The games palace, or video games at home… I can’t decide..
Lucky enough I was, having the chance to visit NY Games Palace a few times last summer to take a break from being so attached to my computer and my video games. I just happen to have a friend who works for an airline and, on occasion, that meant I could take advantage of a few free flights. As a true friend I felt it was my duty to accept such a kind offer, and sometimes we would go for a single day and other times we would stay the weekend. Many of you might think that is better to go to the Hawaii, or Carribean, but I get my juice from the energy in NY Games Palace.
I was staying at a pretty swank hotel during my visit. They had video games in every room, which was awesome. They had people who had people to wait on you and take care of your every need. Well. Not every need, but pretty damn close.
There was a lot of fun
There are so much more stores to visit than what I have in my town. Sometimes we would even dare to go to games stores and buy myself some more video games, or puzzles. And then we would dare ourselves to find the most random restaurant and order the most disgusting thing on the menu, just to experience something new. Then there was the nightlife. There are so many clubs and arcade bars in the city that it is like nowhere else in the world.
One night we went out and spotted a huge line outside a large hotel. We asked someone in line what they were waiting for and they said it was to get into the rooftop games bar. This was something we hadn’t seen before, so we got right in line.
Once we got inside
We went straight to the balcony and stood there in awe of the incredible view. The Empire State Building was just to the north of us, the centerpiece of a gorgeous skyline. I couldn’t believe we were there. It was easily going to be a very memorable night.
There are a small Cuban restaurant three doors down from my hotel; they open at 6 in the morning. It’s like you are transported to another time. As soon as you open the door, there is blaring music, the cooks are singing and dancing, some of the people were sitting there building puzzles, playing chess, doing games of all sorts, and its like it’s their policy to remember each customer they have by name and the food you eat.
They waved and greeted me soon as I walked in, then one of the girls said, “Spanish coffee, cream, sugar, and cinnamon right?” I just nodded. Then the grillman asked, “Cuban, or ham, egg and cheese sandwich?” I went for the Cuban egg and cheese sandwich, which I tell you is the real deal, not something like the one you’ll find at many places in the Games Palace that’re a phony imitation. The games were really fun though, we would meet a lot of new people. We had something in common – they could play games all day and all night long, just like me.
When you travel to this city, you will notice that games are everywhere
There are a lot of games bars you could try out, but this rooftop games bar was easily one of the best ones I had experienced. Between the games atmosphere and the beautiful skyline this was a great evening that will be hard to replicate.
After that, we tried out a few other rooftop games bars, but none of them quite delivered the same experience we had at the first one. I wish I would have taken more pictures. The club’s website has a photo gallery, of course, but no pictures can ever do it justice.
Putting a games bar on top of a building right in the heart of NY Games Palace was an incredible idea. The entire place was nice. The place was clearly a hotspot for gamers, and everyone was dressed nicely. And then there were all the gamer ladies that were completely gorgeous! Games everywhere… This trip really is a dream.
That trip to the Games Palace was unforgettable
Unfortunately, my friend ended up losing his free flight privileges, so I guess I’ll have to start saving up more money to make it back there. I guarantee that I’ll be visiting that incredible rooftop games bar again.
Meanwhile, the drivers are coming in and out, bringing in everything under the sun. They all get food and drinks to go. The clientele is as diverse as you can see anywhere. There are suits, cops, construction workers of all stripes, young and old, short and tall, skinny and fat, and all Yorkers, by birth or assimilation.
About a half hour, after I sat down, a young girl walked in with some neon sneakers, which brought out a shout from the grill man, “Hey…where’d you get those Dominican shoes?” That got a huge laugh from everybody, including the girl.
This kind of spontaneous humor is remarkedly different from the swank joints, where laughter is hardly ever heard.
I told the grillman, who by the way is the owner too, to hold my games table, and that I’d just go back to my hotel and be back in few minutes. Soon as I got to my hotel, I loaded up a few samples in a bag and went back to that Cuban restaurant. I had a little chat with the grillman/owner in the back, and before I knew it, I couldn’t find my bag of samples. I misplaced it, sad to say. My memory has been bleary these days.
Well, my loss is their gain. I included some Wildfire Sprays, a couple of Hot Shots, and a box of Lipstick Pepper Spray. There was enough stuff to cover the whole crew.