9 Places to Celebrate Your Birthday in NYC
...That aren’t a bar
It’s time for an intervention.
You’re a savvy New Yorker who eats at the best restaurants and always knows what’s in style. So why is your go-to birthday spot still a place that serves booze in giant neon fishbowls?
Here are our nine favorite spots to celebrate a (slightly classier) birthday in the city.
TAKE A TWO-HOUR ISLAND VACATION
Sure, you could ring in your next birthday in a dark, candlelit bar, or you could sip frozen plantain slushies in the sun-drenched Loosie’s Kitchen. Oh, and there’s fried chicken.
91 S. Sixth St. (at Berry St.), Brooklyn; 718-384-2904 or loosieskitchen.com
MAKE YOUR OWN BIRTHDAY CAKE
It’s a known fact: Momofuku Milk Bar makes the tastiest birthday cake in all of NYC. Grab your best friends and head to the Williamsburg cooking classroom to learn to make your own (and yes, you get to eat the results).
55 Hope St. (at Marcy St.), Brooklyn; 347-577-9504 or milkbarstore.com
HAVE A BOOZY MILKSHAKE PARTY
The milkshakes at OddFellows are an amazing treat on their own. But for your birthday, you can rent out the entire store for two hours, bring your own alcohol and concoct boozy ice cream creations. One rosé raspberry shake, coming right up.
Locations in Williamsburg and the East Village; 347-599-0556 or oddfellowsnyc.com
KNOCK DOWN SOME (CLASSY) PINS
OK, we know you haven’t been bowling since your sixth-grade birthday party. But Frames, a hidden spot below Port Authority, has traded pizza and smelly shoes for truffle flatbread and Champagne.
550 Ninth Ave. (at 42nd St.); 212-268-6909 or framesnyc.com
CATCH A MIDNIGHT MOVIE
Birthday dinners are overrated. Get your meal and drinks served to you at Nitehawk Cinema while you swoon over Ryan Gosling in the midnight screening of Drive on June 24.
136 Metropolitan Ave. (at Berry St.), Brooklyn; 718-384-3980 or nitehawkcinema.com
LEAD YOUR OWN ROCK BAND
Renting out a karaoke room and singing along to scrolling words on a TV? Yawn. Jump up onstage at Arlene’s Grocery, where you can sing rock hits accompanied by a live band and backup dancers. Look out, Beyoncé.
95 Stanton St. (at Orchard St.); 212-358-1633 or arlenesgrocery.net
LEARN TO HANG TEN
Hey, summer babies: You’re contractually obligated to celebrate your birthday outside. Make the most of it and head to Rockaway Beach with a few adventurous buddies for a beachside surf lesson with Locals Surf School.
Beach 67th St., Rockaway Beach; 347-752-2728 or localssurfschool.com
SHARPEN YOUR MIXOLOGY SKILLS
When you enter your 30s, there are a few things you definitely need to stop doing--like drinking cranberry vodkas. Let the expert mixologists at Apothéke Academy teach you a few of the classics, like the Sazerac, French 75 and old-fashioned.
9 Doyers St. #1 (at Mott St.); 212-406-0400 or apothekenyc.com