New York City: Escape Room Recommendations

Last Updated: April 30, 2023

New York City is our home market. We’ve been playing in this city since escape rooms first started popping up in North America. There is no escape room community that we know better.

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.

New York City Escape Room Guide

Market Standouts

  1. Heresy: 1897 & Madness: 1917 πŸ”’ at Doors of Divergence (played in that order!)
  2. Ghost Light πŸ”’ & Montauk Project at Myss Tic
  3. Carbon: 3708, Mission Escape Games
  4. Beat The Bomb
  5. Operation End of Days, Mission Escape Games

Additionally, Battleship & Disco 54 at Unreal Escapes are strong and interesting games on Staten Island. It’s not the easiest company to get to, but they are certainly among the regional standouts.

Set & Scenery Driven



Immersive Games and Performances

Heresy: 1897 & Madness: 1917 at Doors of Divergence include actors, and straddle the line between escape room and immersive theater.

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.

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.

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  1. Thanks for sharing. It’s a interesting way of categorizing. Better than a toplist, where you always have to defend the why.

    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.

  2. 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.

      1. Thank you for your recommendations! I think we will give Komnata a try. So excited!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Excellent! Thank you so much for doing this and for maintaining this site. It’s a fun, very helpful resource!!

  7. Coming in next week! Any updates or new recommendations?

    1. I just updated! Thanks for the reminder. We haven’t played too many local games this summer, but we expect more updates this fall/winter.

  8. Do you have a recommendation for group of about 8 who are escape room enthusiasts? We want something reasonably challenging, but also love great stories

    1. Sorry we somehow missed this comment last week while we were traveling.

      8 is a very large group for a New York City game… especially with an engaged enthusiast group.

      If you all want to play in the same room at the same time, I’d suggest Clock Tower, Escape the Room NYC. Most everything else you’d be better off splitting into two different groups.

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