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.
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.
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.
Standing room-only live music venue has a handle on up-and-coming indie bands who are about to become household names.
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.
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.
One of the best independent cinemas left in the city. New features mix with Weekend Classics, cult movies at midnight, and organic popcorn.
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).
Chelsea's performing arts venue has been hosting international ballet troupes, modern dancers, and leaders in experimental movement since 1982.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
A violin dealer hosts lunch time violin concerts (Wednesdays) and chamber music recitals in his annexed Old World music room.