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Old 05-17-05, 04:03 PM
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Going out in NYC for the first time...suggestions?

So a group of co-workers and myself will be heading to downtown NYC this Thursday night. Any suggestions on places to go? It's a mixed crowd, ranging in age from 22 to late 40's so I'm thinking we might even split up. Drinking will definitely be on the agenda, maybe some dancing who knows.

So where are the best places to go?
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South St Seaport has an eclectic choice of establishments.
You can't go wrong in the East Village either.
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As much as I might like to go there, this is also a mixed sex crowd that wouldn't be into it.
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For the beer/bar crowd:

Peculiar Pub in the West Village. They have every beer known to man in that place.

There are a few other bars in that area that are very good (Lions Den, etc), but start at the Peculiar.

Down the Hatch - A must go to place and be hungry and have the wings. Trust me.


For the dance club people:

Clubs:

Crobar www.crobar.com
530 W 28th St between 10th & 11th Aves.
Great sound, crowd is 21+, quality DJs.
Email [email protected] for Crobar Reduced Guestlist.

Spirit (former Twilo) www.spiritnewyork.com
West 27th between 10th and 11th (yes they are 1 block apart)
For the guys: Scores (next door to Crobar) nekkid chicks!!!111eleven
For the guys: nekkid chicks kissing chicks coming soon!!!! teh omg11111one hundred eleven

Avalon www.nyavalon.com
47 W 20th St on the corner of 6th Ave.
(brings in Some good talent, worth checking out just to be inside an old gothic church turned disco)

Cielo www.cieloclub.com
18 Little W 12th St, btw Washington & 9th Ave.
Great club, needs to get more Djs in there!!

Webster Hall http://www.webster-hall.com ***Not Recommended***
125 E. 11th St btw 3rd and 2nd Aves.
212-353-1600
It's a main tourist attraction - just a big meat market. However, sometimes they do bring in people like Cosmic Gate and Johan Gielen, so depending on your taste and who you go with (preferably a big burly man), you might want to check it out. Be prepared to get groped by men and to see girls wearing dental floss for shirts.


Lounges/Smaller Clubs:

Le Souk www.lesoukny.com
47 Ave B btw 3rd and 4th Streets

Duke & Duchess
65 4th Ave btw 9th & 10th Streets

B-Bar (aka Bowery Bar) www.bbarandgrill.com
358 Bowery btw 3rd & 4th streets
Great outdoor parties in summer!

Sullivan Room www.sullivanroom.com
218 Sullivan St btw Bleeker & west 3rd Street

Table 50 www.table50.com
643 Broadway, corner of Bleeker
Great place to have a birthday party!!

Café Deville
103 3rd Ave @ 13th street
Venue of electro night Robots with my favorite Nick Air Conditioner

Discotheque www.discothequenyc.com
17 W 19th St @ 5th Ave
Crowd is kind of snobby Imo and has too many guido/ettes

Broadway & Off-Broadway Shows:

www.nytheatre.com

www.broadway.com


Museums:

Museum of Modern Art (aka MoMA)
53rd street between 5th and 6th Avenues
Take E/V train to 53rd and 5th Ave and make a left at the exit

Museum of Natural History
79th @ Central Park West

Metropolitan Museum of Art
5th & 81st street

Guggenheim
5th Ave & 89th Street

Food:

Burgers
Bistro Burger, The Corner Bistro
Address: 331 W. 4th St
Cross Street: (@ Jane St)

Sushi
Sushi Yasuda
204 East 43rd Street

Nobu
105 Hudson Street TriBeCa
($$$$$$$$$$ DeNiro & Weinstein own this place)
Bars
B-Bar aka Bowery Bar (see Lounges)

McSorley's Ale House
15 E. 7th Street btw 2nd & 3rd Aves
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Official Tourism Site:
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www.newyork.com
www.ny.com
www.nyctourism.com
www.citysearch.com
www.nymetro.com
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http://www.thecityreview.com/home.html
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Funny that Webster Hall is ***Not Recommended*** to a group of tourists because it's a tourist spot. It's probably the least drug-induced crowd of the places mentioned. Plus they throw a ladies night party on Thursdays that used to be really good. I haven't been out on a Thursday in years, but I assume it's still good. I might also suggest China Club, another tourist-y spot minus the drug scene. For a less tourist, less drugs club experience try Flow or Show.

I wouldn't recommend Spirit or Crobar unless you and the co-workers plan on eating some E candy or snorting some bumps of coke or K. Or if you really want to hear cutting edge progressive house/techno music and don't mind the sweaty, shirts off, juiced up drug crowd in your face all night.

For live "punk" rock you can't beat CBGB's which isn't too far ($3-$4 cab ride)from Bleeker St., which is a great place to go bar-hopping. The aforementioned Peculiar Pub is a great little spot and right next door is Terra Blues, which always has some good live blues act.

For the lounge lovers try Vudu Lounge further uptown.

If you want gimmicks go for Jeckyll and Hyde's, an old horror movie themed bar. Or Culture Club, a retro '80's and '90's club. Both places are always good for a few laughs.

For live acts I know Colin Quinn is performing somewhere in the city Thursday night I just can't remember where. And Ben E. King will be at The Blue Note for the older crowd.

Check out Papaya King for hot dogs and any guy on the corner for a pretzel.

Have fun. If you need a place to crash take the #6 train uptown to my crib in the Boogie Down. Just make sure you bring me some drunk hot chicks.
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I don't think you'll make it out that way, but I really enjoy seeing the Panorama of the city at the Queens Museum in Flushing. A full scale model of all 5 boroughs. I easily killed at least an hour just staring at it.

Oh, and if you want to get some Chinese food, I highly recommend Big Wong at 67 Mott Street. It may not look like much, but it's all about the food. Order up a plate of roast pork, the soy sauce chicken (easily the most moist white meat chicken I've ever had), chow mai fun noodles, and a cruller. If you want to be a bit adventurous, get a bowl of congee.
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I thought I read somewhere that CBGB's was in the process of shutting down. Is that true?
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If you want a relaxed place with an insane beer list, try The Ginger Man:
http://www.gingermanpub.com/ny/ny-frame.html
The have Victory's Ol' Horizontal barleywine on tap, nuff said.
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I thought I read somewhere that CBGB's was in the process of shutting down. Is that true?
The landlord is ratcheting up the rent pressure.

The aforementioned Peculiar Pub is a great little spot and right next door is Terra Blues, which always has some good live blues act.
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Originally Posted by TheGodfather
Have fun. If you need a place to crash take the #6 train uptown to my crib in the Boogie Down. Just make sure you bring me some drunk hot chicks.
I second that. Cept...i'm off the N/W train. And I'd prefer drunk hot dudes.

So there are your choices

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One of the co-workers mentioned McSorleys as a place to go...and the quote I heard on CBGB's was "it's shady....we have to go!"

Thanks for all the input!
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CBGB might move to Vegas, which is ridiculous. The organization that owns the building wants to raise the rent from $20,000 to $40,000 per MONTH! That will be the final club that my crappy high school heavy metal band played at to close, as all the rest are now gone too. Oh well.
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If you need a place to crash take the #6 train uptown to my crib in the Boogie Down. Just make sure you bring me some drunk hot chicks.
If I were coming back with drunk hot chicks, you think I'd bring them to you?
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One great place (if you like the blues) is Terra Blues on Bleeker by LaGuardia. Great blues bands 7 nights a week, smallish comfortable setting, ususally a smaller 'acoustic' group followed by a 3-5 piece blues band. Always GREAT music, no cover, drinks under $10. And the music is simply excellent if you want to hear something live.

A fun place to drink and have a rowdy time is at Tortilla Flats on Washington St. (at W 12th street). Loud and a bit rowdy, gets a bit crowded and very pupular for bachelorette parties for some reason.
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If you're going to CBGB's and want to bar hop in the area, check out Swift between Lafayette and Bowery on West 4th (only blocks from CB's). It's a very cool Irish bar. And if you're looking for a good restaurant in the area, Mexican Radio is right near there too.
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McSorley's is a dirty, drink-til-you-puke place - think Carlos and Charley's in Cancun. They serve 2 types of beer: light and dark, both from the tap. Pitchers are pretty cheap hence the puking. The sloppy drunk patrons are what kept me away after visiting once. Take my word for it, there are not many things in life worse than sloppy drunk New Yorkers in their own sloppy drunk environment. TheGodfather recommends you skip it.

Also Bowery Bar has taken a dive recently. I'd skip it too.

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Yea and don't eat 6 valiums before going. Just a tip.

Originally Posted by Mavis
If I were coming back with drunk hot chicks, you think I'd bring them to you?
Hey free lodging in NY doesn't grow on trees. I try to be generous and this is the thanks I get...
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Originally Posted by TheGodfather
Hey free lodging in NY doesn't grow on trees. I try to be generous and this is the thanks I get...

I know...I'm such an ingrate!

Thank you for all the help and information!

I will post tomorrow and let you know how it went and where we went....if I'm able to.

T minus 4 hours before we're on our way! Woohoo!
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What a great time! The city was awesome. We started out at Times Square, ate at a place called Virgil's Real BBQ. Excellent, I definitely recommend it.

Then we went on to the Ginger Man off 36th. Unbelievable selection of beers. Sort of a classier, quieter crowd there.

Left there then went to McSorleys. Exactly as it was described, "You want light or dark?". Great time there, the bartender was a riot and the patrons again were pretty quiet and relaxed.

Left there to go to Culture Club. Big mistake. The bouncers outside had a look on their face like you wanna come in here? We got in, we were the only people in there. Before we could finish the first drink, they turned the music off, lights went on and we were told it was time to go. At least they let us finish our drinks.

Overall, we had a great time. Would have been a little better if we had hadn't run in to that group of drunk guys wanting to start something. Apparently the phrase "And we have cows too" upsets an angry drunk. Who knew?

Thanks again for everyone's input! We had a great time!
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Came too late . I was going to suggest that if you are in the village to grab a falafel, or whatever, at Mamoun's on McDougal. Dirt cheap and really good. Or it used to be when I hung out down there.
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Then we went on to the Ginger Man off 36th. Unbelievable selection of beers. Sort of a classier, quieter crowd there.
Sweet. Glad you had a good time.
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Overall, we had a great time. Would have been a little better if we had hadn't run in to that group of drunk guys wanting to start something. Apparently the phrase "And we have cows too" upsets an angry drunk. Who knew?

Thanks again for everyone's input! We had a great time!
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