By:Amy Rosner By:Amy Rosner | April 18, 2022 |
New York City is back and better than ever, and with that, comes a wave of new and exciting experiences.
To help you keep your finger on the pulse, we’ve compiled a list of New York City’s best-kept secrets: from where to find the coolest underground speakeasies, to how to get into the hottest restaurants in town.
Be granted the secret passcode to our city, and indulge yourself in New York’s most coveted insider tips. For weekly insider tips, be sure to subscribe to our Modern Luxury Life: New York newsletter, bringing you the best in luxury lifestyle here in the Big Apple.
Editors Note: This list will be updated weekly.
-Go to Via Carota at an off-time (2-4 PM) to avoid the insanely long lines!
-If you go to Balthazar solo, you get a free glass of champagne!
-You’re guaranteed to have a celebrity sighting at Locanda Verde or Bubby's in Tribeca on a Sunday morning.
-Follow the Instagram account Nycresx to snatch very difficult-to-get reservations. Reservations release on a rolling basis, so you need to act fast!
-You can "sell" your reservations on Nycresx and avoid no-show fees.
-Cote Korean Steakhouse's secret speakeasy, Undercote, has some of the best drinks (and vibes) in town!
-Chamber Magic is the most underrated Friday night date spot in the city!
-Don Angie reservations release 7 days in advance at 9 am.
-Join the Sweats And The City Apartment Group on Facebook to sell furniture, look for sublet opportunities, find a roommate, and more!
-Tomokase brings a decadent omakase experience straight to your home (available in New York and NJ!).
-Through Seated, you can earn up to 30% back when you book a reservation or order takeout/delivery from NYC's best restaurants!
-Enter the Lucky Seat lottery to win great Broadway seats at an even greater price.
-Caviar Russe offers a $85 prix-fixe brunch menu every Sunday from 12:00-3:00. Expect baguettes, pancakes, and smoked salmon sandwiches, all with Caviar of course.
-Lincoln Center will transform into a giant outdoor dance floor this summer!
Curb allows you to schedule a cab at a much cheaper price than Uber or Lyft.
-Sushi is Bou is launching Omakaseed tomorrow, the first plant-based omakase in NYC!
-Katz's, everybody's favorite Jewish deli, has a secret outpost in Brooklyn's Dekalb Market!
-The city’s hottest new restaurant, KONO, is hidden in the “Canal Arcade,” a passageway that connects Bowery to Elizabeth Street!
-Click here to unlock $12 espresso martinis!
-A Mama Mia-inspired restaurant is heading to NYC! Join the waitlist to be notified when tickets become available!
-Dining in the Dark, a unique blindfolded tasting experience is coming to NYC! Join the waitlist to be notified when tickets become available!
-Through Getir, you can get groceries delivered to your door in under 10 minutes!
-At Skirt Steak, you can get a prix-fixe of salad, skirt steak, and unlimited fries for just $28!
-All summer long, Grey Lady will offer weekday happy hour from 4pm - 6pm – including $1 oysters, $6 drafts, $9 wine, and $10 cocktails
-Momoya Soho just launched the hottest new brunch item in NYC: the Matcha Molten French Toast!
-At Vinyl Steakhouse, you can get some of the highest-quality steaks in the city for under $60!
-From 4:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M daily, you can get $1.25 oysters at the famed Mermaid Inn!
-Hidden behind a locksmith and shoe repair storefront is Keys & Heels, New York's hottest new lounge!
-Hancock St. is celebrating National Rosé Day (June 11th) with rosé flights and complimentary hors d'oeuvres!
-Beloved NYC bar Dante is playing host to six highly-celebrated bars from around the world for a month-long activation. Check out the schedule here!
-Stop by at the Moxy Hotel tonight for free rosé cans and rose bouquets!
-Free Shakespeare performances will run from June 17th-September 11th in Central Park!
-Hudson Yards is hosting a 10-week concert series with food trucks, Soulcycle classes, live sports games, and movie nights every Wednesday through August!
-Calling all dirty martini lovers! Valerie is home to New York City's largest gin library to date.
-The Gansevoort Hotel is offering the Summer Sessions package for an elevated city stay! Expect discounted room rates, poolside perks, and lots of Rosé!
-Best-known for their beat-based, low-impact, high-intensity trampoline method beloved by Eva Longoria & Gwyneth Paltrow, the ness is bringing fun-filled bounce and sculpt classes to the Hamptons every morning in July!
-Rooftop Cinema Club just released its highly-anticipated summer schedule. Check it out here!
-Spend summer Fridays at Dante’s Happy Hour with $10 martinis and live piano concerts!
-Click here for two complimentary nights at the iconic Ruschmeyer’s in Montauk and a special Hamptons experience for two!
-Rockefeller Center debuts its new summer dining series, featuring award-winning chefs in NYC. Click here for reservations!
-Enjoy ice cream sandwiches from critically-acclaimed chefs every Saturday through late August! Think brown butter ricotta ice cream, amaretti cookies, and shaved black truffle courtesy of Rezdora.
-Famed NYC cocktail bar, PDT, has a summer-long pop-up featuring delicious drinks and food pairings from city-renowned chefs!
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s free Movies With A View Series will be held all summer in the park!
-Popular Korean eatery, 8282, is hosting Industry Night every Monday. Expect delicious boneless fried chicken and inventive spins on the classic martini!
-Rooftop Reds is offering a pizza and wine move night every Thursday for the foreseeable future!
-The famed Plaza Hotel is offering two extravagant summer packages to enjoy now through the end of September. Click here to find out more! Hint: it involves private helicopters and decadent picnics.
-The team behind Kimika and Wayla just launched the best-hidden gem on Long Island. Click here to find out more! Dim Sum lovers are going to go wild.
-NYC Restaurant Week returns for 30 days at hundreds of the city's best restaurants across all five boroughs!
-Set sail with Maison Louis Jadot! For just $75, guests can indulge in a five-course pairing menu, and soak in gorgeous views of the New York skyline during sunset. Click here to purchase your tickets!
-From mindful movement and meditation classes, to cellular hydration and energy boost IV vitamin therapy, The WELL is offering New Yorkers the ultimate R&R experience throughout the month of August.
-Calling all jazz lovers! Every Wednesday, Somewhere Nowhere hosts a weekly jazz night with live music, sunset drinks, and awe-inspiring views of Manhattan!
Travel to the South of France without ever leaving the concrete jungle! At various Daniel Boulud restaurants across the city, patrons can enjoy a $60 or $90 prix fixe menu with a glass of Whispering Angel.
-Dom Pérignon has teamed up with 3-Star Michelin Chef Masa Takayama to offer guests a one-of-a-kind gastronomic experience aboard a Dom Pérignon luxury yacht. Expect specially curated sushi and champagne pairing menu on the waters of Sag Harbor and Montauk. Email [email protected] for reservations!
-Get 15% off a daybed at the luxurious Royalton Rooftop!
-SLCT, everybody's favorite curated vintage store, offers a $5 sale on 300-400 items plus a scoop of Mikey Likes It Ice Cream!
-Create Dinners is hosting a VIP dining experience in Brooklyn from September 22nd-24th! Diners should expect a delicious five-course meal, wine pairings, and meaningful questions to spark conversation with your neighbor.
-Calling all tennis enthusiasts! Just steps from Central Park along the cultural nexus of Fifth Avenue, The Peninsula New York has launched a very special package ($500,00) for an over-the-top U.S. Open experience. Email [email protected]. for more information!
-Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at A.R.T. Soho for an exclusive white party. Enjoy an open bar, passed appetizers, DJ, prizes, and stunning Manhattan views!
-Take your Labor Day weekend to a whole new level with an Espresso Martini private jet service!
-On September 16-17th at the Skyline Drive-In in Brooklyn, New York’s buzziest restaurants will come together for a 10-course drive-through tasting menu. Expect delicious dishes courtesy of Bonnie’s, Crown Shy, Dhamaka, Frankies Spuntino, Razza, Red Hook Tavern, Shuka, Sofreh, Sylvia’s, Taqueria Ramirez, and Union Square Café!
-If you're missing Choco Taco's like we are (RIP), you can get a nearly identicial sweet treat at Borrachito Tacqueria!
-XO, the leading private aviation company, has expanded their partnership with The Langham New York, to create a winning 2022 Tennis Championship package for tennis fans. Think discounted hotel rates, private jets, and transportation to and from the US Open!
-Loreley Beer Garden, NYC’s favorite destination for all things Oktoberfest, is celebrating the season from September 15th – October 16th with free beer keg tappings and pig roasts tastings on weekends, lederhosen and dirndls, plus pretzel, sausage and beer specials every day!
-Calling all chopped salad and Negroni lovers! NYC hot spot American Bar is popping up at Nordstrom NYC for the month, taking over the Broadway Bar on Level 3.
-La Noxe is a secret speakeasy hidden in the 28th street subway station!
-A new Major Food Group restaurant is coming to NYC! Stay tuned...
Photography by: Michael Discenza