The "City That Never Sleeps" is known for its ever-changing culinary scene and world-class attractions, showcasing the talents of the world's best artists, chefs, and performers. New York City visitors have no shortage of internationally-acclaimed restaurants to choose from, including bakeries, bistros, and bars highlighted on Food Network or by iconic celebrities like Oprah Winfrey. Hip art galleries feature exclusive exhibitions by renowned and emerging artists, while unique venues like Live @ The Apt offer intimate performances by stand-up comics in makeshift venues. Deep within the city's boroughs, attractions like the Wordup Community Bookshop highlight the city's diverse, multilingual populations and cultural influences.
© Evelyn's Kitchen
Evelyn's Kitchen has been acclaimed as one of Oprah Winfrey's favorite New York City dining destinations by O Magazine, featured on the Food Network for its delicious pastries and dessert offerings. The East Harlem bakery and cafe was opened in 2009 by pastry chef Ayala Donchin, named in honor of her godmother, Evelyn Satinoff. Visitors can stop in at one of East Harlem's best-kept secrets six days a week and enjoy delectable signature goodies like banana pudding pudgies, salted dulce de leche alfajores, lemon pound cake, and the bakery's famed toffee blondies. A full menu of made-to-order cafe fare is served up at lunch and dinner, including entrees like skirt steak dinners, Jamaican jerk shrimp, homestyle baked ziti, and vegetarian dinner specials.
2317 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10035, website, Phone: 646-476-7906
Prova is a hip Grand Central Terminal restaurant owned by renowned restaurateur and television personality Donatella Arpaia, best known for her appearances as a regular judge on the Food Network series Iron Chef: America. The restaurant, which was opened in 2016, is a relocation of Arpaia's previous Chelsea location, serving up artisanal pizzas and Italian-inspired fare on the terminal's beautiful dining concourse. Diners can enjoy sit-down service while waiting for trains or grab pizzas from the restaurant's to-go counter throughout the day, available by the pie or by the slice. Pizza options range from traditional favorites like margherita and funghi to unique specialty selections like chicken piccata, topped with lemon and garlic chicken, spinach, and cherry tomatoes. Pasta dishes and strombolis are also served up, along with a full bar menu serving fine wines and triple whiskeys.
89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, website, Phone: 212-972-0386
Lelabar is a charming wine bar in Manhattan's West Village neighborhood, awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2017 and 2018 for its high-quality international wine selections. The low-key bar is housed within a warmly-decorated dining space, which features tin ceilings, custom ironwork detail, and a large, communal oval bar. More than 700 fine wines are available to choose from, with most offering glass service with the purchase of at least two glasses for the table. Fine international cheese and charcuterie plates are available to accompany all wine selections, along with a menu of pressed sandwiches and unique bar bites like quail eggs and smoked eel finger sandwiches. Beer lovers can also enjoy a curated selection of craft beers as an alternative to wines.
422 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014, website, Phone: 212-206-0594
4.Live at The Apt
Live @ The Apt is one of New York City's most exciting new stand-up comedy offerings, housed within AirBnB-rented locations throughout Brooklyn at various times throughout the year. The company, which was founded by three friends within their East Village apartment, was honored with a 2016 Webby Award and has been featured in major international publications like The New York Times and VICE for its fresh, vibrant approach to stand-up comedy performance. Internationally-renowned comedians such as Hannibal Buress, Phoebe Robinson, Hasan Minhaj, and John Early are hosted by the comedy group regularly, showcased in intimate performances in makeshift venues. Past performances can be watched on the company's YouTube channel, including spots created in collaboration with major international brands.
© The Polynesian
The Polynesian is a glamorous tiki bar located within Midtown West's Pod Times Square Hotel, opened in 2018 by the Major Food Group. The island-inspired bar is the latest offering from the team behind popular NYC spots Carbone and The Grill, helmed by famed tiki mixologist Brian Miller. Four indoor dining spaces and a spacious outdoor terrace offer views of nearby Hell's Kitchen, offering seating for up to 200 guests. Delicious craft cocktails include tiki classics like mai tais, El Diablos, and kilauea punches, available as individual pours or in large-format drinks that serve up to six. Other clever cocktails include the Sao Feng, prepared with Japanese whiskey, mint tea, and chai, or the Elvis is Dead, which infuses bourbon and rum with coconut peanut butter syrup and banana.
400 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, website
6.Ben Turshen Meditation
Ben Turshen Meditation is a rejuvenating meditation clinic helmed by renowned wellness instructor Ben Turshen, known for his work at the Cleveland Clinic and Syracuse University. Throughout his career, Turshen has worked with some of the world's top Olympic athletes, Hollywood actors, Michelin-starred chefs, and Fortune 500 executives and has been acclaimed by The New York Times and The Huffington Post as one of New York City's top meditation gurus. A variety of meditation courses and workshops are offered throughout the year at the clinic, including access mediation courses, which use holistic top-down and bottom-up approaches to reduce heart rate and induce healing relaxation. Breathwork and Vedic meditation courses are also offered, along with personal coaching sessions tailored to individual participants' needs.
145 6th Ave #6E, New York, NY 10013, website, Phone: 917-909-8455
© UNIX Gallery
UNIX Gallery was originally founded in London in 2003 by gallerists Alex Cesaria and Daniela Mercuri before moving to Miami's vibrant Wynwood neighborhood in 2010. After several successful seasons in Miami, the gallery transferred to New York's elegant Chelsea neighborhood and has become one of the neighborhood's most acclaimed gallery spaces. Exhibitions showcase a rotating roster of internationally-renowned emerging and established artists, including Ellen de Meijer, Hisao Hanafusa, Marcello lo Giudice, and KwangHo Shin. In addition to annual exhibition and art fair programming, the gallery also collaborates with regional nonprofit organizations to craft special exhibitions meant to give back to the community and showcase regional artistic voices.
513 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001, website, Phone: 212-209-1572
8.Word Up Community Bookshop
© Word Up Community Bookshop
Word Up Community Bookshop was originally opened in 2011 as a pop-up shop at the corner of Manhattan's Broadway and 176th Streets, expanded to a permanent location in Washington Heights in 2013 after a successful fundraising campaign. The volunteer-operated community bookshop and arts space specializes in multilingual works, striving to create an inclusive neighborhood bookstore experience and use books as a reciprocal method of cultural exchange and education. Visitors can peruse the bookshop's diverse collections, which span a range of general interest adult and children's topics. Special events hosted at the bookstore throughout the year include readings, film screenings, art exhibitions, lectures, and live music performances.
2113 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10032, website, Phone: 347-688-4456
9.Little Pie Company
© Little Pie Company
Little Pie Company is a charming bakery in Manhattan's Theater District, owned and operated since 1985 by former Broadway actor Arnold Wilkerson. The inviting bakery features large-format windows along its exterior, showcasing the delicious goodies and pastries inside for visitors walking by. Diners can enjoy a wide selection of delicious homemade pies, cakes, and desserts, including fruit and sweet pies stuffed with fillings like apple, key lime, coconut cream, and Mississippi mud chocolate. Oven-fresh muffins are also available throughout the day, along with savory fare like fresh-baked breads and piping-hot chicken pot pies. Bassett's Ice Cream is served in several flavors by the scoop or in hand-spun homestyle milkshakes.
424 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036, website, Phone: 212-736-4780
10.Bar Pa Tea
© Bar Pa Tea
Bar Pa Tea is a clever bubble tea joint opened in Manhattan's Chinatown neighborhood in 2013 by owner Patrick Yeh. Today, the restaurant offers three locations throughout the borough, including locations in Union Square and NoLita. The NoLita space focuses on health-conscious bubble tea variations, recreating the taste and experience of the original drink with healthier ingredients. Unique bubble tea soft serve delicacies are available throughout the day, infusing diners' choice of oolong or black tea with tapioca bubbles, miniature stroopwafels, honey wheat braided twists, or Oreo cookie crumbs. Traditional tea options include clever tea lattes like salted caramel or brown sugar oolong tea, oolong matcha, or tie guan yin-style Taiwanese tea.
85 Kenmare Street store #2, New York, NY 10012, website, Phone: 917-261-5550
11.310 Bowery Bar
© 310 Bowery Bar
310 Bowery Bar is a hip cocktail bar offering from Corkbuzz's Rick Aurigemma and Gansevoort Market's Chris Reda, housed within the former 310 Lounge space in Manhattan's NoHo neighborhood. The industrial-chic bar features decor elements salvaged from a Brooklyn junkyard, including steam radiators and reclaimed Pennsylvania wood. Diners can enjoy a rotating selection of 14 regional and national draft beers, paired alongside fine wine offerings and a selection of fun cocktails, including twists on popular drinks like Old Fashioneds and hot toddys. Food is served up from Williamsburg Pizza executive chef Nino Coniglio, renowned as the 2016 Pizza Maker of the Year.
310 Bowery, New York, NY 10012, website, Phone: 646-609-3238
12.Jun-Men Ramen Bar
© Jun-Men Ramen Bar
Jun-Men Ramen Bar is a hip Chelsea ramen bar opened in 2015 by Korean immigrant Jun Park, known for its delicious modernized Japanese fare and noodle bowls. The lively 9th Avenue joint serves up excellent ramen options throughout the week, including spicy miso bowls, kimchi bowls, pork bone bowls, and uni mushroom bowls. Pan-Asian small plates include barbecue pork belly buns, karaage chicken buns, poke bowls, double-fried chicken wings, and signature Jun-Men fried rice entrees prepared with Chinese sausage, fried eggs, and tobiko. For dessert, diners can select from unique options like matcha cheesecake or green tea-infused creme brulee. A selection of imported Japanese premium beers are available to complement all meals, along with a menu of fine sake.
249 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001, website, Phone: 646-852-6787
© The Loyal
The Loyal is a delightful West Village spot owned and operated by chef and restaurateur John Fraser since 2017, inspired by the elegance and neighborhood feel of the classic American tavern. Simple, hearty comfort fare is served up in the restaurant's romantic dining room, which evokes the atmosphere of traditional European bistros. Diners can enjoy elegant entrees like miso honey chicken, spice-roasted cauliflower with cranberry bean puree, seared scallops with English peas, and Piedmontese burgers served with duck fat tater tots. Savory pasta options range from squid ink spaghetti with fennel breadcrumbs to truffle polenta prepared with cheddar cheese and sunchokes. A delicious wine list is curated by beverage director Amy Racine, while a well-curated cocktail list features selections created by Salvatore Tafuri.
289 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014, website, Phone: 212-488-5800
Pizza Beach is a vibrant California-inspired pizza joint in Manhattan's Lower East Side, opened in 2015. The restaurant offers clever takes on Neapolitan-style pizzas, prepared in its signature wood-fired Italian Al Forno oven. Healthy Californian-style pizza options include the Tulum, which pairs blistered shishito peppers with grilled avocado and cherry tomatoes, or the Nag's Head, which features red beets, goat cheese, sweet potatoes, and sage leaves. Diners can also enjoy shareable vegetarian plates like the restaurant's signature Beach Balls quinoa balls, which are served with a trio of vegan dipping sauces. Gluten-free pizza crusts are available upon requests, along with Daiya vegan cheese for diners with alternative diet needs.
167 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002, website, Phone: 646-852-6478
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Dear Irving is a glamorous cocktail parlor offering two locations throughout Manhattan, including a Times Square rooftop bar location and a location atop the Aliz Hotel on 40th Street. The bar, which opened its first location in 2014, is inspired by the classic Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris, showcasing rooms representing historical eras ranging from Renaissance Europe through 20th-century America. A Marie Antoinette-themed parlor is offered, along with a 1960s-themed JFK Room, a 1920-styled Great Gatsby room, and an Abraham Lincoln-themed room. Clever seasonal cocktails include the Dancing Rabbit, which features jalapeno and ancho verde peppers, and the Golden Hour, which infuses bergamot and white grape botanicals into Manzanilla sherry. A limited list of wines and beers are also available, along with curated elevated bar bites such as chicken liver mousse and lemon bars.
55 Irving Pl, New York, NY 10003, website
16.Kesté Pizza and Vino
© Kesté Pizza and Vino
Kesté Pizza and Vino is a delightful Bleecker Street joint serving up Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas since 2009. The restaurant is helmed by restaurateur and Naples immigrant Roberto Caporuscio, who has received a number of major accolades from national and international food critics for his perfectly-cooked traditional pizzas. All pizzas are prepared within the restaurant's 950-degree oven, including signature Montanara fried pizzas crafted with ingredients like smoked buffalo mozzarella, cream of pork onions, and truffle cream. Specialty pizzas include pistachio pesto pizzas, walnut cream and zucchini pizzas, and margherita varieties prepared with sausage, mushrooms, or Italian-cooked ham.
271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014, website, Phone: 212-243-1500
© Miss Lily's
Miss Lily's offers two locations throughout Manhattan, including a flagship SoHo location and an East Village location. The acclaimed Caribbean-style joint serves up delicious Jamaican jerk fare throughout the day, including grilled jerk chicken, pork, and salmon platters prepared with mango chutney and cucumber escovitch. Specialties include hearty oxtail stew, grilled porgy, traditional goat curry stew, and Guyanese-style vegetable lo mein. Jamaican jerk chicken wings are also offered, along with shareables likes crispy red stripe battered fish tacos, ackee hummus with grilled roti flatbread, and codfish fritters served with housemade curry dipping sauce.
132 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012, website, Phone: 212-812-1482
© Toro NYC
Toro NYC is a charming Barcelona-style tapas bar offering from chefs Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer, opened in 2013 within the iconic former Nabisco Factory building in South Chelsea. Diners can enjoy an eclectic menu of modern tapas offerings, which highlight regional Spanish flavors and cooking techniques prepared with market-fresh local ingredients. Hot and cold tapas include favorites like jamón serrano, chorizo Ibérico, patatas bravas, and curry goat and potato empanadas. Shareable dishes for two include a selection of paella entrees prepared with unique ingredients like crispy eggplant, Calabrian chiles, and Ssamjan sofrito. A clever cocktail list showcases inventive ingredients like espresso demerara, elderflower, and housemade sorrel.
85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011, website, Phone: 212-691-2360
© Desi Galli
Desi Galli has been voted as one of New York City's top Indian restaurants by TimeOut and The Village Voice, known for its inventive takes on Desi-style dishes. The restaurant, which is owned by PriaVanda Chouhan, is named for a Hindustani term derived from Sanskrit, encompassing the culture and people of the Indian subcontinent. Delicious fresh kathi rolls mimic burritos with an Indian twist, stuffed with vegetarian and meat ingredients, including aloo and paneer tikki, vegan channa, chicken tikka, and lamb bhuna. Traditional curry dishes are also served up throughout the day, including favorites like paneer tikka masala, dal makhani, and palak chicken korma. All dishes are complemented by specialty chaat snacks, including masala fries and Desi-style poutine topped with tikka sauce and grated paneer cheese.
101 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016, website, Phone: 212-683-2292
Nitecap is a hip speakeasy offering from Death and Company's David Kaplan and Alex Day, opened in 2014 in collaboration with Maison Premiere's Natasha David. The playful Lower East Side bar is located on the basement floor of popular restaurant Schapiro's, offering casual seating in a dark atmosphere with spacious booths and clever decor. Expertly-crafted cocktails change seasonally, but often feature favorites such as the Skywalker, which infuses Jamaican rum and Absentroux with lime juice and grapefruit, or the Eureka, which reinvents a traditional vodka seltzer with hibiscus, mandarin, and cinnamon flavors. Frozen drinks are also served up, including pear brandy or Jamaican rum floats.
151 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002, website, Phone: 646-490-4338
21.Leonelli Focacceria e Pasticceria
© Leonelli Focacceria e Pasticceria
Leonelli Focacceria e Pasticceria is a traditional Roman-style bakery located adjacent to the Union Square Farmer's Market, opened in 2018 by pastry chef Jonathan Benno. The bakery and cafe plays homage to New York City's rich Italian-American history, named in honor of the significance of the lion to Roman history as a symbol of courage, strength, and majesty. Classic focacceria fare is served up throughout the day, including hearty signature breads topped with ingredients such as buffalo mozzarella, roasted mushrooms, hot peppers, and mint. A full menu of Italian sandwiches features meat and vegetarian options, while a breakfast menu highlights regional fare such as mushroom tigelle and panino con uovo. Delicious Italian-style biscotti, cookies, pastries, and confections are available for dine-in or take-out all day.
7 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016, website, Phone: 212-451-9495
Slate is one of Chelsea's most iconic nightlife destinations, known as a veritable adult playground for its oversized games and playground equipment. The hip Manhattan bar lets visitors ages 21 and older let loose and play in clever spaces such as a 20-foot slide, a ping-pong court, 33 pool tables, a bowling alley, and an arcade room featuring favorites like skee-ball. The fun stretches over two floors, offering 16,000 square feet of gaming fun. DJ sets run late into the night, complemented by a state-of-the-art audiovisual system and New York City's largest high-definition video screen. An upscale menu of bar fare highlights inventive pizzas, burgers, and shareable appetizers.
54 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010, website, Phone: 212-989-0096
22 Unique Things To Do in NYC This Summer
- Evelyn's Kitchen, Photo: Evelyn's Kitchen
- Prova, Photo: Prova
- Lelabar, Photo: Lelabar
- Live at The Apt, Photo: ipopba/stock.adobe.com
- The Polynesian, Photo: The Polynesian
- Ben Turshen Meditation, Photo: ipopba/stock.adobe.com
- UNIX Gallery, Photo: UNIX Gallery
- Word Up Community Bookshop, Photo: Word Up Community Bookshop
- Little Pie Company, Photo: Little Pie Company
- Bar Pa Tea, Photo: Bar Pa Tea
- 310 Bowery Bar, Photo: 310 Bowery Bar
- Jun-Men Ramen Bar, Photo: Jun-Men Ramen Bar
- The Loyal, Photo: The Loyal
- Pizza Beach, Photo: nataliazakharova/stock.adobe.com
- Dear Irving, Photo: Javier Somoza/stock.adobe.com
- Kesté Pizza and Vino, Photo: Kesté Pizza and Vino
- Miss Lily's, Photo: Miss Lily's
- Toro NYC, Photo: Toro NYC
- Desi Galli, Photo: Desi Galli
- Nitecap, Photo: Nitecap
- Leonelli Focacceria e Pasticceria, Photo: Leonelli Focacceria e Pasticceria
- Slate, Photo: Slate
- Cover Photo: oneinchpunch/stock.adobe.com