Heading to NYC at the end of the month, need some help.

  • Regina_Guy

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    Aug 01, 2008 5:28 PM GMT
    Hi NYC Boys,

    Me and my boy are heading on a mini vacation to NYC at the end of the month, and we're looking for some advice on shopping and nightlife.

    We're not really into the club scene, but are looking for some small gay lounges to chill at. We're also looking for some good clothing stores which have decent prices (not looking to spend $300 on a pair of jeans).

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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    Aug 01, 2008 5:38 PM GMT
    barney's warehouse sale is a big must-do (08/14 through 09/01) and you'll be in nyc during this fashion feeding frenzy

    236 West 18th Street in the chelsea district
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    Aug 01, 2008 5:41 PM GMT
    nowhere is nice and i've never seen it overly crowded... quiet local crowd though they do have theme nights... just a nice little neighborhood bar for fags

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  • Regina_Guy

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    Aug 05, 2008 2:52 PM GMT
    Thanks yomamali! If anyone else has any suggestions, please let me know!
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    Aug 05, 2008 3:03 PM GMT
    H & M, Daffy's, and Century 21 are all cheap clothing stores. Definitely hit the Barney's sale but be prepared for lines and chaos. You can sometimes spot celebrities there too.

    What kind of music do you guys like? There are so many different places to visit. Most of them get pretty crowded and noisy though so it can be tough to sit back and have a couple of drinks.

    I've also found some great restaurants where you can get a great meal for $10-$20 (before cocktails) - let me know if you want dinner recommendations.
  • Regina_Guy

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    Aug 06, 2008 5:13 PM GMT
    Thanks for the info Lissenup. We love all kinds of music. But when we're in the mood for just chilling out, we like jazz or lounge. Also dinner suggestions would be great! We've been told that Lucky Cheng's is a must see while in New York, so we'll try and head there one night for sure!
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    Aug 06, 2008 5:34 PM GMT
    Regina_Guy saidThanks for the info Lissenup. We love all kinds of music. But when we're in the mood for just chilling out, we like jazz or lounge. Also dinner suggestions would be great! We've been told that Lucky Cheng's is a must see while in New York, so we'll try and head there one night for sure!


    I'd recommend Back Forty for dinner. I believe it's at Ave A and 12th Street but I could be wrong. It's really, really good food and the cocktails are excellent. They don't take reservations but you shouldn't have too much of a problem getting a table; show up at 7:30/8 and have a drink till they call. It's a fantastic place to eat (and really reasonably priced). Have the Fregola as a side dish-- it's to die for.

    For going out, I really like Chelsea and the Lower East Side. My favourite bar is Barracuda in Chelsea but a second runner up is definitely Eastern Bloc. Great bar, good music, hot guys and very cool atmosphere.

    Have fun in the city!
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    Aug 06, 2008 5:59 PM GMT
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    For going out, I really like Chelsea and the Lower East Side. My favourite bar is Barracuda in Chelsea but a second runner up is definitely Eastern Bloc. Great bar, good music, hot guys and very cool atmosphere.

    Have fun in the city!


    You mean the East Village (Eastern Bloc is in the EV, not the Lower East Side). There really aren't gay places down in the LES.

    As for the suggestions above. I'm sorry but Nowhere Bar is awful, it's a total dive and draws very small crowds, so it's great if you're bringing 15 people but not a good place to head by yourself and expect to have a good time.

    In the East Village check out The Urge, Eastern Bloc, and Dtox (which is new). They are all fun and sort of low key. If you want a little craziness you can check out The Cock but don't go before 1am.

    As for shopping, well, decent shopping in NYC is expensive. Barney's Warehouse Sale is a madhouse, as is Century 21. I can't spend more than 10 minutes in either place without wanting to punch out a tourist. If you can handle huge groups of people going through discount bins looking for that diamond in the rough, by all means, check those places out.

    On the other hand, if you're looking to preserve your sanity and have a nice afternoon, check out Bleecker Street (start in the west village) and walk east, then head down to Soho (West Broadway is a good street). There will be some very expensive places, and some not, but overall the experience is much more fun and the sites are prettier (which is why you're really here right?).

    ...just some thoughts from a new yorker.
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    Aug 06, 2008 8:41 PM GMT
    Regina_Guy saidThanks for the info Lissenup. We love all kinds of music. But when we're in the mood for just chilling out, we like jazz or lounge. Also dinner suggestions would be great! We've been told that Lucky Cheng's is a must see while in New York, so we'll try and head there one night for sure!


    You might enjoy Buddha Bar http://www.buddhabarnyc.com/# for cocktails. It's not a gay bar, but the atmosphere is great (although the drinks are expensive). If I go to Buddha Bar, I like to eat at Thai Terminal, which is nearby: http://thaiterminalnyc.com/ (it's much cheaper). You can also have drinks at the Gansevoort Hotel, which is also in the area: http://www.hotelgansevoort.com/.

    I had a friend visiting last weekend and tried two new restaurants that we really liked. The Iron Monkey in Jersey City was great: http://www.ironmonkey.com/monkey.html. We took he ferry there and she got a great view of the Manhattan skyline. You can also take the Path Train.

    We also went to Bubby's Brooklyn in DUMBO (part of Brooklyn) http://67.15.255.3/~bubbys/index.php.

    Both places were very reasonably priced.

    I always send people to Rice to Riches for rice pudding: http://www.ricetoriches.com/index.2.php.

    Therapy is a decent bar if you want to relax with your friends: http://www.therapy-nyc.com/.

    If you want a true jazz experience, check out the Village Vanguard: http://www.ny.com/cgibin/frame.cgi?url=http://www.villagevanguard.net&frame=/frame/music.html.

    If you want something unusual, check out Playing the Building at the Battery Maritime Building near the South Street Seaport and Battery Park: http://www.davidbyrne.com/art/art_projects/playing_the_building/index.php. I went there this weekend with my boyfriend and a friend and we had a great time - plus it's free!

    I always like to bring friends to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then a little tour of Central Park. If you go, remember that the $20 fee is suggested - you can give them whatever you want.
  • cityguy39

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    Aug 07, 2008 6:12 AM GMT
    Century 21(near ground zero) has some of the best shoe deals I've ever seen! I got a great pair of shoes there the last time I was in NYC. SPLASH is always one of my favorite clubs I go to when I hit Gotham.
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    Aug 07, 2008 12:44 PM GMT
    FYI Splash and Cock charge a cover. So, you can wind up spending a lot of money if you go out to those places.

    Check out reviews online for places and find out if they charge a cover - I refuse to pay a cover charge! But that's just me.

    Lots of places don't have a cover plus it sounds like you guys want more of a low-key environment.
  • Regina_Guy

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    Aug 07, 2008 2:57 PM GMT
    Thanks to everyone for all the great advice. We're gonna have a great time!
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    Aug 07, 2008 4:29 PM GMT
    Please let us know how the trip went - and what you did!
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    Aug 07, 2008 4:39 PM GMT
    yes... have fun in nyc and please provide us a blow-the-blow summary of your trip