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Friday Evening
Pickle plates, Greek statuary, zombie laser tag.

“For a Friday-night date night, there’s this new shuffleboard place in Gowanus, the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club (514 Union St., nr. Nevins St.; no phone). I’d go there and then get a drink around the corner at Lavender Lake (383 Carroll St., nr. Bond St.; 347-799-2154). But if I wanted a more chill uptown night, I’d say a drink at the St. Regis, at the King Cole Bar (2 E. 55th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-339-6857), where they just restored the Maxfield Parrish mural. That’s a more swanky kind of thing. As for the daytime, I’m a big Citi Bike person; I would tell anyone visiting to rent one and then ride over to Hudson River Park. In the warmer months, you can play mini-golf, and they also have these rowboats where you can have eight people rowing together, which is weird and cool. I think that really dorky Circle Line tour around the city is, on a beautiful day, kind of awesome. And then sometimes on the weekend we’ll go to the Trapeze School (510 W. 30th St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-242-8769). You start out just swinging, and by the end of the first class, which is like two hours, you’re hanging by your knees, reaching back, and doing a grab where a guy is on a trapeze on the opposite side and then you’re swinging together. It’s so much fun. Oh! I have the best thing! It’s called Hollywood Stunts (73 West St., at Milton St.; 917-548-5461), and it’s in Greenpoint right by the water. It’s a little sketchy, but it’s really fun. It’s run by an ex–Hollywood stunt man, and they take you in a little group from tumbling on a mat to climbing a ladder and diving off this super-high platform, the height of a four-story building, into a giant air bag. It’s perfect for the winter, when you need something to get the excitement going a little bit. —Cynthia Rowley, designer

“Late night, go to this underground—not that it’s exclusive, but just not that well-known—West African place in Harlem called Keur Sokhna (2249 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., nr. W. 133rd St.; 212-368-5005) and get the fish firires, which is a whole grilled fish with plantains and salad. It’s the greatest thing of all time.” —Terence Nance, filmmaker

“In the early evening, head down to this little restaurant by the Staten Island Ferry called Gigino (20 Battery Pl., nr. West St.; 212-528-2228) and order a glass of wine. It’s right on the river, and you can watch the sun set as the ferry goes back and forth. It’s just a special experience. Then I’d say take the ferry out to Staten Island—which is free—and walk for five minutes to this restaurant called Enoteca Maria (27 Hyatt St., nr. Bay St.; 718-447-2777). The guy who runs it has his little biodynamic farm, and he’s very good with the food and very good with the wine. It’s really just a little gem—one of the more sophisticated restaurants in New York City.” —Sean ­MacPherson, hotelier

“Grab a drink at the new Library (425 Lafayette St., nr. Astor Pl.; 212-539-8777) over at the Public Theater. It’s lined with pictures from the Public’s greatest productions. David Rockwell designed it, and he played up the library theme with wood paneling and a kind of intimate, clubby vibe. I always get the pickle plate, which is just all these different kinds of vegetables that they’ve pickled. I love it, but it’s not for everyone.” —Alex Timbers, theater director

“For cocktails, I love Weather Up (589 Vanderbilt Ave., nr. Dean St., Prospect Heights; no phone), which is a super-cozy bar in my neighborhood. You really wouldn’t know it was there, you’d walk right by it, but once you open the curtains behind the door, you walk in and it’s like that Woody Allen movie Midnight in Paris. You’re in another era. And the owner, Kathryn Weatherup, is really sweet. She’s always there, holding court.” —Eric Demby, Brooklyn Flea co-founder

“There’s this huge indoor laser-tag place in Long Island City called Indoor Extreme Sports (47-11 Van Dam St., nr. 47th Ave.; 718-361-9152) that’s ­super-fun. I went with a couple friends, and we were put in a group with this real motley crew—people who came from all over the five boroughs to play. It was really high-octane. On Fridays, they do zombie laser tag with all these actors dressed up, and it’s super-dark, so it’s pretty fun and scary. After working up an appetite, go eat amazing tacos at the El Rey Del Taco Truck (33-01 30th Ave., nr. 34th St., Astoria; no phone).” —­Sophia Takal, actress

“There’s this sing-along cabaret joint that’s been around forever called Marie’s Crisis (59 Grove St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-243-9323), where you can watch people from all walks of life break out into show tunes. This place is crazy fun. There’s a lot of undiscovered talent in New York.” —Cuba ­Gooding Jr., actor

“Sit by the fireplace, get a hot toddy, and play Scrabble at the Bowery Hotel bar (335 Bowery, nr. 3rd St.; 212-505-9100). It’s really unassuming, there are always fun people there, but it’s never that crowded.” —Sue Chan, Momofuku brand director

“I had a surprisingly great time singing karaoke at MaisonO (98 Kenmare St., nr. Cleveland Pl.; 212-274-9898) the other night. The co-owner, Genc, wisely spared the crowd and gave us one of their private rooms. If its forest theme was intended to encourage harmony, in that respect we failed rather spectacularly.” —Paul Haggis, filmmaker

“So this is more for when the weather gets a little warmer, but in early spring, at around 9:30 or 10 p.m., go bird-watching at the top of the ­Empire State Building (350 Fifth Ave., nr. 34th St.; 212-736-3100), when there are no lines and there are hundreds of birds flying over New York City to their breeding grounds. It’s sort of chilly, but there’s a great energy in the air, and nobody’s up there, and you’re looking down at the hustle and bustle of the city below as hundreds and hundreds of birds are flying right overhead. Some are no bigger than the palm of my hand, some are as big as the length of my arm, and it’s just a spectacular sight. And even if there aren’t any birds or if you’re not into birds, you don’t have to deal with lines or crowds and you get to see the city at night from the Empire State Building. I don’t use this word often, but it’s awesome. Even non-birders love to do this with me.” —Lili Taylor, actress

“Get dinner at Brucie (234 Court St., nr. Baltic St.; 347-987-4961) in Cobble Hill. They change the menu all the time, and it’s just good, fresh inspired Italian cuisine. Nice ­people who work there. It’s not ­super-fancy, but fancy enough.—Paul Dano, actor


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