Chelsea: the official gay neighborhood of New York

Appreciated for its art galleries, modern buildings and the luxurious mall of shops that make up Chelsea Market, Chelsea is considered the official gay neighborhood of New York City. Lately it’s been getting some competition from up-and-coming Hell’s Kitchen, but Chelsea’s gay is here to stay. Chelsea is particularly known for its “Chelsea Boys” – attractive, professional and muscular men in their 30’s, 40’s and beyond. If this “gayborhood”  is your preferred gay destination, you’ll have no problem finding restaurants, bars and dance clubs to enjoy any day of the week. For the most up-to-date information it’s best to look up listings in one of the local gay magazines such as Next or Odyssey. However, in a rush, check out Popular Bars In Gay New York: Chelsea below, a good time eating or dancing at any of them is a sure thing.

Popular Bars in Chelsea

Boxers NYC

New gay sports bar away from 8th Avenue
37 West 20th St.

g Lounge
Sleek lounge that started the lounge trend
225 W 19th St.

Barracuda
Ever popular bar – the youngest crowd in Chelsea
275 W 22nd St

Gym Bar
The Chelsea version of the classic sports bar
167 8th Ave.

XES Lounge
Casual lounge away from the main strip
157 W 24th St.

The Eagle NYC
Popular leather bar
554 W 28th St.

Popular Gay/Gay-Friendly Chelsea Restaurants

Elmo
Stylish restaurant/ bar on Seventh Avenue
156 7th Ave

Cafeteria
Stylish, upscale American comfort food – known for their macaroni and cheese
119 7th Avenue

Spice
Popular Thai chain with modern decor and reasonable prices
Multiple Locations

Room Service
Very stylish, modern Thai restaurant in the middle of Gay New York
166 Eighth Avenue

Intermezzo
Upscale yet casual Italian eatery
202 Eighth Avenue

East of Eighth
Very American restaurant/bar just off Eighth Avenue – slightly kitschy, clientele in 40’s, 50’s+
254 West 23rd St

Trailer Park Lounge & Grill
Campy Chelsea eatery with tasty middle-american food
271 West 23rd St

French, Spanish, Catalan

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