Quirky must-see attractions in New York

By | May 23, 2020

New York has so much to offer to the traveler. But let’s venture beyond the mainstream attractions and tourist tours and explore a list of unconventional things to do in the city. From Bushwick’s experimental performing arts to tasty international food, and Williamsburg’s hipster hype.

Please note some of these attractions can be temporarily closed or unavailable due to the unfolding COVID-19 situation.

Taste the world in the outer boroughs

Old Tbilisi Garden
Old Tbilisi Garden

New York is a global city with many internationals bringing their food and traditions. If you go beyond the famous bagels and pizza, you might try food from all over the world in New York. Take a tour to the outer neighborhoods and order some Ethiopian cuisine at Bushwick’s Bunna Café. Alternatively, check out the Yemen Café in Brooklyn Heights. If you prefer staying in Manhattan, don’t miss out on a night at Old Tbilisi Garden, where you can try some Georgian food.

Hipster vibes in Williamsburg

Williamsburg
Williamsburg

Ready for some unconventional tourist attractions, differing from the usual must-see city tours? Williamsburg, Brooklyn offers quirky vintage markets like Bird, as well as walk tours along East River. The local cocktail bars are also a great way to spend the night. One thing is sure – there’s plenty of things to do in this trendy neighborhood.

Bushwick’s experimental performing arts

Bushwick
And Bushwick

How about an experimental music performance at a DIY venue at Bushwick? It’s one of New York’s must-go quirky attractions. Famous with its nightlife scene, Bushwick offers you a chance to attend peculiar burlesque performances and movement showcases, among other cool things to do. Enjoy it to the fullest.

African American culture in Harlem

Harlem
Harlem

Where to next? Take a tour, exploring African American culture from the 20th century in Harlem, New York. This neighborhood is home to various artists and writers. Is there anything better to do than devouring a tasty brunch, consisting of waffles and chicken and accompanied by jazz music? For an authentic African experience, pay the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem market a visit. It’s a real attraction with its stalls selling African crafts and textiles.

Korean BBQ in Koreatown

Korean BBQ
Korean BBQ

Now we head to New York’s Koreatown, which is located not far from 5th Avenue. What’s the best thing to do there? Eat. The area is full of Michelin starred restaurants, karaoke clubs, and various stores. For a tasty Korean barbecue and fancy cocktails, head to one of the numerous restaurants in the district. For more fun things to do after dinner, consider going to a karaoke bar, which are also abundant there. Here is one of my favorites

Musical Theatre shows for every taste

Broadway
Broadway

Broadway is among New York’s symbolic experiences and a must-see attraction on its own. Enjoy a quirky theatrical performance in one of the numerous professional theatres located in Manhattan, New York City. Looking for a performance that is both entertaining and a little unconventional? Check out the program and choose a musical to suit your taste. Here is a good guide on how to buy tickets for Chicago the Musical

Since you’re on Broadway, why don’t you check the best shows that are currently running?

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