DreamDrop going to New York!

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    Aug 20, 2007 3:11 AM GMT
    Hey Boys,

    I'm going to New York and I wanna know these few things:

    What's the names of the best gay clubs?

    What are the cheap but good eats?

    Where is are cruisy places/clubs?

    Where should I visit?

    Thanks guys for your help!
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    Aug 22, 2007 3:26 PM GMT
    hey dreamdrop
    the best way to familiarize yourself with new york is to do a little online research: check out next magazine and HX online. also time out new york.
    when you get here the main areas are chelsea and the east village, but the gay scene is everywhere ;)
    have fun!
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    Aug 22, 2007 3:42 PM GMT
    I assume it's your first time in NYC. If so, be sure to take the 3 hour Circle Line tour. It's kind of corny, but, each time we have visitors we take them on the tour and they always love it. There are briefer versions that instead of circling the island, just kind of tour the sites in NY harbor (statue, ellis, lower manhattan).

    While you're in town, grab the Village Voice. It will have listings for everything worth checking out nightlifewise. Daytime, you definitely want to grab as much Central Park as you can.
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    Aug 24, 2007 1:00 PM GMT
    Next and HX mags are your best bet. you can get them on most street corners in Chelsea ( between 34th and 14th on the west side).

    Chelasa bars are more touristy. Hells Kitchen has a few new good ones (HK, Vlada, Therapy, Ritz). g, in Chelsea is really going down hill.

    Mr. Black in East Village always has a hot crowd on Fri & sat, and is VERY cruisy. B-bar is hot on Tuesday.
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    Aug 24, 2007 11:12 PM GMT
    sorry, forgot to answer your other questions...


    -Hiro on Sunday night is, i think, one of the best nights in NYC (Chelsea)

    - Splash is the tourist bar, gets mixed reviews. (Chelsea)

    - Bank isn't bad (East Village)

    Cheap eats:


    -Republic on Union Square offers really awesome pan-Asian food (a lot of noodles) at a reasonable price ($10). the drinks are awesome. a little loud.

    -Just walk up 8th ave in Chelsea... look at the menu and try a place. lots of great options. (not that its really "cheap" but won't break the bank)

    as far as things to see... there are too many to list on here... you're best off consulting a tourist map.... looking for something specific?

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    Aug 25, 2007 1:52 AM GMT
    I can't speak for bars and clubs, so I'll defer that info to those who are more familiar with the NYC bar scene...

    Definitely hit the big museums if you are into that - Museum of Natural History, Hayden Planetarium, Met, MoMA.

    We have some truly awesome food options. I recommend grabbing cheap sandwiches at random delis mid-day, and saving the indulgence for mid-level restaurants...

    For first time tourists, these are my recommendations:


    Lombardi's Pizza
    32 Spring St., New York, NY 10012
    between Mulberry and Mott Sts.
    Zagat's has named this place "Best Pizza on the Planet" - and I'm not prone to disagree.


    Sushi Hana
    466 Amsterdam Ave
    Convenient if you go to the Museum of Natural History or Hayden Planetarium. The best sushi I have yet experienced in NYC. On my first encounter with their "Caribbean Roll," I made such a fuss that the woman at the next table ordered one herself just to see what the fuss was about -- think "When Harry Met Sally." They also have locations that I haven't tried at 1501 2nd Ave, and 265 E 78th betw 2nd & 3rd Aves.


    202 Cafe
    75 Ninth Avenue
    One of my favorite Brunch places. There is sometimes a wait, but the food is incredible. And afterward, you can browse the next-door Chelsea Market, which is well known for specialty food shops and various odds and ends.


    La Mela
    167 Mulberry Street
    Good Italian food is far harder to find in NYC than most would imagine. (There are italian restaurants everywhere, but I have difficulty enjoying a restaurant if I could easily make better versions of the same food myself). La Mela is a great, nearly overwhelming, place to eat until you are ready to burst. It's not a gourmet place, but rather an awesome example of family style comfort food.


    Le Souk
    47 Ave B (Near 4th St)
    This place can be loud, but it is FUN, and the combination of awesome food -- and belly dancers (yes, one is male) -- makes it one of my favorite restaurants in the city. The chicken bastilla (chicken, basmati rice, raisins, and spices, baked in phyllo and dusted with cinnamon and powdered sugar) is one of my favorite meals of all time.


    Cozy Thai
    712 9th Ave.
    I can't find a web site for this place - maybe because it is TINY. But the food is cheap, and yet it's one of the best Thai places at which I've eaten.
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    Aug 25, 2007 3:50 AM GMT
    Buy the Sunday New York Times and a copy of New Yorker Magazine. They both have great listings of museums and shows. Wouldn't try to do too much in one day, though, just being in NY is exhilating. Give yourself some time to just walk around and soak up the architecture, history, and varieties of human experience.

    Hope this advice isn't too lame. My first time in NYC I toured grand hotel lobbies and my bud toured high Episcopal churches. Sound too gay to be real?
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    Aug 25, 2007 6:12 AM GMT
    As always italmusclebtm you are a wealth of knowledge! I think I'm gonna try something new everyday that I'm there. I'll also look up that HX magazine.

    Thanks bods for all of your help! I'll post pics!
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    Aug 25, 2007 7:21 AM GMT
    Being a very recent convert to RealJock let me just say a quick thanks for all the awesome threads and weaves that happen in the forums. It's kinda like having coffee with my buds every day when I check to see what the topics are. Anyways, can I just make a 'fatherly' suggestion (yea yea, my kids are older than a lot of you!). Dreamdrop's going to NY. He's gorgeous. So....hey!....one of you NewYorker's....invite him to spend a day exploring your city. Ok, ok...I'll back off! Just a thought, don't mean to meddle. Have a great time Dreamdrop!
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    Aug 25, 2007 7:38 AM GMT
    I know food. I will give you two places that will blow your socks off:

    Havana Alma de Cuba on Bleeker and Christopher. $12 brunch with free sangria and cafe con leche. A-mazing. Their Ropa Vieja is to die for...literally...

    Ivo and Lulu's on Broome street in SoHo. It's French Caribbean. Everything is $15 and under, and it's BYOB with no corkage fee. The food is the best in the city.

    Sceney restaraunts:

    Elmo in Chelsea: it's where all the pretty gays go.

    Vynl in Hell's Kitchen- food is reasonably priced (American and Thai food), and the bathrooms are worth the trip...The food is ok, but the atmosphere is what brings people a-comin'

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    Aug 29, 2007 8:29 PM GMT
    Thanks tingbudong for putting that thought up for a special New York host. Being that New York is way busier than San Francisco I know it’s hard for anyone to give up their time for me.

    So Chelsea is where the boys are? Mmm I may have to try that out!

    Anyway I would like to also go to a gym there that is kinda nice and gay lol. Any suggestions?