Week 18: Summer in NYC. After the Sun Goes Down.

What to do in New York at night! After the sun goes down

There is always something to do in New York at any hour of the day. However, when museum doors close and shops start politely shooing everyone away, many people obligingly go to the nearest take away place, and go either home or back to their hotel, abandoning the exciting wonders of nighttime Manhattan. Wouldn't you want to have a proper night dance with the city?

I decided to give you a little 5-step guide of what to do this September after the sun's last ray disappears somewhere behind 14th Street.


Let's start the evening at a Broadway musical. One of the newest, and already celebrated shows, is Cirque du Soleil PARAMOUR, a magical marriage of a classic musical and amazing Cirque du Soleil performances. Ben and I sawit a few weeks ago and thought that it was overall very aesthetically beautiful. To be honest, it is not the best musical we have ever seen, nor is it the best Cirque du Soleil show we have ever witnessed, but it is certainly a show worth seeing at least once!

Paramour Cirque du Soleil on Broadway review.

Alternatively, you still have time to book the last available tickets for one of the greatest musicals of all time, Les Miserables, which is having its last show on the 4th of September. Book your tickets here before they are gone.

2. Feed me!

Musicals and plays are rarely shorter than 120 minutes, so chances are you tried to fill yourself up with overpriced pretzels and jellybeans sold during intermission, but you are stillreally hungry. I suggest you have a late night dinner at the amazing Italian restaurant, Marea, which specializes in seafood and has two Michelin stars. Prices are actually quite reasonable for such a high-end, gorgeous restaurant, but book your table in advance!

3. Midnight in New York

Ben abnd Ulia

Nothing is more romantic and surreal than midnight at the top of the Empire State Building. My husband took me there on our third date and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Usually crowded, the Empire State Building is quite empty at that late hour, so don't miss your chance to admire a bird's eye view of Manhattan by night.

4. Party like a VIP

If you want to party in the top rated nightclubs in New York, sit at VIP tables and have access to exclusive events, contact Blue Circle NY. Just call and tell them whatever your energetic heart desires (from bottle service to partying with celebrities). No need forstanding in that line to Marquee anymore and loosing precious time!

5. Drunk cravings or Feed me part 2.

Your night was crazy and fun, but suddenly you realise that your alcohol infused body desperately wants some delicious food. The majority of cafés and restaurants are closed and you promised to yourself to not eat at McDonalds anymore. Luckily, New York has a few great 24/7 places. I recommend Katz’s Delicatessen (205 E Houston St) or Ukrainian eatery, Veselka (144 2nd Ave).

So there is your 5-step guide to an intense NYC night! Do you have any other ideas? Comment or message me on our Facebook page

Week 1: NYC. My New York

New York from Exchange Place in jersey

And so it begins. The first themed week of the is dedicated to where it all started: New York City. 

To be honest with you, I never even dreamed of living in NYC. I was born in Baku, the capital of a small country Azerbaijan, then spent years studying and working in London and thought that is where my true home is. Later, fate brought me to Miami, and then finally to the ripest of them all - The Big Apple. 

I moved here just over a month ago to live with the love of my life, Ben. This city is very special to both of us. Here we had our first date and made our most beautiful, first memories together. 

As an introduction to Ben (who I will probably write quite a bit about on this blog) and myself, I will give

you a glimpse of what we did during our first week together.  Hopefully it will help you to plan your own romantic (or just fun and single) little adventure in NYC!

I still remember how I walked out of the apartment on the Upper East Side where I was staying, and saw Ben for the first time in June of last year (we ‘met’ via Instagram two weeks before the actual date night). From a very first seconds we knew that was IT. We fell in love so fast and deeply that after just few hours together we could not imagine spending our lives without each other. He planned amazing dates for us and made me feel like the most special girl in the world.

So as I have promised, below I am sharing best places my boyfriend and I visited on our first week together in New York:

Times Square kiss, NYC.
Couple in NYC. Ulia Ali


On our very first date Ben surprised me with premium tickets to The Book of Mormon and we had a blast! Being one of the most dedicated musicals lover, I recommend to you my personal top 3 currently running musicals you wouldn't want to miss:

1. The Book of Mormon

You will like it if you enjoy: watching South Park, dark humor

It is not high on my list of favorite musicals, however, The Book of Mormon is definitely a must-see. You will probably end up singing its tuneful and funny songs for many days after!

2. Phantom of the Opera

You will like it if you enjoy: passionate love stories, corseted beauties, opera

I have seen the film adaptation of this Andrew Lloyd Webber musical more times than I can count, read the novel by Gaston Leroux and had Phantom of the Opera music on repeat on my iPod. Safe to say I am a tiny bit obsessed with it. Beautiful decorations, intriguing love story and soul-touching songs. What else could you wish for?!

3. Wicked

You will like it if you enjoy: stories about magic, Wizard of OZ, the colour green

For a long time I was postponing buying tickets to the Wicked musical, but it was so much more than I expected. The set was truly magical!



Board Game Cafe - The Uncommons

We stumbled across The Uncommons cafe when we were walking around Union Square. The cafe has more than 500 games you can play while sipping on your coffee or wine. You pay only $5 to play and choose whatever you want to eat or drink from their menu.

Ben and I were so excited to try and see all the different board games. At the end I walked up to a group of students sitting in the cafe and asked them to join us to play Cards Against Humanity. I love that game and Ben had never played it before, so it was a perfect choice. This game will make you cry from laughter, but it is definitely not for prudes or people who get easily offended, so beware! 

By the way, my boyfriend liked it so much he actually went on Amazon right after and bought all the expansion packs of the game (including the un-official Cocks Abreast Hostility). Now it is pretty much our go-to game and we often play it with friends.

Uncommons board game cafe in New York

The Empire State Building

The ultimate symbol of NYC. Ben took me on top of The Empire State Building on our third date right after a romantic dinner. At midnight! Kissing on top of one of the most famous buildings in the world and overlooking an impressive view of Manhattan at night should be on everyone’s bucket list!

Immersive Theatre

My friends know that I am absolutely crazy about immersive theatre experiences; especially the ones created by the British theatre company, Punchdrunk. I have been to their The Drowned Man play in London at least 5 times (unfortunately it's not running anymore), but they have a show in New York called Sleep No More which is an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth story which takes place in the fictional Mckittrick Hotel

Immersive plays are like walking inside a dream (or a nightmare) or participating in a video game. It is a dense, intricate world with a story you can explore by following any character or actor you like. You can walk around the highly detailed and realistic sets, and you may even be selected to have a special 1 to 1 interaction with one of the characters. If you are ever in NYC make sure you check out Sleep No More. It is one of the first things I recommend to literally everyone who visits New York

Forbidden Planet

One of the first things that united my boyfriend and I, was that we are both nerds on the inside. I think we fell in love even more when we entered the Forbidden Planet store with all their Game of Thrones, Assassins Creed, Star Wars etc. souvenirs, figurines, books and graphic novels and were excited about the same things. We even grabbed the same book at one point and it was a very special moment!

Forbidden Planet is definitely a place to see if you like fantasy and sci-fi.

Bonus: it is located next to the Strand which is a huge bookstore with an impressive collection of new and old books.

Forbidden Planet: 832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

Strand: 828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

New York Costumes

This is another great place near Union Square to check out. It is a huge costume store where Ben and I tried all sorts of hats and planned a couple of future Halloween looks together. 

Address: 104 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Of course this is only the tip of the iceberg, as NYC holds a lot of great, unique and charmingly strange places to visit. I will try to explore and write more about them in the future. What is your favourite spot or experience in New York?

Comment below, I would love to hear from you!