Throwback 101: Best Arcades in NYC

Remember when we were young? We shone like the sun.

This morning, I was just playing some games on my smartphone. Casual. Then it hit me.

How much the world has changed! It immediately took me back to my childhood where arcade was the real deal. Remember those arcades? We used to spend hours just bundled in there. All those brilliant games and the money we would save to spend just minutes on an arcade machine. It was spectacular. Our childhood was brilliant.

So, I stepped out. I took a bus from Washington DC to NY to look for arcades and found how the culture was almost gone. It was disappointing. So, this is me, trying a little to just make amends for the years of negligence that this culture has faced at our hands.

Here’s a list of some of the best arcades in NYC:

TWO-BIT’S RETRO ARCADE: Two-Bit’s Retro Arcade is located at 153 Essex Street between Stanton and Rivington on the Lower East Side. (212-477-8161, Yelp)

MODERN PINBALL: Modern Pinball is located at 362 3rd Avenue, between 26th and 27th Streets in Kips Bay. (646-653-0839,

CHINATOWN FAIR: Chinatown Fair is located at 8 Mott Street, between Pell Street and Bowery in Chinatown. (212-964-1001,

JUMP INTO THE LIGHT: Jump Into The Light is located at 180 Orchard Street between Stanton and Houston Streets on the Lower East Side. (

NEXT LEVEL: Next Level is located at 874 4th Avenue between 31st and 32nd Streets in Sunset Park. (347-618-8813,

BARCADE: Barcade has multiple locations, including the Williamsburg original at 388 Union Avenue, an East Village offshoot at 6 St. Marks Place, and a third NYC outpost at 148 West 24th Street;

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