|New York City is filled to the brim with happening hangouts for twentysomethings.|
Recently, I received an email from twenty-something blog reader, Genevieve in Montreal. She is coming to New York with her friends, Lea, and Charlotte, to stay for about a month. They can’t wait to give the New Yorker life a shot, but they have a few questions. I thought I’d take this opportunity to answer the questions on the blog so all twentysomethings coming to NYC could benefit. Here we go!
Q. “We were lucky enough to find an apartment on the UES where we can stay, but we want to explore as much as possible. We are looking for restaurants bar/clubs and lounges, coffee shops where the younger, professional crowd hangs out (we are all single).”
A. Well, ladies, you’re in luck. Most neighborhoods in Manhattan offer a plethora of options for twentysomethings. And if you’re staying on the Upper East Side, you’ll surely find other New Yorkers your age in the area, Yorkville specifically.
On the UES, I would check out The Penrose, Dorian’s, Mad River Bar, and Jones Wood Foundry (also does a fantastic burger). If you like show tunes and covers, try Brandy’s Piano Bar, which makes for an entertaining and often raucous evening. There’s a two-drink minimum but no cover charge.
While you’ll find great hangouts right in your local hood, be sure to venture beyond your little corner of Manhattan. There’s a whole city to see.
|Jones Wood Foundry’s burger is epic, in my opinion.|
You’ll find no shortage of great coffee in the Big Apple and probably run into a young crowd of students and working professionals in most coffee houses. Joe, Birch, and Café Grumpy are some local favorites.
Head to the Lower East Side or East Village for a very single scene –– you’ll discover some of the best lounges in the city. If you feel like learning some fun facts about the city and drinking and socializing, I recommend a bar crawl in the West Village.
And if you’re into free snacks when you’re partying, don’t worry, New York has its share of tasty deals, but you need to know where to look. In fact, the city offers more free things to do than you could ever accomplish in a month or probably in a lifetime. So, get busy!
|Take advantage of the many free things to do, like taking photos at the gorgeous fountains at Lincoln Center.|
Brooklyn boasts a young, hip scene, so I advise that you check out neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Fort Greene, and Greenpoint. And since you’re on the East Side, I’d try Astoria/Long Island City. Both nabes offer great food and some viable nightlife options.
Q. “Also, we are looking to engage in some kind of weekly activity (yoga, tennis, etc.). Would you have any recommendations?
A. The most New-Yorky mode of exercise in Manhattan is probably running in Central Park. I recommend jogging around the reservoir on weekdays when it’s less crowded. Since the temperatures are cooling off, you can even run mid-day. I’d avoid evenings and weekends because everyone will be running after work or on days off, and the path around the reservoir isn’t very wide, so it might get too crowded to enjoy a good run. If you must run at prime times, try the bridal path.
|Jogging around the Jackie O Reservoir in Central Park is one of the most NYC-centric forms of exercise.|
Also, give Yoga to the People a shot –– it’s in various locations. The studios offer pay-what-you-wish classes with a suggested donation of only $10. Also, I suggest Crunch Fitness for some classes. Crunch is offering a five-day pass so you could try out the facility on the Upper East, and then sign up for the remainder of the time you are in town.
As far as tennis goes, you can play in Central Park. Sign up on the website and reserve a time. The cost is $15 per session.
And last but not least, you can get exercise while traveling about town when you use Citi Bike. A 7-day access pass is $24.95.
Q. “Apart from your wonderful blog, do you know any other place where we could keep up to date with Manhattan/Brooklyn’s newest hotspots?”
Well, thank you for the compliment. 🙂 Yes, you should check out the websites below. All offer great suggestions.
Have a fantastic time in New York City!