gay travel guide to NYC

Gay Travel – Let’s go Shopping in NYC!

Gay-Popular And Gay Shops In New York City

The Leather Man 

Serving the gay fetish community for more than 50 years in the West Village. Widely regarded as New York City’s best source for S/M-leather-fetish clothing and gear.

Strand Book Store

A New York City booklovers treasure trove in Union Square home to 18 miles of books. New books, used books, rare books, out of print books, art books, queer books, you will find them all here.

Schmackarys Cookies

Offering 75 delicious and innovative cookie flavors in a modern bakeshop targeting at millennials with too much money. Whether you are a seasoned cookie monster or just in the mood for a sweet treat, come experience Schmackary’s for yourself and find the best, most original cookies New York City has to offer.

Big Gay Ice Cream

A New York City-based company that started with an ice cream truck and now operates 2 New York City storefronts – one in the West Village and one in the East Village. They specialize in serving soft serve ice cream cones, cups, and novelties with a menu of unique and unusual flavors and toppings. Because darling, calories don’t count when they are as fabulous as these!


A gay-popular gastrothèque in the Greenwich gaybourhood inspired by European traditions that honor a history of craft and design, where each detail evokes a sense of story, place, and delight. Part restaurant, part bar, part café, Buvette combines the elegance of an old-world café with the casual nature of a neighborhood eatery. It is a light-filled space for an early morning espresso or a long lunch of shared dishes, even a spot for a late night digestif.

Nasty Pig

Pioneering the fusion of sportswear and gear since 1994 in Chelsea.A trailblazing brand that makes hot clothes that get you laid as influenced by hip-hop culture as by gay culture. Stop by their New York flagship store to see their latest offerings, and who knows who you might meet.

Elmo Restaurant

An uber-stylish restaurant serving American comfort food to their gay majority clientele. There is an animated bar and décor that harks back to NYC’s fabulous golden age. So cool it almost hurts, we love Elmo and Elmo loves the gays – so make a reservation in advance unless you want to experience heartbreak and rejection.


The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division is an independent, all-volunteer queer cultural center, bookstore, and event space hosted by The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in the West Village. The only queer book shop in NYC which seeks to excite and educate a self-confident, sex-positive, and supportive queer community by offering books, publications, and art and by hosting readings, performances, film screenings, book discussion groups, and workshops. They provide local and visiting queers and friends with an open and inclusive space for dialogue and socializing. The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division welcomes you.

BGSQD is currently closed due to the COVID-19


Gay New Your’s City ultimate drag queen palace with nightly shows for over 20 years! Yes all you young things, that is before Drag Race brought gender-bending realness into the mainstream. Every night they offer a different drag queen show including celebrity impersonators in Dinner with the Divas and Bitchy Bingo. Not only do they offer some of the best in modern drag queen entertainment, but they also have an exquisite menu from lobster ravioli, Filet Mignon to the chocolate sin dessert and more! Lips also offers a fun Broadway boozy brunch NYC with all you can drink every Sunday – and has locations in Atlanta, San Diego, and Fort Lauderdale.

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