A look into the window of The Uncommons, a gaming cafe located by Washington Square Park in Manhattan. Apr 20, 2022. Photo by Nicole Guillen.

Now that the pandemic is subsiding, New Yorkers are finding new ways to get out of the house and enjoy the city. One creative outing that is gaining popularity are board game cafes. There are multiple gaming cafes around New York City, and many offer full drink and food menus to accompany unlimited game play. Not only are games available to play with friends and family, but one can purchase any game to take home as well. Many locations also host weekend tournaments where many gather to partake and compete. Gaming cafes offer a unique bar alternative to the typical nightlife scene and are a great place for people of all ages to connect and have fun. 

Jenna and Lisa engaged in an intense match at Hex & Co, a gaming cafe on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York. Apr 20, 2022. Photo by Nicole Guillen

A man reaches for the game “Trivial Pursuit” at Hex & Co. May 3, 2022. Photo by Nicole Guillen

A couple battles it out while enjoying beverages at Hex & Co. Apr 20, 2022. Photo by Nicole Guillen

BattleShip board game. Apr 20, 2022. Photo by Nicole Guillen

Sasha smiles as she plays a cutthroat game of exploding kittens with friends. Apr 2, 2022. Photo by Nicole Guillen

A game of Uno, BTS (Korean pop band) edition. May 3, 2022. Photo by Nicole Guillen

Derek concentrates on the checkers board game in front of him. Apr 20, 2022. Photo by Nicole Guillen

Board gamers eat snacks and enjoy drinks while playing board games. May 3, 2022. Photo by Nicole Guillen

A full coffee, tea, beer, wine, and food menu is offered to customers playing games. May 3, 2022. Photo by Nicole Guillen

The game “Headbandz”. Apr 20, 2022. Photo by Nicole Guillen

Board games are available for both play and purchase at multiple locations. May 3, 2022. Photo by Nicole Guillen

The inside of The Uncommons, located by Washington Square Park and frequented by college students, adults, and kids alike. Apr 20, 2022. Photo by Nicole Guillen