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.

BarcadeA bar with an arcade=Barcade. 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.

388 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, 148 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011

The Uncommons

Play board games at the Uncommons. Best Places To Eat And Play Games in NYC

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

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Shuffleboard isn’t just for your grandparents. Hang at the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club and spend a few hours sipping on cocktails, enjoying eats from food trucks, and playing both shuffleboard and a variety of oversized and regular sized board games. The club’s DJs drop beats as you start training for the day you join a shuffleboard league.
 514 Union St, Brooklyn NY 11215

The Standard Biergarten

Play bingo and other giant games at the standard. Best Places To Eat And Play Games in NYC

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.

 848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

SPiN New York

Best Places To Eat And Play Games in NYC-Spin Ping Pong Bar

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.

48 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010


Want to learn about more of the best places to eat and play games in NYC?  Book a public or private culinary experience and have a local guide show you around Williamsburg, Flatiron, or the East Village.