Hoodwinked Escape
Hoodwinked Escape
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Neighborhood: Harlem
As a hub of African American culture, Harlem has played a vital role in the history of New York City. Today, the neighborhood is as vibrant as ever as new businesses and developments go up next to local institutions. The heart of the neighborhood is bustling 125th Street, where street vendors and historic landmarks like the Apollo Theater mingle with big-name stores. Turn down almost any corner, and you’ll discover some of the most beautiful blocks in the city, filled with handsome brownstones, soul food restaurants, corner shops, and scenic parks. For a taste of a real New York neighborhood, it’s hard to top a visit to Harlem.
How to get there
  • 116th St • 4 min walk
  • 116th St • 4 min walk
See what other travelers are saying
  • Marie H.
    New Jersey36 contributions
    Had a blast!
    3 of us went to Hoodwinked and chose The Experiment as our room. For a first timer, it was definitely really hard since I had no idea what to expect but we had so much fun. We didn’t escape even with using 4 out of 5 of our clues. I would definitely come back again. The staff was super nice and very accommodating.
    Grateful for the wonderful review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon!
    Written March 14, 2018
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 25, 2018
  • KAD
    New York City, New York24 contributions
    great escape the room!
    I've tried a few different escape the rooms in NYC, and this was one of my favorites. We went for a birthday, and had a blast. The staff was friendly and accommodating (a friend is a bit claustrophobic, and they were sensitive to it), and the quality was excellent. The escape was tricky, but not impossible. We worked together well, the clues we asked for were helpful, and the "celebration" once we escaped was great! I would definitely go to Hoodwinked again to try one of the other rooms. Thank you!
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 27, 2017
  • Shanishan
    Brooklyn, New York10 contributions
    Had a blast
    We did the "Hangover" room. Was lots of fun and really made me and my friends think. I would go back to try the other rooms. Staff was very professional as well
    Thanks for your review!! We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with us. That is something Hoodwinked Escape Game Masters pride ourselves on. Hope you visit us again soon!
    Written April 6, 2017
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 31, 2017
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BrooklynChef23
Brooklyn, NY97 contributions
Nov 2018 • Business
I brought my team here for a night of "team building" activity and fun. Although we did overall have fun and laughed a lot, we also scratched our heads a lot. But it wasn't entirely our faults! Some of the clues were unclear and it took awhile for some things to make sense. I think even at some point they revised the wording on a clue because they saw it wasn't adding up...kind of like the final equation at the end... (We did The Experiment) in which we believe was miscalculated and when we asked how did they get that number, we were told "I don't know, that's just what it is." Interesting place and vibe to say the least, but overall good, clean fun. We will try a different location next time however. I wanted to come to Harlem because I love the neighborhood and wanted to support my people, plus they have the best restaurants in the area, but just don't think this place was as good as others I've visited in the past.
Written November 15, 2018
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Hi L G, Thank you so much for your response!! We appreciate you for taking the time to review Hoodwinked Escape. Thank you for choosing participate in our team-building exercises! We take your feedback seriously and it is duly noted! We hope that you can visit again and we can make sure all your requests are fulfilled. We hope to see you soon. Thank you from your friends at Hoodwinked Escape!
Written December 17, 2018
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Sandi921
New York City, NY10 contributions
May 2019 • Business
My colleagues and I decided that for our annual team-building retreat we would try an Escape Room experience. Our time at Hoodwinked surpassed our expectations! We opted for Spy Academy, expecting a challenge, but actually not anticipating how frequently we were required to think out-of-the-box and how truly challenging it was to access all the clues and escape. The time flew and we were engaged and connected as a team every moment of every minute. The facility is lovely and the hosts/management contributed to us having a truly memorable and effective bonding adventure. Thank you Michele and Tiffany!
Written May 2, 2019
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Thanks so much for your review and I'm glad we met your expectations. Your feedback means a lot to us. We look forward to your next visit and please spread the word about Hoodwinked Escape so others can experience the magic created in our escape rooms.
Written June 17, 2019
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Duncan L
New York City, New York7 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
As native New Yorkers, it's not always easy to find fresh ideas without breaking the bank. Hoodwinked delivered. This was my first time at an escape room. It was not only great fun; I was also pleased that our family all worked together in a positive way. Staff was welcoming and attentive. I'd definitely go back.
Written December 24, 2018
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Hi D, Thank you so much for your response!! We appreciate you for taking the time to review Hoodwinked Escape. Thank you for sharing your family with us! What a special treat and we are so glad we could make it special for you. We hope to see you soon. Thank you from your friends at Hoodwinked Escape
Written December 29, 2018
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gerard s
1 contribution
Apr 2018 • Couples
It is one of the most fun times I ever experienced it bought me and my wife together when we were on the brink of divorce
Written June 5, 2018
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Hi Gerard, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review! We strive for all our guests to have an unforgettable experience. We thank you for choosing Hoodwinked Escape and including us in your intimate moments. We hope to see you again soon!
Written June 19, 2018
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Jennifer C
Brooklyn, NY34 contributions
Apr 2018 • Business
Totally brings people together and gets the juices flowing! I'd recommend this for professional development or with friends.
Written May 4, 2018
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Hi Daniel, Thank you so much for taking the time to review Hoodwinked Escape! We appreciate your words and we look forward to seeing you again! Please remind us when you come again that you reviewed Hoodwinked on Trip Advisor!
Written May 15, 2018
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emilyw00d
London, UK22 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
The greeting and lobby area was OK but really not too enthusiastic by the member of staff. We were really surprised to find that we were joined up with another family !? Is this common in the US? I've played escape rooms all over Europe and this never happened anywhere. We really did not expect this and even though the other family was nice we would have preferred to play by ourselves.

The room was OK but compared to other rooms I played really nothing to write home about. It was also he first escape game that consisted of only ONE room, with all others there was always a hidden door somewhere to take you to another room.

So yeah, our experience was really ok but we wouldn't go again or recommend it to others.
Written April 15, 2018
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We are so sorry your experience was not of the utmost amazing escape adventure. We appreciate your honest response and feedback. For our escapes we mix in several groups of individuals to create inclusive efforts to escape, as well as exercising team building and communication. We believe the more brains and interaction in most cases better the experience and maybe even make new friends! We hope you will visit us again. In order to have a private room, you would have to make that request in advance so that we can accommodate you. We hope that you return to Hoodwinked Escape, if you remind us of this experience, we would be able to help make arrangements so that your escape even more enjoyable.
Written May 2, 2018
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scommodore
New York City, NY1 contribution
Feb 2018 • Couples
Had the pleasure of going to Hoodwinked Escape during Valentines Day with my Fiancee' and we enjoyed it to the fullest. From the mimosa to the chocolate fountain and pictures. The game was on point and would do it again without a doubt. The host was very soothing and made us feel very comfortable.
Written February 28, 2018
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Thank you so much for the wonderful review we look forward to hosting you again the future!
Written March 14, 2018
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BlackMel
1 contribution
Feb 2018 • Couples
My girlfriend had a great time and wants to go again! The room was challenging and event though we didn't finish it, it proved to be an exciting time and we are definitely going to finish it.
Written February 20, 2018
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Grateful for the wonderful review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon!
Written March 14, 2018
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keenanelie
Glen Oaks, NY1 contribution
Feb 2018 • Friends
The experience was great overall, you really get to see everyone of your teammates play up their strengths. The puzzles were clever and immersive, aside from the wonky Ipad that wouldn't let me sign up I have no complaints. The staff were polite and helpful.
Written February 20, 2018
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Grateful for the wonderful review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon!
Written March 14, 2018
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Pamela M
2 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
This event really requires that all parties work together as a team. Each person has to value the ideas of the other players. We didnt get out in time but we had a great time
Written February 20, 2018
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Grateful for the wonderful review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon!
Written March 14, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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