by Rachael Fogel - 63 Reviews - 16 List
The urge to find a New York karaoke bar and belt out some Journey songs in front of strangers is only natural after a few drinks, right? Whether karaoke is your guilty pleasure or you're just looking for an excuse to watch your friends sing off-key to some good Motown music, there's no shortage of New York karaoke bars where you can embarrass yourself. Here are eight of the best. (Photo: Pulse Karaoke)
Updated: June 28, 2010
At this trendy, ultra-modern midtown bar, the private karaoke suites are equipped with high-tech flat-screens and a programmable lighting system. Take advantage of the appetizers and fully stocked bar, and if you're feeling karaoke shy, ease into it by playing a round of Rock Band instead.
Hit up this Williamsburg bar on Tuesday nights, when karaoke is in full swing. Take advantage of drink specials like $3 beers, and choose from hundreds of songs all ready to be performed. On a warm night, hang out on the outdoor patio, and be sure to hit up the taco truck that stations itself behind the bar.
This West Village Bar offers more than 80,000 different songs in more than 14 different languages. What more could a karaoke lover ask? Sing in front of a crowd at the bar, or take advantage of one of the 18 private rooms. With a sleek loungy feel, Boho also specializes in private parties and corporate events.
Choose from one of nine private rooms (depending on your party size) at this midtown spot, or opt for a more public experience at the main bar. With a radio-themed decor, Radio Star provides a friendly atmosphere, and offers a full menu as well as bottle service.
Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, Wicked Willy's offers Karaoke on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Relive your college days and take advantage of the cheap beer by the pitcher, or play a round or two of beer pong while you wait for the mic. After your first song, you'll even get a free drink! Ah, the perks of public performing.
This Soho spot has limited space, so arrive early or call ahead if you plan on going with a big group. Thanks to the small size, the atmosphere is intimate and cozy, and makes for a more personal karaoke experience. Need a singing break? Check out the mini art gallery on display at the back of the bar.
If you want to spice up your karaoke experience with some Italian-Asian fusion cuisine, Asia Roma (located on the border between Chinatown and Little Italy) has you covered. The lower level of this upscale restaurant provides private karaoke rooms, making it a fun post-dinner option.