21st-Birthday Ideas in NYC


Your 21st birthday is a huge milestone in life in which you become a full adult and finally can enjoy a glass of wine, beer or mixed drink out on the town. Celebrating your 21st birthday in a big city like New York can be an exciting day for any newly minted 21 year old. If you should find yourself in N.Y.C. and are getting ready to turn 21, learn some fun ways you can celebrate this big birthday with friends and family in the big city of New York.

Fancy Dinner and Desserts

  • New York City has a variety of delicious eateries you can enjoy on a 21st birthday. For a 21st celebration, head to the '21' Club for yummy food and a fancy environment. You can also get a gourmet birthday cake from New York's well-known bakery Payard Patisserie, which has pricey but delish treats.

    '21' Club
    21 West 52nd Street
    New York, NY 10019
    (212) 582-7200

    Payard Patisserie
    714 Madison Avenue
    4th Floor
    New York, NY 10065
    (212) 426-1772

A Day at Times Square

  • Make a day of it in Times Square for your 21st birthday. You can shop at the many shops in the Square. You can also try some of the activities Times Square offers, such as Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. Dine at famous Times Square restaurants like Planet Hollywood. Times Square offers a great environment for exciting fun, which is just what you need to celebrate a 21st birthday.

    Madame Tussaud's New York
    234 West 42nd Street
    New York, NY 10036
    (800) 246-8872

    Planet Hollywood
    1540 Broadway
    New York, NY 10036
    (212) 333-7827

A Broadway Show

  • A Broadway play is another fun idea for a 21st birthday celebration, especially if you are a theater lover. Take in one of the Broadway classics, such as "Phantom of the Opera," "Chicago," or "Wicked." You can find tickets and show times at the box office located on Broadway, or by phone at 1-800-BROADWAY.

Coney Island Fun

  • In the summer, a day at Coney Island can be a great way to celebrate a 21st birthday. Coney Island offers guests a large variety of fun activities including theme-park rides, sideshow attractions and guilty-pleasure carnival foods like Nathan's hot dogs and funnel cakes. Check online to make sure the park will be open, because it is seasonal and also depends on weather.

    Coney Island
    1208 Surf Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11224
    (718) 372-5159

Night Clubs

  • A traditional activity on a 21st birthday is going out to a club to enjoy your first night of legal drinking. New York has a plethora of clubs to choose from depending on music and style. You can head to the Blue Note Jazz Club for some good live music or head to the trendy Cielo night club in the meatpacking district for some eclectic dance music that will keep you moving all night. If you want to hop from club to club, just walk down Bleecker, and enjoy visiting the many different bars and clubs.

    Blue Note Jazz Club
    131 W. 3rd St
    New York, NY 10012
    (212) 475-8592

    Cielo Club
    Little West 12th St
    New York, NY 10014
    (212) 645-5700

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