New York is easily one of the most robust cities in America, and everyone knows where the popular spots are located. Although they’re always worth visiting, this giant metropolis has quite a few tucked-away spots that are worth adding to your collection of photographs and experiences.
For expedience and a hassle-free visit, consider a hop on & hop off with Top View Sightseeing expedition once you visit the Big Apple. Then, you can sneak off to the wonders of the NYC nights and check out a few of the tucked-away enclaves below.
Brooklyn Bar | Le Boudoir
This ultra-comfortable cellar cocktail bar is tucked in-between Henry Street and Atlantic Avenue, where the upscale nature of the general neighborhood reaches its zenith. It has quite a history, much of which is inspired by the infamous Mary Antoinette’s decked-out French chambers. In fact, the place has a bronze bust of the late tyrant sitting right at the bar.
The seating has an unmistakable flair, with banquettes covered in red velvet and hand-tufted to perfection. The place exudes a sense of close-quartered comfort without being stuffy and cluttered. If you’re with a loved one, you’ll enjoy the proximity that the seats compel you to experience.
If drinks are what you’re after, then this is the place to find some that you won’t get in too many other places in the world. There’s the Dauphin cocktail with absinthe, which is best drink that goes with melodic Jazz tunes that pervade the space. Although you don’t need a reservation, the 55 available rooms can fill up quickly on the weekends.
The Japanese Speakeasy | Karasu
A highly-rated picture of sophistication, this Japanese izakaya (gastropub) is another hidden gem in Brooklyn. The sense of seclusion is almost erotic; you have to enter a nondescript back door to have the cozy and romantic space open up before you.
The menu here isn’t that big, but there’s a reason why those lucky enough to know of its existence keep returning. Exquisite sesame duck wings, spiced to perfection, are made from scratch. As for drinks, you have your choice of sake, Japanese whiskey, shochu and others.
Once one of the biggest movie theaters in the country, now a vacant building awaiting restoration, the Loew’s Theater on Canal Street in Manhattan is another hidden gem that needs to be uncovered. The theater remains untouched due to unpassed renovation plans but it’s spirit is very much alive. Try to get inside and you’ll get a glimpse into the glory days of cinema. Maybe it will inspire you to express your own creativity.
Dinnertable – A Highly-Ranked Restaurant
Located in East Village, you’re probably skeptical about the extremely high ratings for Dinnertable on Google. Don’t be – the food and ambiance is really that good. The cuisines is decidedly Japanese-leaning, but there are Italian elements there, too. The lasagna bolognese dish, for starters, will have you ordering seconds and thirds with a promise to recommit to your gym membership the next morning.
You’ll also find delicious dishes from the Caribbean and a few from France to fill your tummy. The entryway is as unique as all the other spots on this short list: find a doorbell in Garret East that says “Press for Food”; follow the directions, and you’ll be allowed to enter. Of course, the online reservation route is a bit easier and more assured.
Exploring a new city isn’t just about seeing the well-known landmarks. It’s about uncovering hidden spots or those that are forgotten. That way, not only will you satisfy your adventure needs but you will also learn more about the city you’re visiting.
Photo by Jon Tyson