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