Sometimes you want to have a fancy meal out, and sometimes you want the kind of dinner that includes a few rounds of giant Jenga. For those nights here are the best places to eat and play games in NYC.
Some hybrids always work. A bar arcade is one of those hybrid ideas that’s a winner. At Barcarde you can play classic games and enjoy bar food, sandwiches, and salads. Ms. Pacman with a side of nachos? Yes, please.
If tabletop board games are more of your style, visit The Uncommons, Manhattan’s first board game cafe. You can battle patrons in anything from Monopoly to Risk while noshing on bagels, pigs in a blanket, pizzas, smoothies, and more. Sure, you could host game night, but it’s more fun when someone else is hosting and cooking.
230 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
The Standard Biergarten
If you want to feel like you’re in “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” head to The Standard to play giant connect four or pick-up sticks. Or if you’re feeling lucky, play bingo every Sunday night at The Standard Grill. Fuel your gameplay with German beer, pretzels, and sausages.
SPiN New York
Get out of the rec room and play ping pong with a little more style at SPiN. You can play casually with friends while snacking on flatbreads, sliders, and short rib poutine. Or get a little more serious and join a league. There are frequent tournaments if your table tennis game is strong.