New York City

12 Super-Secret Hotspots in NYC

Perfect for impressing a special date or wowing your out-of-town friends.


Happy Ending, 302 Broome St., 646-998-3184

12 Super-Secret Hotspots in NYC

Happy Ending awaits you once you enter the Xie He Health Club massage parlor. This two-level dance club and restaurant is packed with NYC’s young and handsome.  Seriously retro with a piano, leather banquettes and funky art. French and Italian comfort food is from Francis Gabarrus, the man behind La Ville Stings in France and the ultra popular French Laundry. Cocktails office a new twist to old classics like Ms. Lavender Honey Collins – lavender honey Cordial, vodka, lemon juice & soda water (a lady-like twist to the vintage Tom Collins).

The Garret, 296 Bleecker St., 212-675-6157

12 Super-Secret Hotspots in NYC

Get on top of Five Guys via the rear staircase to access this loft bar, complete with big skylights, couches, and leather seating cubes – plus a rhinoceros head, and collections of hourglasses and doorknobs. Enjoy exclusive selections of Five Guys burgers like the Italian Neighbors Burger, the Sixth Man Burger and the Garret Burger (of course). The cocktail menu offers fun inventions like the Rosarita Stick Up, White Grass, 2 Lime Crew and Last Word.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 9 Comments

  1. Avatar of Dylan


    Definitely want to try some of these bars! What is the dress code for say, Little Branch?

  2. Avatar of Hannah Meyers

    Hannah Meyers

    Bathtub gin is one of the greatest in NYC. Its my go-to place with my college buds. 😀

  3. Avatar of Chris Naselli

    What a great resource! I’m going to use this list the next 12 dates I go on LOL

    Instrata looks pretty cool. Their “Gramercy” location is more like Murray Hill though… Cool concept. More buildings should have concierges and other services like that.

  4. Avatar of Jude Vargas

    Will definitely check out these places when I’m in NYC. Who knows, I may even hop from one place to another, they are all gems! 🙂

  5. Avatar of Francis Woods

    Francis Woods

    The Raines Law Room and Death & CO looks so cool! I’m going to get a drink (or three) at them this weekend. Please do more articles like this!!!

  6. Avatar of Gabrielle Williams

    Gabrielle Williams

    These look so hip! But am I too old to go? What’s the average age range at these places? What should I wear??

  7. Avatar of Rebecca Givens

    Fantastic list! I love checking out spots like this — you always meet interesting people at them.

  8. Avatar of Langley Fox

    I’ve been to a few of these places and they’re great. It’s always impressive when someone brings me to a truly hidden gem like some of these, rather than the typical spots (like Top of the Standard, although I love it there too…)

  9. Avatar of Courtney Watson

    Courtney Watson

    What a great list!! I’m going to save this and check these places out one-by-one.

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