I can for sure help narrow it down!
p.s. There is actually something that has helped ME discover the daily NYC happenings...snapchat! It sounds crazy, but snapchat has the NYC feed which shows whats going on, and I find it pretty helpful when I'm looking for new stuff to get into for the day!
p.p.s. This weekend, there was so much stuff going on in NYC, I couldn't keep up at ALL. Most popularly, there was Gov Ball, which is a music festival on Randall's Island Park. Simultaneously, there was Bushwick open studios going on in Bushwick. Lots of open art galleries and community oriented events. I went to the Bushwick thing on Friday to listen to some bands play and watch the graffiti artists spray paint huge murals on buildings. It was cool! ALSO on Sunday was the summer jam concert, which I was supposed to go to but didn't end up there. I've actually never even been to a music festival before. I MUST go to one soon so I can report all of my hipster findings. They just seem so expensive! The Bushwick thing was free, so that was a plus. Point is, there was so much stuff to do!
p.p.p.s There will also be a corresponding video to go along with this blog... coming soon! (And yes I know I always say that, but in time it will all come! Soon!)