Best Places for Video Game Lovers

With gaming shops, gaming cafes and even gaming bars, Video games are a serious business in New York City. Or should I say, were?


To be honest, NYC’s video game arcade scene is hanging on, barely, if at all. The rise of online gaming has eaten away at the old monopoly on communal gaming. Well, nowadays, you can host a global tournament without ever leaving the couch. But if you ask me, it’s half as fun as schlepping across town with a sock full of quarters. Maybe the good, old days are long gone. Or maybe, not.


For we still have a handful of great arcades left in this city, and all of them offering us the chance to try their brand new machines to play along to old faves.


And with the recent release of the NES Classic Edition, old-school video games are suddenly a hot topic, again.


Here are a few of our favorites.


Nebulous Gaming NYC

Level, 145 Ridge St, New York, NY 10002, USA



Dave and Buster’s

3rd Floor, 234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, USA



Two-bit’s Retro Arcade

153 Essex St, New York, NY 10002, USA



Modern Pinball

362 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016, USA



Sunshine Laundromat

860 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA



Plug and Play Gaming Café

150-07 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY 11354, USA



Chinatown Fair Family Fun Center

8 Mott St, New York, NY 10038, USA



Jump into the Light

180 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002, USA



Next Level

874 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232, USA




148 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011, USA


So the next time you’re itching to play, whip out the old bus tracker app and find the bus that goes to any one of these.

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