Updated: January 20, 2020
Escape rooms are a great way to get out with your friends, celebrate a birthday, or bond with your co-workers. But with so many escape rooms in New York City, it’s hard to know which ones are good. And while it may seem scary to get locked into a room with nothing but your wits to save you–even worse is getting locked into a bad escape room with broken clues, sketchy set design, and an apathetic gamemaster. Quit worrying and check out our list of the top escape rooms in New York City.
#1 – Clue Chase
Both new and experienced escapers will love Clue Chase in Midtown. Located in the Grace building right by Bryant Park, Clue Chase is a puzzle-first escape room, with a real focus on game design. The puzzles are challenging, but not impossible, and there’s a good mix of tech and analog clues. Beginners should book The Ultimate Heist—and anyone who wants a real challenge should check out The Lost Spy. Most rooms take from four to ten people but if you have a larger group check out their Alien Encounter room for groups up to 12 people.
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Clue Chase’s second and newest location, close to the Empire State Building, offers something for everyone with two exciting intermediate escape rooms. Moonshine Madness takes you back in time to a 1920’s speakeasy in NYC and an enchanted adventure awaits you in Houdini’s Workshop, where you interact with magic props similar to ones Houdini himself would have used!
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#2 – Mission Escape Games
Mission Escape Games is known for its high quality escape rooms in New York City and across the country. Check out their new midtown Manhattan location to find out for yourself. This isn’t just another escape game franchise in which they duplicate their games at every location. These games have fun storylines and incorporate the latest tech into their rooms in a way that is fun and delightful, without sacrificing game design. This one’s a must visit!
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#3 – I Survived The Room
Long Island City
This escape room in Long Island City isn’t messing around. It’s not your typical escape game: these guys have upped the ante by creating a game with puzzles all cleverly linked to a central storyline and incorporating a cast of professional actors, lighting, and effects. They pride themselves on offering a fully immersive escape room experience that is theatrically driven and totally creepy. They’re currently rocking a Sanatorium-themed room and offer a wicked Zombie experience on Friday nights. Looking for a private experience? You’ll need to buy the whole room. And heads up, these rooms aren’t for the faint of heart.
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