If you have 3 things to do

1. COMEDY CELLAR

8 comedians in 2 hours. This is where famous or local stand-up comedians or writers for comedy shows like Conan, Today Show, Late Night practice their jokes... You get to see a range of Americans speak about their experience in NY. Super fun to get the culture and feel like a local. Just make reservations at least 2 days in advance. (you don't need to pay when you make the reservation)
👉 Make a reservation ($14 — 2 hours)

 

2. SLEEP NO MORE

An interactive play on 4-5 floors at the "McKittick Hotel." The audience wears masks and finds the scenes to witness. A bit pricey but so worth it, even for those on smaller budgets. It's unlike anything you've seen before (if you haven't done an interactive play). It's like being in a 1920s video game IRL. Plus there's an old school bar with a cool jazz band if you want to take a break.

👉 Make a reservation ($90 — 4 hours)

 

3. 9/11 museum

I procrastinated this for 3 years thinking this would be a really dark and voyeuristic experience. It's a beautiful hommage to 9/11 and you leave there feeling like you've paid your respect to the victims by getting to know what they've been through and the courage they all had to put up with. It made me empathize, bond and feel even closer to New York.

👉 Make a reservation ($24 — 3+ hours)


Manhattan Bar Views

jimmy rooftop

Bar, great view on Wall Street. A little Manhattan-douchey but you're there for the view.
👉 Google Maps

 

MANDARIN HOTEL bar

Amazing view on Central Park. Drinks are not cheap ($18 cocktail), but you're paying for the awesome view. I think it's on the 18th floor. Come before 5 pm so you can get a seat close to the window.
👉 Google Maps


Manhattan Speakeasy Bars

PLEASE DON'T TELL

Fun entrance. You go in this dingy hot dog place and enter the phone booth. 
👉 Google Maps

 

La esquina

Bar and restaurant with a fun entrance. You go inside this quaint diner-looking place, enter a back door, go through the kitchen and arrive in a basement with the bar and restaurant. 
👉 Google Maps

 

APOTHEKE

Speakeasy bar in grimy China Town street. Amazing cocktails, people dressed as chemists.
👉 Google Maps

 

attaboy

My favorite cocktail bar ever. There's no menu: You tell them the flavors you're into and they create surprising cocktails that are amazing. Get there before 7. 
👉 Google Maps


Williamsburg Bars & Food

Brooklyn Barge

Best bar in New York for the summer. Great view on Manhattan, by the water, super chill, spacious, not expensive, Instagram-friendly ;)
👉 Google Maps

 

Rooftop bars

All in the same area. Google Maps:
👉 William Vale👉 Wythe Hotel / 👉 Northern Territory

- William Vale: Has the most spectacular view. Just opened. A little douchey but you're here for the view and it's spacious. Lots of people though. 
Wythe Hotel: Was THE view on Manhattan before William Vale. A lot smaller but probably less crowded now there's William Vale.
Northern Territory: This is more for locals who want to have fun. The view isn't as close to Manhattan but you're there to have a good time. 

 

maison premiere

Bar or seafood restaurant. Go there for the bar at least. Feels like time travel.
👉 Google Maps

 

Barcade

80-90s arcade game bar. All the classics (Donkey Kong, Street Fighter, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc.)
👉 Google Maps

 

Fette Sau

Super chill BBQ. Get the brisket (#1) and pork ribs (#2) for sure.
👉 Google Maps

 

MILK'N'ROSES

Super cute, Instagram-friendly bar and restaurant. People have their weddings here. It's a bit far in Greenpoint but super nice.
👉 Google Maps

 

Jamaican restaurants

Battery Harris: Fun patio, and at night becomes a dancefloor. 👉 Google Maps
Pearl's: Great food, super cute interior and patio.  👉 Google Maps


Random experiences

brooklyn brainery

SO Brooklyn. Learn to make tapestry, dim sum, do tie dye shirts, cut a bonsai, read tarot cards... Awesome classes for like $15.
👉 Sign up / 👉 Googlemaps

 

JOHNNY UTAH

Mechanical bull riding. Ultimate American experience. Reserve a table.
👉 Google Maps


Did I miss anything? Get in touch.

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