It’s the best city in the world to go out for noodles at four in the morning, get your nails done, or dance the night away. The clichés are true, New York at night is a sight worth seeing. Here’s how to spend your time when the sun goes down.
So you’re on New York‘s Lower East Side? If you’re not, hop in a cab and head to Chrystie Street, to Ian Schrager’s newest hotel, PUBLIC. It’s one of the hottest spots in the city and is quickly becoming the benchmark for city hotels, through its “tough-luxe” interiors, its reasonable price and vibrant bars and restaurants. Head straight to The Roof for a beautiful sunset and a jaw-dropping 360-degree view of the Manhattan skyline. After the sun sets, the relaxed vibe of the bar morphs into a late-night hotspot, playing host to guest DJs from around the world.
Arts and crafts
Make your way downstairs to the hotel’s vibrant new venue PUBLIC Arts, to catch a concert, film screening, rotating art exhibition, magic show, or a one-off live performance. PUBLIC Arts is a nightclub-cum-theatre and unlike anything you’ll find in the city. It’s home to adventurous artists and hosts the most cutting-edge programming in the city. Either snag a booth on the ground floor or – top tip – head up to the mezzanine to hang out, and get a bird’s eye view of the show. It’s open until 4am if you fancy making a night of it.
Hungry? Dinner is just down the block on Chrystie Street with the cool kids of the Lower East Side at French New Wave hangout; Le Turtle. Get your camera ready; this place’s postmodern décor, neon lights and pink velvet wraparound booths are every Instagrammer’s dream. Snack on some charcuterie, or try the Kohlrabi Bisque or Le Turtle’s famous Whole Sasso Chicken.
Smoothly does it
Time for a trip across town to Greenwich Village, for some live jazz music at the iconic Village Vanguard. It’s been going for eight decades and still hosts some of the best jazz musicians in the city. In its heyday the club saw legends like Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. Their house band, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, is terrific and if you’re really lucky, you’ll catch other amazing contemporary acts like the Ravi Coltrane Quartet.
If you’re in the mood for an old-world, house-party vibe, there’s a DJ spinning anything from hip hop to classic oldies for the gallery crowd, the club kids and the locals in the ballroom of The Jane Hotel. Or maybe you’re ready for a snack? Try a late-night bite at Old Rose, the new restaurant next door. Make sure to order the clam pizza with cream sauce and chilli oil and some delicious oysters, then settle back into the baroque interiors with a classic Margarita.
Few crazy nights are complete without karaoke at Sing Sing on St. Marks. Warm up your vocal cords, then either grab a private room or sing a tune or two in the public bar area, in front of a lively crowd of carousers and 90’s one-hit-wonder enthusiasts. Even if you don’t sing, you’ll have a blast watching some entertaining impromptu performances.