Where Locals Actually Go For A Night Out In NYC

Photographed by Rockie Nolan.
A quick internet search or scroll through Instagram will show you that New York City has no shortage of places to spend a night out, but that doesn't make it any easier to pick one — and it definitely doesn't mean those spots offer an experience that feels uniquely New York.
That's why we set out to discover what nighttime in the city looks like for a local, following an NYC-based photographer out for a tour of her favorite spots. With only a Samsung Galaxy S9+ in hand, she took us borough-hopping for a night of late-night pizza, rooftop cocktails, and even some shuffleboard — all while testing out the phone’s revolutionary dual-aperture camera (aka a rad new feature that automatically adjusts to different lighting).
Whether you're from New York and need to shake up your routine or you're just visiting for a weekend, click through to find out how you should be spending your next free night in NYC.
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Photographed by Rockie Nolan.
Scarr’s Pizza

We have yet to settle the "Who has the best NYC pizza?" debate, but this Lower East Side joint (open 'til midnight on weekends!) is undoubtedly a contender for both its pies and its nighttime ambiance. If you're not ready to commit to an entire pizza, get a few individual slices and take in the retro 1970s vibes, complete with wood wall paneling and cozy vinyl bar stools.

Scarr’s Pizza, 22 Orchard Street (between Hester and Canal streets); 212-334-3481.
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Photographed by Rockie Nolan.
Royal Palms Shuffleboard

No longer a game strictly played by your grandma in Boca, shuffleboard is the perfect antidote to your weekend boredom. Grab a cue-stick, load up on food from the club’s rotating food trucks, and sip on one of the signature craft cocktails (may we suggest The Shuffleboard Bob?).

Royal Palms Shuffleboard, 514 Union Street (between Nevins Street and Third Avenue), Brooklyn; 347-223-4410.
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Night of Joy Bar

Take a break from the over-Instagrammed Manhattan rooftops and head to Williamsburg for a much more laid-back scene. Grab a gin gimlet and a candle-lit seat inside on the charmingly mismatched living-room furniture, or take your drink up to the roof to spend the night under a sea of string lanterns.

Night of Joy Bar, 667 Lorimer Street (at Meeker Avenue), Brooklyn; 718-388-8693.
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If you've ever walked down First Avenue in the East Village, you've probably seen the year-round chili-pepper Christmas lights radiating from this popular Bangladeshi joint. But the kitschy decor isn't the only reason it's a perfect spot for a weekend night with friends — it also offers massive portions and lets you BYOB. (FYI: If you find yourself waiting for a table, you can always try Panna II, Milon's equally decked-out rival Indian restaurant glowing right next door.)

Milon, 93 First Avenue #2 (between 5th and 6th streets); 212-228-4896.
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Baby’s All Right

With a calendar full of indie artists and DJs on the cusp of a come-up, this Brooklyn music venue always guarantees a fun night. Get to the show early so you can cash in on the cheap $5 happy-hour well drinks from 6 to 8 p.m. and dine on the kitchen's famous Korean-fusion cuisine.

Baby’s All Right, 146 Broadway (at Bedford Avenue), Brooklyn; 718-599-5800.
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Comedy Cellar

This famed comedy club may be a popular destination for tourists, but it's a go-to for locals as well, thanks to its dreamy, heart-of-the-West Village location and the fact that you never know what famous comedian might drop in for an impromptu set. If you're looking for the ideal laid-back second date, this is it.

Comedy Cellar, 117 MacDougal Street (between West 3rd Street and Minetta Lane); 212-254-3480.

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