The Five Best Video Arcades in New York City
Spurred by this morning's rad New York Times piece on one of New York City's last great video arcades in Chinatown -- and in the Styles Section, no less! -- we present a nifty little roundup of the best places to play video games in New York City.
4. Barcade (Williamsburg, Brooklyn): Off-limits to minors -- sorry, kids -- but a stone's throw from the Lorimer stop is Billyburg standard Barcade, where -- for $0.25 a game -- you can engage Barcade's awesome selection of coin-ops, none of which have been made after 1990, which they rotate regularly. Think: Mike Tyson's Punch-Out, Tron, Star Wars, Ghosts and Goblins, 420, Tapper, Galga, Pac-Man, Out-Run, et al. There's a giant chalkboard with all the epic high scores on there for you to take a stab at, or you can just do what everyone else does and indulge in the stellar beer-tap selection. Mediocre music -- why does the music always suck there? -- and few seating options leave a little to be desired, and the place is a hit with Brooklyn tourists, so avoid prime hours. But they're now open at 2 p.m. daily, and they don't mind if you walk in just to play the games. It's hard to argue with this place: It's quickly becoming a Williamsburg landmark, if it isn't already, with good reason.