The building that houses this Staten Island beer garden has been a bar under various names for well over a century, which alone should make it worth crossing the Verrazano. For most of us, the swanky King Cole Bar in the iconic St. Regis Hotel can only be an occasional luxury. And hey, they at least give you free nuts. Long Island Bar does still serve good food everything from burgers to gnocchi , but the draw here is the selection of expert but unpretentious cocktails from seasoned pros like Cecchini, who is best known for inventing the Cosmopolitan which he, or any of the other bartenders, will happily make on request.
This Avenue A dive, a survivor of the rougher, grittier East Village of decades past, is nothing without its namesake proprietress, Lucy Mickevicius. Lucy, now past 70, presides over the bar nearly every night, opening when she feels like opening, closing when she feels like closing, and charging what she feels like charging which is never much. Like some elegant old New Orleans bar dropped down in the middle of Williamsburg, Maison Premiere specializes in oysters, absinthe, and beautiful craft cocktails.
Nowhere else in New York will you find such a long list of absinthe-based beverages, or such a lush, vine-covered back patio. While most of Union Square has changed -- and then changed again -- in the past several decades, Old Town Bar somehow remains the same.
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In fact, a lot of it has remained the same for over years now, save for the period during Prohibition when it had to at least call itself a restaurant it still served beer. For over years, P. Still, it somehow remains totally unobnoxious and you can get hot dogs or a big pile of cheesy tater tots from Crif Dogs delivered right to the bar. Anyone who moves to New York in their 20s probably ends up at Pianos some time in their first year in the city.
Both also have great cocktails, but if you need to decide between the two, the Midtown outpost in the William hotel has DIY Old Fashioneds. That, plus booths upholstered almost entirely in red duct tape and an unexpected back patio make this a dive you should expect to spend many hours in. Japanese drinking food like okonomiyaki a cabbage and egg pancake is an essential accompaniment. Regulars know this place as Shark Bar, thanks to the shark decor both inside and out.
Sunny himself sadly passed away in , and the fate of the bar is now in question as his widow tries to raise enough money to buy it out from the rest of his family. Once a divey, 70s-era hotel bar with an electric organ, the Rum House was revamped by mixologists behind Ward III in The Wayland is the ideal neighborhood cocktail bar. The bartenders are friendly, and the cocktails are interesting but approachable -- like the 9th Street Negroni, made with gin, Aperol, Punt e Mes, and coffee bitters.
Pretty much everything great about this dive bar is contained in its giant styrofoam to-go cups filled with beer or a frozen margarita or really, whatever else you want. This bail bond-adjacent Chinatown bar pretty much guarantees a weird time. Marguerite Preston is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn. Share on Facebook Tweet this article Pin it Email. A friend or family member with private access to a rooftop! Be savvy and visit the Upper West Side the evening before the parade to see the balloons take shape.
Hang out among the neighborhood streets with Snoopy and the other balloons just waiting until morning to glide down Broadway. After you see the balloons, head to a local restaurant along Columbus or Amsterdam Avenues for a festive food and drink spot. After seeing the famed Unicorn Tapestries, walk the grounds of the museum, which sits up high and offers sweeping Hudson River views. Eat a Black and White Cookie: A classic New York treat that can be found at bakeries and delicatessens around the city. The library is open to the public. The architecture of the building is one of the main draws, as is sitting in the Rose Reading Room to read, work, or just admire the painted ceiling.
The pool, which is built to Olympic diving rules and regulations, offers views of Manhattan and the RFK Bridge in the background. How many have you done?
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What have I missed? After getting a Masters in Reading teaching Elementary school for 15 years, my head-over-heels love for traveling the world pulled me away on my own extended field trip Luckily, my miles and points expertise has gotten me where I want to go and my trip-planning savvy has brought about incredible cultural and authentic experiences in amazing destinations around the globe. Travel truly is the best teacher, and so through the blog, I've made it my mission to teach others how to do the same and finally realize their travel dreams. What an incredibly comprehensive list!
It must have taken you forever to compile this! Thanks, Tess! NYC is a must! Thanks for such an awesome list! Great list! Thanks, Jeh-C!
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New York has so many great things to see and do. Hope you can cross off some more on your list next time! This is the perfect list for the NYC traveler!
What a fantastic list! It must have taken you forever to complete. I think have so much to see there though. Thanks, Lesley! NYC is one of those cities, though, you have to return to over and over. I love New York and congrats on the th post. Thanks, Claire! Come back and enjoy a few more when you can! I love NYC! I would also add the Kramer tour if it still runs for all the Seinfeld fans out there. It was such a fun day out! Thanks, Kim-Ling! The Kramer tour still runs and looks like a good time! Thanks for the suggestion.
That is really impressive! You really know your city! Thanks for sharing! Thanks, Jey! Reasons to return to such a great city are never a bad thing! Thanks so much Vicky and Buddy! You definitely need to get back here and check out some of these awesome things! The most amazing city ever! One thing not on your list, that I truly believe deserves to be there is — Levain bakery — those cookies are to die for!
Awesome blog post, thanks for sharing. Patrice, you must have had an amazing NYC trip! How great! You are so right about Levain Bakery. I have to actually plan detours away from that place!! I will be adding it to my next things to do in NYC.
Traveled to NYC for the first time last fall. Had a wonderful time and even home stayed to make it more enjoyable. There was so much to see and do in the short time. Awesome trip, Robert, and fall really is the best time to visit! Thank you so much to sharing it.
But i have a week to spend my holiday in New York after this my Visa will be expired. Could you suggest me some top places where i should need to visit And i feel I really have seen something. Thanks for reading, Jackson. But, make sure to visit Lower Manhattan and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. For more NYC info, you can also get itinerary ideas here.
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You just have to stand on the gritty New York City subway platforms and watch the dizzying number of people and trains moving around underground! You might just walk past the Friends apartment building! Credit Unsplash The famous Rock Center Christmas tree is best seen early in the morning or late at night when everyone else is sleeping. Photo by Anthony Quintano Traveling to NYC soon? I may book this right now! Walking along the High Line is a true urban experience.
Times Square always looks better at night. A dish full of happiness! This is truly a most welcome sight after a night of drinks and dancing! Photo by Marcin Wichary Photo by flickr4jazz You can find a hot dog vendor on most any corner.
Photo by Susan NYC Such a festive atmosphere when these shops are open for business. Photo by shinya Photo by Infomastern I dream of this artichoke slice. Can you find the caves used by Native Americans over years ago? Snoopy waiting on an Upper West Side Street the day before the parade until it was time to glide down Broadway.
Manhattanhenge happens just twice a year. Like this post? Please Share it on social media using the share buttons below! Comments What an incredibly comprehensive list! Thanks, Shandos! Glad the list will be useful for your NYC travel plans. What a list! I bookmarked this for future use! Thanks for the post!
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