Some bars have a video game or two, but Barcade is filled with them. Each of the three NYC locations has an abundance of vintage game machines, and they also have a lot of craft beer. It’s like a playground for adults who are old enough to feel nostalgic for a Ninja Turtles game that wasn’t based on a Michael Bay film. Stop by with some friends, or bring a date if you’ve already demonstrated some maturity and now you just want to play Street Fighter.
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Jacobs Pickles is great if you need a spot for drinks or an Upper West Side dinner meetup with someone you know will embrace the heavy bar food. But it’s not a restaurant with traveling for.
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If you want to play games in the West Village, Fat Cat is your best option. They have plenty, although this place kind of feels like a frat house.
Verlaine Bar & Lounge
Verlaine is a bar and lounge on the Lower East Side whose best asset is its Happy Hour.
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