NEW YORK – You worked hard all day — or at least from 9:30 a.m. til 3 p.m. Don't go back to your hotel room. There's plenty of time to consume the city. Here's what to do if:
It's Your First Time in NYC
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You Want to Ditch Your Colleagues
Plan A: Unwind with a drink at a great bar frequented by locals.
at the in Midtown (ties and wingtips; unsubtle hookers)
in Midtown (black Prada suits)
in SoHo (look-at-me scensters; Escalade congestion)
on the Lower East Side (hipster sneakers; artisanal facial hair)
in the East Village (sexy Eurotrash; Abercrombie and Fitch servers)
in Chelsea (new media elite; in-the-know tourists)
in Tribeca (discreet rendezvous in shadowed corners)
at the Plaza in midtown (somewhat cliché but also a classic)
Plan B: Eat dinner at the bar and get a high from the scene around you.
on Central Park South (Italian seafood; bring someone else's expense account)
in Tribeca (a perennially cool American classic; Balthazar before Balthazar)
in SoHo (brasserie fare for beautiful people)
in Tribeca (comfort Italian in high-octane downtown setting)
in the Flatiron (tourists and foodies at single-theme food counters)
in Williamsburg (the epicenter of haute butcher culture)
in the East Village (insanely popular nouveau Korean with elusive online reservation system)
You Want Colleagues to Think You're a Local
Make reservations at any of the restaurants listed above or snag a table (wait time optional) at a local haunt.
in the West Village (seasonal, classic American)
in Chelsea (cult-like pizza)
in SoHo or in the West Village (consistently delicious with a farmy twist)
in Nolita (no reservations, beloved nouveau Italian-American)
in the East Village (bustling, home-style cheap Italian)
in Midtown (a NY steakhouse straight out of central casting)
in Union Square (modern, pretty Indian)
(reliable, cheap Chinatown haunt)
You Want to Impress Clients
Combine a show at (opera, music, ballet, theater) with a meal at (casual modern French) or (fancy Italian).
You Want a Shot of Culture
Buy a singleton ticket for whatever is on at or if you're feeling classic. For newer music venues, the best bets are , , and downtown, and and in Brooklyn.
The big museums stay open until 8 or 9 at least once a week and ensure lighter and livelier crowds.
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- On Fridays: , , , , and .
- On the first Saturdays of every month, parties till 11.
- On Tuesday-Saturday until 6 p.m., you can gallery-hop the scores of spaces in Chelsea from 16th to 27th Streets between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues.
Take a chance at the booths for discounted, last-minute Broadway tickets. For more interesting theater, go to or .
New York is no longer the cinema haven it used to be. What remains of its indie film and documentary culture can be found at , , , , and .
You Want to Spend What You Earned (a.k.a. Souvenirs)
For kitschy souvenirs, don't underestimate the appeal of street vendor fare like I Heart NY tees and Yankees caps. But for convenient one-stop shopping, hit the department stores: , , and in Midtown and Chinatown emporium in SoHo.
For expensive Euro-heavy boutiques, stroll Madison Avenue from 57th Street to 79th.
For indie shops, head to Nolita, and specifically Elizabeth and Mulberry Streets between Houston and Delancey Streets.
You Want to Stretch Your Legs
Join the runners at the Central Park Reservoir and along the West Side Highway.
has a variety of high-energy spin classes at locations throughout the city.
, , and have cult followings for a reason.
You Want an Easy Escape
Ride the from the tip of Manhattan across the harbor and back. Bring a novel, an iPod, and stare at the city passing quietly by.
For a faster thrill, pop into one of jillions of mani-pedi salons on every corner for a fast, efficient manicure or quickie a shouler rub.
After all, you worked hard today.