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Where to Eat and Drink along the WorldPride March Route in NYC

The entire month of June 2019, people from around the world will gather in New York City, the birthplace of the modern LGBT rights movement, for WorldPride. June 30 marks the world’s largest Pride March, with around 5 million people expected to attend. The march will start at 6th Street & 5th Avenue, run South to 8th Street, continue West along 8th Street, turn left on Christopher Street, passing Stonewall, and running back uptown along 7th Avenue, ending on 23rd Street. If that sounds confusing, check out the map below. Below are a variety of bars and restaurants where you can refuel and not stray too far from the festivities. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat near the Stonewall Inn, be sure to check out this article.

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The queer-friendly Cafeteria has awesome Pride credentials, as it operates 24 hours a day. Its all-day menu includes Green Eggs and Ham, pan-seared ginger salmon with roasted broccolini, something called a Rude Margarita, a kale smoothie, rainbow milkshake, and mac ‘n cheese. In other words, there’s something for everyone. Bonus: it’s just a block away from the step-off location at West 16th and 7th Avenue. 119 7th Ave., 212-414-1717,

Grey Dog

We’re fairly positive Grey Dog will be mobbed during the Pride March, but the service is fast and the sandwiches are exceptional. Other offerings like salads and craft beer make this another spot ideal for a variety of diets. There’s another Grey Dog nearer to Washington Square Park and convenient to the march’s midway point, PS. Chelsea: 242 W 16th ST., 212-229-2345,

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The Happiest Hour

If you’re into Miami vibes and a slightly upscale experience, head to The Happiest Hour. The classic bar-food menu delivers every time from the Happiest Burger to the kale salad. Tropical cocktails and posh West Village clientele make this a neighborhood favorite. Keep in mind it won’t open until 2pm the day of the march. 121 W 10th St., 212-243-2827,

Bar Sardine

Foodies know Bar Sardine as home to a top-ranking cheeseburger. This quaint West Village watering hole serves the most mouth-watering burger with shoestring fries and cucumbers on top of the patty. Don’t knock it till you try it, and be sure to order a Bloody Mary too. 183 W 10th St,. 646-360-3705,


Another face-melting burger lies a short walk away at Julius’. This bar is known as the oldest continuously operating gay bar in the city. It’s divey, there’s a DJ during late-night and John Cameron Mitchell (the creator of Hedwig and the Angry Inch) throws monthly parties there. 159 W 10th St., 877-746-0528,

Blind Tiger Ale House

For craft beer and a sandwich called the Bloody Beast, head to Blind Tiger on Bleecker Street. This casual, dimly lit pub gets it all right, from the microbrew IPAs to the wings. The grilled cheese also comes highly recommended. This place will be swamped as well, so don’t expect the bartender to answer any questions about hops. 281 Bleecker St., 212-462-4682,

Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue

Looking for outdoor seating and hangover-curing eats? Head past the Jenny Holzer-designed AIDS memorial on Seventh Avenue toward Mighty Quinn’s, arguably the best barbecue joint in the city. Classic options include brisket and ribs slathered in red barbecue sauce, plus burnt-ends baked beans. On the sidewalk patio, you’ll still get to enjoy the march heading down Seventh. 75 Greenwich Ave., 646-524-7889,


Sticky’s Finger Joint

The suggestive name is sure to bring curious spectators in by the droves, but the innovative chicken fingers at Sticky’s are actually pretty genius. There are chicken fingers covered in wasabi, Doritos, and—no joke—crushed pretzels and caramel sauce. There are also truffle fries and chicken fingers wedged into sandwiches, plus an entire menu devoted to Sticky’s sauces. 31 W 8th Street, 212-777-7131,


A neighborhood restaurant serving Thai, Singaporean, and Malaysian dishes, Laut is also located just above Union Square. Relish a cold beer, spring rolls, and Night Market Fried Rice as you rest your legs and refuel for the rest of the evening. Laut, which means “sea” in Malaysia, also serves crisp calamari and rich Rendang curry with lemongrass and coconut. 15 E 17th St., 212-206-8989,

ABC Kitchen

Another elevated experience can be found on the ground floor of home-design emporium ABC Carpet in Flatiron. From its awe-inspiring dining room, ABC Kitchen serves healthful, creative cuisine dictated by the seasonality of the ingredients. The cocktails are made with fresh-pressed juice, and Chef Jean-George Vongerichten’s celebrated menus can be enjoyed for brunch, snacks, or dinner on the day of the Pride March. ABC Cocina, adjacent to ABC Kitchen, presents fresh Latin-American cuisine in an equally whimsical atmosphere. 35 E 18th St., 212-475-5829,

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Rosa Mexicano

On a hot day in June, you’re going to want a fruity drink and fresh guac, right? Head to Rosa Mexicano near Union Square. This enormous restaurant runs less risk of overcrowding, but even if you have to wait, the guacamole prepared tableside is worth it. Order the Budin de Pollo—like a Mexican take on chicken pot pie—or the Alambre a la Mexicana. If you have room for dessert, split a few churros. 9 E 18th St., 212-533-3350,

Juice Press

If you’re a juicer or a vegan, you probably already know about Juice Press. Still, it’s pretty great that their Flatiron location is just steps away from the march. Get fresh, organic green juice and coconut water here, as well as made-to-order smoothies with raw vegetables and grab-n-go vegan entrees. 1 W 22nd St., 212-777-0034,



If you’re looking for a protein-packed option that’s not a burger, go for a poke bowl at Chikarashi. Poke is a Hawaiian rice bowl that’s essentially deconstructed sushi, with raw fish, sauce, and veggies atop short-grain rice. Chikarashi folds other Asian flavors from Japan, Korea, and China into the menu as well. The miso cod and sichuan chili salmon are tasty concoctions you can feel good about. If you’re wanting a sweet treat to cap it all off, they also make fruity soft serve. 1158 Broadway, 917-262-0623,

Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop

If you’re posted along Fifth Avenue near Flatiron and start getting hungry, duck into Eisenberg’s. This is classic Jewish deli fare like pastrami and corned beef on rye, and they’ve been getting it right since 1929. The diner is surprisingly large, so you can have lunch with your group before heading to the march just outside. 174 5th Ave., 212-675-5096,

NoMad Bar

A block from the March’s final point, find a peak drinking/dining experience at NoMad bar. If you’re willing to spend a little extra money at this elevated gastropub, you’ll be rewarded with exceptional chicken pot pie and a bacon-wrapped hot dog made with black truffle. Refreshing cocktails include the Honi Honi, made with banana liqueur, bourbon, and topped with an umbrella. They also serve a Milk & Honey ice cream sandwich and housemade popsicles. 10 W 28th St., 212-796-1500,

2019 NYC Pride March Route
2019 NYC Pride March Route

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