New York, NY: Room Escape Recommendations

Latest update: 25 February 2017

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 games 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.

The unusuals

These games each offer something truly different. If you’ve come to NYC for games you won’t find anywhere else, try these. You might not fall in love with these games, but you’ll immediately realize that they aren’t like most others and they make a statement:

The tech heavy

NYC’s most technologically interesting games:

The newbie friendly

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

The big group games

There are plenty of room escapes that allow 10 or 12 players, but these are actually designed for that many:

The small team, private booking companies

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

The set & scenery-driven adventures

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

The puzzle-centric

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

The spooky & scary

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

The 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:

The games with actors

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

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.

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

  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.

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    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.

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