10 NYC Spots To Cure Your Cabin Fever

Let's face the facts: Sunny today, freezing tomorrow, this spring weather is unpredictable. Sure, we're wearing our leather jackets right now, but as soon as we pack away those puffers, we have a suspicion it's either gonna downpour or hail. (Call us pessimists, but we just want to prepare for the rain and pray for the sun.) With that said, it's time to take matters into our own hands and find our springtime zen — even if that means finding it indoors. NYC is an urban jungle, after all.
Ahead, 10 NYC spots to help you shake your cabin fever. We like to call it spring pre-gaming. Won’t you join us?
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Photo: Courtesy of Dover Street Market.
Dover Street Market
Shopping and spending money don’t have to be mutually exclusive. With a maze-like layout, Dover Street Market is the perfect place to get in some much-needed cardio (if you take the stairs up all seven flights) while you browse beautiful creations by lesser-known designers including Atto, Simone Rocha, Sister by Sibling, and more. Did we mention the infamous and delicious London and Paris cult café Rose Bakery is on the first floor? You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but under no circumstance can you leave without trying the pancakes. Hey, you just walked seven flights — you deserve it.

Dover Street Market, 160 Lexington Avenue (between E. 30th and 31st Streets); 646-837-7750.
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Photo: Courtesy of Café Mogador Williamsburg.
Café Mogador Williamsburg
With a greenhouse-inspired back room, Café Mogador Williamsburg is the perfect place to get in some much-needed sunshine without the mean wind chill. Go for lunch and stay ‘til dinner.

Café Mogador Williamsburg, 133 Wythe Avenue (between N. 7th and N. 8th Streets); 718-486-9222.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lost Weekend NYC.
Lost Weekend NYC
Want an excuse to justify that third cup of coffee? Head over to Lost Weekend, where you’ll not only find some of the best beans in the business, but you can enjoy the finely curated gallery and retail space as well. This is a perfect destination for meeting a friend, grabbing a bite, and treating yourself to a little culture and shopping.

Lost Weekend NYC, 45 Orchard Street (between Hester and Grand Streets); 917-261-2401.
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Photo: Courtesy of Primp and Polish.
Primp & Polish
Long gone are the days of spending spring break on a beach. But, you can pretend like you’re on vacation while enjoying a mani-pedi at the Bedford location of Primp & Polish. The enclosed back patio feels like a tropical paradise, and while you won’t end up with a tan, you will leave with some pretty kick-ass nail art.

Primp & Polish, 172 Bedford Avenue (between N. 7th and N. 8th Streets); 718-384-3555.
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Photo: Courtesy of Union Hall.
Union Hall
The bar of all bars, Union Hall is fully loaded — a fireplace, bocce court, games, live music, and snacks — so you’ll never even think about spending your Friday night on a pub crawl. Everything you need is right here. So, disregard the April showers — the beers are cold, the patrons friendly, and there’s nowhere else you need to be.

Union Hall, 702 Union Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues); 718-638-4400.
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Photo: Courtesy of Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club.
Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
For the more competitive folks who can't yet get their outdoor-sports fix, Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club is the antidote. And, for anyone who’s looking for a place big enough to house all their friends (we’re talking 17,000-square-feet big), this club offers lots of space along with a wide range of entertainment, from bingo night to live tiki bands. With a Florida-themed atmosphere, you can leave the unpredictable and never-ending cold weather at the door.

Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, 514 Union Street (between Nevins and Third Avenues); 347-223-4410.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Marlton Hotel.
The Marlton Hotel
While enjoying a drink next to a roaring fire is a lovely idea, it’s not always easy to find a bar with a fireplace (or two) in this concrete jungle. Luckily, the newly opened Marlton Hotel (from the group behind the Bowery and Jane Hotels) is just a stone’s throw from Washington Square Park offers such an amenity. Boasting a fully stocked fire-side bar and veranda-inspired dining hall, think of it as a School Ties-inspired excursion, without all the drama.

The Marlton Hotel, 5 W. 8th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues); 212-321-0100.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Standard East Village.
The Standard East Village
A recent addition to the East Village, The Standard East has all the modern flair of its Meatpacking District counterpart with a downtown twist. Plus, there are two wonderful spots to grab a quick coffee or after-work drink — or enjoy a more leisurely meal. Choose from well-reviewed, farm-to-table Narcissa (named after one of André Balazs’ cows from his farm upstate), or the more casual Café Standard.

The Standard East Village, 25 Cooper Square (between E. 5th and 6th Streets); 212-475-5700.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Bakeshop by Woops.
The Bakeshop by Woops
A new addition to the ever-growing directory of Williamsburg artisanal bakeries, The Bakeshop by Woops serves as the neighborhood’s little slice of Paris. With all white interiors and a sun-drenched seating area, this cozy spot will alleviate your mid-spring blues, or at least take the edge off. Grab a macaron (there’s a veritable rainbow to choose from) or a croissant, and pretend for a minute you’re in France.

The Bakeshop by Woops, 548 Driggs Avenue (between N. 7th and N. 8th Streets); 718-384-4410.
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Photo: Courtesy of Caffe Spina.
Caffé Spina
This is no ordinary coffee shop. Stop by for your morning cup of Joe, browse the carefully curated array of home goods, and leave with a personalized bouquet of flowers or succulents. With prime indoor and outdoor seating, Caffé Spina can be a full day retreat.

Caffé Spina, 107 Franklin Street (between Milton Street and Greenpoint Avenue); 347-457-5385.

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