A Brief Guide to Some “Gay” Foods Around Town


What better way to celebrate Gay Pride week than by eating some gay foods? But what, exactly, constitutes gay food? Honestly, there isn’t such a thing. So let’s just go by name alone. Behold some of the city’s “gay” dishes. Whether the gay refers to sexual preference or a sentiment of joy can be left up to you to decide.

At the Central Café and Deli (16 Vanderbilt Avenue, 212-687-6700), you can get the Gay Paris sandwich, which comes stuffed with turkey, ham, swiss, watercress, honey, dijon mustard, and tomato on a croissant.

Hana Food (534 Metropolitan Avenue, 718-218-7747), meanwhile, offers the Gay Boy sandwich, which is a wrap filled with egg, vegan bacon, vegan cheese, avocado, sprouts, and sun-dried tomato. But this name was too offensive for the store’s larger Bushwick location, Hana Natural. There, it’s called the Garden Boy.

And finally, should you be in a sushi mood, you’d want to check out the Gay Roll at Masamoto (88 West 3rd Street, 212-777-8808), which features shrimp tempura and cucumber inside the roll, with spicy shrimp caviar crunch on top. Who knew sushi could be gay!