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Jeralyn Gerba


The Best Way To Go Solo In NYC

Posted: 08/09/11 06:16 PM ET


There are plenty of upsides to being a party of one in a city like New York.

1. Hang out with the cool groups. Indie tours beat generic sightseeing companies.

  • Scott's Pizza Tours (a young pizza-obsessed local takes you for slices in all the boroughs)

  • Hip Hop tour of Harlem (Grandmaster Caz did this for his birthday party)

  • Saxelby a Day A-Whey (beloved local cheesemonger leads foodie day trips to NY dairy farms)

  • Accomplice interactive theater and walking tour (usical theater-types deliver kitsch on the street)

  • Brooklyn Brewery's free tour (cool neighborhood where cool beer is served to cool people)

2. See a live show in a tight space.

3. Take a seat at a lively bar.

  • DBGB (Daniel Boulud's downtown burger joint is spacious and hopping.)

  • Minetta Tavern (Keith McNally's celeb-heavy restaurant is Old World and intimate.)

  • Brooklyn Farmacy (Retro ice cream parlor has spinning stools at the soda fountain.)

  • Diner (Good music and strong drinks packed with artists, musicians, hipsters.)

  • Cafe Luxembourg (Uptown brasserie for well-heeled set, ladies love to lunch.)

4. Eat at tiny, crowded places.

  • Shopsins (There's always a line at this diner-style kiosk inside the Essex Street Market).

  • Rai Rai Ken (Cheap, tasty ramen and only 14 bar stools.)

  • Torrisi Italian Specialties (Delightful subs and sandwiches at lunch, special tasting menu dinners. Walk-ins only.)

  • Prune (Wildly popular brunching spot with eclectic, artisanal menu.)

5. Have a home-cooked meal. Join an underground dining club.

6. Mix and mingle at a piano bar or karaoke lounge.

  • Bill's Gay Nineties (Former speakeasy in Midtown East has lovable local crowd and time-warp vibe.)

  • Marie's Crisis (West Village stalwart where you can expect a lot of Andrew Lloyd Weber.)

  • Winnie's (Chinatown sing-a-longs.)

  • The Rum House (Recently refurbished by fancy cocktail barkeeps, but they've kept the piano.)

7. Spend a whole day taking care of yourself.

8. Eat in a classroom setting.