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The Uncommons – New York City, New York

The Uncommons, Manhattan’s first board game café, is a cosy locale for people wanting to indulge their love of board games and strengthen community bonds.

Opened in 2013 – in part, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign – The Uncommons owns an impressive library of over 750 board and card games. Choose from classic board games such as Monopoly or take a chance with newer games like Mob Mentality for something a little a different. This 65-seat café gets crowded when at full capacity but don’t let that deter you; you’ll be engrossed in your own board game with friends in no time and won’t even notice there are other people in the room. The Café offers a very generous three-hour seating limit, a staggering selection of games (hint: use your time in line to narrow down the options), and a selection of snacks and drinks, including alcoholic beverages.

New York City has a rich history; The Uncommons is part of that narrative. Their location at 230 Thompson Street was once home to the legendary Village Chess Shop, a 24-hours-a-day gathering place for locals and much-photographed tourist stop.


Plan your next vacation to include a visit to a play-related store, museum, or private collection.