New York is called the city that never sleeps for a reason. Every corner of this bustling metropolis has something to offer—from delicious eats to good old entertainment. For many years, New York has been a dream destination for many travellers. Being in the middle of busy Times Square or visiting one of the city’s many museums, there really is a magic to New York that make it a city like no other, even for solo travellers.
If you’re visiting New York alone, the city has plenty of offerings to keep you entertained during your trip. Here are some of our recommendations:
Rock It Out at Bowery Ballroom
Bowery Ballroom isn’t just the best rock venue in New York, it’s one of the best around the globe. So, if you’re a rock fan, make sure to book a seat at Bowery Ballroom to rock it out for the night.
Explore the Met Without the Crowd
Travelling alone may make you feel lost in the middle of a huge crowd, and the last thing that you would want is to be fighting throngs of tourists wanting to catch a glimpse of the famous paintings at the Met. Insiders say that the best time to visit the Met to avoid the crowds is during its late weekend hours. During Fridays and Saturdays, the Met is open until 9PM when tourists and students are already gone. You can browse through the galleries in peace and maybe even strike a conversation with another visitor without having to worry about a lot of people.
See a Play at Times Square’s Broadway District
Phantom of the Opera, Lion King or Chicago—you name it and the Broadway District has it. Whether you’re a big theater fan or not, you should never miss seeing a play at the Broadway District of Times Square because it is part of the quintessential New York experience.
Hit a Jackpot at the Casino
Who says that you can only hit the jackpot in Las Vegas? New York is also home to some of the best casinos in town including Empire City Casino and Resorts World Casino New York City. If you have nothing to do on a Friday night in New York, you can definitely hit one of the casinos around the city. But you have to come prepared and read about blackjack rules to increase your chances of winning. Playing blackjack while traveling is certainly one adventure you can’t forget for a long time.
Eat Out Solo
New York restaurants and bars are notorious for hard to get reservations, but you can actually skip the waiting game if you’re a solo diner because you can always eat at the bar. Try Balthazar, the popular brasserie in SoHo for their sumptuous French bistro food or the Gramercy Tavern where you get to enjoy classic American food using local produce. You can also visit Raoul’s where only guests seated at their bar are allowed to order their renowned Raoul’s burger. So, who needs a companion when you can enjoy these treats alone?
Take a Coffee-Cupping Workshop
Travelling solo doesn’t always mean drinking a lonely cup of coffee. Instead of going to the typical coffee shops, why not join a coffee-cupping workshop? Here, you will be able to see how local connoisseurs from Toby’s Estate, Blue Bottle and Birch roast, grind and prepare their coffee and espressos. Of course, you get a significant amount of caffeine shots along the way.
Wander Around the Streets of New York
New York has so much to offer that you are sure to find something wonderful in every neighborhood. Pick an area to explore and just let your instincts guide you. Try Brooklyn Heights or Greenwich Village and discover things that you will never experience on a tour. Get lost in the middle of old buildings, cobblestone streets and small stores that might offer something that will make your trip to the city more unforgettable.
Are You Ready to Explore New York?
You will never run out of things to do or experience whenever you’re in New York. Even if you’re travelling solo, the city’s energy will never make you feel lonely. So, go ahead. Stand in the middle of Times Square and embrace its beautiful chaos, eat out alone and people watch as you enjoy good food, and go on a run at Central Park to get your day started.