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Off the Beaten Path in New York City

If you are a traveler interested in something “different” during your trip to NYC, you have plenty of options to keep you in the company of the locals and unconventional types. Secluded bars, avant-garde films and even remnants of the early days of medicine are just a few of the untraditional attractions the city has to offer. 

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Peruse stacks of used books at this bookstore and café, where proceeds go directly to Housing Works, a non-profit devoted to helping people living with HIV/AIDS. The bookstore also holds events such as readings, comedy shows, podcast tapings, launch parties and writing workshops. 

Rubin Museum of Art

Paintings, books, artifacts, textiles and more from the Himalayas and the surrounding regions, including Nepal, Bhutan, India, China and Mongolia. Featured events include jazz and acoustic concerts, lectures and film series. Hours: M & Th 11 am-5 pm, W 11 am-9 pm, F 11 am-10 pm, Sa-Su 11 am-6 pm

Raines Law Room

Guests step back in time at this speakeasy, with comfy armchairs, intricate wallpaper, doorbell service and masterfully made cocktails. M-W 5 pm-2 am, Th-Sa 5 pm-3 am, Su 7 pm-1 am.

Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Providing a stage for writers, hip-hop and Latin Jazz musicians, minority artists and a diverse range of talents, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe is an award-winning venue with a calendar chock-full of concerts, open mics, poetry slams and other events. 

Physical GraffiTea

This little East Village cafe has a giant selection of fairtrade and organic teas available to purchase by the ounce, cup or pot. Educated staff can help you decide on your beverage of choice from the multi-page menu which includes medicinal teas, herbal and fruit teas, caffeine free options, black teas among others.


The 6,200-square-foot converted warehouse is part performance venue, part art gallery and part bar. The space hosts comedy shows, concerts, readings, experimental theater productions and art exhibits among other events.

Africa Kine Restaurant

Authentic Senegalese cuisine is given contemporary flair on a menu with weekly specialties such as thiere (meat and vegetables in a rich tomato sauce, served with couscous), farci (fish or meat balls cooked in tomato sauce) and a cow foot and vegetable soup. L & D (daily). $$

Riverside Park

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted on a verdant hillside overlooking the Hudson River, this four mile stretch of land along the West Side includes baseball and softball fields, basketball and tennis courts, playgrounds and more. Ulysses S. Grant’s tomb is also located here.