Winter is here, and boy, is it a cold one this year. Sure, you may want to stay in your apartment all day when it feels like 1 degree, but we’re here with 10 options that will want to make you get out there and explore. So don’t let the bone chilling temperatures turn you into a hermit and let’s get to the fun stuff.
Nothing sounds better on a cold winter day than some tea, right? Head to the Bosie Tea Parlor for afternoon tea, sandwiches, and the must-have Earl Grey Mille Crepe. And bonus points, it’s located right in the heart of west village. For more classic affairs, try out the Russian Tea Room in midtown.
Sip Spiked Hot Drinks in a Cozy Tent
Get comfy at Arlo SoHo’s Camp Arlo! Stay warm in our heated tents, which offer a full list of spiked hot drinks. Hot chocolate with peppermint and vodka, Hot Buttered Rum, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shotskis (!!!!) just to name a few. Oh, and did I mention you can order S’mores?
Get Your Game Face On
For those who want to stay active (lifting a drink up and down doesn’t count, sadly), look no further than Chelsea Piers! From Barre, to Ice Hockey, to Soccer – there are endless opportunities to have an active day indoors.
Step Up Your Instagram Game
Take some epic shots of icy NYC at an observation deck. The One World Trade Center has STUNNING views of the city, which also comes with a brief tour that locals and tourists will enjoy alike. Bar SixtyFive at Rockefeller Center also has some of the best views of the city, without the Top of the Rock ticket price point. Enjoy lunch or a drink at the bar, and step outside (briefly) onto their terrace to get the shot. Do it for the gram!
Bottomless. Brunch. All. Day.
That’s right. Gather your crew and sit down for brunch at Ms. Lilly’s – a happening Carribean spot that offers authentic jerk chicken and an hour unlimited drinks. Surrounded by bumping music, you definitely won’t want to leave, even if you have to buy more drinks after. Another great option is Calle Ocho, which offers unlimited sangria with your entree (talk about dangerous). For those in the Lower East Side, try out Mezzetto, which has an $19 Bottomless Mimosas deal that you can drink for an hour and a half, with options to try all 4 Mimosa Flavors. De-li-cious.
See the City by Boat
Cruise it up, even during the winter. Ride the Ferry all the way from Midtown to Red Hook! You can sit indoors and still take in the city views. Plus, it’s an excellent choice of commute when the weekend trains aren’t running.
See Some Art Outside of Manhattan
Sure, you can visit the good ol’ MET and MoMa, but why not spice things up a bit? Get lost in the world of film at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. Step back in time at the NYC Transit Museum in Borough Hall. Explore your ancestry’s art at the Brooklyn Museum in Park Slope. NYC is filled with culture – so get your hands on it!
Experiment with Your Caffeine
Basically, drop your regular drip and sip on some unique and bold coffees all around the city. Get down with your New York self and sip a Matte Black Latte at Round K. Follow the avocado craze at Avocado Appetit with an Avo Coffee Smoothie. And Lastly, (you knew this was coming), sip a Rainbow Iced Latte at The Good Sort. Cheers to your tummy!
Booze + Games = Yas
For those who haven’t grown up yet (don’t – it’s a trap!) and LOVE playing arcade games, head over to Barcade in Williamsburg, for the ultimate oldies video game bar that also has an impressive draft list. You’ll also find Full Circle Bar a few blocks away, which is a skeeball bar. Brooklyn Bowl is also nearby, where you can bowl and booze with a side of live music.
Dinner & Movie All in One
IPIC Theaters is a perfect cuffing season spot to hang out on chilly winter evenings. Watch a movie in a comfy lounge chair and order up a meal and drinks. It’s almost like having the private movie theater of your dreams.