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The coolest places in NYC right now

The staff of Time Out New York gives you the scoop on the coolest places in NYC right now including bars and eateries

Written by
Jennifer Picht
Time Out contributors

In a city as big and overwhelming as Gotham, you might be struggling to find the absolute coolest places in NYC. Well, you’ve come to the right place! Members of the Time Out New York staff chime in to let you know why they love the cutting-edge dine-in movie theaters, bars, restaurants and party venues below. Trust us, these foolproof, kick-ass recommendations are all you need to plan the perfect week, weekend or month in NYC.

Coolest places in NYC right now

  • Things to do
  • Event spaces
  • Downtown Brooklyn

This rooftop vineyard sells its own wines and they’re cheap! You can taste 3 wines for $6, or buy by the glass or bottle. It has beautiful views and tons of space, so you’ll never feel packed in. And there are hammocks! – Jaime Brockway, Deputy Copy Chief

  • Bars
  • Lounges
  • Greenpoint
This dive has a really chill vibe, and it’s over-the-top, kitschy décor makes for a fun mix. The bar magically always has the perfect amount of people in it, so you never have to worry about folks crowding the pool table. A backyard is set to open summer 2017. — Will Pulos, Content Editor
  • Restaurants
  • Coffee shops
  • Upper East Side
This Upper East Side café-bar serves both coffee and cocktails, so you can hunker down to get some work done during the afternoon and unwind with a drink afterwards. I can’t get enough of the early 2000s playlist and mismatched vintage couches, either. — Annalise Mantz, Digital Commerce & Community Editor
  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • East Williamsburg
Once the clock strikes 11:30pm, this Bushwick bar turns into a huge, care-free dance party that just feels super-hip. The theme is kind of mid-century, sci-fi apocalypse (think Bladerunner), and the spot is outfitted like a bunker with no windows and vintage technology on display. —Alyson Penn, Assistant Food and Drink Editor
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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • West Village
Hidden behind a “psychic” sign in a nondescript location in the West Village and you’ll find one of the sexiest, most special cocktail bars in the city. They serve food until 4am, and there is a Tarot Reader every night of the week until 2am. —Taya Kenny, Digital Content Producer
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  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Greenwich Village
Yes, this place just opened, but its edible cookie dough has taken over as the latest viral food. And, even better, it tastes exactly like it did in the pre-Instagram days of our youth when we used to sneak spoonfuls in the kitchen. —Rebecca Fontana, Content Editor
  • Nightlife
  • Clubs
  • Bushwick
  • price 2 of 4
There’s a reason why we cover so many House of Yes events—and it’s not just because there’s a party, concert or immersive film event happening every night. The Bushwick warehouse offers an incredible amount of entertainment during each bash, at which you’ll be mesmerized by aerial dancers and fire breathers to sexy burlesque dancers and the killer DJs. It’s also a great, well-priced brunch spot or a chill, outdoor hangout during the warmer-months. —Jennifer Picht, Things to Do Editor
Brooklyn Grange
  • Attractions
  • Farms
  • Greenwood
Brooklyn Grange is a rooftop farm that has a market and views as well as Kings County Distillery brews on-site. The spot offers tours, and has a lovely, vintage-looking little bar in the old brick gatehouse, which has an outdoor area and live music when it gets warm outside. – Jaime Brockway, Deputy Copy Chief
  • Things to do
  • Tribeca
Open now through May 20, 2017, this installation inside a Tribeca home sustains a repeated presentation of sound composed by La Monte Young, with visuals by artist Marian Zazeela. The sound is created using digitally-generated frequencies and intervals that are largely foreign to the human ear. Basically, it’s not like anything you’ve ever seen or heard before. —Taya Kenny, Digital Content Producer
  • Movie theaters
  • Downtown Brooklyn
The coolest place to hang out, filmwise, is a close contest: If you’re at the bar at Metrograph (or can nab a couch), you’re basically declaring your film-geek bona fides. If you’re in the cocktail bar at Alamo Drafthouse, you’re basically saying you have a little money to throw around, yet wish you lived in Austin. If you’re buying an egg cream at Film Forum, you’re old-school (and probably 400 years old). —Joshua Rothkopf, Film Editor

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