New York City

12 Super-Secret Hotspots in NYC

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


Angel’s Share (no website), 8 Stuyvesant St. at 9th St., 212-777-5415

12 Super-Secret Hotspots in NYC

Angel’s Share is inside Japanese restaurant Village Yokocho, take the unmarked door off the dining room and head upstairs to a classy spot with bartenders in tuxes, and some of the best craft cocktails around. Try the Grasshopper or the plum wine. Excellent bar snacks and a fantastic view out a huge window. Definitely for couples; four peeps max.

Hudson Clearwater, 447 Hudson St at Morton, 212-989-3255

12 Super-Secret Hotspots in NYC

An abandoned insurance office is the front for this invisible West Village date spot. Start on the corner of Hudson and Morton. Should you find yourself staring at a boarded-up 1970s storefront: perfect. From there, head around back and walk exactly 14 paces to an unmarked green door. Slip inside and enter a secret garden. With a sunken dining room, tables made from reclaimed wood, al fresco dining, and a secret downstairs dining room, supermodel Erin Heatherton calls this her favorite patio in NYC. All this and the cuisine is locally sourced farm-to-table. What more could you ask for?

“[My favorite place to grab cocktails is] Hudson Clearwater, they have the best patio in NYC and they’re right around the corner from me. My favorite drink is Mezcal on the rocks.” – Erin Heatherton.

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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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