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New York City nightlife

When a man is tired of New York he is tired of work. And thought. And cheesecake.
- David Frost

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Amateur Astronomers Association

  • Meatpacking District, Cinema
  • High Line, Gansevoort St., at Tenth Ave.
  • New York, 10014
  • Website | Review

On Tuesday nights, from April through November, stargazing enthusiasts set up telescopes on the High Line, an elevated railway-turned pedestrian promenade that zips up the lower west side of Manhattan. Take in the Hudson sky-scape before strolling the rest of the trestle.

Angel's Share

  • East Village, Bar, $$$$ $$
  • 8 Stuyvesant St., at Third Ave.
  • New York, 10003
  • +1-212-777-5415
  • Website | About

There's a strict door policy (no party larger than four) at this cocktail bar, which you access by walking through a second floor Japanese restaurant in the East Village. Low-key and well-lit, it's a great place for a date, or early evening catch-up with old friends.

Bemelman's Bar

  • Upper East Side, Bar, $$$$ $$
  • 35 E. 76th St.
  • New York, 10021
  • +1-212-744-1600
  • Website

Live piano music entertains the upper-crust. Order a champagne (or a Bloody Mary, as that's what they're known for) and take out your camera: pictures of you, with gold-leaf ceilings and whimiscal murals in the background, will impress your Facebook friends.

Bowery Ballroom

  • Lower East Side, Music, $$$$ $$
  • 6 Delancey St.
  • New York, 10002
  • +1-212-533-2111
  • Website

Standing room-only live music venue has a handle on up-and-coming indie bands who are about to become household names.

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

  • Chelsea, Theater and Dance, $$$$ $$
  • 547 W. 26th St.
  • New York, 10001
  • +1-212-244-0015
  • Website | Email | About

A tremendous dance troupe showcases cutting-edge ballet with taut bodies, staging, music, and lights that boggle the mind. Twin 1920's brick garages in Chelsea (Annie Leibovitz's former studio) serve as home base.

Death & Company

  • East Village, Bar, $$$$ $$
  • 433 E. Sixth St.
  • New York, 10009
  • +1-212-388-0882
  • Website | Review

A theatrical bar space hides behind a plain door in the East Village. Pre-prohibition cocktails are ladled into punch bowls for sharing. Small bites like truffled macaroni and pulled pork sliders mop up a mix of wild liquors.

IFC Center

  • West Village, Cinema, $$$$ $
  • 323 Sixth Ave.
  • New York, 10014
  • +1-212-924-7771
  • Website | Email

One of the best independent cinemas left in the city. New features mix with Weekend Classics, cult movies at midnight, and organic popcorn.

Joe's Pub & The Public Theater

  • East Village, Music, $$$$ $$
  • 425 Lafayette St.
  • New York, 10003
  • +1-212-539-8500
  • Website | Email

A cabaret space with early and late shows (music, comedy, performance art) next door to The Public's lucky stages (their contemporary productions usually lead to stints on Broadway).

Joyce Theater

  • Chelsea, Theater and Dance, $$$$ $$
  • 175 Eighth Ave.
  • New York, 10011
  • +1-212-691-9740
  • Website

Chelsea's performing arts venue has been hosting international ballet troupes, modern dancers, and leaders in experimental movement since 1982.

King Cole Bar

  • Midtown East, Bar, $$$$ $$$
  • The St. Regis New York, 2 E. 55th St.
  • New York, 10022
  • +1-212-339-6857
  • Website | About

You will pay dearly for your stiff drink, but it's worth it for a little taste of a bygone era. The legendary watering hole is the best place to impress a guest and keep it classy.

Le Poisson Rouge

  • Greenwich Village, Music, $$$$ $$
  • 158 Bleecker St.
  • New York, 10012
  • +1-212-505-3474
  • Website | Email

High quality live programming across various genres, including classical, electronic, indie, experimental, dance, folk, jazz, and world music. The space is reconfigured (standing room, in the round, cabaret-style) according to the act.

P.J. Clarke's

  • Midtown East, Bar, $$$$ $$
  • 915 Third Ave., at 55th St.
  • New York, 10022
  • +1-212-317-1616
  • Website | Review

The 126-year-old blue-collar bar is an insititution. Bartenders-for-life put on a show, calling you "doll" and "baby" while mixing martinis and managing the jukebox.

The Paris Theater

  • Midtown West, Cinema, $$$$ $
  • 4 W. 58th St.
  • New York, 10019
  • +1-212-688-3800
  • Website

One of the city's only original language theaters. It's charming and intimate (one-two flicks at a time) and specializes in foreign art house films (especially French ones).


  • East Village, Bar, $$$$ $$
  • 113 St. Marks Pl.
  • New York, 10003
  • +1-212-614-0386
  • Review

Not-so-secret bar accessible via telephone booth from within grease-coated Crif Dogs. Satisfy drunken cravings with buttered popcorn rum and a deep-fried dog of your choice.

WMP Workshop

  • Midtown East, Music, $$$$ $$
  • 31 E. 28th St.
  • 10016
  • +1-212-582-7536
  • Website | Email | About

A violin dealer hosts lunch time violin concerts (Wednesdays) and chamber music recitals in his annexed Old World music room.

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