Spontaneous New Yorker: 10 Authentic Places to Visit

Looking for things to do in the city? Living in New York can be very overwhelming with the amount of things that you can do. For me, it’s been difficult finding time to do any of the bucket list adventures that I originally planned, so this weekend I had one of my best friends from New Jersey come visit and we decided to create impromptu weekend adventures.

I know what you’re thinking… why not just follow through with what you originally planned? As I was contemplating on whether or not I wanted to follow a schedule, I thought about how spontaneous I usually am and how planning each weekend is so unlike me.  So what did we do? We talked to locals and got their opinions on what to do in the city. I wanted to have an “authentic New Yorker” weekend.

I’m sharing some of my spontaneous experiences with you in hopes that you’ll too try some of these great places! Look at the big picture of life. Be spontaneous and take every chance you get.

photo credit: tumblr
photo credit: tumblr

Heartland Brewery: 1285 6th Ave, New York, NY

“Heartland quickly established itself as a pioneer of the craft beer movement in New York City. Since then, Heartland has consistently brewed New York’s freshest craft beers, including six classic brews and a wide range of seasonal ones.”

Johnny Utah’s: 25 W 51st St #3 New York, NY 10019

“Home of Manhattan’s original mechanical bull, has redefined the urban cowboy experience.”

Lizarran Tapas: 11 W 51st St New York, NY 10019

“We opened our first Lizarran in Fuengirola, Spain, from the time we identify with the concept and we have continued to grow, to become today, in carriers of the mark Lizarran outside Spain, controlling all the eat coast of USA.”

Off Broadway Show Avenue Q: 340 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019

Sometimes we forget how amazing an off Broadway show can be. I have only been to on Broadway shows before so I was in for a real treat. Avenue Q is a Tony award-winning musical comedy that reminds me of the Muppets, but with adult humor.

“AVENUE Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named PRINCETON who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets KATE (the girl next door), ROD (the Republican), TREKKIE (the internet sexpert), LUCY THE SLUT (need we say more?), and other colorful types who help PRINCETON finally discover his purpose in life!”

XVI Rooftop Lounge: 251 W 48th St New York, NY 10036

“New York’s most decadent rooftop cocktail lounge”

PS450 Brunch: 450 Park Ave S #1  New York, NY 10016

PS450 is the hot spot on Park Avenue S. The Saturday brunch had a DJ and all you can drink mimosa’s. The food is really good and the service was exceptional. I recommend this to anyone visiting the city wanting to experience a fun NYC brunch.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1000 5th Ave New York, NY 10028

“The Museum of Modern Art is a place that fuels creativity, ignites minds, and provides inspiration. With extraordinary exhibitions and the world’s finest collection of modern and contemporary art, MoMA is dedicated to the conversation between the past and the present, the established and the experimental.”

Genesis Bar & Restaurant: 1708 2nd Ave #1 New York, NY 10128

“Situated in the prime Upper East Side locale with its warm and inviting atmosphere, sleek plasma TVs, and a variety of dishes to entice your palate. The French style doors are open for sidewalk seating during the warm weather seasons and the beer garden is available during the hot summer days and nights.”

China Town  & Little Italy

These two authentic spots are really great to visit when you’re looking to do some shopping or eating. Truth be told, there are a ton of tourists, but the spots never get old and there’s never a dull moment.


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