In order to survive a New York City winter in one piece, it's essential that you get out of your apartment and do things.
Do you see what we mean? Spending the next two months shut up in your bedroom watching Netflix does not count as "leaving your apartment," even if you're entirely enthralled by story lines that do not take place in your apartment.
If you're going to do things this winter, you probably won't want to be too far from your subway line while doing them.
We know this is true. If we lived off the 1, 2, or 3 subway lines, we'd definitely want to relegate our winter activity to places very, very close to those subway stops.
Of course, the same goes for the B, D, F, and M lines. Whether you ride the M train to its final destination in Queens or you hang out around the mecca of hang outs near West 4th Street, there is plenty to do close to the B, D, F, and M trains this winter.
Read on to find out all about it.
1. 169 Bar (169 East Broadway)
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This is one of our favorite bars in all the city, and we don't say that lightly. We've enjoyed more than our fair share of times at this charming dive bar.
It's about four paces from the East Broadway stop off the F train, so you'll only have to shiver in the cold for about a minute-and-a-half before you escape into the warmth of 169 Bar's embrace.
You should come to 169 Bar if and only if, you love fun, you love amazing dumplings and mac 'n cheese, you love leopard print pool table and strands of mini lanterns dangling from the ceiling, you love buying a PBR and shot for $3.
We told you it was incredible, didn't we? Get on the F train and experience it for yourself pronto.
2. Milk Bar (360 Smith Street - Brooklyn)
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It's two block from the Carroll Street Station off the F train, a hop, skip, and a jump if you will, plus it's one of the hottest bakeries in Carroll Gardens.
It's the sister bakery of the famous Momofuku restaurants, and we know you've heard of them. If you haven't, do yourself a favor and ride the F train down to Carroll Gardens, like, now.
We really don't even know where to start in regaling the deliciousness of these treats. You should try all of it, but you should especially try the crack pie, the compost cookie, and that corn flake crunch. It's all so tasty and refreshing, and really its own kind of special.
Oh, the birthday cake truffles are also wildly tasty. This is a really banging bakery, and if you ever find yourself on the F line in Brooklyn and wondering how to make your day better, you just found the way.
3. New York Transit Museum (130 Livingston Street - Brooklyn)
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Does it make total sense that the New York Transit Museum is easy to access by public transportation? We think so. The pleasant irony of that is not lost on us.
The New York Transit Museum is two blocks from the Jay Street-MetroTech Station, which is excellent because that station also connects the F train to the A and C trains, if you happen to live closer to those lines.
Also, if you love the convenience and affordability the subway (if you don't just look at other cities' public transportation for like two seconds and you will) you should probably check out this museum.
It's got historical artifacts of the NYC subway, bus, commuter rail, bridge and tunnel systems, so you can check out how the whole system evolved to the state it's in today. It's pretty fascinating stuff, and touring its exhibitions is a great way to chase away your winter blues.
4. Mamajuana Cafe (33-15 56th Street - Queens)
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Ride a Queens bound M train and get off at the Northern Blvd stop to experience Mamajuana Cafe.
If you do get to Majajuana Cafe, all we can really say is, get ready to get a little buzzed. They have some extremely unique cocktails at Mamajuana Cafe, and it's never a bad idea to get your hands on some jack punch or Mamajuana Mojitos.
As for appetizers, we go slightly nuts about the bacalao, guacamole, and coconut shrimp. The tostones and empanada sampler is also a delight.
If you don't try the churrasco with yucca fries, though, we've got to tell you; you're making a huge mistake.,
5. Flatiron Hall (38 West 26th Street)
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Flatiron Hall, one of the hottest spots in the city, is two blocks away from the 23rd Street Station of the F and M lines. Holla.
It's known for its specialized, nuanced beers. They have apricot ale, which should tell you everything you need to know.
It's also important to note that we can get wild about Flatiron Hall's tator tots and giant pretzels, and that you can have a total blast here without wrecking your bank account.
Flatiron Hall rocks, in its own low key way, all night. It's a fun, lively bar that allows you to turn up and get crazy, while also sinking into the heaven of their pastrami egg rolls. Oh, what's that? We forgot to talk about the egg rolls? Well, you've got to have them. Trust us.
6. Four Faced Liar (165 West 4th Street)
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How delightful! All four of these trains, the B, D, F, and M, all bring their passengers to West 4th Street, which happens to less than a block from this station.
If you're more into jazz you should check out The Blue Note, and if you want a hotdog you should definitely get off at West 4th Street and check out Papaya Dog, so the point we're making is that getting off here is never a bad idea.
Going to Four Faced Liar? Well that's an even better idea. It's one of the best pubs in all of Manhattan, since you can actually move around, hear your friends talk, and pay a decent amount of money for decent tasting alcohol.
Four Faced Liar is a West Village gem, and never let anyone tell you any different. If they do, they'll be lying (see what we did there?)
7. The Irish Pub (837 7th Avenue)
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Looking for a pub with some grub?
If that's your situation, then The Irish Pub sounds right for you. It's a very relaxing place to chow down with some pals, and the best part is that it's right by the 7th Avenue B and D stops. Hooray!
While enjoying your time at The Irish Pub, make sure you get your hands on some wings, potato skins, and pizza sticks. We mean it. You'll be bummed if you miss out on the decadence of this necessary winter comfort food.
If you want to be healthy, we guess you could opt for the kale apple salad, since it's pretty delicious as that type of food goes, but we would personally prefer the chicken fingers.
8. Aurora Pizza (7624 17th Avenue - Brooklyn)
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Headed to Bensonhurst, are you? If that's the case, you absolutely need to ride the D train all the way to the 79th Street Station, and grub on some classic Brooklyn pizza.
Yes, there are a ton of pizza spots in NYC that deserve your attention. Yes, Aurora Pizza is absolutely one of them.
It's reasonably priced, and the money you spend on a freshly made pie will be worth every penny. They also have some pretty chill personal sized pies which come in handy if you're flying solo.
Treat yourself to the pepperoni and mozzarella roll once in your life, we're begging you. It's baked to perfection and loaded with pepperoni. It's really worth the trip on that D train.[Feature Image Courtesy Empirical Style]