Where to break up in NYC: best bars and venues to break the news

You’ve decided to dump your significant other in public (you bastard!), but don't know where to break up. Here are a few bars and venues to get it over with.

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We don’t really want to make it easier for you to break up with someone in public; that’s just cruel. However, sometimes things have to end, so here’s a guide on where to break up in New York. You’ll avoid an awkward encounter—maybe—at these NYC bars and out-of-the-way venues, including Canal Bar and Ikea.

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    Where to break up in NYC: best bars and venues to break the news

    Canal Bar

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    Where to break up in NYC: best bars and venues to break the news

    Ikea Brooklyn

  • Where to break up in NYC: best bars and venues to break the news

    East River State Park

     

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    Where to break up in NYC: best bars and venues to break the news

    Strand Book Store

Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

Where to break up in NYC: best bars and venues to break the news

Canal Bar

Canal Bar

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If you’re going to potentially humiliate your soon-to-be-ex, it’s good to do the deed in an out-of-the-way spot. This Gowanus dive fits the bill, providing tables in the back where you can have an awkward conversation, along with drink specials during the week ($1 off drafts on Mondays; $4 Goose Island pints on Wednesdays).

  1. 270 Third Ave, (between President and Union Sts)
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Ikea Brooklyn

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In 30 Rock’s sixth season, Liz and Criss go to Ikea for a table and end up questioning their entire relationship. If you need a slight push to start the breakup process, bring your no-longer-beloved to the Swedish chain’s Red Hook outpost.  You’ll have ended things with a screaming match by the time you reach the miles-long checkout lines, guaranteed. And you can get away with not blaming yourself—as Liz says, “Ikea tested us—we failed!”

  1. 1 Beard St, (at Otsego St)
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East River State Park

  • Free

This Williamsburg space will match your mood by the time you’ve parted ways: In the winter, it’s a little bleak. Have a seat on a bench, where you can stare at the Manhattan skyline and take a few deep breaths. Then, move on: Head to the Woods (48 South 4th St between Kent and Wythe Aves, 718-782-4955), where you might just find someone new to snuggle up with.

  1. 90 Kent Ave, (at North 8th St)
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Strand Book Store

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There are some advantages to initiating a breakup at this multilevel bookstore. You can have that uncomfortable chat in one of the many uncrowded nooks in the basement, where you’re likely to be left alone. Once it’s over and done with, seek out literature to help you through the healing process. Look for tales of romance—both failed and successful—in the fiction section on the first floor, or find solace in the advice-books section, down in the basement.

  1. 828 Broadway, (at 12th St)
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