Like those shape-shifting people we all know in NYC—the ones who attend glamorous cocktail parties with vaguely famous intelligentsia one night and then pound dim sum and Tsingtao with coworkers the next—the Bowery seamlessly transitions from Chinatown to NoHo while still retaining its own identity.
EAT: Fire Up at Flaming Kitchen
At Flaming Kitchen, each classic Chinese dish is elevated memorably—the sauce on the cold sesame noodles is a bit crunchy, with a kick that will thrill you. For the chicken and broccoli, the meat is juicy and the veggie is cooked al dente, with just enough give to soak up the addictive sweet-and-salty brown sauce. 97 Bowery
DO: Catch the Next Big Thing(s) at Sofar Sounds
Only in New York (OK, and maybe Los Angeles) can you sign up for a mysterious musical performance to take place in a stranger’s home and find out where to go the night before. But that’s the magic of the Sofar Sounds concert series—and the results will delight you. Note: These DIY-style shows are also BYO. Locations TBD
DRINK: The Gin n’ Roses at the Wren
Stepping inside the Wren is like checking into a spa—it has a chic, easy, “everything is going to be OK” vibe that you don’t get at many bars. And that’s before you sip one of its expertly made cocktails. 344 Bowery