After you leave the New York Comic Con for the day, there’s no reason why you can’t go full vampire and keep the adventure going well into the night. You may have heard that New York City is the city that never sleeps and lucky that it has nothing to getting frozen in a block of carbonite. There’s plenty to do once you leave the Javits Center. Here are a few quick ideas for how to make the most of your evenings during your New York Comic Con experience.
Having a musical episode made Buffy: The Vampire Slayer legendary, and these days, singing their hearts out is what helps all those Magicians in Fillory really bring it all home. If you want to hit up some karaoke, NYC is a great spot. Near Midtown Manhattan there are a ton of great karaoke spots, but really, if you’re singing, you can’t go wrong. A lot of these locations are in what is often called Koreatown, which puts you a quick cab ride away, and are close to Hilton locations such as Embassy Suites by Hilton New York Manhattan Times Square, Hampton Inn Manhattan-35th St/Empire State Bldg, and the Martinique New York on Broadway. Here are some of the best bets.
(Local tip: call and make a reservation ahead of time!)
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Radio Star Karaoke
Also, if you’re at the convention on the very first day, Thursday, October 3, there’s a huge NYCC Anime Karaoke Kick-Off event at Hudson Mercantile, just steps away from the Javits Center.
A great convention wouldn’t be a great convention without good after-parties. On some level, New York City is totally assimilated by New York Comic Con every October, so really, any bar or restaurant in the city will have gotten in the geeky spirit. That said, there are a few official New York Comic Con after-hours parties and events you may not want to miss. If getting your photo taken in a TARDIS bathroom is on your bucket list, then on Thursday October 3 at 7 pm, be sure you hit up the Doctor Who Trivia and Costume Contest at the Way Station, Brooklyn’s only steampunk bar. If you want to stay a little closer to the convention, Mugglenet will host An Evening in the Pensieve at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square on Saturday, October 5 at 8:30 pm. But, if there’s one party you can’t miss, it’s easily the LGBTQ+ Official New York Comic Con After Party on Friday, October 4 at Printers Alley in Midtown. It starts at 9 pm and rocks all night.
Movies + Food
New York City is perhaps the best place in the country to go see a movie; from old-school revivals at Film Forum on the Lower East Side to indie masterpieces at the IFC Center in the West Village, you can catch all sorts of movies in NYC that you can’t get anywhere else. Here’s a local tip: Want to have a unique movie experience and eat great food, too? Then get thee to the home of Captain America — Brooklyn! In Brooklyn, you’ve got three fantastic movie theaters that let you eat while you watch: Alamo Draft House in Downtown Brooklyn, Nighthawk in Williamsburg and Prospect Heights and Syndicated in Bushwick. If you’re exhausted, but want to catch a movie and get your drink on while you snack, any of these spots are the best way to kill all those birds with the same nighttime lightsaber. And of course, if you love Brooklyn so much that you’d like to camp out there, there’s the Hilton Brooklyn and Hampton Inn Brooklyn both in the Downtown area.
If you’re doing all four days of the convention, there’s a chance that on some level, you’re going to feel a little like Katniss Everdeen; you’re tired. You’re hungry. You know what? That’s fine. You don’t have to go out every night. Head back to the hotel, drink some green milk and get ready to tackle your epic convention missions the next morning.
Make sure you use your badge at the scanners next to the interactive wayfinding kiosks for a chance to win 2 tickets to NYCC 2020 including 4 nights accommodation at the DoubleTree Times Square West!