The “A-List” Guide to New York City: Austin Armacost’s Favorite Places

Austin Armacost (right) hanging out with a bud at the “A-List: New York” premiere party at Therapy.

By now, you may have caught Logo’s guilty pleasure-worthy new reality series, The A-List: New York (and if you haven’t, go to to view full episodes!).

If you’ve seen it, you’ve gotten a taste of the juicy drama and fluffy New York lifestyles of the cast members and you may want to sample some of that yourself! Well, we at TripOut Gay Travel decided to reach out to the A-listers featured on the show to get them to share what they consider to be “A-list” places to see and be seen in NYC. Have a look and check them out. But you’ll have to bring your own drama!

Every week this month, a different A-Lister will share his top picks. Last week, we had top celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz dish on the coolest haunts in New York. This week, model and A-lister Austin Armacost tells us where NYC’s hotspots are. Austin was bff (and more) with Marc Jacobs back in the day and thus hung out with the cream of the NYC fashion crop, so you know that his recommendations should be A-list-worthy.

Bring it on, Austin!

Austin Armacost’s A-List NYC Picks

Check out the stunning architecture of the Cooper Square Hotel and the amazing view (of the city and the hunks) from Hotel Gansevoort’s rooftop bar!


Cooper Square Hotel
In my eyes, the Cooper Square Hotel provides an old New York sense of style mixed in with modern, fun architecture. Elegance and class are two words that definitely come to mind when I think of Cooper Square!
25 Cooper Sq, Bowery, New York, NY 10003; (212) 475-5700;; Rooms from $475-$650

Hotel Gansevoort
The Gansevoort Hotel is for the young, hip, in the know-how-type of traveler. The roof top pool provides a fun atmosphere to get a nice sun kiss before hitting the Manhattan nightlife. The downstairs bar/lounge area also provides a great space to enjoy a cocktail before riding off into the night!
18 Ninth Ave, New York, NY 10014; (212) 206-6700;; Rooms from $495-$775

Elmo is the perfect setting for an A-list dinner. Just remember to watch those calories


I love having drinks and dinner at Elmo restaurant. It is the in and now place for Manhattan gay nightlife. A mix of young & old come from far and wide to enjoy great food, great fun, and awesome cocktails!
156 7th Ave at 20th St, Chelsea, New York, NY 10011; (212) 337-8000;

Therapy looks too cool for school while Boxers is full of the A-list jock crowd!


The shows at Therapy are to die for! After only ever spending a few evenings at Therapy, I am already hooked on what they have to offer!
348 West 52nd Street between 8th & 9th Aves, Hell’s Kitchen, New York NY; (212) 397-1700;

Boxers NYC
A place that is a must-see on any gay man’s visit to Manhattan is Boxers (gay) Sports Bar. You do not have to be a sports fan to come and enjoy the atmosphere. Boxers offers a wide range of fancy cocktails, beer on tap, aell as a great, stone-fired pizza stand in the back. Come drink, then eat, and drink some more!
37 W. 20th St. between 5th and 6th, New York, NY 10011; (212) 255-5082;

Soho is a one-stop shopping destination. What’s more, you can find interesting art along the streets even as you window shop! (Photo via and


One of my personal favorite spots in Manhattan is Soho. The young, fashionable, up-to-date energy of this neighborhood makes it one of the top spots for fashionistas in New York City. Whether you’re wearing military boots & a romper, or a three-piece Calvin Klein suit, this is the place to make the street a runway!

Austin posing with frenemy Derek. Body language experts will have a field day with this shot!

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