Inside the New Chinatown Fair Arcade on Mott

Posted on: May 6th, 2012 at 9:29 am by

The day is here – Chinatown Fair Arcade has officially reopened at 8 Mott Street. Launch day was on Friday.

We stopped over to have a look at the rebooted palace of games. First thing you’ll notice is that the year-old scaffolding was finally removed from the facade within the last couple weeks. Next is the squeaky-clean, “family friendly” contrast to the former musty grit-and-grime of the predecessor. Instead of bare walls and B.O., a colorful pastel decor and brand new cabinets are the reality here. The space is stocked with pinball, Skee Ball, air hockey, guitar hero, etc. No fighting games, and no Dance Dance Revolution (there’s knockoff “Pump It Up Ex 2011”). Tokens were also replaced with swipe cards.

Competitive gamers will definitely be disappointed by the updated Chinatown Fair Arcade, but it’s still a one-of-a-kind establishment here in Manhattan. What’s more, we’re told that Tekken and Street Fighter will probably arrive in the coming months. Apparently the strategy is to launch as “family friendly” and gradually re-introduce the fighting games.

And, unless the crew was yanking our crank, the Tic-Tac-Toe Chicken will allegedly return in a couple weeks…

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  • Chinatown Resident

    As an animal lover, I am dismayed to read that the new owner is planning to bring back a new Tic-Tac-Toe Chicken. I was very happy when the old chicken (Lily) was rescued from the old Chinatown Fair.

  • Turk_182

    The chicken seemed happy and played a mean game of tic-tac-toe.  Seemed to have plenty of food and the gig sure beats the alternatives for chickens in chinatown.

  • Asdf

    Wack, where’s all the fighter games?? It looks like a sad Dave and Busters.

  • ImReN

    I walked in for old times sake and ended up walking out in less then a minute….As bad as it may sound but they should of kept it closed and not insult the old chinatown fair with this place

  • DaNuVirusFiles

    Quite honestly, this rage towards the new CF arcade is pointless. It’s not like someone’s just going to make two CFs consisting of the same type of games; that would be redundant. If they want the old CF so badly, why did they even bother coming up to Mott Street to see the new arcade if they already have what they want in Brooklyn?