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Why am I JUST learning about Dave & Buster’s? I can have a glass of sauvignon blanc while playing a fierce game of air hockey? Ok, hi. Dream. Come. True. Did you all know about this chain?

Once again, Rick and I decided to do something a bit different for our date night (you didn’t think we would stop at roller skating did you?).

So on Saturday night, we headed to Times Square. If you don’t live in the New York area, let me explain. New Yorkers generally do not go to Times Square unless we are headed to a Broadway show. You get in. You get out. Quickly.

It’s not that it’s dangerous. It’s just massively (like the sidewalks are full) crowded and does not have our city’s finest restaurants, unless you are a big Bubba Gump Shrimp Co fan (and heck, if you dig the Cajun shrimp – that’s cool by me.). The naked cowboy (a fixture of Times Square) is kind of fun but a one time viewing is really sufficient. I mean, he’s not really naked after all.

First, we eat at Ruby Foo’s Dim Sum and Sushi Palace (who doesn’t love dining at a palace?) and sit next to a lovely couple from Ohio. We give them directions to the Cold Stone Creamery so our time there is well utilized.

Then we head to this magical land called Dave & Buster’s…

I’m imagining there is this guy Dave and he has a dog Buster. He and his dog are really bored and broke. So Dave thinks, hey wouldn’t it be cool to play videos games AND booze it up? And voila – an empire is born. But I don’t know. It’s just a theory.

The place IS packed. We grab cocktails and wait our turn for air hockey. Rick beats me and the line is way too long for a replay (Warning to my husband: This fight for air hockey dominance is not over, my friend. So not over.).

My arcade mojo doesn’t really hit full throttle until I sit down and play, “The Fast and the Furious.” Man, do I F— some S— up on that simulated highway. My car is crashin’ into all kinds of overpasses and tunnels and bystanders and cars. It feels awesome.

Rick thinks I am a really, seriously sucky driver until he sits down and goes for a ride. The machine is so fast and so furious (not like he wasn’t warned) that Rick actually injures his knuckles. D & B’s is so hard core.

Sadly, Rick and I don’t really earn enough tickets to go to the winner’s circle where you trade in your tickets for loot (or things you would probably never buy if you were sober). Some of those Dave & Buster’s champs are dragging around garbage bags of tickets – like enough tickets for a Vespa. Damn, that’s a lot of friggin’ skeetball, sista.

The plan for next weekend? Hard to say people. Throw an idea out there. Because we are on fire.

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25 Responses to my friends dave + buster

  • susiej says:

    Oh, this is so fun, vicariously living through your wild, fun dates. I too, have discovered Dave and Busters, where the food is awful… but ours has a light saber game, where I rule! Love your creativity.

  • Rhea says:

    My boys have been invited to a lot of birthdays at D&B but I've never actually been to hang out there, only picking up and dropping off. I think I would love it though. I get seriously competitive at games also. I like to kick some butt!! Great post!

  • Jennifer H says:

    That sounds like so much fun! I'm not sure if we have one here, but now I'm going to have to find out.

    Did you have to sign an injury waiver at D&B's? Those games will mess you up. πŸ™‚

  • Francine Kasen says:

    You may not be able to do my next suggestion (after horseback on a beach) because of Rick's high and handsome profile, but you gotta crash a wedding!!! Everyone just figures you're

    "with the groom"s side. Great hordoerves, free drinks……sex in the elevator (but I digress)

  • Portia says:

    LOL Kelc…glad you found it…I've been going to D&B's proably since the beginning…the one in Palisades Mal. Was the Times Square one full of tourists? Do you remember Bar Code?? It was the same concept but open 24 hours.

    We went to Ruby Foos Times Square on New Years Eve…great place!

    Did I ever tell you that I dig that you have date night?

  • Jacki says:

    Can i go on your next date with you? You guys have some awesome dates.

    And yes, D&B is great! My first experience with one was last year after a family funeral. We needed to blow off some grief and celebrate a cousins' birthday.

  • Jessi says:

    Date night and video games in the same night? Oh, I'm jealous! Sounds like you had a great time…giving the inspiration for my date night (which might happen next year sometime.)

  • wa says:

    You "F– some S– up"? LOL.

    Let's see, roller rink, video arcade…yep, I think your next date has to be "just talking" in your car at Inspiration Point.

  • Mad Madge says:

    i have seen dave and busters — but have never been there. an arcade for adults? sounds like heaven. except my husband and i would probably kill each other.

    wait, is that really such a bad idea?

  • Lulu says:

    I'm with ya, Kelc, on BOTH the D&B thing AND the "another baby" thing. πŸ™‚

    I also love how you gave the OH couple directions to Coldstone. I love it (not really) when people go to a place like NYC and say – "Hmmm. Where should we eat?? I know!!! Olive Garden!"

    And while I'm thinking of it, have you been to Chinatown Bistro for Dim Sum? If not, GO! And if so, go again soon, and write about it so I can smell and lick my computer screen. πŸ™‚

  • Daphne says:

    Sorry, not on board on this one. I'm sitting here trying to think of a single thing I hate more than Dave and Busters, but nope. Video games are my arch nemesis, putting D+B at the tippy top of my sh*t list.

    We did have a blast at midnight disco bowling at Chelsea Piers a few years back though…

  • Daphne says:

    That being said… you are still my hero for getting out there and shaking it up with your man…and then reporting back for all mamas to enjoy!

  • You guys rock! Such an inspiration to date night! Joe and I drank wine and watched DVRd episodes of the Super Nanny for our date night. It was hot. Now there's a suggestion for you guys!! πŸ˜‰

  • Memarie Lane says:

    OMG I LOVE Dave and Buster's! I wish there was one here. It actually started because a guy named Dave had a restaurant next door to a guy named buster that had an arcade and they noticed that people would just shuffle back and forth between them. So they joined forces.

  • Lanie says:

    Forget the “The Fast and the Furious," find the pop-a-shot at Dave & Busters. Rick does not stand a chance against you :-)!!

  • Ashley says:

    I can't believe you didn't know about D&B! When we lived in Maimi, my husband and I would take our girls, what fun. Dance, Dance, Revolution with a 5 & 3 yo, heaven! When I went to the D&B, in Atlanta withe the kids, we ran into Whitney & Bobby! Hey Kelcy, I've been meaning to ask you, do you really have your groceries delivered when you live in NYC? That is so fabulous. I guess it makes since, I've always been a suburb mom, I never knew the joy of "city" life. Also, I need to know your comments on the Real Housewives of NYC, you know you are watching!

    Ciao from the "NYC of the South"!


  • Tully's Mama says:

    D&B is a staple out on the West Coast. We used to go bc (before child) and I'd wear a cute baseball cap and pretend I was all athletic and competitive. I got separated from my hubby and was hit on because I looked like Ellen DeG. Yes, it's a hotspot for all walks of life.

  • magpie says:

    You are funny. And, as a New Yorker, I wholeheartedly agree – I HATE Times Square. At least back in the bad old days it was interesting. Now it's like a mall.

    And, I've never heard of Dave and Buster's. Huh.

    Cool about the perfume! What do I need to do? Lunch at City Bakery?

  • nap warden says:

    Oh Dave & Buster's, yes I've been there. It's a story involving throwing up…thankfully not me:) I am so loving that you two do date nights. Husband and I need to do this. It's hard to get sitters I trust…hmmmm, I need to dig more.

  • Madmad says:

    Oh, for crying out loud, woman! Do you know where we had lunch Saturday before the train?! Ruby Freakin' Foos! We musta just missed you!

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