Police are looking for a group of men in their 20s who allegedly began yelling anti-gay comments at two men as they walked past a McDonald's near Madison Square Garden Sunday evening, then pushed the men to the ground and began punching one of them in the face, breaking his nose, authorities said.
The victims, ages 22 and 28, were treated and released from Bellevue Hospital after the 7 p.m. attack on Eighth Avenue.
The older man had a broken nose and the 22-year-old man had a bruised right hand.
Police released surveillance photos of one of the persons of interest being sought in connection with the attack. He is described as being about 6 feet tall with brown hair and a tattoo on his left forearm.
He was last seen wearing a white Knicks jersey and jeans.
Police say three other people are also wanted for questioning in connection with the assault, which is being investigated as a hate crime.
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800)-577-TIPS.