Traveling Solo in NYC
There are plenty of upsides to being a party of one in a city like New York.
1. Hang out with a cool group. Indie tours beat generic sightseeing.
- Scott's Pizza Tours (a young pizza-obsessed local takes you for slices in all the boroughs)
- Hip Hop tour of Harlem (Grandmaster Caz did this for his birthday party)
- Saxelby a Day A-Whey (beloved local cheesemonger leads foodie day trips to NY dairy farms)
- Accomplice interactive theater and walking tour (musical theater-types deliver kitsch on the street)
- Brooklyn Brewery's free tour (cool neighborhood where cool beer is served to cool people)
2. See a live show in a tight space.
3. Take a seat at a lively bar.
- DBGB (Daniel Boulud's downtown burger joint)
- Minetta Tavern (Keith McNally's celeb-heavy, old-world restaurant)
- Brooklyn Farmacy (retro ice cream parlor with spinning stools at the soda fountain)
- Diner (good music and strong drinks for artists, musicians, hipsters)
- Cafe Luxembourg (uptown brasserie for well-heeled set, where ladies love to lunch)
4. Eat at tiny, crowded places.
5. Have a home-cooked meal. Join an underground dining club.
6. Mix and mingle at a piano bar or karaoke lounge.
- Marie's Crisis (West Village stalwart where you can expect a lot of Andrew Lloyd Weber)
- Winnie's (Chinatown sing-a-longs)
- The Rum House (refurbished by fancy cocktail barkeeps, but they've kept the piano)
7. Spend the day taking care of yourself.
- Aire Ancient Baths (stunning subterranean spa with candle-lit pools and steam room)
- Aida Bicaj Institute de Beaute (inconspicuous Park Ave location, cult facial following)
- Exhale (exercise classes, cafe, treatments)
- Chelsea Piers (gym, pool, ice skating rink looking over the Hudson)
8. Eat in a classroom setting.
- La Scuola, Eataly (nonna's secrets revealed)
- French Culinary Institute (serious foodies get serious instruction)
- Astor Wines (cocktail teachings and tastings)
- Murray's Cheese (dairy gets historical)
- Pizza a Casa (genuine tips for pizza making in a home oven)