Relocated -

Games and Chess + Backgammon have moved to the Fifth Avenue Terrace in front of the NYPL for the month of October.


Try your hand at a variety of party, strategy, visual, word, and trivia games

Over 50 tabletop games are available daily to entertain you as you pass time in the park. A Games Host can help you get started, explain rules, and help set up equipment.

Games hosts a variety of fun socials and tournaments throughout the season. Equipment is provided along with basic instruction. Scroll below for more info, and visit the socials and tournaments pages for full schedules.


Open today 11:00am–8:00pm

    April – October
    Daily, 11am-8pm
    All hours are weather permitting


40th Street Plaza
South side of the park between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

Note: Chess + Backgammon moves to the Fifth Avenue Terrace for the month of October.

Bridge Socials

​Saturdays & Sundays, September 9 - 24


Presented with Honors Bridge Club. Beginner lessons available 5:30pm-7pm.

Mah Jongg Socials and Marathons

Led by Linda Fisher.

May - August

Mondays: 6pm-8pm (except June 26)
Thursdays: 3pm-5pm (except June 22)

Marathons: 3pm-7pm on May 29, July 3, and September 4

Game Socials and Tournaments

May – August, 6pm-8pm

Tuesdays: Retro games, including Jenga, Connect 4, and other throwbacks
Wednesdays: Settlers of Catan
Fridays: Strategy games, including Carcassonne, King of Tokyo, and more

Host a party at Games

Bring the kids for a birthday party or plan a retro corporate outing. Instruction and prizes available upon request.

If you’d like refreshments, we’re happy to connect you to our excellent onsite food kiosks. Afterward, celebrate with drinks and no-wait entry at Manhattan’s hottest after-work scenes, Bryant Park Cafe and Southwest Porch.

To inquire about availability and fees, email