Do Life Well: A Boys’ Night in NYC

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

I like to think of myself as the primary planner in our family—I started an entire company dedicated to it, after all—but my husband is pretty incredible at organizing get-togethers with his friends. His boys’ nights out put my coffee dates with girlfriends to shame. Since he inspires me to plan more creative outings with my friends, I thought he might inspire some others to make guys’ or girls’ night a priority, too. Sooo…I went straight to the very special source, Ian Madover, for his insight. Good food is important to you and your friends. What are some of your favorite places to eat? Great food is critical, but equally important are the drinks. Whether it’s a Moscow Mule or a Manhattan, a guys’ night needs some serious cocktails. The bartenders at The Polo Bar totally know what they are doing (you know they’re legit since they use beakers!). Great drinks can also be found at The Bar Room at Temple Court in the Beekman Hotel and Jimmy at the James Hotel.
Boys Night NYC El Camino cocktail; photo courtesy of Jimmy at the James by Front of House
As for food, we all love a seriously good steak. You can’t go wrong with Peter Luger’s, of course, so we go there a lot. Quality Meats is great, too; their rib eye is spot-on, and they have an excellent wine list. I love the tapas and drinks at Toro—especially the porron, a traditional Spanish glass pitcher you pour directly in your mouth. It takes real skill! We also like Vandal (they have funky art), Ian Schrager’s Clocktower, and Nomad for Mediterranean food.
Boys Night NYC Raw scallop; photo courtesy of the Clocktower by Corry Arnold
But you guys always do something in addition to dinner. What have been your favorite activities? Well, to be honest, guys’ night started as a book club, which quickly became code word for a night out…and the book part slowly disappeared. When it comes to activities, I love SPiN, partially because I was the champion on 195th Street [in Queens], but also because the spot is awesome. There’s nothing better than a growler and some competition on the ping-pong table. It’s such a cool space, too, and the food is delicious. Susan Sarandon really did it right. You just have to be sure to reserve a ping-pong table a few days in advance. A night at Bowlmor is always a good time, too. The competition can get intense—and adding in $5 from everyone for the first person who throws a strike adds some fun! You like games! Yeah, it’s a great way to hang out with friends. We want to try Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Gowanus soon. Two-Bit’s Arcade on Essex Street is always a fun throwback with some beers, too. We don’t really go to the theater or catch Broadway shows together, but we have been seeing some hip-hop shows lately. We saw Kendrick Lamar and Logic at Barclays Center, and we’re seeing Kid Cudi live at SummerStage on October 6. I’m psyched for that concert. Any funny stories to share? Nope! What happens at boys’ night stays at boys’ night.

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