A city of endless options, New York presents a variety of fun, stylish, adventurous, luxurious, and even inexpensive ways to celebrate a birthday. My love of food and wine usually dictates what I do on that day every year, but you might enjoy shopping in the most fashionable districts, having a picnic in Central Park, or spending time in a lesser known park outside Manhattan. The good news is, no matter your interests, you’ll find the ideal match here and discover countless ways to celebrate your birthday in NYC.
My favorite New York birthday of all time was the year Mike took me to Le Bernardin. We got all dressed up! I donned my red dress, and he wore a jacket and tie. I had never been to a restaurant of that caliber in my life, and neither had he, so it was a first for both of us and exciting to experience that evening together. I look back on the photos from that night now and I think, “We look so young!” (We were a lot younger.)
My first New York birthday was a memorable one too. Mike took me to Elaine’s (now closed, sadly) and then to the original Rainbow Room (which closed and has since been renovated and reopened), for a cocktail. I had lived in NYC for only three months, and I was on cloud nine that night. It felt like the best dream I’d ever had to celebrate my birthday in New York City, also my new home.
I have another birthday coming up in a few months, but I’m not thinking about it just yet. Perhaps I’ll take a day to myself and do something I’ve not done before like spend the day working in the Rose Reading Room at the New York Public Library. Maybe I’ll stop by Nougatine (I’ve celebrated several birthdays here), one of my go-to bars in the city, and buy myself a fancy cocktail. Or perhaps I’ll take Bogey and visit Bethesda Fountain and Terrace, my favorite spot in Central Park. Time will tell once September arrives.
If you’re looking for inspiration to plan your next birthday in NYC, check out my latest article in the Cubesmart city guide. I put together a list of things to do based on personality type and likes and dislikes. And no matter what you do, have a great New York birthday.
There are so many ways to celebrate your birthday in NYC! I’d love to know how you’ve celebrated your birthday in New York. Let me know in the comments.
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