New York, NY: Room Escape Recommendations

Latest update: May 25, 2018

This list will be updated regularly.

We know that a lot of folks are looking for the “best” escape rooms to play. While we think that best is relative, we also realize that people want firm recommendations.

Here are our recommendations for escape rooms in New York City (or accessible with a MetroCard). Since we like nuance, they are broken out into categories.

Stylized nighttime image of the Metlife Building in Midtown Manhattan.

Market Standouts

  1. Clock Tower, Escape the Room NYC
  2. Maze of Hakaina, Komnata Quest
  3. Beat the Bomb
  4. Nemesis, Mission Escape Games
  5. High Speed NYC, Exit Escape Room NYC

Set & Scenery-Driven Adventures

Want to feel like you’re in another world? Check out these games with great environments:

Puzzle-Centric

You’ve come for puzzles? Test your might against these escape rooms:

Beginner Friendly

To help your friends catch the room escape bug, you want a game that looks good and feels safe and approachable:

Private Booking Companies

Escape rooms in NYC mostly offers ticketed games, but these companies default to private bookings without strangers:

Spooky & Scary

If you think fear is fun, these are the games for you:

And one that’s not scary, but is a bit racy:

Corporate-Friendly and Family-Friendly companies

Mandatory fun has never been so great. These companies have clean, well-run, easily accessible facilities and games that won’t result in a conversation with HR:

Games with Actors

Live actors can bring an intensity, uncertainty, and excitement to a room escape experience:

Past Golden Lock-In Award Winners

It’s been a while since we played some of these, but at the time we played and reviewed them, they were best in class.

Immersive Games and Performances

New York City always has incredible immersive experiences running. For a detailed listing of what’s currently available, check out our friends over at No Proscenium and subscribe to their New York City newsletter.

While we don’t review them all, these are a few long-running productions that we love:

You have a car and want to see something special

If you can get there, it’s so worth it:

You are always welcome to email us if this recommendation list doesn’t answer your specific questions.

13 thoughts on “New York, NY: Room Escape Recommendations

    1. Everyone loves a different game for different reasons.

      Our goal continues to be helping people find the right games for their groups. This was the most reasonable method we could come up with.

  1. Thank you so much for putting this list together — it is so helpful and there are many rooms here I’d love to check out. I’m a big horror fan and would love to check out the rooms you recommended for that genre, but for an upcoming gathering I’ll have a group of 7 and we won’t fit in the rooms you listed. Could you please recommend any horror rooms in NYC that can accommodate 7 players?

    I do realize Sanatorium by I survived the room accommodates up to 8 players, but you recommended no more than 4 players for that room. Is there another horror-themed room in NYC that’s more suitable?

    Many thanks.

    1. You’re welcome! We’re so glad this is helpful.

      We’d recommend that you check out The Sanatorium anyway, even with a group of 7. We think you’d have the optimal experience with 4 people, but you’ll still have a lot of fun with 7. You could also enjoy The Darkest Hour with 7.

      Alternatively, you could head out to Komnata Quest in Brooklyn (note that they have multiple locations) and split into two or even three different rooms there.

  2. Are any of these something that a team of a beginner (my friend) and an experienced escaper (me) could tackle together, or would we really need to go to a beginner room for her to enjoy herself?

    1. The only three rooms on this list that I would discourage beginners from trying are:
      – Sanatorium, I Survived the Room
      – Boxed Up, Komnata Quest
      – Limitless, Komnata Quest

      The rest of them are all doable, especially if you have someone experienced on the team.

      The biggest difference will be that newbies won’t be able to appreciate some of the nuance, and that is just fine.

  3. Are there any games that might be good for a more “experienced” escapee (me) and my friend, who has never done anything like this before? I’d like it not to be too simple for my own sake but also not too crazy for hers.

    1. Any of the games listed under “The Unusuals” are going to offer something a little more interesting for an experienced player. They all do something that is rare, and with the exception of Alien Attack, they’re all playable with 2 players. Two of them are only two player games.

  4. This is a great list! I’ll be visiting New York this summer, and we’re using it to find some unique escape rooms to tackle while we’re there. One quick comment, though. It seems like several of the rooms on this list no longer exist! Since you regularly update this article, maybe it’s worth taking them off? I know I was bummed to discover rooms like The Escape Test no longer seem to be open.

    1. We’d been meaning to update this list for quite some time when you left this comment… so we finally did. Thanks for the nudge. We’ve removed the closed games, shuffled the categories a bit, and added/dropped a few games from the lists. We’re looking forward to a few new rooms opening in NYC this summer and once we play and review the new games, we’ll make additional updates here. As always, if you have any specific questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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