The Most Underrated Places To Eat, Drink, And Have Fun In New York City

New York City is one of the biggest cities in the world, and it seems like there is always something new going on. With new restaurants, bars, and experiences opening almost every day, it can be hard to figure out where you should go on your next trip to the big city. Here are a few places that are worth the visit, and they probably aren’t even on your radar!


Where To Eat:

Eating in New York City

  1. Located in-between the Theater District and Hell’s Kitchen is one of the best underrated restaurants in all of NYC. Hourglass Tavern is an 1894 historic brownstone located on the infamous Restaurant Row. With only seven tables located on the first level, it can be hard to find a seat, but it is so worth it! You can also head up to the second floor and visit Bettibar for some amazing cocktails! I highly recommend the French 77, as well as the Chicken Alfredo or Lobster Stuffed Ravioli.


  1. No matter where you are staying in the city, there is probably one of these close to you! The Smith has four different locations throughout the city, and is super underrated in terms of the quality of food you’re getting, and the price as well. The number one thing you have to get is the S’Mores In A Jar, but make sure you have someone to share it with, it is so rich and decadent! Also, if you’re a fan of a lobster roll, they make one of the best I’ve ever had!


  1. If you’re looking for a meal with a view, then you seriously cannot go wrong with Pilot located in Brooklyn. Although it only operates seasonally, it has to be on this list! The 100 year old schooner has a rich history in travel, as well as participating in WWII. Catering toward the seafood crowd, you really can’t go wrong with anything you have.


  1. If you’re a fan of Italian cuisine, then you’ll love L’Artusi. Located in the West Village it is one of those restaurants you don’t hear a lot about, and we cannot figure out why! It has a great cozy feeling, and a wine list that is seriously something to write home about. Don’t miss the house made ricotta, bucatini, and the olive oil cake!


  1. Keen’s Steakhouse is an underrated classic! It has an infamous Pipe Club which has the likes of Babe Ruth, Albert Einstein, and Teddy Roosevelt as members. Opened in 1885 by Albert Keen, it is the last restaurant of the historic Herald Square Theatre District. Keen’s features a raw bar as well as some of the best steaks you’ll get in the city. The prime filet mignon is to die for, and the carrot cake is life changing!


Where To Drink:

 Drinks at a bar

  1. Although far from traditional, Mother of Pearl is one of the best underrated bars in the city. Think of a modern tiki bar, and that is exactly what you are getting. It serves small food dishes that are great for sharing, but you’re really coming here for the cocktails! Everything is Polynesian inspired, and so good. While the Shark Eye will probably catch your attention, go with the Nightbird or the Tide is High!


  1. This is another seasonally specific option, but is one of the most underrated things to do during the holidays in NYC. Located near Gramercy Park, Rolf’s is a German restaurant that really goes ALL OUT for the holidays. It’s worth the trip to see just how over the top they go, and their festive cocktail list is really fun too! You can also eat here, but the wait is usually out of the door, no joke!


  1. This is by far the best bar in the Hell’s Kitchen and Theatre District area. Not only is The Gaf West a hidden gem, but it is one of the more affordable places to drink in New York City as well. It’s definitely more of a local hangout, and is a much more low-key vibe than anywhere else in the city! They also have events some nights of the week such as comedy and trivia!


  1. Patent Pending is not on a fun place to hangout, but it also has a pretty crazy history! This is the building where Nikola Tesla lived and even performed some experiments! All of the cocktails here are amazing, and I don’t think you can go wrong if you order a Waves in Time! This place doesn’t take reservations, so make sure you get there when it is less busy!


  1. If you have ever wanted to dine and drink inside a bank vault, then Trinity Place Bar and Restaurant is perfect for you! Built inside what was once the world’s strongest bank vault, you can have dinner or just a few cocktails to enjoy the experience. With some great bar snacks and a classic list of cocktails, you really cannot go wrong here!


What to do:

 Brooklyn Flea Market

  1. If you’re not big into bars at night, but still want to do something fun, try the Late-Night Favorites at the IFC Center. There are classic movies that show at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Make sure you check the website to see what is playing while you’re in the city!


  1. Maybe you are looking for a one of a kind souvenir to bring back to remember your trip to NYC, and the Brooklyn Flea is the perfect place to find something! There are fleas held on both Saturday and Sunday during the warmer months, and they move inside during the cooler months. There is also a great selection of food options available at the Smorgasburg, so get ready to spend all day shopping and eating!


  1. One of the most underrated things to do in NYC is to visit The Cloisters of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is a gorgeous museum that focuses on European architecture, sculpture, and various arts. If you love medieval history, this is a must see! There are also some amazing gardens and views of the Hudson River as well!


  1. No trip to New York City is complete without spending a weekend morning with some of the top drag queens in the city. Lips or La Pulperia host some of the best in the city, and the food is actually great too! Make sure you’re ready to have fun, and I recommend splurging the extra 6 bucks for the Mimosa and Bloody Mary package at Lips!


  1. If you’re looking for something to do that is kind of out there then head on over to Old Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and take a tour of the only catacombs in Manhattan. It’s a cooler place to hangout during the summer months, and is really fun for kids as well! Also, some of the tours are by candlelight to add to the spook factor!

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