"What is a play cafe?" is the first question asked and answered on this Kickstarter page for The Uncommons, a board game cafe planning to open in Greenwich Village (230 Thompson Street) this October. Think: board games, D&D, coffee, tea, and hot mini-donuts, served day and night.
The owners just launched a Kickstarter to help fund the final stage of the project (finishing touches, more board games, etc), and while we don't support all Kickstarters (GRILLED CHEEZUS AND CABIN SISTERS 4EVER), we do support this one. There aren't that many establishments in this city that offer good clean fun without alcohol... for those into that sort of thing.
They plan to "offer a wide library of games, as many as we can fit... we'll set aside most tables to gamers of every variety- from collectible card games like Magic: The Gathering to 'Euro-style' games like Settlers of Catan, and classics as well." They plan to charge a cover of around $5 per person. You can plan to get your nerd on come October.