Written by on 30.01.15

After the long workday is done, why stay in bed watching TV when you can enjoy a variety of night time activities in NYC? The middle and upper neighborhoods of Manhattan have all the nightlife you need! Night time activities range from swanky bars to posh restaurants, which include a few entertaining shows. You can find any night time activities you are looking for in the Upper East Side, Mid-Town East and Murray Hill. All you have to do is see what you are in the mood for, and choose a location!


Many people like to find a great bar where they can hang out and catch a late game. Not everyone wants the traditional sports bar feel or traditional bar food. Sean Largotta opened up a second location of his swank sports bar, The Windsor, inside the plush Gansevoort Park Hotel in Murray Hill. In this bar, you can order traditional buffalo wings, or something a little more fancy like truffle grilled cheese.

If you came looking for drinks, Middle Branch, which is located on 33rd Street, is a great choice. Here, along with unique cocktails, you can also enjoy an impressive wine list. Serious Eats notes that you will enjoy a bit of history along with your Prohibition-era themed drinks.

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If you’re looking for either a casual or formal-dress only restaurant, you can find a little of both in the Murray Hill part of town. Take Salvation Taco, found on 39th Street. There, you will get the sense that you are in a quaint little taqueria, with all the flavors and colors of Mexico. Also, the food is simply to die for. Salvation Taco does not require a reservation, although you might expect a wait in the evenings.

On the other hand, you could indulge in the supremely upscale restaurant of Chef Daniel Boulud, simply named Daniel, on the Upper East Side. You can sample the seven-course tasting menu, featuring Poularde, Turbot and Pigeonneau. Here you are required to be formally dressed, but you will enjoy yourself immensely.


At times, you may want a source of entertainment while you enjoy your entrée or cocktail or a nice place to go after you eat at a traditional restaurant. For your delight, you can visit Tomi Jazz for the Japanese food and their interesting music that plays nightly.

Now, let us take a jaunt over to 53rd Street in Mid-Town East. Here, you may try traditional hand-made spring rolls, or adventure into the realms of the unknown with avocado spaghetti and spam rice balls while listening to spectacular music by groups such as the Kuni Mikami Trio and the Dylan Maida Duo.

If it is comedy you are looking for, you should head to Comic Strip Live located in the Upper East Side. There you can laugh along with the audience as you watch comedians who have been featured on many of the best late-night networks and cable television shows.

No matter what night of the week, businesses in New York City are ripe with burgeoning entertainment, all of which are yours for the taking. Whether you want to go out in the Upper East Side, Murray Hill or Mid-Town East, you will be able to find the food, drinks and fun. All of these night life activities help make living in Manhattan so unlike anywhere else in the world.

Topics: NYC Things to Do