Solo in NYC: 47 Awesome Things to See, Do, Eat, and Drink
There are plenty of upsides to being a party of one in New York City. You can create your own agenda, move fast or slow, and take it all in as you please. These 47 terrific solo adventures (organized into nine kinds of activities) will have you happy as a clam in the Big Apple.
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.
Hush Hip-Hop Tours
If it was good enough for Grandmaster Caz's birthday, it's good enough for us.
Interactive theater and walking tour where musical theater types perform kitsch on the street.
Free tour in a cool neighborhood where cool beer is served to cool people.
Culinary Backstreet’s Queens Street Food Tour
Eat your way around the world under the 7 train tracks.
2. See a live show in a tight space.
For cabaret by the up-and-coming and already famous.
Iconic music landmark for rock, jazz, and blues with an old-school atmosphere.
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Indie rock and hiphop outpost.
Baby’s All Right
A Williamsburg classic featuring alternative bands.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Warehouse venue modeled after eclectic Asian street markets with food vendors and DJs.
3. Take a seat at a lively bar.
Keith McNally's celeb-heavy, old-world restaurant continues to deliver perfection, as does sister restaurant Balthazar in Soho.
The 200-year-old Prohibition watering hole is not only still standing but totally thriving.
A modern basement speakeasy with a 1920s feel.
The restaurant that put Williamsburg on the map still serves good music and strong drinks to hipsters.
Elegant New Orleans-style absinthe bar with a beautiful backyard and a killer oyster selection.
An uptown brasserie for the uptown theater set, from the team behind another classic, The Odeon, in Tribeca.
4. Eat at tiny, crowded places.
Old-school, diner-style kiosk inside the Essex Street Market.
A wildly popular brunching spot with an eclectic, artisanal menu.
A modern pioneer serving inventive dishes. Come for the bustling vibe and the tight bar.
Millennial-pink-everything decor serving healthy Italian cuisine.
5. Have a home-cooked meal. Join an underground dining club.
Chef-led family-style dining events at top restaurants.
Designed to feel like your cool-friend-who-knows-about-wine dinner party.
A Razor, A Shiny Knife
Infamous for serving six-course lunches on the L train.
Husband-and-wife chef and mixologist making fine food and fun.
The Victory Club
Sit-down meals in museums, galleries, and artists’ homes.
6. Mix and mingle at a piano bar or karaoke lounge.
The West Village stalwart piano bar where you can expect a lot of Andrew Lloyd Weber.
It's fun and games at the Williamsburg local, with karaoke, 90s singalongs, bingo, and skeeball.
The Rum House
It’s been refurbished by fancy cocktail barkeeps, but they kept the piano.
Japanese-style up-close-and-personal communal karaoke.
Sid's Gold Request Room
The piano player takes your requests, and everyone's a star on this Chelsea stage.
7. Spend the day taking care of yourself.
Aire Ancient Baths
A stunning subterranean spa with candlelit pools and steam room.
Aida Bicaj Skin Care
Inconspicuous Park Ave location, cult facial following.
Exercise classes, cafe for post-workout fuel, and luxury spa treatments.
Gym, pool, tennis courts, sailing expeditions, and an ice skating rink overlooking the Hudson.
Meditation studio with thematic classes for every New-York-minute need.
8. Eat in a classroom setting.
Nonna's secrets revealed in classes and tastings at the Flatiron store.
International Culinary Center
Serious foodies get serious instruction in amateur classes.
Astor Wines & Spirits
Weekly cocktail teachings and tastings.
Dairy gets historical.
Pizza School NYC
Genuine tips for pizza making in a home oven.
Addictive cookie and crack pie recipe secrets included in workshops at the Williamsburg bakery.
9. Get Sporty
Bike and Roll
Bike rental, including helmet, lock, map, and storage bags, located in Central Park and downtown. (Find our favorite bike routes here.)
Five Boro Bike Tour
See NYC like you never have before with 40 miles of car-free biking.
Hudson River Greenway
Run/walk/jog the path that runs from the Bronx all the way down to Battery Park.
Run All Five NYC Bridges
Rather go island hopping? This five bridges route criss-crosses three boroughs and is perfect for the seasoned NYC runner who is ready for a little adventure.
Urban rock-climbing gym with intro classes and workshops.
Fitness app with a one-month free trial with access to hundreds of boutique studios.
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