Go Out NYC

Go Out in NYC with Seth Maynard

 1.) How long have you been in your city? When did you first visit your city?

January 3rd will mark 13 years in New York City!  If I wasn’t already, (I’m a Western New Yorker), then I am now fully a New Yorker at this point. Before moving here, I visited New York 3 times.  This first was a Spanish trip in middle school, (and I did not use Spanish once during the trip), the second, was my 16th birthday with my brother and father, and lastly was the time that stood out the most -I was 18 and skipped school.

I started driving to New York and called my dad and told him I was going to a friend’s house to spend the night.  It was during that trip I went to my first gay club, The Roxy, but more importantly, I saw two men holding hands walking down 8th Avenue, something I had never imagined possible then; and it was in that moment, I knew this is where I belonged.

2.) Where should people stay and visit?

Anywhere but Times Square!!!!  I personally recommend staying in Chelsea, you are still centrally located for most things, there are wonderful places to eat and a plethora of things to do.  Some of my favorite things to do in New York, especially with those who have not been here before, is to take them to a speakeasy like Employees Only or Bathtub Gin. Sushi is always a must for dinner, I either hit up MoMoYa, amazing atmosphere and appropriately priced but they don’t take reservations; or Mizu, only a few blocks away with really solid sushi and not as busy so if you can’t get into MoMoYa just head there.

Lastly to go out, I LOVE to take people to a concert, everyone always expects a Broadway show, but live music is more my stream. So I always look to see what DJs are in town and then get tickets, which sets up for a good night of finding a fun club to take them to afterwards.

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3.) Give us a tour of your gayborhood?

Hell’s Kitchen has definitely taken the lead as the new Gayborhood in NY.  There is not a lot to do there, other than eat, drink, and go out.  For brunch head to 44 and 1/2, its great drinks and really solid food, get the lobster pizza to share, and a cute outdoor table in the back.  Chan Teng is a really cool, upscale Chinese restaurant; they put some great twists on the classics.  Otherwise go to Pio Pio on 10th Ave for some great Peruvian or stop at V{IV}, on 9th Ave, for some solid Thai food with a fun atmosphere. Then start your night at Rise Bar and work your way down to Therapy for a Drag show and finish the night at Industry across the street for some light dancing.



4.) Where do gentlemen go for brunch?

I’m personally a huge fan of Mexican food for brunch; or any meal honestly.  Rocking Horse in Chelsea has great salsa and ships, solid pomegranate chicken enchiladas, and my favorite prickly pear margarita; limit of 2 margs, 3 MAX per person is my personal suggestion, they are deadly.  El Vez and Empellon Taqueria are also solid choices.

5.) What’s a hidden gem?

My favorite hidden gem in New York is Nom Wah Tea Parlor in Chinatown.  It’s on Doyer Ave, literally a back ally, and looks like a cheap diner out of the early 90s; but the food is amazing.  You can hit up Apotheke, a really cool speakeasy, next door for great cocktails before or after dinner.

6.) What’s your favorite restaurant in the city?

Raoul’s in SoHo.  Best burger hands down, and they have a limited amount of them each night.  Plus, upstairs there is a fortune teller, so you can have a great dinner and have a little fun too.

7.) What’s your perfect day in NYC?

That’s a tough one. I’d have to say April 25th. Because it’s not too hot, not too cold, and all you need is a light jacket.

Wake up in the morning and hit up a cycling class at Swerve, my favorite class in the city.  After getting a good sweat, I’d want to walk around before getting brunch.  I’d meet a few friends over at Rocking Horse in Chelsea, have some food and 2-3 Margaritas.  We would make our way to a friend’s rooftops at his point, or at least an outdoor area to hang out.  Eventually I’d take a long walk home through the city to go get ready for the evening.  Grab a bite near my place before heading to see Galatnis, Tritonal, or some other DJ in a concert before finding some amazing warehouse party in Brooklyn to end my night dancing away.

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