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Hidden NYC: 9 Off-Beat Experiences in the Big Apple

1. COMEDY CELLAR

This place is, well, a laugh riot. I love that no photos are allowed inside this venue. You buy tickets, and the line up is a secret, which you find out only when you’re inside. On more than one occasion you will find famous comedians performing here.

 

Happy Birthday Dave! #ComedyCellar

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2. SLEEP NO MORE

This theatre is immersive. It’s an adaption of Macbeth. When you arrive at the venue, the staff puts on a mask to cover your eyes, and you roam around a four-storey warehouse using every sense other than sight to find and follow the play. Two words: Super Cool. Again, no photos allowed, but I like that. You can read more about it here.

 

via Sleep No More Website

 

3. BURGER JOINT AT LE PARK MERIDIEN HOTEL

A secret restaurant behind a curtain with the BEST burgers. A must try.

 

 

4. LIVE JAZZ AT MARJORIE ELIOT’S PLACE IN HARLEM.

Marjorie Eliot, an American actress, writer and Jazz chanteuse opens her parlour for jazz concert series every Sunday. BYOB.

 

 

The place gets packed quickly, so make sure to arrive early.

 

5. KOREAN BBQ @ KOREATOWN.

Blame all the cocktails, but I don’t remember the restaurant in which this photo was taken. Any BBQ joint in Ktown is amazing, though. My boyfriend Sean says this is Jjukku Jjukku BBQ, and that it is definitely the best of the best. Ktown is in the heart of the city, so it’s not hard to find.

 

There’s a small grill in front of you, and they prepare lovely red beef (aaaaagh, heaven!) right in front of you. Medium rare scenes. Orgasmic!

 

 

 

6. CHELSEA MARKET

Right along the Hudson river, and next to the Meat Packers district & Highline, the Chelsea market is an enclosed food court swarming with hipsters. It’s also great for trinket browsing and shopping.

 

Definitely try The Lobster Place for the freshest seafood this side of Maine.

 

7. GINGERMAN – BEER BAR.

Over 200 beers on tap: I rest my case (but not my pint glass!)  Beautiful, cosy little spot to head down on any given night for the best brews!

 

 

8. BRYANT PARK

Yes, you could do the Central Park thing, but try Bryant instead. Underestimated and forgotten amid the glories of it’s more famous cousin, the park is actually bigger and quieter.

9. DUMBO

A great little area in Brooklyn. Warehouses converted into shopping arcades with gorgeous little boutique stores and high-end cafes. Vegans and hipsters would lap up this place.

 

 

MUST TRY: the Lobster roll from this small little kiosk called Luke’s Lobster, but like the freshest yummiest lobsters ever !! I’m allergic to shellfish but the semester went nutters on it!

 

 

Now you know how to look like a real New Yaurkar  (accent et all) for your next trip to the Big Apple.

If you have any hidden spots across the world that you’d like to write about, email theladiescompartment@gmail.com with the subject line <Submission for #TLCTravelogues>

Now, the most important question: which place would you visit first? ?

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