What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

Toast the end of the workweek with happy-hour craft brews, concerts, karaoke jams, shindigs and more ideas for what to do on Friday.

  • What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    21. Relax (deeply) at the Integral Yoga Institute

  • Photograph: Jenna Andrews

    What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    22. Double up at Tacos Matamoros

  • What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    23. Bowl at the Gutter

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    24. Bowl at Brooklyn Bowl

  • Photograph: Julia Gartland

    What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    25. Sweat it out at Body by Brooklyn

  • Photograph: Courtesy Beekman Beer Garden

    What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    26. Drink on the waterfront

  • What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    27. Listen to Americana bands free of charge

  • Photograph: Francine Daveta

    What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    28. See scantily clad babes on the LES

  • Photograph: Ari Scott

    What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    29. Laugh to the Stepfathers

  • What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    30. Watch poets battle in slam night at Nuyorican Poets Cafe

What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

21. Relax (deeply) at the Integral Yoga Institute

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Relax (deeply) at the Integral Yoga Institute

Wind down your Friday with a peaceful, gratis 45-minute deep-relaxation class. The session begins with gentle stretching, then moves on to a long period of yoga nidra (deep relaxation) and concludes with breathing practices and a brief meditation. Arrive early—the class fills up fast.

  1. 227 W 13th St, (between Seventh and Eighth Aves)
  2. Fri at 5pm
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Tacos Matamoros

Double up at Tacos Matamoros

Have a little cash and an unlimited MetroCard, will travel for tacos: If this describes you (and if it doesn’t, you should take a long, hard look at yourself), head to Sunset Park and the vast Tacos Matamoros. Grab a couple of Vegetarianos ($1.50 each) and take the tacos—stuffed with rice, beans, cilantro and onions, topped with creamy cheese and with a side of bracing tomatillo salsa—to Sunset Park to watch the sun go down. Mull over which is better, the tacos or a view of the sky changing colors behind a sublime panoramic view of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. 718-871-7627

  1. 4503 Fifth Ave between 45th and 46th Sts, Sunset Park, Brooklyn
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Bowl at the Gutter…

Laid-back Williamsburg alley the Gutter has early-1980s Milwaukee decor and boasts a dozen killer microbrews on tap, plus a  happy hour ($1 off drafts and $3 off pitchers) before 8pm. Also, early-weekend warriors can play two games for the price of one ($7) between 2 and 6pm.

  1. 200 N 14th St, (between Wythe Ave and Berry St)
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…or at Brooklyn Bowl…

Nearby, this popular space takes its design cues from Coney Island, with old freak-show posters and carnival-game relics, and all of the beer sold inside—by Sixpoint, Kelso and the Brooklyn Brewery—is made in the borough. You can tackle a pitcher ($20–$30) and the stoner-food menu from the Blue Ribbon team (delicious fatty brisket, fried chicken) laneside between frames (games are 30mins for $25). The plush tufted couches  are the most luxurious alley seating we’ve ever seen.

  1. 61 Wythe Ave, (at North 11th St)
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Sweat it out at Body by Brooklyn

Weekends are all about new beginnings, and there’s no better place to achieve catharsis than in a spa. At Body by Brooklyn, you can spend Friday nights until 9pm savoring through a Swedish dry sauna, a Turkish steam room, pools galore and a lounge. Visit bodybybrooklyn.com for details.

  1. 275 Park Ave, (at Washington Ave)
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Drink on the waterfront

Sun-deprived city slickers can pretend they’re boozing oceanside at Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club. The former Water Taxi Beach location has kept the 300 tons of sand left by its onetime occupant, but the rejiggered drinkery now features a menu from Buddakan alum Jason Mayer. Settle into a communal wood table with a wurst, burger or lobster roll, or hit up one of the game tables for a round of Ping-Pong, pool or foosball. Beer lovers can grab one of eight drafts—such as Sixpoint Crisp Lager, Ommegang Witte Ale and Magic Hat #9—at two long driftwood bars.

  1. north side of Pier 17, Beekman St, (at South St)
  2. Opens in April noon–3pm
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Listen to Americana bands free of charge

  • Free

Close out your workweek at the American Folk Art Museum, where the Free Music Fridays series features performances from Americana, folk, indie-pop and other acts.

  1. 2 Lincoln Sq, Columbus Ave, (at 66th St)
  2. 5:30–7:30pm
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See scantily clad babes on the LES

  • Free

The busy burlesque star Calamity Chang hosts the weekly parade of pulchritude Room 69: The Hotel Chantelle Way, held on the hotel’s posh street-level floor. Sip your cocktail while she and her guests strutting their stuff. Free.

  1. Hotel Chantelle 92 Ludlow St, between Broome and Delancey Sts, 10022
  2. Fri at 9:30pm
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Laugh to the Stepfathers

Seven of the theater’s best players (including TONY’s resident hack Silvija Ozols) create smart, patient improv in the comedy mecca’s flagship show. $10.

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Fri at 9pm
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Watch poets battle in slam night at Nuyorican Poets Cafe

At this nearly 40-year-old joint, poetry is a contact sport—especially on Friday’s slam night. Lyricists from the boroughs and beyond square off, and the winner is determined by four judges from the audience, chosen by the host. Reserved seats $20, at the door $10.

  1. 236 E 3rd St, (between Aves B and C)
  2. Fri at 10pm
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