New York City is five boroughs full of excitement – home to an array of different ethnicities, languages, foods, and fashion choices; it’s hard ever to experience a dull moment in this city. Here are ten things you can do in Manhattan and beyond to make sure your night is every bit of exciting.
Lower East Side
Home to both the city’s best nightlife and midnight pizza, you are bound to run into some bar hoppers while strolling down Ludlow or Rivington Street. Customize your dinner at The Meatball Shop, then head over for a classy drink at the rooftop Hotel Chantelle or some hipster music at Piano’s (Bring some cash on you for cover so you can head upstairs to the dance floor).
Rock climbing, golfing, Pilates – this sports complex not only brings an excellent view of the Hudson River, but also a night full of fun activities that are perfect for a group of friends. Start the night off with some friendly competition in their laser tag facilities, and then end it with some high energy bowling by the complex’s bar area.
Upper West Side
The Upper West is perfect for those who enjoy excellent cuisine, and a fancy crowd to go with it. For a little bit of culture, educate your ears at the American Folk Art Museum (door close at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, seven p.m. on Saturday), then experience the South of France with some excellent French-Mediterranean cuisine at Nice Matin.
To experience a little more of New York’s hipster scene, take the L train over to Williamsburg and mingle with some food loving folks at Smorgasburg, while enjoying the area’s laidback vibe.
Koreatown is a small area in midtown with a lot of hidden cultures. Spice up your taste buds at Miss Korea BBQ, then show New York your karaoke skills with some classic Korean karaoke at 5 Bar Karaoke lounge.
Staten Island Ferry
For a little adventure, take a laid-back ride on the city’s free boat ride between Staten Island and Manhattan. Be sure to check the timetables for boat departures and arrivals.
One of the city’s most glamorous areas, the meatpacking district is known for its amazing clubbing scene and premium hotel accommodations. If you have some extra cash to spare, splurge on a table at one of the area’s elite rooftop clubs, like the Gansevoort Hotel or Le Bain, or make friends with a promoter to save some cash.
Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and getting a beautiful view of the skyline does not cost a dime. After appreciating the surrounding areas, including Financial District and Chinatown, end your night with this beautiful walk across the river to Brooklyn.
Upper East Side
Once widely thought of as home to just the wealthy, the Upper East has increasingly become an area where tourists and residents alike can enjoy the pack of restaurants, bars, and shopping at their disposal. After getting in your daily exercise at Central Park, stroll around on 2nd avenue to scope out Upper East’s bar scene, including the Stumble Inn or Doc Watson’s.
Midtown is home to all the well-known tourist attractions – Times Square, Empire State Building, Broadway. To end the night perfectly, grab a friend and see one of New York’s best views at Top Of The Rock.