It comes as no surprise that New Yorkers are all about the mind sports…chess, bridge, poker, and board games, I’m talking to you! These can all be enjoyed from the comfort of our apartments, of course, but if you’re looking for a group of like-minded gamers to play (or learn) with, check out one of these places to get your game on in NYC—ranging from the iconic to under-the-radar.
Located in Greenwich Village in a beautiful brownstone, Grandmaster Frank J. Marshall founded The Marshall Chess Club in 1915. Many of the country’s top chess players are members, both adults and fast-rising young players. The club offers classes, private instruction, tournaments, and lectures by leading players.
Other popular places to join a casual game of chess in NYC are Washington Square Park, Bryant Park, Union Square, and the Chess and Checkers House in Central Park.
Coined as “Manhattan’s premier bridge club”, Honors Bridge Club was founded in 1993 by Gail Greenberg and for the second year in a row is the largest bridge club in the country. To put their size in perspective, Honors offers more games just for the developing player, than 95% of the other bridge clubs in the country have games. If you are looking to learn the game of bridge, their entry level Beginner 1 course is unique in that it is limited to six students per teacher, so you are guaranteed lots of one-on-one attention.
While poker isn’t widely publicized in Manhattan, be assured that there are games happening daily. You can join the New York City Poker Tour, which requires you to text an RSVP which will then give you the exact location of the games.
For just $5 ($10 on the weekends), you can pop into NYC’s only board game cafe, Uncommons, for unlimited playing time of your favorite board games…ranging from the classics (Scrabble) to the trendy (Cards Against Humanity). All while sipping a latte and eating a wrap.
If playing board games while sipping a cold one or glass of vino is more your scene, here’s a great roundup of the best bars to play board games at! And if staying in and gaming at your computer is your jam (we get it, this winter weather is BRUTAL!), you can find tons of online casino games here!
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