Bathhouses in gay New York City were permanently shut down in 1985. Ever since, they’ve had a difficult time recovering. As a result, they do not rival the saunas of Europe, and so New York’s best cruising opportunities exist in sex bars and warehouse parties.
The East Side Club is a two-star rated facility that provides all the amenities of a standard bathhouse and draws a more mature crowd.
The West Side Club is another two-star facility located near Chelsea, offering a similar offering to its East Side brother but attracting a more diverse crowd.
Meanwhile, Northern Men's Sauna in Queens draws in a rainbow of gay New Yorkers.
The Russian and Turkish Baths are not a gay bath house. They are a traditional European coed bathing experience. However, the baths offer men-only hours Thursday (12pm-5pm) and Sunday (8am-2pm) and it’s a known cruising spot.
Party in the dark
If you're looking for a little more binging and a little less purging, try some of these New York bars that put an emphasis on hooking up (see New York Gay Bars & Clubs for full venue details).
The Eagle still serves as the gold standard of gay leather bars, and its New York venue offers hot bodies and hard drinks. Once you've had enough of the latter, drag one of the former to a dark room.
Meanwhile, The Cock in the East Village offers similar amenities as The Eagle but trades the leather atmosphere for the feel of a good-time dive bar.