What’s a New Yorker got to do to get a little peace and quiet in NYC? Here’s what to do: Check out one of the city’s precious little pockets of serenity. Whether you need date ideas for a place where you can carry an audible conversation or the best NYC parks for some introspective meditation, here are the perfect places. They’re also a great substitute for when you can’t afford the time or money for weekend getaways but desperately need a break from the city’s nonstop people-shouting, car-honking, siren-wailing commotion.
Where to find quiet in NYC
Explore these oases of calm and quiet in NYC when you want to escape the city without actually leaving it
Bars and restaurants
The Immigrant is a great place to duck into while wandering the East Village to enjoy a few hours of quiet over wine or a decent variety of craft beers. The small, cozy space does not amplify the sounds of neighboring tables, so relaxing here with friends can feel like you’ve just cracked open a good bottle of wine in the comfort of your own living room. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, the prices are reasonable, and light bites or a cheese plate are the perfect accompaniment to whatever libation you’ve chosen to help you unwind.