There’s no better excuse to visit a local bathhouse than a trip to a new destination. Whether you’re looking for a clothing-optional steam room or a buddy to lend you a helping hand (wink), this guide to New York City bathhouses for men lays out your options.
The next time you’re in the Big Apple, head to these four bathhouses:
Located in the heart of Chelsea, New York’s West Side Club is a great spot for spying some of the hottest men in town. You can unwind from the excitement of the city by relaxing in one of its lounges, taking a shower or cruising the halls for men on the hunt. And while men of all types come here, you’ll definitely find men who take their sex as seriously as their fitness routine.
A relaxed social and sex club for gay and bisexual men, the emphasis here is on sex. There are plenty of private rooms for you to share some one-on-one time with a guy you just met in the steam room. The crowd can be sparse during the day, but it takes off around 3 a.m. once the bars start closing. A diverse mix of men await you at East Side Club.
One of our favorite New York City bathhouses and an East Village institution since 1892, the Russian and Turkish Baths are a no-nonsense destination. Heat up in one of five saunas, douse yourself with icy buckets of water, dip into the 45-degree plunge pool, repeat. It’s co-ed most days, but there are male-only and clothing-optional hours on Thursdays and Sundays.
4. Manta Spa
Established in 2011, Manta Spa isn’t so much a bathhouse as a unique combination of a private lounge and men’s spa. Located in Hell’s Kitchen, this spa’s website reads that it’s LGBTQ-friendly and that its masseurs “come from diverse backgrounds and take care of their own bodies and are attractive, handsome individuals as well.”