Magazine article The New Yorker

Food & Drink

Magazine article The New Yorker

Food & Drink

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FOOD & DRINK

BAR TAB

Ocean's 8

308 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn (718-857-5555)

"Do you want to go play games?" a waitress asked, a few nights ago, at Ocean's 8, a subterranean spot on the Park Slope side of Flatbush Avenue. A trio of customers nodded with enthusiasm, and stepped across the bar's eight-ball-embedded floor to a vantage point at the top of a small set of stairs. From there, you can sip a Six Point Sweet Action (six dollars) and take in a vista that encompasses thirty pool tables, six Ping-Pong tables, three air-hockey tables, two mini bowling alleys, and a smattering of arcade games, for good measure. In the cavernous hall, pool aficionados assembled cues that had been brought lovingly from home in leather cases, and a couple shared kisses and onion rings. At one table, a player confident from an uncharacteristic six-shot streak advised his opponent to close one eye when aiming--"like a pirate! …

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