When you only have a weekend in NYC? Make it Count!

May 12, 2018

When you only have a weekend in NYC? Make it Count!

A Quick Guide to the Greatest Bars & Restaurants the City Has to Offer

Head out to the greatest bars and restaurants in NYC solo or with friends. Grab a cocktail, a delectable meal and enjoy all the city has to offer. Not sure what to do after dark. Here are the top places to go in New York City.

Blind Barber | East Village

Barbershop by day -- bar by night. Get a fresh cut, tasty food and full-bodied cocktails all-in-one place. At the Blind Barber, you not only stay handsome and well-groomed, you stay well-fed. You'll appreciate the speakeasy-ness of this East Village bar and its great laid back vibes and friendly bartenders. The Blind Barber classic grilled cheese sandwiches with a glass of Bourbon or a cocktail comes highly recommended.

Miss Lily’s | East Village

Miss Lily’s is the only authentic Caribbean retro-style diner where you can order Roti wraps, Buss Up Shot, spicy to mild Callaloo and a 2-hour pass at the 7A Rum bar or SOHO open bar under one roof. The restaurant has that beach shack vibe going on that makes you feel like you've escaped the hustle and bustle of the city and landed right in the heart of Negril, Jamaica.

10 Degrees | East Village

East Village would not be complete without the neighborhood favorite 10 Degrees. The hip and intriguing wine bar will boost your nightlife experience as the music radiates from the DJ booth with electronica Middle Eastern and Brazilian beats.

They feature an assortment of drinks ranging from Irish whiskey to American rye and Bourbon. The food menu has a diverse selection of delectable cured meats from Italy and Spain, topped off with a fine selection of Swiss and Wisconsin cheeses.

Bring a date or your circle of friends and enjoy the daily two-for-one happy hour. Or, book a private event space in advance.

67 Orange | Harlem

67 Orange is a staple for many because of its rich historical heritage. The 19th-century, Almack’s Dance Hall inspired Harlem lounge features palatable food choices, delicious drinks and awesome music within a romantic, intimate setting.

The vintage interior decor will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a different time-period, yet it has a cozy, 21st century modern touch. The laid back atmosphere is an ideal place for birthdays, anniversaries, bachelor/bachelorette parties or just happy-hour with close friends.

67 Orange is also known for its unique drink selection, which includes the Color Purple (Blackberries, Plymouth Gin, Crème De Violette, St. Germain, Lavender Bitters and fresh squeezed Lemon). The sweet and spicy Jerk Buffalo Wings, House Guacamole and 67 Burger are highly favored.

Red Rooster | Harlem

From Jazz night to Latin night and Saturday brunch, New York City's premiere jazz club has more than enough to offer. The super-club offers fine American comfort food, in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

The Red Rooster is home to award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson. Menu highlights include his famous Louisiana Crab Cakes, Mr. Bojangles Lobster Roll and his refined snacks like the Marcus' Cornbread served with honey butter and tomato jam. Samuelsson invites guests to host private parties that feature a buffet and cocktail reception menus. Menus are customizable.

Corner Social | Harlem

Cuisine at its finest! The Corner Social is Harlem’s hidden gem. This stylish all-day bar-restaurant is the go to spot for brunch. They make a killer Fried Calamari served with crispy zucchini and chipotle sauce. Their bottomless Mango Mimosas are never dry and their White Sangria has a sweet and fruity taste. The restaurant sponsors a host of special events, such as Americana Tuesdays, Social Wednesdays, Flashback Fridays - just to name a few.

FREEHOLD | Williamsburg, NY

Freehold is a café during the day and a bar by night. The bar-café is like a hotel lobby hangout spot (minus the hotel rooms) converted into a community space for Williamsburg’s upwardly mobile crowd.

The food is amazingly delicious with menu items like chips and guac, truffle fries, veggie/beef empanadas, house mac-n-cheese and crispy fried chicken to start. Their signature cocktails range from Breakfast in Bed (Roederer Estate magnum of bubbles, orange juice, Chambord and house white peace purée) to Mimosa (Schraffenberger Brut and orange juice).

Freehold has live music, a live comedy hour and a palatial outdoor space. It's no wonder this is one of most visited bars in New York City.

Kinfolk | Williamsburg, NY

This place has everything! During the day it is an easy-going coffee shop. Right next-door is a men’s boutique with grooming products, unique clothing, and even literature. If you can stay for the evening or return, it has good vibes that will make you want to hit the dance floor with hip-hop flavor. Kinfolk invites people to host private events.

The architecture is breathtaking - it has a rustic-futuristic look and feel. And, the food… it’s mouthwatering. Try the Veggie Sandwich (avocado, tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts, and gruyere) or the Smoked Salmon (pickled vegetables, creme fraiche, and toast) for lunch and for dinner try the House Hummus made w/rosemary pita or the Kinfolk Dog (crispy onion and dill pickled cucumber) or the Carnitas Tacos. For drinks, they showcase mixed drinks and specialty cocktails.

Wythe Hotel ~ The Ides ~ Rooftop Bar | Williamsburg, NY

The Wythe Hotel’s ‘The Ides’ inviting indoor-outdoor rooftop bar features stunning, panoramic views of New York City’s skyline. You’ll definitely benefit from making a reservation for a window seat. Otherwise, it’s first come - first served.

The Ides features signature cocktails and contemporary cuisine. Favorites include the Lobster Slider, Shrimp Cocktail, and ½ Dozen Oysters. The chips and French onion dip is a favorite among regulars and it’s so delicious that it can be a bit addictive. The wine list ranges from the La Biancara (sparkling) to the Mas Candi (white) and Domaine Paul Cherrier (red).

Have you visited any of these bars or restaurants after dark? Feel free to share your experience.

Danielle Brown-Davis