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Quick! Non-touristy things to do in NYC? ALSO, good place to get cocktails?

Asked by lrk (757points) June 9th, 2010

My friend is visiting me for a few days in NYC, and has plenty of time after I leave to go see touristy things—what should I show him that’s not touristy in the next few days?

ALSO, I’d like to get cocktails or drinks with him. Good suggestions in Manhattan?

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marinelife's avatar

Go out and get a slice.

SamIAm's avatar

shopping in soho, pizza, bagels, little italy… eat at the good places.

zenele's avatar

Are the cabarets still there in the village? The Duplex? Rose’s Turn? 88’s?

If they are, it’s a great evening.

CMaz's avatar

Walk Central park. PIZZA 57th and 8th.

Go see the hookers on 10th Ave.

See the Flatiron Building. And walk through FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology.

Honestly, just walk. But, find time to take the subway.

jaytkay's avatar

Do they still sell beer on the Staten Island Ferry? Drinking $3 tall boys with the commuters is a fond memory for me. Time it so you are headed back to Manhattan at sunset.

Take the subway to the first Brooklyn stop and walk back to Manhattan on the Brooklyn bridge

SamIAm's avatar

oh oh Blazin Saddles just opened a “bike the bridge” tour in nyc… it is touristy but it’s new and could be fun. i’ve done it out here in SF over the golden gate bridge, you should look into it.

dpworkin's avatar

Walk through the Columbia University campus, and don’t forget East Campus/Morningside heights.

There are still some genuine things left ungentrified below Houston Street on the East Side (around Orchard.)

Stop at Barney Greengrass for some whitefish on a bialy.

Museum of Natural History

Striver’s Row.

Jog around the reservoir.

Go to Flushing for lunch.

CMaz's avatar

Columbia is a good suggestion. And, (seriously) check out Harlem while you are there.

dpworkin's avatar

(Striver’s Row is in Harlem)

CMaz's avatar

Well, there you go. :-)

janbb's avatar

Per cocktails; Have a drink in the lobby of the Algonquin Hotel. It’s expensive but you will feel like a member of the Round Table.

People watching doesn’t get much better than walking thorugh Central Park on a sunny weekend afternoon.

Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Decorative Arts

Have a potato knish at Yonah Shimmel’s on Houston St.

dpworkin's avatar

Yonah Shimmel sold out to the Puerto Rican employees in 1978.

janbb's avatar

So we can’t go there any more?

dpworkin's avatar

It ain’t what it was. The OP said “non-touristy”.

CMaz's avatar

For a drink. The first Irish bar you come to. :-)

YARNLADY's avatar

You must be kidding. In a city that is known world wide as the most visited city in the world (read tourist) how would that even be possible? Maybe visit a homeless shelter or take toys to a children’s hospital. Most tourists will avoid those things.

wwpil's avatar

If you want real non-touristy things, I’d say go to a smaller museum such as the Museum of the City of New York. Walk a lot and take the train and just explore the different neighborhoods, and discover the little quaint shops and boutiques sprawled around the city. Take the GWB (George Washington Bridge) and check out the Palisades. You could hang out in Central Park, but Riverside will have way less tourists. Harlem is a good choice, plenty of good restaurants, especially if you want to venture out into more world/ethnic cuisine. Also, you could head over to Brooklyn and get some of Junior’s cheesecake (kinda touristy, but not as much as doing most things in Manhattan), go to the Prospect Park Zoo, see if there’s a concert or a performance in a park. Hang out in the trendy parts of Brooklyn. Most non NYC people forget that NYC is so much more than Manhattan. Go to the botanical gardens in Queens, or Jones Beach. There’s plenty to see aside from the touristy areas. I’m from NY, most of us haven’t even seen it all and like to avoid the tourist places.

And definitely get a slice of pizza, standing up, extra garlic (if you like that). A bagel and a dirty water hot dog is also choice too.

zenele's avatar

MoMA is “touristy” – but always worth the visit.

dpworkin's avatar

Juniors hasn’t been the same since the fire.

wwpil's avatar

@dpworkin I wasn’t even born then so I wouldn’t know, whoops! :)

dpworkin's avatar

Would I lie to you?

janbb's avatar

@wwpil How could you mistrust a doggie face like that?

How about going to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum?

dpworkin's avatar

That’s a cool museum. And if either of you come from an immigrant family, Ellis Island is very evocative.

janbb's avatar

Or you might take the ferry out to Governor’s Island which is just now being developed for public use and very unbuilt up as yet.

GeorgeGee's avatar

A most wonderful and memorable place to have a cocktail is in “The Campbell Apartment” hidden within Grand Central Terminal, at the north side. It was once an elegant private apartment within the terminal.

iamthemob's avatar

Per cocktails again – after 5 and until 8:30 or so, on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art has cocktails on the roof, with some of the best views in the city (and a giant, climbable bamboo structure right now).

Go in and pay whatever you want, and head up (the suggested donation is suggested and you shouldn’t feel guilty at all for not paying the full amount).

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