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The 7 Things Gay Travelers Shouldn't Miss on a Trip to NYC

New York City has long been a supporter of the LGBTQ community, and if you’re gay and planning a visit to the city, then you’re in for a treat. Rounded up below are 7 “must-dos” if you’re in Manhattan and looking for a memorable time. From visiting the famed Stonewall Inn to catching a local drag show, check out our top 7 picks for gay travelers coming to New York.

Best of NYC Gay Visits: The Stonewall Inn (West Village)

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Make a visit to the place “where pride began.” The Stonewall Inn is an important part of gay pride history, and it’s still a popular destination for modern New Yorkers today. Get your photo in front of the famed brick exterior before heading in to grab a drink and take in the game-changing establishment that surrounds you. 53 Christopher St., 212-488-2705, thestonewallinnnyc.com

Best of NYC Gay Visits: Temerario (Chelsea)

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Probably the most famous gay neighborhood in NYC is Chelsea, with Eighth Avenue serving as an LGBTQ "main street." Local residents and visitors alike can enjoy a full range of food and drink here. Temerario brings a bold interpretation of Mexican food to Chelsea. The focus here is applying creative takes on foods that are a part of daily life in Mexico. Inventive speciality cocktails and a vast selection of tequilas and mezcals complete the beverage program. Street-side graffiti and striking interior murals of luchadores symbolize pride in the strength of Mexican culture. Open seven days for lunch and dinner, on top of weekend brunch and happy hour. 198 Eighth Ave. (20th St.), 212-645-2100, temerarionyc.com

Best of NYC Gay Visits: Don't Tell Mama (Theatre District)

New York is famous for its Broadway talent and for its cabaret scene. You'll find both at Midtown legend Don’t Tell Mama, which boasts a piano bar, restaurant, and two separate cabaret shows, making for a fun-filled night that you’ll never forget. You also never know who you might run into once you’ve walked through their doors, with icons such as Liza Minnelli, Paul Newman, Bette Midler, and Kristin Chenoweth all having stopped by in the past. From comedy to spoken word, the shows you’ll catch on stage at Don’t Tell Mama cover every genre one could possibly imagine. Talk about variety! 343 W. 46th St., 212-757-0788, donttellmamanyc.com

Best of NYC Gay Visits: Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art (SoHo)

There’s plenty of investigating, exploring, and enjoyment to be had at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art. 26 Wooster St., 212-431-2609, leslielohman.org

Best of NYC Gay Visits: Lamano (Hell's Kitchen)

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In addition to the West Village and Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen is also a great neighborhood for visitors to find superior food and drink. One place to check out is the intimate Spanish tapas and wine bar concept Lamano. With stellar menus from consulting chef Jose Fuentes, of Madrid’s renowned Kulto restaurant, Lamano offers classics from all regions of Spain alongside tempting modern dishes. Spanish and Latino wines, many of them organic and biodynamic, along with an array of artisanal cocktails and craft beers, complement the food in an alluring ambience. 688 10th Ave. (48 St.), 646-559-0989; Chelsea: 265 W. 20th St. (Eighth Ave.), 212-741-2398; West Village: 39 Christopher St. (Waverly Pl.), 212-243-3200, lamanonyc.com

Best of NYC Gay Visits: Lips (Midtown East)

If you want to see some of New York City’s best drag, then there really is no place that compares with Lips NYC. The number one drag show for over 20 years, this establishment offers nightly drag queen shows for its wining and dining guests. Along with a spectacular performance, Lips NYC also has an exquisite menu, including items such as lobster ravioli and filet mignon. 227 E. 56th St., 212-675-7710, lipsnyc.com 

Best of NYC Gay Visits: Elmo (Chelsea)

With a fashionable interior, American comfort food, a bustling bar, and a large clientele of LGBT patrons, Elmo is so much more than just a restaurant. Of course, the amazing food menu and drink list aren’t to be glazed over either. Entrees include the likes of Prince Edward Island mussel frites, slow-braised chicken tacos, and miso-glazed salmon. Also be sure to try out their signature cocktails, including the watermelon martini and blood orange cosmo. 156 Seventh Ave., 212-337-8000, elmorestaurant.com


Looking for more insider info on LGBTQ New York? City Guide's sister publication Metrosource. Metrosource  has been proudly serving the modern metropolitan LGBTQ community for over 25 years. Both in print and online you'll find their passion for covering pop culture, entertainment, design, travel, health, fitness, and celebrating the stories of gay people and friends and allies.

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