City Guide: New York Gay Bars and Restaurants
New York City feels like the center of the universe. With a dizzying array of eatery options and a world famous nightlife scene, the enjoyment opportunities are endless. But here’s the secret truth: if you don’t have a knowing New Yorker to point you toward the highlights, the city can be an overwhelming pile of coarse, disappointing establishments that will leave a dirtier taste in your mouth than dunking your head in the East River.
Lucky for you, we’ve scoured the streets and grilled the most fabulous gays in the big city to collect the best restaurants, gay bars and clubs to hit in NYC.
10 Columbus Cir # 6-REST
New York, NY 10019-1219
Feel like splurging but don’t want to be cooped up with old money types? Try an exquisite nine-course extravaganza blending New American and French cuisines, enjoying beautiful views of Central Park while you dine. Divine.
75 Ninth Ave.
This Philadelphia transplant blends old school Asian with incredible innovation to come up with creations like taro puff lollipops. This favorite spot of celebs and power queers boast a gorgeously trendy, large venue (left).
54 East 1st Street
New York, NY 10003-9313
Owned and run by top lesbian chef Gabrielle Hamilton, this upscale East Village bohemian restaurant has fantastic food and enough bloody mary variations to bring brunch to whole new level.
Momofuku Ssäm Bar
207 Second Ave.
at 13th St.
Yes, what everyone and their Mom is saying is true; Momofuku is that good. Critical hit chef David Chang (formerly of Noodle Bar) cooks up all new Asia-influenced cuisine with surprisingly tantalizing comfort food touches. The crack pie earns its name. As seen on Gossip Girl.
Treat your taste buds at the famous restaurant, popular with the rich and famous city dwellers. In between star sightings, soak up the old New York ambiance and enjoy an unparalleled cocktail or three.
Um, question: how does a two-floor gay diner with great people watching along 8th Avenue, right in the heart of Chelsea, sound for a meal? Answer: almost as good as their strawberry egg-white omelets and affordable prices.
105 First Ave.,
at 6th St.
Often ignored vegetarian diners, fear not! Proceed to this sleek and trendy East Village bistro. Serving fabulous vegetarian victuals, as well as an impressive array of organic wines and martinis, even carnivores will be charmed by these alluring eats.
John's of Bleecker Street
278 Bleecker St.,
btwn Sixth & Seventh Aves.
Out Traveler experts agree: “Ask a hundred New Yorkers where to get the best slice and you're liable to get 90 different answers -- but at least 10 votes will surely go to the brick-ovened West Village fave of the likes of Al Pacino.”
119 7th Ave,
This 24-hour greasy spoon on the fringe of the Meatpacking District is the 4am pit stop of choice for clubbers both gay and straight. Everything on the menu is yummy (which sadly can’t always be said of other restaurants) but the Mac Attack mac’n’cheese is a clear crowd favorite. As seen on Sex and The City.
181 Duane Street
New York, NY 10013-3309
Ready for what Lady Gaga swears is “the best Italian food ever”? “And this is coming from an Italian girl,” mind you. Hey if it’s good enough for Gaga, the casual old school eatery is good enough for you!
331 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019
Specializing in infused vodkas and previously voted best gay bar in the city, the 2-level Russian bar is sleek and sexy just like it's patrons. Want to chill out your horseradish and dill infused vodka drink? Simply place your cocktail on the thick layer of ice along the bar.
231 East 14th Street,
The ever-eclectic crowd now gathers under the same chrome-domed hair dryers where blue-haired ladies were groomed and gossiped
for decades. Enjoy a drink and dish with your boys (left).
# A, 505 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10009-6617
Owned by Anderson Coopers cute boyfriend (left), this spot should win an award for most taxidermy in a gay club. It also has one of the sexiest atmospheres of any gay bar in New York. Tons of drink specials to get your drunk and did somebody say "free mustache rides"? Let's go!
405 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019-6301
Don’t be turned off by the pretentious name, the original Hell's Kitchen gay bar is anythign but pretentious. Inside the establishment, drinks are affordable, boys are cute, and it’s open 'till 2 AM every night. Relaxed management and a general laid back ambience guarantee a good time, every time.
223 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011-4083
A swanky gay lounge where Chelsea business gays go to meet prime candidates. Greed is still good when it comes to hot guys. Catch the after work set during G-Licious happy hour from 4 - 9 PM featuring $4 house drinks and $3 domestic beers.
Gyms Sports Bar
167 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10011-1631
How can it be? But it is! A real live gay sports bar with all the trimmings: multiple flat-screen TVs and a bevy of drink specials to encourage male bonding at its best. Oh, and don't forget to check out the Varsity scene, a bi-weekly hot party in the Locker Room.
221 N 9th St,
Brooklyn, NY 11211
An outdoor smoking deck sets the scene for heavy flirting at this Williamsburg gay bar, where moody dj tracks keep the hipster and fashionable crowd happy while sipping resonably priced drinks.Leave your snark in the city as it doesn't fly here, refreshingly.
275 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011-2754
This dive gay bar in Chelsea is hookup heaven for those a little less buff and beautiful, shall we say. Mellow locals mingle and catch a case of dance fever with hits from yesterday and today (in the good way).
50 W 17 St.
It's really big; like the biggest gay club in New York, with 10,000 square feet, 2 floors of pumping energy, and a HUGE dance floor. Plus, you can get a little naughty in their den of debauchery, complete with sexy shirtless bartenders and an adult store in the basement (left).