July 23, 2014
As much as New York City bubbles with life, she still keeps a few secrets to herself. From speakeasy bars to underground restaurants, and even some surprising pops of greenery, we discovered a few mysterious spots that you’ve got to search to find.
Sakagura (211 East 43rd Street)
Inside an unassuming building entrance lies an unmarked stairwell descending to one of the most authentic Japanese restaurants in the city. Making reservations at this mecca for sake and sushi is a must, so plan ahead, and make sure you don’t get lost!
The Gardens at St. Lukes in the Fields (487 Hudson Street)
Looking for the perfect place to picnic and cloud-gaze? Step into this small oasis in the heart of West Village. Open from 8am until dusk, The Gardens boast almost an acre of flora that’s been around since 1821.
PDT (113 St. Marks Place)
Standing for ‘Please Don’t Tell’, this secret bar only lets a select few in every night. If you want to cross those pearly gates (also known as the phone booth inside the Criff Dogs restaurant on St. Marks) call for reservations at 3PM sharp. Any later and you’re going to have to try your luck on another day.
Hudson Clearwater (447 Hudson Street)
With the storefront hidden by construction, the primary entrance is a plain green door around back leading to their patio. Come in for a mid-week breakfast and enjoy a smoothie, some delicious eggs, and prepare yourself for the day in a little peace and quiet.
Kuma Inn (113 Ludlow Street)
Situated between two bars on Ludlow Street, you’ll find a red door with Kuma Inn written up the right side. Follow the sweet smell of Filipino-Thai cuisine up the stairs to discover a small, ten table restaurant. This place is cash only and BYOB, so come prepared and hungry.
BONUS: Fort Tilden Beach (Queens)
Since the New York Times spilled the beans about this former military base-turned-slice-of-paradise a year or so back, we figured we’d pass the word along in case you missed it. Now reopened after its unfortunate post-Sandy closing, head to the western side of the peninsula for a secluded slice of heaven with all the soft sand and free-spirited hippie locals your heart could ever desire. Bike from Queens and make a day of it.
Image courtesy of New York Harbor Parks.
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