New York

Believe the hype: New York City has a dizzying array of attractions that will satisfy even the most tireless traveler.

In the arts, the city is unmatched. Along with world-class museums, there are smaller galleries in Chelsea and SoHo with works by gay artists. There's always great theater on Broadway, as well as smaller companies all over the city producing works by gay playwrights. There are massive venues for music, ranging from vast houses in Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall to tiny rooms in Greenwich Village where you can see the performers up close and personal.

The gay scene is remarkably varied, changing neighborhood by neighborhood. Newcomers will most likely stick to Manhattan's Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen and a few others, but there are enclaves all over the city and in all the boroughs. Listings in the local gay rags will point you to parties for almost every proclivity

And the city's reputation after lifestyle crackdowns by previous city hall administrations? The current mayor, Bill de Blasio, quickly settled an old lawsuit resulting from sting operations in the effort to close adult bookstores, increased funding to house homeless LGBT kids, curtailed stop-and-frisk practices by police, and relaxed marijuana law enforcement. Then came the August 2015 Rentboy.com busts along with recent police harrassment in cruising areas.

 

Getting here
Several airports serve the New York City area. From LaGuardia to Manhattan, take the M60 bus to 106th and Broadway, with connections along the route to the Q33 and Q47 buses, along with the E, F, G, R, V and 7 subway trains that pass through Queens enroute to Manhattan.

Across the Hudson River in New Jersey, Newark Liberty International Airport is linked to the city via frequent trains run by New Jersey Transit.

JF Kennedy is the airport where most International visitors will arrive.  AirTrain JFK has 24 hour bus connections to nearby MTA subway lines A and E, with direct routes into the heart of Manhattan by way of Brooklyn. For those going to Fire Island, there are connections to the Long Island Rail Road. The easiest, but not the cheapest way to get to your destination from these airports, is by taxi.



Getting around
Like the song says, "the Bronx is up and the Battery's down." Getting from one to the other -- or anywhere else in the city, for that matter -- is easiest on the subway, the MTA, -- quick, clean and modern. Fares are $2.25, but it's still a good deal, as those few bucks will take you to the city's farthest reaches. Buses cost the same, but the routes are harder for a newcomer. Taxis are often your best option. They all take cash, and many now accept credit cards.
One great way to take it all in is on  Circle Line Cruises for views of the world's most famous skyline. and City Sights with their double-decker buses that tour around the city, letting you hop on and off at will.

CityBike, New York's bike sharing program, offers thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations, for short-term use, 24 hours a day, all year 'round. For now stations are located in South Manhattan (below 59th Street), and parts of Brooklyn. Twenty-four-hour ($9.95) or 7-day ($25) passes for multiple 30-minute trips are sold at the bike stations; annual memberships are available online. A system expansion in 2015-17 will add another 375 stations to neighborhoods in Uptown Manhattan, Queens, and the rest of Brooklyn.

 

Neighborhoods
Many cities boast one gay neighborhood, or maybe two. New York City has almost too many to count: Greenwich Village, the East Village, Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen, to name a few. And that's just in Lower Manhattan. There are others spread out across the city from Uptown Manhattan to the ever-gayer neighborhoods of Queens and Brooklyn.

Greenwich Village: Home of the historic Stonewall Inn, the Village has an older gay crowd and a retro vibe. Highlights include Sheridan Square in the West Village, commemorating the gay-rights movement, and the Christopher Street Pier, a swath of green popular with sunbathers and double-dutch fans. The first Gay Pride March took place here in 1970, and NYC Pride festivities continue here in the neighborhood, including the rally, festival, march and the Dance on the Pier.
Chelsea: The big draw is the High Line, a narrow park on a former elevated train platform. Beneath are dozens of contemporary art galleries. See-and-be-seen eateries line 8th Avenue, with quieter spots on 9th and 10th avenues.
East Village: Gritty streets are lined with shops selling everything from designer duds to just plain junk. The food is incredibly varied. Polish? Ukrainian? Venezuelan? It's here. East 6th Street has tasty Indian restaurants.
Hell's Kitchen: Despite the ominous name, this is home to some heavenly young creatures. Take a quick peek at Times Square before heading over to 9th Avenue for an around-the-world culinary trip.

Astoria: The emerging Queens ‘gayborhood’ got bigger recently with the opening of three new bars and dance clubs, to join the few others of many years running. See the community blog OutAstoria for local news.
Jackson Heights: The traditional LGBT community center of Queens, with a half dozen gay bars and clubs, many of them popular with gay Latinos. The Queens Pride Parade takes place here each June.

Williamsburg: The Brookyn neighborhood out on the "G" train, with an expanding population of artists, musicians, hipsters, and eclectic assortments that include a growing gay community.

 

In focus:
A place in the sun
When the weather warms up, not all the gay guys in New York City pack up their sunglasses and flip-flops and head to Fire Island. Some of them stay right in the city.
There's prime real estate all around the city for those in search of a little sun. Sheep's Meadow in Central Park is a magnet for gays, as is Prospect Park in Brooklyn. But if you're looking for wall-to-wall men, head to the Christopher Street Pier.
Officially known as Pier 45, this popular park sits at the end of Christopher Street. Opened in 2003, it was one of the first of the dozens of piers running alongside the Hudson River to be given a facelift. It now boasts several seating areas under sail-like canopies and a huge swath of lawn down the center.
The plan to renovate the Christopher Street Pier was controversial, as this and nearby piers had long been a part of the cruising scene. Many feared that after they were spruced up, the piers would no longer be "gay space."
But if anything, the pier has become gayer. Black and Latino gays hang out on the piers at night, especially on weekends. The "pier kids," as some call them, have drawn criticism from neighbors for being too "in your face." (Oddly enough, the same criticism was aimed at the mostly white gay men who cruised here decades ago.)
On any sunny day, the pier is so full of gay men of all ages and races that you might have a tough time finding a place for your towel. The skimpier the better seems to be the dress code, so don't be shy about wearing that thong.
There's plenty of entertainment, from impromptu practices for the gay cheerleading group to young guys doing double-dutch jumping so fast you can barely see the rope spin.
But mostly this is prime people-watching turf, and you couldn't do better than finding a spot on the grass and watching the passing parade.

Excursion: Fire Island
Fire Island, off the southeast coast of Long Island, is a car-free resort. Two of the barrier island's hamlets, Fire Island Pines and Cherry Grove, hop with gay vacationers from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Events of note include the Invasion of the Pines, a drag-queen parade held each July 4. After their promenade, gender-benders proclaim victory and head back to Cherry Grove. The abundant shrubbery between Pines and Cherry Grove is known as the Meat Rack hereabouts.
Belvedere Guest House (631-597- 6448) a Venetian palace fronting the bay, nice Cherry Grove location, exclusively for men.

 

Media

Gay City News, the local gay newspaper, covers local community news and keeps an eye on relations with the NYPD and City Hall. Their 14 Days & 14 Nights Listings give a two week heads up on whats coming up around town, of interest to the gay community.

Get Out Magazine and website is another list of the places to go, and things to do in gay New York.

NEXT, the best and most comprehensive source for gay NYC info, was shut down in September 2016.

Butt Magazine publishes international queer news, book, film, music and gallery reviews, photo spreads and more.

East Village Boys, “cock culture” online EV aesthetic magazine of four years with pin-up boys and art, plus up-and-coming artists/ musicians/ designers interviews -- no longer updated, but with archives still available. EV Grieve is a blog for East Village news, local real estate, bars, restaurants and residents.

The Urban Bear website, "prowling the urban forest," has events for bear and friends in NYC and beyond.

STH, Straight to Hell, The Manhattan Review of Unnatural Acts, is back, with a website in the tradition of the seminal work of Boyd McDonald, documenting true-life male sexual experiences.

The Village Voice and New York Magazine each has news, features, music, movies, restaurants, stage reviews, and events listings for the New York metro area.

NYC Go is the official city guide to local attractions, dining hotels and happenings, especially useful for info on current Broadway shows. I Love NY is the official New York State tourism website.

For a city map and website links to businesses and entertainment venues, see our gay New York listings pages. For some photos from around town, see our gallery pages. For some of what's happening see our events page, and send us your event.


Resources
The Lesbian and Gay Community Center, at 208 W 13 Street, where Chelsea meets Greenwich Village, is a good place to get your gay bearings with local give-away papers and magazines, information, community services, and social events.

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art is another important queer resource, with a permanent collection, exhibits and events year-round in SoHo.

The Bureau of General Services - Queer Division, (at Stange Loop Gallery), queer cultural center/ bookstore offers books, publications, and art, and hosts readings, performances, film screenings, book discussion groups, and workshops.

Fringe NYC in August is the largest annual multi-arts festival in North America, with over 200 international companies presenting 1200 or so performances over 16 days, at 20 venues.

Dixon Place features cutting edge, exprimental and provocative theater, film, performance art, dance, music, variety shows and comedy, all year, with a Hot Festival NYC in late summer.  The Fresh Fruit Festival also has performances of LGBTQ arts & culture with works in theater, dance, film, music and the visual arts.

The Queer NY International Arts festival in September presents contemporary performances and visual arts from among the most innovative artists working today. BAM features films, theater, dance, music, opera, comedy, literary events and galas in Brooklyn.

Newfest, the New York LGBT Film Festival takes place in October, and MIX, the Queer Experimental Film Festival screens in November.

Queer|Art|Film at the IFC Center (323 Sixth Ave), monthly series of film screenings, selected/recommended by one of the city’s homosexual artists.

Boxers sports bar Leagues page has a list of 26 local LGBT and friendly sports leagues, including: basketball, bowling, swimming, cycling, football, hockey, rock climbing, rugby, sailing, soccer, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, and the Sundance Outdoor Adventure Society.

See our events tab for these and more annual highlights, such as NY Pride in late June, Harlem Pride, Folsom East, in June, the Hookies Awards in March, and various gallery exhibits, plays, leather/fetish and bear events, and other special dance parties such as the March Black Party/BPX Expo. BoiParty produces several ongoing nights around Manhattan, along with other special party events. Buffboyzz offers fully nude male strip shows at various venues around town.

Hustlaball NY, cancelled in the wake of the August 2015 bust of Rentboy.com by federal agents, has yet to find a new sponsor - the website now redirects to their Las Vegas event. For more on the story see Gay City News reports and Daily Xtra coverage.

Habibi produces the premier party and social events for gay Arab men and friends in NYC and Washington DC, and the Hebro website lists activities for the gay Jewish community.

Daniel Nardicio presents playful clothing-optional parties in New York City and Fire Island, often with naked performers and staff; also shows with his favorite singers, performers and comedians on stage. Village Contra has monthly traditional but gender role-free Contra dances.

 

Accommodations

Ace Hotel (1185 Broadway; 212-679-2222) 12-story Midtown building, gay-targeted boutique hotel chain, 260 rooms, near theaters of Times Square; Breslin Lobby Bar craft beers, spirits, and snacks from the Michelin-starred Breslin kitchen with DJs and weekend live bands .

Chelsea Mews Guesthouse (344 W 15th St; 212-255-9174) eight rooms, men-only, clothing optional; laundry service and bike tour come with the room.

Chelsea Pines Inn (317 W 14th St; 212-929-1023) gay owned and operated five-story row house with Hollywood-themed rooms and suites, business center and self-serve breakfast.

Chelsea Savoy Hotel (204 West 23rd St; 212-929-9353) new building, moderate prices and good location, on a bustling street.

The Chelsea Star (300 W 30th; 212-244-7827), Riff Hotel with a variety of options from budget dorms to deluxe rooms, singles, and doubles, plus apartment suites; lots of services, central location. Also Riff Hotel Downtown (102 Greenwich St), near the World Trade Center.

Colonial House (318 W 22nd St; 212- 243-9669): 20 comfy rooms, 2 suites, Wi-Fi throughout, roof-top deck, great location for shops, restaurants, and NY attractions.

Four Points Sheaton Manhattan Chelsea (160 W 25 St; 212-337-8306) truly friendly staff, 158 cozy guest rooms, sleek modern design, workout facility.

Gem Hotel (300 W 22nd St; 212- 675-1911) comfortable and hospitable boutique hotel.

Hotel 17 (225 E 17th St; 212-475- 2845) chic newly renovated budget hotel for students, and travelers on a budget, known as 'The Inn for Hollywood Types and Transient Chic.'

Hotel 31 (120 E 31st St; 212-685- 3060) newly renovated, reasonalbly priced, featuring all amenities of a first-class hotel.

Hotel 57 (130 E 57th Str; 212- 753-8841), state-of-the-art boutique hotel, acclaimed in-house restaurant, navigator concierges.

The The Townhouse Inn of Chelsea (131 W 23rd St; 212-414-2323), central Chelsea townhouse B&B at the heart of Manhattan, 14 comfortably furnished rooms and suitest; cable TV, WiF, breakfast. Formerly The Inn on 23rd.

The London NYC (151 W 54th St; 212-468-8856) well-located luxury hotel with elegant suites and attentive service; dining by Michelin chef Ramsey.

Out NYC Hotel (510 W 4nd St; 212-947-2999), gay Hell's Kitchen urban boutique resort hotel rooms and suites, gym, spa, sun deck, and garden courtyard, plus KTCHN modern American/Mediterranean lunch/ dinner/ weekend brunch and late-night snacks; also XL Nightclub dance club, cabaret and lounge.

For many more options, see hotels and guesthouses on our map & listings tab.

 

Bars and Nightclubs
New York City has more gay nightspots than any other city in our world-wide listings, by far. Find businesses among six districts of Manhattan, plus the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens below:

Bars and clubs: West Village & SoHo

Boots & Saddle Drag Lounge (100A Seventh Ave), 40-year West Village favorite recently moved, open daily; over 24 drag queen performers in continuous shows, no cover charge, karaoke nights, all-hours food menu, weekend brunch with performances.

Cielo (18 Little W 12th St), Wednesday-Saturday house, techno, electronic music dance club, top DJs, guest performers.

Club Shelter Sundays 4pm-midnight dancing, top DJs; diverse and casual cultural/ sexual mix. Re-opening at new location, see website.

Duplex (61 Christopher St), piano bar and cabaret with top talents and gay following.

Hangar (115 Christopher St), down-to-earth, ethnically diverse neighborhood bar, men in blue jeans hangout, weekend erotic dancers.

Henrietta Hudson (438 Hudson St), mostly lesbian bar crowd, but multi-cultural and age/gender diverse, gay male friendly, house and Latin parties.

Julius' (159 W 10th St), NY's oldest gay tavern, mature regulars, some youngsters, burgers juicey and cheap, monthly Mattachine parties.

Marie's Crisis (59 Grove St), small, well-loved Village piano bar with showtune sing-alongs, wide variety of people.

Monster Bar (80 Grove St), bi-level party and cruising institution since 1970. Open nightly, piano bar, show tunes, drag acts, guest celebrities, Latino nights, Spunk strip shows with lap dances, "red hot" go-gos and basement dancing until 4am.

Pieces (8 Christopher St), relaxed bar, room for conversation, karaoke, DJs, live performer shows, B-movie nights, contests, porn bingo, young mostly male NYU crowd, monthly underwear party, Sunday Spunk strippers.

Rockbar (185 Christopher St), replaced Ramrod, formerly the Dugout. Younger rocker crowd, cheap drinks, live bands, Saturday go go dancers, bear beer blasts.

Stonewall Inn (53 Christopher St), gay historic icon, two floors of fun, open nightly, live music and performances, go-go boys, Friday Lesbo-a-go-go nights -- and yes, there are t-shirts for sale.

Ty's (114 Christopher St), jam-packed neighborhood bar for bears, regular guys, and everyone else (including tourists) until 4am nightly. Good drinks at good prices, TV sports.

CLOSED: Gayway Tuesdays at Westway (75 Clarkson St), young gay dance crowd, go-go dancers.

 

Bars and clubs: East Village & Lower East Side

Arrow Bar (85 Ave A), wild East Village Sunday night Alphabet, with fresh go go boys, cheap drinks, young crowd parties 'til 4am.

Boiler Room (86 E 4th St), landmark bar, alternative crowd house parties, guys from all over town, games and free pool nights, free WiFi, strong drinks and best jukebox around.

Cock (93 2nd Av), "glitter to gutter, butch to bitch..." friendly raunchy gay bar for when you get that itch. Horny guys, sexy go-go dancers, cruising, Sunday SpermAll Dude, All Lewd, All Nude nights by Daniel Nardicio. New location as of December 2015.

Eastern Bloc (505 E 6th St), cool East Village space of red and black, every night DJs, sexy Friday disco dancers , mashup/rock, "dirty awesome" Saturdays, young eye-candy clientele, Champagne Sundays.

Nowhere (322 E 14th St), gay boys and girls pack this dark basement neighborhood bar. Open nightly with pool table, juke box and DJs.

Phoenix (447 E 13th St), no-attitude East Village neighborhood meeting place, pool table, indie music jukebox, DJs, cheap drinks, Thursday Trivia Nights, Saturday PlayBoi Nearly Naked Twister; packed weekends with good-looking lads.

Pyramid (101 Avenue A), East Village old-style, dark and funky basement, gay/str8/goth mix, retro 80's nights, Tuesday amateur talent shows, Thursday go-go dancers, Sunday open mic.

UC Lounge (87 Ludlow St), Lower East Side Uncle Charlies lounge south of Delancey Street neighborhood, for young professionals., outdoor smokers' patio. Similar vibe to their Midtown location.

 

Bars and clubs: Chelsea

Barracuda (275 W 22nd St), casual, lively cabaret show bar with drag acts and karaoke, brings a bit of the East Village to Chelsea.

Boxers (37 W 20th St), gay sports bar, TV games, longest happy hours in Chelsea, brick-oven pizza, text parties, beer pong, weekly special parites, and links to 26 local gay sports leagues and activities at their website.

Eagle (554 W 28th St) cruisy-as-hell leather/fetish bar with hot men, voted best of it's kind by NY Magazine. Pool table, roof-deck bar, Sunday beer bust, Jockstrap Wednesdays, dress code nights, Mr Eagle contests.

East of Eighth (254 W 23rd), gay-friendly bistro restaurant and bar, cuisines of many cultures, garden tables, Tuesday all-you-can-eat buffet.

G Lounge (223 W 19th St) upscale lounge bar, 4pm-4am daily, plenty of cruising, after-work happy hours, Tuesday night Boybox novelty go-go burlesque and striptease, Thursday Freak fashion, body, and drag shows, Saturday top DJs and host nights. CLOSING after NYE Party 2016-17.

Gym Sports Bar (167 8th Av), TV sports bar on two floors, outdoor patio, reasonable drinks prices, food, Saturday and Sunday DJs.

Paddles / Club 250 (250 W 26th St), "the friendly S&M Club" with monthly CumUnion Naked Orgy for men each 4th Friday hardcore space and oral fetish/safe play zone. Handsome NYC all-male erotic underwear/ fantasy dress-up, Wednesdays.

XES (157 W 24th St), laid-back video nightclub, DJs, bingo, karaoke, drag entertainment, Saturday shirtless dancing throng, outdoor smoking patio.

 

Bars and clubs: Hell's Kitchen, Midtown West, Times Square

9th Avenue Saloon (656 Ninth Av) unpretentious hangout for all ages and types in the Theatre District, cheap drinks, jukebox.

Atlas Social Club (753 Ninth Ave), retro athletic club decor, videos, hot men, sexy male lap dancers, good music, special event parties.

Bamboo 52 (344 W 52nd St), sushi bar and lounge; lunch specials, evenings of cocktails,  Broadway divas and karaoke.

Barrage (401 W 47th St) dimly lit chill-out bar with DJ music, plenty of couches to relax on, popular late-night happy hours, locals and toursits mix.

Berlin Fridays at Providence Nightclub (311 W 57th), Boi Party Fridays, big two-floor dance room, go-go dancers, darkroom full of CockyBoys porn stars, all-night drag and burlesque cabaret shows.

Bottoms Up & Vodka Soda (315 West 46th St), gay bars, multiple rooms on two levels, ground floor patio, upstairs deck, back room dance floor, good sound/lights, full kitchen daily.

Boxers HK (742 Ninth Ave), second location of popular Chelsea sports bar, roof deck, pool tables, videos, Dog Pound basement bar; Sunday brunch omelets, bennies, and huevos rancheros.

DBL/ Dive Bar Lounge (667 Tenth Ave), noon to 4am neigborhood gay bar, mostly men, sidewalk seating.

Fairytail Lounge (500 W 48th St), cocktail lounge and dance club, mostly guys, special night DJs, nightly male go-go dancers, Cake after-brunch Sundays.

Flaming Saddles (793 Ninth Ave), new Wild West saloon, dancing bartenders, bar-top go-gos, Chuck Wagon menu, jukebox, Saturday/Sunday brunch until 4pm.

Hardware Bar (697 Tenthth Ave), new HK gay bar, mostly men, drag shows, divas, DJs, cheap drinks.

HK Lounge (523 Ninth Ave) sleek minimalist Hell's Kitchen restaurant and lounge with weekly parties, indoor and outdoor seating, French/Asian cuisine with Mediterranean accents; breakfast, lunch/brunch, dinner, rooftop bar.

Industry Bar (355 West 52nd St), plush lounge, cocktails, daily 4pm-4am, parties, live diva performances, top DJs, pool games, Broadway theater crowd.

Lucky Chengs (240 W 52nd St), drag cabaret dinner theatre for 3-course pan-Asian feasts, vibrant, sometimes gymnastic, always interactive shows, comedy, and karaoke. Friday male strippers/ lap dancers. Formerly in LES.

Mr. Biggs (596 Tenth Ave), neighborhood bar, gay/mixed, men/women, bar food, WiFi, karaoke, trivia games, Saturday Size Queen with male go-go dancers.

Posh (405 W 51st St) neighborhood party bar, daily 3pm-4am, black couches, DJs, bingo, drag competitons, plenty of room to cruise cute locals. Birthday drinks on them.

Rise (859 Ninth Ave), gay/mixed bar/video lounge, drag shows, Popsicle Saturdays.

Ritz (369 W 46th St), gay muscle in Hell's Kitchen, daily 4pm-4am, three floors, comfortable seating, videos, outdoor patio, attractive crowd, DJs, game nights, porno bingo, special parties, back-room dancing. Gay College Nights with DJ Steve Sidewalk.

Space New York (637 W 50th St), Ibiza-style dance/circuit parties; performers, dancers, star DJ sets; R3volver Midnight 3xpress Saturday/monthly Latino mega-parties.

Stage 48 (605 W 48th St), nightclub events and dance party venue.

Therapy (348 W 52nd St), Hell's Kitchen chic lounge, daily 5pm-4am; Hollywood stairway, cabaret acts, amateur drag and go-go contests and comedy shows. Full bar, good-looking crowd, sandwiches and snack platters.

XL Nightclub (516 W 42nd St), at Out NYC hotel, gay dance club/ restaurant complex, video bar, drag cabaret shows, sexy contests, big Saturday Yolo night crowds, exotic go-go dancers, Blatino parties, special theater and other BigStarx party events such as Boys-Room Sundays42West (514 W 42nd St), also part of the complex, has live music, film screenings, exhibits, theater, dance, and cabaret shows.

CLOSED: Bar-Tini Ultra Lounge (642 Tenth Av) cocktail lounge, drag/ talent/ comedy shows; Escuelita (301 W 39th St), diverse Black/ Latino dance club, live music, exotic go-gos, drag; Room 53 (314 W 53rd St), piano bar, French/ Morroccan fusion restaurant.

 

Bars and clubs: East Side & Midtown Manhattan

Adonis Lounge at Evolve (221 E 58th St), Wednesday and Saturday male-for-male strip shows, lap dances, private Champagne Rooms. Moved from Greenpoint in Brooklyn.

Evolve (221 E 58th St), Upper East Side neighborhood lounge, garden patio, gay/lesbians/straight mix; billiard room, good sound, live entertainment, go go boys.

Townhouse Bar (206 E 58th St), piano bar for upscale professionals, older gentlemen and their admirers. Talent shows for cash prizes.

Uncle Charlie's Midtown (139 E 45th S), only Midtown gay bar near Grand Central Station, after-work young professionals crowd. Piano lounge, comfortable seating, outdoor patio; karaoke, special nights and holiday events.

 

Bars and Clubs: Uptown Manhattan

Billie's Black (271 W 119th St) bar and gourmet soul food restaurant in central Harlem. Friday or Saturday cabaret acts each week.

Castro Bar (104 Dyckman St), Washington Heights' new upscale lounge, young gay crowd, sexy go-go dancers, Wednesdays CockFight (moved over from No Parking)the former Le Boy.

Suite (992 Amsterdam Av @109th) gay and straight neighborhood bar where all mix easily, with stage acts, karaoke, drag shows, DJs, uncommonly good finger food and snacks.

Tool Box (1742 Second Ave at 90th St), quiet neighborhood bar with sports, music videos and adult movies on the tube.

The West End (955 West End Ave), bar/restaurant, performances, plays, drag, comedy, open mic, brunch; Freshmen 18+ Black Friday by Steve Sidewalk each Friday.

CLOSED: Candle Bar (309 Amsterdam Av), gay dive bar, pool games, digital jukebox, cocktails and conversation.

 

Bars and Clubs: Brooklyn

Baby's All Right (146 Broadway, Williamsburg), queer-friendy, popular/diverse space, live music nights; Don Muang Airport restaurant from 5pm, weekend brunch noon to 4pm.

Excelsior (390 5th Ave, Park Slope), mixed crowd, mostly guys, neighborhood vibe, nightly until 4am, juke box, deck and garden.

GHE20G0TH1K (496 Morgan Ave, Greenpoint), "Ghetto Gothic," queer/trans ethnically/racially-diverse high-energy, sweaty, stripped down, monthly Friday dance club night at Aviv, an all-ages club/ performance space for punk/ indie bands, with art installations. See Twitter for dates.

Ginger's Bar (363 5th Ave, Park Slope), mixed but mostly women, laid-back neighborhood bar, sports, karaoke, juke box, pool table.

Langston Club (1073 Atlantic Ave, Bedfort-Stuyvesant), low-profile Bed-Stuy gay/black club, Thursday-Sunday dancing until 5am, men, women, go-go dancers.

Macri Park (559 Lorimer St, Williamsburg), gay sister-bar to the Metropolitan nearby, drag shows, karaoke, DJs, backyard; events such as "Drink & Draw" with models to sketch.

Metropolitan (559 Lorimer St, Williamsburg), backyard patio, Sunday BBQ, boys and girls mix, good drinks prices, winter fireplace, pool table, women's nights, men's nights.

One Last Shag (348 Franklin Ave, Bedfort-Stuyvesant), mixed, queer-friendly crowd, daily from 6pm, draft beers, wine and cocktails; Brooklyn Pride party.

Papi Juice, Brooklyn-based monthly dance party and kiki at various venues, queer and trans people of color, friends, family, and allies, reggaeton and cumbia to R&B. Artists and DJs have included: Maluca, Princess Nokia, Juliana Huxtable, Jay Boogie, and LSDXOXO.

The Rock Shop (249 4th Ave, Park Slope), two-level club, roof deck, live music, karaoke, Resurrection Hot Rabbit/Boy Wonder LGBTQ nights.

This N That (108 North 6th St, Williamsburg), 4pm-4am neighborhood bar, eclectic gay/artsy mixed crowd, weekend DJs, pool tournaments, drag shows, party events.

Xstasy Night Club (758 5th Ave, Sunset Park), Latino gay bar/lounge, sexy bartenders, go-go dancers, drag shows, theme parties.

CLOSED: Electric Warehouse (1428 Fulton St, Bedfort-Stuyvesant), 18+ dance club, Hip Hop/ mixed. Love Gun (617 Grand St, Williamsburg), 2-level gay/mixed bar, performers, theme parties.

 

Bars and Clubs: Queens

Albatross (36-19 24th Ave, Astoria), popular neighborhood bar, men/women gay mix, happy hours, pool table, jukebox, drag shows, karaoke.

Bum Bum Bar (6314 Roosevelt Ave, Woodside), exuberant, mostly Latina crowd, female go-go dancers, wide age range.

Club Evolution (76-19 Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Hts), largest gay club in Queens, hot Latino dance crowd, sexy staff in underwear, go-go dancers, theme parties, drag shows and amateur talent contests.

Friends Tavern (78-11 Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Hts), well-establishd and friendlly Latino neighborhood bar, strong drinks, drag shows, karaoke, weekend dancing, bar strippers and sexy dancers, summer BBQs.

Hombres Lounge (85-28 37th Ave, Jackson Hts), Latino men's party bar, daily 5pm - 4am, half-price drinks until 10pm, Friday Rumba, sexy boy contests, drag talent shows.

ICON (31-84 33rd St, Astoria), nightly gay dance club, top DJs, entertainment/performers, bartender hunks, 'go-go gods,' Sunday T-dances, Thursday lesbian nights.

Music Box Bar (40-08 74th St, Elmhurst), neighborhood Latino gay sports bar, weekend parties, sexy male dancers, special event drag cabaret shows.

True Colors Bar (79-15 Roosevelt Ave), gay club, among largest in area dance floors, karaoke and underwear nights.

CLOSED: Elixir Lounge (43-03 Broadway, Astoria), neighborhood gay bar, karaoke, male dancers, drag; Pop Bar (12-21 Astoria Blvd, Astoria) mixed bar/ community art, food, drinks, movies, live music; Pride Lounge (7015B Ausin St, Forest Hills), LGBT community bar/restaurant, TV sports, drag shows.

 

Northern New Jersey

For gay nightlife across the Hudson River, see the websites of Club Feathers in River Edge/Hackensack, the Red Cat Restaurant & Martini Bar in Clifton, the Den Club with Thursday through Saturday 18+ nights in Somerset, and further west in Boonton, Switch.

For over 120 bars and clubs in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, including contact information and website links, see our map & listings tab.

 

Saunas
There are two in New York, operated by the same management, one for each side of Manhattan.

East Side Club (227 E 56th St) membership club with steam, sauna, and private cabins. Older crowd, bears, leather

West Side Club (27 W 20th St) membership club with steam, sauna, private cabins. Younger crowd, a bit aloof.

 

Man to Man Massage and Yoga
We list some businesses below, but there are always new ones. See updated and comprehensive massage spa and escort services listings in Next Magazine, in print or online.

Allen Men Spa (101 Allen St, 1A, LES), Swedish, Deep Tissue and Tui-na massage techniques, Reflexology, facials, waxing, certified therapists.

Hot Nude Yoga (112 West 27th St, Chelsea), communal practice naked yoga for men, safe space, judgment-free fellowship; teachings of Tantra, breathing, alignment and brotherhood.

Manta Spa (300 W 56th St, 2nd floor, Midtown), men for men bodywork, handsome international staff, nude bodyslides, soapy showers, lounge.


 

Restaurants
The city boasts over 20,000 eateries serving cuisines of every sort, so it's no surprise that New Yorkers eat out often. In addition to those listed below see our map & listings tab for 100 more restaurants in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. For more, see TimeOutNY for the latest openings.

Restaurants: West Village

August (359 Bleecker St) authentic regional European bistro fare, seasonal menu, warm and cozy dining room, atrium, lunch/brunch, dinner.

Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar (1 Seventh Ave S), full dinner entrees, small bites, cheese plates, soups, panini, fine wines, chocolate martinis and rich desserts; Tuesday Girls Nights.

Big Gay Ice Cream Shop (61 Grove St), cups/cones, sundaes, shakes, and floats; baked goods, coffee, macaroons, La Newyorkina items.

Magnolia Bakery (401 Bleecker St) get in line for orgasmic cupcakes.

Manatus (340 Bleecker St) typical diner full of manly men, open 24/7; big breakfast menu, sandwiches, pasta, seafood, outdoor patio, full bar, free delivery.

Philip Marie (569 Hudson St) New American cuisine at gay-friendly eatery; Tuesday Clambake, Saturday/Sunday Unlimited Bloody Mary or Mimosa Brunch, Sunday Night BBQs.

A Salt & Battery (112 Greenwich Ave), authentic, trans-fat-free fish & chip shop from the Tea & Sympathy folks.

Tea & Sympathy (108 Greenwich Ave), British comfort food, bangers & mash to roast beef & Yorkshire pudding, grocery and gift shop.

Restaurants: Chelsea

Dish (201 8th Av) well-known gay diner, inexpensive food, fetching Greek waiters, order by phone or online for delivery.

East of Eighth (254 W 23rd St) eclectic international fare bistro.

Elmo (156 7th Av) fancy retro dining room, popular with pretty people craving comfort food.

Intermezzo (202 8th Av) classy Italian place with all-you-can-drink mimosas weekend brunches.

Nisos (176 8th Av) Mediterranean, especially Greek, cuisine; lunch, dinner, à la carte or prix-fix brunch.

Rocking Horse Mexican Cafe (182 8th Av) upscale modern Mexican cuisine; "complex pastes, sauces and marinades, like those found in Oaxaca's Mercado Abastos."

Spice (199 8th Av) the best, and most affordable, Thai in the neighborhood.

Trailer Park Lounge & Grill (271 West 23rd St), kitchy trip south, true backyard picnic flavors, char-grilled sandwiches, homemade chili, BLTs, potent drinks.

Restaurants: East Village

Acme Bar & Grill (9 Great Jones St), food of Louisiana, Cajun appetizers, salads, po-boys, oysters, shrimp, burgers, crabcakes, ribs; weekend brunch.

BBar & Grill (40 E 4th St) Tuesday gay nights, outdoor garden, enclosed heated winter seating, open to summer stars; weekend brunch, cocktails, late snacks.

Big Gay Ice Cream Shop (125 East 7th St), cups/cones, sundaes, shakes, and floats; baked goods, coffee, macaroons, La Newyorkina items.

Indochine (430 Lafayette St), stylish ambience, tropical decor, French-Vietnamese cuisine, wines of the world.

Malai Marke (318 E 6th St), a standout among a dozen Sixth Street South Asian/Indian restaurants between 1st and 2nd Avenues; north, southwest Konkan and Malabar coast Indian cuisine, fish curries, kababs, chicken xacuti Goa-style.

Queen Vic (68 Second Ave), pub and grub, British favorites and American grill, British beers, ales to 4am, American lagers; lunch, weekend "Royal Breakfast," dinner, & late.

Yuca Bar & Cocina Latina (111 Avenue A), eclectic pan-Latin cuisine, sunny side walk café and lively bar, mojitos & sangria.

Restaurants: Midtown to Uptown

Arriba Arriba (762 9th Avenue @ 51st St) gay-friendly Mexican with generous margaritas.

Bamboo 52 (344 W 52nd St) polished sushi/sashimi bar with outdoor patio; deliveries.

Brasserie Athenee (300 W 46th St), elegant atmosphere, French cuisine, daily breakfast from 6:30am, lunch, dinner.

Cafe du Soleil (2723 Broadway at 104th St), simple, authentic, French Provençal, rustic bistro fare, slowly cooked stews, sunny terrace, weekend brunch.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (700 W 125th St), acclaimed Harlem barbeque house, ribs, sauces, bar, weekend live music.

HK Restaurant/ Lounge (523 Ninth Av) swanky Mediterranean bistro; hearty breakfasts, lunch/brunch, dinner.

KTCHN (508 W 42nd St, Hells Kitchen), restaurant at OUT Hotel/ BPM NY, modern American with Mediterranean touch, lunch, dinner, Saturday/Sunday bottomless Mimosa Brunch.

Lips (227 E 56th St) drag diner shows, magnet for bachelorette parties, Sunday Gospel Brunch.

Vynl (754 9th Av) gay American fare diner with a dash of Thai.

Whole Foods Market (10 Columbus Circle) grocery, cafe, healthy hot and cold food, soups, sandwiches, juice.

Zen Palate (663 9th Av at 46th) intensely healthy vegetarian Asian fare at Restaurant Row.

Zoma (2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd - 8th Avenue), Ethiopian cuisine in Harlem, herbs & spices aplenty, meat or veggie fare.
 

 

Shopping
Designer Fifth Avenue stores coddle those with cash to spare, but for haggled bargains go to New York's large Chinatown. "America's largest department store" since 1902, Macy's Herald Square flagship, occupies an entire city block between 6th and 7th Avenues and 34-35th Streets in Manhattan - a must-see for any visitor. Bloomingdales isn't far away. See our map & listings section for more shopping suggestions, in addition to these listed below.

Shopping: Adult stores

Blue Door (87 1st Av) East Village source for gay erotica, lube etc, cruisy dark nooks.

Blue Store (206 8th Av) Chelsea porn store, DVDs, magazines, toys, private booths.

Pleasure Chest (156 7th Av) his and hers sex shop, lots of toys, bliss-enhancing workshops.

Unicorn (277 W 22nd St) large porn and toys selection, private video booths get busy in the wee hours.

Vishara Video (797 8th Ave, Hell's Kitchen), gay porn DVDs, toys, cruising zones, gay movie booths, glory holes.

Shopping: Clothing

Leather Man (111 Christopher St) leather clothing, accessories, toys, bespoke tailoring.

Nasty Pig (265 W 19th St) edgy duds for sexually self-assured males.

Universal Gear (140 8th Av) male boutique for trendy clubwear.

Shopping: Pharmacies

Arrow Pharmacy (883 9th Av) low priced prescription meds, vitamins and toiletries.

Village Apothecary (346 Bleecker St) community pharmacy for well-priced meds, alternative therapies and beauty products.
 

See our map & listings tab for more in each category. Missing your favorite?-- send a note to the add listing tab.

The view from Toronto, by Marcus McCann, in Xtra, July 14, 2011: "There's so much to process in the city of snap judgments."

"Tour the infamous sexual history of NYC's Meatpacking District" - Mike Miksche on Hellfire Tours, walking you through the 1980s sex club and BDSM culture - Xtra, January 11, 2016.

- staff - June 2016