This is why I don't understand those who say TBOGT doesn't fit in with the rest of IV. If LC was supposed to represent NYC then it nailed the NY nightlife at the time. I can't remember the name but back in the day I actually went to a club that had a floor like Bahama Mama's. All three games in the trilogy capture the atmosphere of their real life counterparts very well. I have seen groups of bikers on the NJ turnpike that looks similar to the Lost.
Its not about the nightlife theme (that one is actually interesting). Its about the story and the characters of Tbogt which just weren't on par with IV and Tlad imho.
Its understandable that it wouldn't be as dark as IV or Tlad but we should have at least gotten a great story that you feel invested in and awesome characters that have depth.
Instead we got annoying obnoxious characters, lame protag, over the top and silly story line etc.
To the OP:
I have never been to New York so I can't say it for sure. I just know that LC is the best city in all of the games I have played. So much detail and atmosphere