Surveillance video published by NBC 4 New York this evening shows a man run up to a diner sitting in the covered patio at B Bar and Grill and repeatedly punch the victim.
The incident occurred last Wednesday night at the restaurant on Fourth Street at the Bowery.
Per NBC 4:
The footage ... shows the assailant run up from out of the frame as the patron sits and stares at a fireplace. The attacker throws one haymaker after another until several others rush to help the victim.
The 29-year-old victim, who asked not to be identified because the attacker is still on the loose, told NBC 4 New York that his head still hurts several days after the attack.
The victim said there was no warning that he was about to be attacked and that he didn't remember saying anything to the man beforehand. He said over the weekend that he thought he may have been targeted because he was gay.
Police could not confirm whether the incident was being investigated as a hate crime, according to DNAinfo.
Patch reported that the attack took place around 11 p.m.
None of the media reports had any description of the suspect. An earlier post at NBC 4 included this photo of the alleged suspect...
You can watch the video over at NBC 4.
Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You may also submit tips online.