There's no doubt about it – New York is one of the most amazing cities in the world. But with so many people and so much to see and do, it can be tough to know where to start. If you're looking for a unique experience off the beaten path, may we suggest these 7 secret spots in New York that you'll love? From hidden parks and charming restaurants to exciting nightlife spots and gorgeous views, there's something for everyone! So gear up and get ready to uncover some of the coolest spots in New York City!
1. The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden.
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For its 19th year, The Orchid Show will host the dazzling floral creations of Jeff Leatham, renowned artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris. Leatham's vibrant and colorful vision are revealed through fascinating installations and creative motifs. Orchid towers, along with artistic embellishments and a kaleidoscopic tunnel of lights, fascinate its visitors.
2. Fraunces Tavern's Piano Bar
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The intimate room above The Independence Bar offers a selection of drinks for those who want to take in the mood and ambiance. There's beer, wine or cocktails depending on your preference; in addition to broad-appeal snacks, apps and entrées. Live piano music, of course, is also on the menu. The extra layer of interest is that the tavern played a prominent role in history before, during, and after the American Revolution. At various points in its history, Fraunce's Tavern served as a headquarters for George Washington, a venue for peace negotiations with the British, and housing federal offices in the Early Republic.
The Piano Bar Upstairs is open Thursday-Saturday from 5pm to 11pm.
3. The Hideout at Gallow Green
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The Hideout at Gallow Green has transformed into a winter wonderland for those looking to escape from their busy lives. With natural wood and pine elements as well as tartan blankets, this rooftop bar will have you feeling like an explorer in New York.
Visit mckittrickhotel.com/gallow-green for menus, reservations, or to plan a private gathering.
4. "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" inspired tea at The Plaza
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If you're a fan of Amazon Prime hit TV show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, then get ready for an experience like no other! The limited-time Midge Menu will be served at The Palm Court - inspired entirely by classics from the 1950s and 1960s, the era when the show takes place.
The menu will be available from Thursday, February 10 – Sunday, March 13, 2022 for $99 per person. Reservations are required.
5. Peekaboo at 20 Hudson Yards
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The next time you're looking for a place to eat or drink in Manhattan, head over to 30 Hudson Yards. Home to the fine-dining establishment Peak and the popular outdoor observation platform Edge. Now it adds late-night cocktail bar Peakaboo to its arsenal. It features a 60-seat lounge as well as a 12-seat bar. There are 1,300 wines to choose from—starting at $12 per glass—as well as over 300 spirits, bottle service, and light bar nibbles.
6. Nothing Really Matters Bar
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Nothing Really Matters is located between the entrance and the turnstile in the downtown-bound 1 train station at 50th Street and Broadway. With a long wooden bar and a semi-private nook, its exposed pipes and metal grates hanging from the ceiling, you can just see how this place is truly embracing its subway motif.
7. The William Vale's Winter Spa
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What better way to escape the cold winter air than by sweating your stress away in a soothing spa? When you're feeling stressed out about the week or just want to unwind with a little pampering, visit The William Vale Winter Spa. You'll enjoy the view through the panoramic dome window, free from frostbite conditions! The Winter Spa will be running through March and it will surely be an amazing experience.
Cost: $80 per person/ Reservation Recommended
Article written by Kat Yasuda.
Kat Yasuda is the Clutch Bags resident blogger. She loves to create and has a passion for design and art.