Welcome, gay travelers! I’m Maxwell Alexander, a fitness model, and photographer, and this time, I’m taking you on a culinary journey to Ruby’s Cafe in SoHo. As someone who’s obsessed with everything Australian (including AussieBum and Echt Apparel), I was thrilled to discover Australian cuisine at Ruby’s. I had lived in Sydney for almost two weeks and even went to the Bucket List on Bondi beach, but until I visited Ruby’s here in New York City, I didn’t know Australian cuisine is a thing. It was quite a surprise when I tried the food! As a gay man, I know the importance of finding a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere when dining out, and I’m excited to say that Ruby’s exceeded my expectations in that regard.
The moment I walked into Ruby’s, I was struck by the cozy and inviting atmosphere. The decor is simple but elegant, with seating available both inside and outside in a tent. The bar, which is facing inside the restaurant, gives the place a unique and interactive vibe, perfect for mingling and meeting new gay friends. I couldn’t figure out if it was purposeful, which from an experience design perspective would be a great move, or it’s just because space in NYC buildings is a scarce commodity 🙂
I started off with my favorite drink, a mimosa, which was made with freshly squeezed orange juice and served with a slice of orange on top of the glass – delicious!
But, let’s talk about the real star of the show – the food. As someone who loves to travel and try new cuisines, I was thrilled to discover Australian cuisine at Ruby’s. As I mentioned before I had visited Sydney and even went to the Bucket List on Bondi beach, but until my visit to Ruby’s, I didn’t know Australian cuisine is even a thing.
For my main course, I ordered the Chicken Avocado salad, which was a culinary explosion. The salad was made with grilled chicken, baby kale, spinach, avocado, apple, candied walnuts, hemp seeds, and a creamy lemon pepper dressing. It was light and crisp, yet creamy and fulfilling – a perfect balance. I have to say, Americans have nothing on Australian cuisine when it comes to making a good salad.
Ruby’s Cafe in SoHo is a must-visit for any gay traveler looking for a unique culinary experience. The food is amazing, the atmosphere is cozy and inviting, and the staff is friendly and welcoming. I’ll definitely be coming back to try more of their menu, including their famous Bronte Burger, and I highly recommend it to all my friends. And don’t forget to follow “Gay-Friendly NYC Restaurant Reviews with me, Designer and Photographer Maxwell Alexander” for more great restaurant finds in the city. Cheers, maaate!