We hate it when it rains. Fortunately this city is jam-packed with fun things to do even when the weather sucks that aren’t just getting drunk at the bar. Here’s a list of our favorite spots and activities in the city:
Museums – This is a no brainer. Learn something, get cultured and cross off those “tousity” items from your list. Highlights for us include the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art), The Whitney Museum, Fraunces Tavern and Tenement Museum (eat some dumplings or pancake sandwiches around the corner from the Tenement Museum at the Nom Wah Tea Parlor). For those looking to get in-depth into the history of NYC, check out the Museum of the City of NY or the NY Historical Society. Pro Tip: Get there early to avoid the crowds and book/pay in advance so you zip through the lines.
Spin NYC – The holy grail of Ping Pong in the city. Spin NYC located in Midtown Manhattan has excellent food, good music and bar serving tasty suds for you to enjoy. Susan Sarandon is an investor in the bar and has been known to swing by on occasion.
Fat Cat – Ping Pong (not as serious at Spin), table-top Shuffleboard, Billiards, drinks AND live jazz. YES! This is the go-to place for hunkering down and waiting out a storm. Pro Tip: Go when it starts to rain, people don’t venture out once it starts to rain!
The Uncommons – Manhattan’s only board game cafe serving beer and wine. You can literally play anything you want from Settlers of Catan to Magic the Gathering. Pro Tip: Go mid-week during the day to get a table, it can be next to impossible to sit on the weekends.
Drink – Usually crowded but worth the wait is McSorley’s Ale House – the oldest family owned bar in the city (and it looks like it). You only have two options for beer, light or dark. Pro Tip: Don’t be surprised if they give you two beers when you order one, every order consists of two pints! Other favorites include The Dead Rabbit in FiDi and Leave Rochelle Out of It in NoLita are guide favorites.
Food Crawl – Pick a neighborhood and use Yelp to guide you on a culinary quest through the city. Yelp is the most popular user review website for restaurants in NYC, we recommend only ordering 1 entree at each establishment and trying to sample 3-4 spots. If you go for quick eats like dumplings or bbq sandwich you may be able to do more!
Spritzenhaus Beer Hall – We point out this gem in Greenpoint often when we do our Brooklyn bike tour. Spritzenhaus is a German style beer hall with endless amounts of beers on tap and tasty pretzels and sausages on the menu. The tables are communal so you can strike up a conversation with friendly locals and they even have Jenga. Best of all there’s a huge fire pit in the center of the bar so it’s particularly nice on cold days. Pro Tip – Weekend days can be pretty crowded so try going off hours.
Brooklyn Bowl – Another featured stop on our Brooklyn bike tour, Brooklyn Bowl is a bowling alley, bar, restaurant and music venue all rolled into one! Bowling is roughly $50 x hour x lane so grab some friends and reserve a lane early, it gets busy! Check out the lineup in advance or just go and trust they only feature top talent. Pro Tip – Get there early if you want to bowl, it gets busy. Saturday’s during the day are reserved for families.
Palms Shuffleboard – This is why we love Brooklyn. The Palms Shuffleboard is a gorgeous warehouse in Gowanus, Brooklyn with 10 full-sized shuffleboard courts, a bar and restaurant. It’s deep in the neighborhood of Brooklyn so plan accordingly if you’re planning to visit. Check out Dinosaur BBQ next door and grab a beer at Threes Brewing down the street. Pro Tip – Avoid Sundays, they have league play those days so it’s difficult to get a lane.
The Big Whiskey – This sports bar in Williamsburg is perfect for catching any American Sport (sorry soccer/football fans) and enjoying pub games too. Ping Pong in the back, a giant of Jenga, board games and tabletop shuffleboard downstairs, you can’t go wrong with this divey sports bar in the BURG.
Chocolate Tour – Artisan Chocolate is so hot right now. Visit the most famous artisan chocolate maker in Williamsburg, The Mast Brothers and take a tour and sample their tasty treats first hand. Tours are only $10 x person, last about 30 minutes and come with a bunch of samples to try. Visit them here to find our details about their tours – https://mastbrothers.com/pages/visit