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Where to find a board game bar NYC families love

From Scrabble to Dungeons and Dragons, board game cafes offer everything—plus snacks when it comes time to refuel!

By Danielle Valente

Searching for a board game bar, NYC families? These kid-friendly locales have awesome picks and delicious snacks to keep hunger at bay while you're working toward victory and bragging rights. 

Whether you're searching for the perfect word in Scrabble or keeping the stakes high with Jenga, you won't be able to say no to all of these exciting challenges...or treats like milkshakes, hot dogs and tater tots. 

If you're in search of cool indoor activities and need ideas for things to do with kids in NYC, these fun, welcoming attractions are ideal places to venture. OH! And many double as toy stores, too, so why not pick up a game (or five) at a board game shop NYC kids love? 

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1. Sip N' Play

Things to do Games and hobbies Park Slope

With an impressive assortment of over 250 games—including Zombie Dice, Mythtopia, Formula D and Ghost Blitz—Sip N' Play made its grand debut in Park Slope in 2020, much to neighbors' and visitors' delight. While strategizing on how to claim victory, shop-goers can munch on breakfast foods, a very New York pizza panini, and chips and guac (weekends only). Mom and Dad: You'll be pleased to know that you can host an early-morning weekend playdate here and enjoy a delicious latte while the kiddos put their game face on. Be on the lookout for weekly events, such as TCG Tuesdays from 6–11pm ($5) or host your little one's next birthday bash at the Brooklyn venue. All ages.

Photograph: Courtesy Hex & Company West

2. Hex & Company West

Things to do Games and hobbies Morningside Heights

Head uptown for match against your pals. Hex & Company has over 1,000 games to choose from, as well as an abundant events calendar (think Dungeons & Dragons Encounters, Wednesdays at 6pm, Saturdays 10am–4pm for kids). The café is stocked as nicely as the game shelves: pretzels, mac and cheese, personal pizzas and other tasty treats are on the lineup. Plus, you can stop by for a party, after-school and camp programs. All ages. 

Photograph: Courtesy Hex & Company East

3. Hex & Company East

Things to do Games and hobbies Lenox Hill

Bringing its gaming adventures to the East Side, Hex & Company has gifted NYC with another stellar location. While selecting popular games or classics (think Battleship and Risk), visitors can indulge in some pretty tasty dishes, thanks to a full-service kitchen: The menu is generous and includes hot dogs, grilled cheese, tater tots and fried chicken strips. If we're being honest, the kids are probably going to opt for the ice cream and milkshakes (which can get a boozy twist for the 21+ crowd). Have a look at the shop's camps, after-school programs and parties! All ages. 

4. Brooklyn Strategist

Things to do Classes and workshops Carroll Gardens

One of Court Street's major highlights, the Brooklyn Strategist beckons gamers of all ages inside for a little friendly competition. No matter what you choose—new favorites like Pandemic or the fundamentals like checkers—the shop doesn't miss a trick. Plus, teas, coffees and cookies are a great way to fuel while participating in after-school programs, parties, summer camps or drop-in play ($10 for four hours). If you're inspired by the enormous selection, you'll be able to choose from 500 games to purchase. What better way to prepare for a visit than to sharpen those skills at home, right? Pro-tip: If you're making a visit during the warm-weather months, arrive early to score a spot in the cozy backyard area. All ages.

Photograph: Courtesy The Uncommons

5. The Uncommons

Things to do Games and hobbies Greenwich Village

New York City's original board game cafe is nestled a few blocks from Washington Square Park and continues to draw a hefty crowd week after week. Specializing in just about anything you can imagine—card games, cooperative play and family games, to name a few—The Uncommons will keep you entertained for hours on end. Our advice? Head there if you like playing Magic: The Gathering (and if you enjoy snacking on pastries, hot chocolate and other bites). All ages. 

Photograph: Courtesy Waypoint

6. Waypoint Cafe NYC

Things to do Games and hobbies Lower East Side

For a virtual take on the popular board game cafe, visit Waypoint, a Lower East Side haven for e-gaming (and snacking). The Ludlow Street attraction is home to 30 PCs that welcome players to tackle new challenges in Fortnite, League of Legends, Minecraft and other popular games. We recommend snagging a cookie or croissant before embarking on gaming adventures. All ages.  

Photograph: Courtesy Squarrel Cafe

7. Squarrel Cafe

Things to do Games and hobbies Boerum Hill

Come for a game, stay for the bubble tea—Squarrel Cafe's specialty! This Brooklyn board game cafe serves up delicious Peach Oolong, Goji Chrysanthemum and other unique flavors while visitors tackle a game of Scrabble, Catan, Sequence and other popular picks. All ages. 


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