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12 Super-Secret Hotspots in NYC

Perfect for impressing a special date or wowing your out-of-town friends.

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Beauty & Essex, 146 Essex St. bet. Rivington & Stanton Sts., 212-614-0146

12 Super-Secret Hotspots in NYC

An actual pawn-shop front gives way to this dramatically lit, two-story, 10,000-square-foot restaurant and club. With delicious small plates and an exorbitant cocktail list, its no wonder stars like Kim Kardashian and Ashley Olsen are frequent guests. This is one restroom you’ll want to visit! Attendants serve free champagne to all the ladies – time for a touch-up! A place this lavish can be hard to get in to but with my help you’ll have no problem.

PDT (Please Don’t Tell), 113 St. Mark’s Pl. bet. First Ave. & Avenue A, 212-614-0386

12 Super-Secret Hotspots in NYC

Walk into Crif Dogs, turn left and enter the phone booth, and buzz once (only once). Snug. Taxidermy. Pair incredibly mixed classic and original cocktails with the unusual menu by David Chang, passed through a secret wall. Try the deep-fried, bacon-wrapped Chang Dog heaped with momofuku kimchi.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 9 Comments

  1. Dylan

    Definitely want to try some of these bars! What is the dress code for say, Little Branch?

  2. Hannah Meyers

    Bathtub gin is one of the greatest in NYC. Its my go-to place with my college buds. 😀

  3. What a great resource! I’m going to use this list the next 12 dates I go on LOL

    Instrata looks pretty cool. Their “Gramercy” location is more like Murray Hill though… Cool concept. More buildings should have concierges and other services like that.

  4. Will definitely check out these places when I’m in NYC. Who knows, I may even hop from one place to another, they are all gems! 🙂

  5. Francis Woods

    The Raines Law Room and Death & CO looks so cool! I’m going to get a drink (or three) at them this weekend. Please do more articles like this!!!

  6. Gabrielle Williams

    These look so hip! But am I too old to go? What’s the average age range at these places? What should I wear??

  7. Fantastic list! I love checking out spots like this — you always meet interesting people at them.

  8. I’ve been to a few of these places and they’re great. It’s always impressive when someone brings me to a truly hidden gem like some of these, rather than the typical spots (like Top of the Standard, although I love it there too…)

  9. Courtney Watson

    What a great list!! I’m going to save this and check these places out one-by-one.

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