Sure go to a bar or a restaurant---- there are 23,000 in NYC and most of them will allow your daughter in if that is your question.... there are some where you need to be 21 but they tend to be drinks only---- just go for it and if denied entry just go to the next place.
I've travelled in NY with a young teen and a pre-teen. We would try to get back to our hotel around 4:30 or 5, have a snack and a rest and head out to dinner around 7:00 or 7:30.
One night each visit we saw a play. One time when we were exhausted, we got take-out sandwiches from a deli near our hotel for the adults, pizza for the kids from the place next door to the deli and we ordered up an in-room movie. (We were staying at the Eastgate so we had table and chairs for easy dining ... )
Plays on and off Broadway, live music, a cruise, some of the museums are open on Fri. and/or Sat. nights, a concert, a movie, a comedy club (yes there are plenty that are ok for kids like National Comedy theater),
is fun. A jazz club....
National Comedy Theater
As was said, Off-Broadway shows are often cheaper and less crowded than more popualr shows.
I agree, evening hours at museums are also really fun and lively.
Also check High Five Tix, discount tickets for teens and their adults.
If the weather is nice, take a night-time FREE ride on the Staten Island Ferry. it was one of my fave cheap things to do as a teenager.
How about riding The Roosevelt Island Tram?
Or, just wander around Times Square.Edited: 12 March 2012, 21:20
Why in the world couldn't you go to a restaurant with a 15 year old girl?
Doesn't she have to eat, too?
GWB- I think that all this talk from some regulars about no kids in bars has scared off a lot of people but as you and I know there are kids everywhere where you can get food. OP I would head to 9th avenue in the 50's there are lots of moderately priced places there and kids will be welcomed. Just don't let daughter dear try to sample any of your booze. That is a no no
Bars, restaurants, SURE! There are plenty!
The most? Go to a Broadway show!!! That's a "true" NY evening!!!