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Five Hidden Gems in New York

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Lesser-Known Seeds of Greatness in The Big Apple

The view from the roof at The Met in New York.

The view from the roof at The Met in New York.

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Jul 2, 2012 —  Do you have any idea how many cool hidden spots there are in New York? Seriously, do you? Because we lost count.

It’s actually kind of ridiculous how much can be seen, done, eaten, drunk, danced on, and generally enjoyed here: from the thousands of bars and restaurants to the expansive parks to the world-famous iconic attractions that draw millions every year, it’s virtually impossible to run out of new streets to explore or new venues to experience.

Of course, the sheer wealth of places worth visiting can make it hard to decide where to start, especially for those of us who tend to avoid (like the ravaging plague) the more heavily trod locales in town.

We’re not against touristy spots, mind you. Far from it! But while we fully appreciate the historic grandeur of The Statue of Liberty, we also get why folks don’t want to spend an afternoon swaddled by a bazillion out-of-towners.

That’s why we put together a nice little roundup of some of our favorite lesser-known spots in town. Lesser-known, of course, doesn’t mean some of them don’t still get crowded, but the crowd at least had to do some digging before ending up here. 

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    124 Old Rabbit Club

    Bar / Speakeasy

    124 Old Rabbit Club - Bar | Speakeasy in New York.
    Greenwich Village / NoHo

    124 MacDougal Street
    New York, NY 10012

    212‑254‑0575

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    The Back Room

    Speakeasy

    The Back Room - Speakeasy in New York.
    Lower East Side

    102 Norfolk Street
    New York, NY 10002

    212‑228‑5098

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    La Esquina

    Mexican Restaurant / Tequila Bar

    La Esquina - Mexican Restaurant | Tequila Bar in New York.
    Chinatown / Nolita

    114 Kenmare Street
    New York, NY 10012

    646‑613‑7100

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    Happy Ending

    Bar / Club / Lounge

    Happy Ending - Bar | Club | Lounge in New York.
    Lower East Side

    302 Broome Street
    New York, NY 10002

    212‑334‑9676

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    The Met Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar

    Culture / Rooftop Bar

    The Met Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar - Culture | Rooftop Bar in New York.
    Upper East Side

    Metropolitan Museum of Art
    1000 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor
    New York, NY 10028

    212‑535‑7710

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Danny M. Jul 28, 2012
This makes me want to visit New York ASAP.
Anonymous Jul 27, 2012
I can't believe I've never been to the Met Roof Garden - it sounds amazing! Milk & Honey is also a great hidden NYC gem.
Anonymous Jul 26, 2012
ME ENCANTA LA ESQUINA!! The perfect place to go if you're looking for great food and some Don Julio 1942. Happy to see the Met Roof Garden mentioned as well-I loved the Big Bambu exhibit a while back- Anyone know what's going on there currently?
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