The Five Best Video Arcades in New York City

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.

The Five Best Video Arcades 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.



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