Get a sitter and GET OUT in these super social suburbs!
It’s hard to compete with the city when it comes to nightlife. But just because you leave the hustle and bustle doesn’t mean you have to retire your fun weekends out. Just like you, the master mixologists, celebrity chefs, chic wine bars and other nightlife staples are heading to the NYC suburbs—these six suburbs are living, breathing proof.
Whether you opt to live in town or, even just nearby, be in or around these towns and you’ll never run out of things to do, especially when the weekend rolls around.
Our advice? Book a sitter and get out. And, bonus, you won’t spend half the night in an Uber.
Montclair, NJ (Essex County)
If you’re looking for an elevated bar scene—expert mixologists, handcrafted organic cocktails, chic lounge vibes and, yes, even a rooftop dance floor—you’ll love Montclair. While there’s tons to do, see and eat in this bustling ‘burb, there are a few standouts that define nightlife.
One popular go-to for nights out is Faubourg Restaurant and Bar, a contemporary French brasserie known for its chic decor, five-star service, classic French dishes with a modern twist. By night, though, the bar scene picks up as residents pop in for a cocktail.
Founded by NYC hospitality veterans Dominique Paulin and Chef Olivier Muller, this duo knows what it takes to create an epic epicurean experience—and they deliver at their Montclair outpost. Grab a seat at the bar, snag a table or do a little of both—with a wine and cocktail list as extensive as theirs, there’s no point in going home early.
Another nightlife go-to is The Crosby, a gastropub with outdoor dining and craft cocktails. Right in the heart of downtown Montclair, during summer months The Crosby becomes a bustling beer garden on the outside, and a reservations-required restaurant—complete with a bar menu and dinner menu—on the inside. Start out and head in, or end your evening al fresco, then stroll through downtown to finish the night…or to kick it off.
The MC Hotel is another Montclair nightlife staple, featuring both a lux rooftop lounge as well as Allegory, the hotel’s signature restaurant. With a “shared plate, multi-course format,” this Mediterranean restaurant is all about the experience—Chef Daniel Kill designs a constantly-changing menu that easily pairs with their extensive wine and cocktail selection.
Alternatively—or after your meal—head upstairs to Alto, the hotel’s rooftop lounge. Grab a drink, grab a small bite and take in incredible views of Montclair and beyond, before heading back to the lobby and grabbing a snack to-go.
And don’t forget about Wellmont Theater, a staple to Montclair nightlife. This live venue features popular musicians, bands, cover artists and local acts—and, after, slip over to Pharmacie Bar + Kitchen for a post-show drink.
Huntington, NY (Long Island)
Downtown Huntington gives any city block a run for its money when it comes to total walkability and total access. Here, you can stroll from wine bar to beer hall to concert venue to chic French bistro—or Mexican, pizza, sushi or anything you’re craving during your night out.
Here, it’s all about Main Street and the streets that surround. From a restaurant perspective, a quick glance through downtown and you’ll spot everything from American and BBQ to steakhouses and pan-Asian cuisine. Huntington has a jaw-dropping selection of eateries—but it doesn’t stop there. Grab a glass of wine at The Wine Cellar, or head to the countless dive bars, Irish pubs, high-end cocktail lounges that line the street. For dinner, grab a bite at Besito, brunch anytime at The Shed or snag a table in the lounge at TOA Asian Fusion.
There’s also Repeal XVIII, a speakeasy featuring live music, particularly popular among locals strolling down Main Street — and speaking of live music, downtown Huntington is also the home of The Paramount. This premier concert hall attracts hometown favorites, cover bands and major acts. If you’re lucky (or know a member), head to Paramount’s members-only speakeasy, Founder’s Room. Here, you’ll rub elbows with locals and performers in a low-key private setting—with a full food and bar menu.
Veer slightly off of Main Street and there’s another hidden gem—Bar Petite. At this martini bar and small plate restaurant, the extensive menu is always-changing. You’ll find everything from sliders to scallops to tacos and, of course, a seemingly endless list of amazing martinis.
Better still? All of this amazing nightlife is packed into an amazing waterfront community—and it’s less than an hour to Penn Station.
White Plains, NY (Westchester)
Spend one night on Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains, and you won’t miss the city. This millennial-heavy metro has everything—but be sure to book your tables in advance, as the hottest spots tend to fill up fast.
In White Plains, family-friendly restaurants transform into posh bars and nightclubs when evening rolls around. With everything from DJ-powered happy hour to bull-riding in dive bars (hello, Copper Face Jacks…), there’s literally something for everyone in White Plains.
We’re especially loving Mulino’s of Westchester and Via Garibaldi for authentic Italian. Want something a little more festive? Check out Melting Pot for fondue with a twist or the creative small plates at Lilly’s. There are even tons of NYC staples here—Morton’s Steakhouse, BLT Steak, Gyu Kaku and Serafina all have outposts in White Plains, just to name a few.
After dinner, grab a drink at The Lounge in The Ritz-Carlton Hotel—this bustling bar attracts a solid happy hour and weekend crowd. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something more casual, sample the 40+ beers on tap at Ron Blacks Beer Hall.
Pleasantville, NY (Westchester)
Pleasantville has become increasingly popular with millennial buyers—and with good cause. Here, you’ll find top-rated schools, easy city access and tons to do on weekends…especially if you’re looking for a fun night out.
For many young residents, Lucy’s Lounge is a go-to, reminiscent of popular Brooklyn bars. Lucy’s stay open until 4:00am on the weekend—much later than most suburban hangouts—and has a huge dance floor, drink specials and great music. (And, side note—should you and your sitter make it that long, there’s always Pleasantville Diner for a quick pre-bed breakfast…).
Also ideal for date night or a night out with friends: Flights Bar. This popular wine bar has a massive selection of wines as well as beers and cocktails. Make this your first—or last—stop on your night out, or ask for the tapas menu and hunker down for a night of eclectic eats with a wine list that keeps pace. Like other popular Pleasantville spots, Flights draws a solid crowd so be sure to call ahead—or get there early.
Wine flights, though, are far from the only game in town. For Pleasantville locals seeking a low-key dive, Paulies is it. Grab a beer, grab a seat and relax. People love the unpretentious, neighborhood vibe.
Morristown, NJ (Morris County)
Whether you want to get dressed up and go out or just want to get a quick drink with friends, Morristown—dubbed “Hoboken West” by one local restaurateur—has a lounge, pub and bar scene that won’t disappoint.
One local favorite is Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, an upscale, century-old American restaurant housed in a historic mansion. Here, you can explore several different “rooms,” such as The Washington Room elegantly decked out in white tablecloths and home to the restaurant’s private chef experiences. Want something more casual? Head to The Rathskeller, right in Jockey Hollow—it’s a laid back and totally reinvented German beer hall.
Because downtown Morristown is walkable (and one of the best downtowns in the state, according to NJ.com), it’s also easy to hop from one spot to the next, no car needed. Many locals head to Asahi Sushi on weekends, for creative sushi and BYOB—bonus. Downtown is also home to The Committed Pig, a New York Times-rated casual eatery that gives “hamburger” a whole new meaning.Source: The Committed Pig
Other favorites: The Famished Frog near the Morristown Green (and near The Committed Pig), which also serves up low-key eats. After, grab a cone or, if you’re still hungry, a panini or crepe at South Street Creamery—in the summer, this homemade ice cream parlor and casual eatery becomes a major hangout for late-night dwellers.
Roslyn, NY (Long Island)
One of the best things about living in the city is having all your favorite go-to nightlife spots just steps away. The same holds true in Roslyn. Here, you’ll find two major nightlife hubs. First, there’s downtown Roslyn. The heart of the village, downtown Roslyn surrounds Roslyn Pond—picturesque park by day turned beautiful waterfront backdrop by night.
Around the pond you’ll have access to plenty of restaurants, shops, bars and pubs, including nightlife go-tos like Gatsby’s Landing, which has waterfront seating, and always-popular Hendricks Tavern. Nearby you’ll also find Kyma, a Mediterranean spot with a vibrant bar scene, which also has a sister restaurant of the same name in the Flatiron District. After 7:00, Kyma turns into a serious nightlife scene—so don’t let its light, breezy daytime vibe fool you.
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Beyond downtown, there’s another popular strip of restaurants on Old Northern Boulevard. Here, many Roslyn locals hit up Kotobuki and Besito Mexican Restaurant on weekends. Because Kotobuki—a high-end sushi spot—doesn’t take reservations, many people leave their name then head to Besito for a drink and an app.
While not in Roslyn proper, many locals do opt to head to neighboring towns for a night out. Within five to 10 minutes, you can be in Manhasset, home to NYC staples like Limani and Il Mulino, both right on Northern Boulevard. Also on Northern Boulevard: Toku, a modern Asian eatery in the Americana, a luxury shopping destination.
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