12 Super-Secret Hotspots in NYC
Perfect for impressing a special date or wowing your out-of-town friends.
Angel’s Share (no website), 8 Stuyvesant St. at 9th St., 212-777-5415
Angel’s Share is inside Japanese restaurant Village Yokocho, take the unmarked door off the dining room and head upstairs to a classy spot with bartenders in tuxes, and some of the best craft cocktails around. Try the Grasshopper or the plum wine. Excellent bar snacks and a fantastic view out a huge window. Definitely for couples; four peeps max.
Hudson Clearwater, 447 Hudson St at Morton, 212-989-3255
An abandoned insurance office is the front for this invisible West Village date spot. Start on the corner of Hudson and Morton. Should you find yourself staring at a boarded-up 1970s storefront: perfect. From there, head around back and walk exactly 14 paces to an unmarked green door. Slip inside and enter a secret garden. With a sunken dining room, tables made from reclaimed wood, al fresco dining, and a secret downstairs dining room, supermodel Erin Heatherton calls this her favorite patio in NYC. All this and the cuisine is locally sourced farm-to-table. What more could you ask for?
“[My favorite place to grab cocktails is] Hudson Clearwater, they have the best patio in NYC and they’re right around the corner from me. My favorite drink is Mezcal on the rocks.” – Erin Heatherton.