21 Club and Old King Cole Room and more; the new and improved toying with New York


Bar at the Old King Cole Room

One of the most read and
commented on Global Toy News articles has been, “Toying with New York; 7 places to go
during Toy Fair
.”   Seven places was not
good enough for many of you
and I thank all of you who have contacted me
through the  comments section as well as
Linked In groups with additional recommendations for toy oriented places to
visit in New York.  I thought of a few
more as well so here is the new and improved list containing 14 places to go.

King Cole Room

Well, no it’s not exactly a
toy place, but there is something wonderfully whimsical and childlike about
having a drink under the eyes Old King Cole. 
The mural that overlooks the bar was painted in 1906 by noted
illustrator Maxfield Parish. 
It’s not
always easy to get a seat but it’s definitely worth a look.  Visit it at the St. Regis Hotel, 2 East 55th


The 21 Club is noted for its
history as a speakeasy during the Prohibition Era as well as for the bevy of
toys that hang from the ceiling in the bar.
  Located at 21 West 52nd Street, 21
Club is a great place to grab a drink and gaze up at some American toy history.

Bar at the 21 Club (note toys hanging from the ceiling)

Compleat Strategist

Thank you Jeff Bakalchuck
for reminding me about The Compleat Strategist at 11 East 33rd Street (between
Madison and Fifth Avenue).  If you are
love games of any kind, this is the mother ship.
  I don’t know if they carry every game known
to man but t sure looks it. 

and Kid Robot

Reader, Matt Morgan, pointed
out that I had left out Toy Tokyo.  If
you are in to urban vinyl or whatever they are calling toys as art objects
these days, make a trip to Toy Tokyo
located in the East Village at 91 Second
Avenue between E. 5th & E. 6th St. While downtown, and also visit Kid Robot
at 118 Prince Street.

Forbidden Planet

Several of you took me to
task for leaving out this home to toys, comics, graphic novels and so much
You can visit Forbidden Planet at
832 Broadway near Union Square.


Midtown Comics is purported
to be the biggest comic book store in the country.  It also carries a large number of “kidult”
toys.  There are three stores in Manhattan
but the one I am most familiar with is the original one located at located at
200 W. 40th Street in the Times Square area.

Fat Cat

you like to drink and play games, then
Fat Cat is the place for you. 
Located at 75 Christopher at 7th Avenue, the club has, according to
its website , “10 pool
tables, 10 ping pong tables, 3 shuffleboard tables, 3 foosball machines, and
enough chess (with time clocks), checkers, backgammon, and scrabble sets to
satisfy a mob
.”  I’ve been there and it’s true. 

Brooklyn Super Hero Supply Company

If you are
in need of some super hero supplies, say a
“46 Oz. Evil Blob Containment Unit” or an anti-freeze sized bottle of Chaos
make sure you make it to 372 5th Ave. Brooklyn, NY.    With tongue in
cheek and “real products” you can purchase (the Blob Containment Vessel will
run you $25.00), it’s a
hoot and you could learn a few things about putting the fun back into
merchandising and marketing
.  If you want to check them
out before you make the visit, go to www.superherosupplies.com

FAO Schwarz

No, it’s not
your father’s FAO but it still is a great repository of unique toys from all
parts of the world.  Visit
and you may be surprised by what you find. 
FAO Schwarz is
located at 767 5th Avenue, New York, NY.

Scholastic Store Soho

flagship store
is located in Soho, 557 Broadway (Between Prince &
Spring Streets).  It
contains all things Scholastic from Clifford’s Dog House to the Magic School
Bus to Interactive Kiosks and even a Club House.

The Toy Museum of New York

If you want
to visit the Toy Museum of New York you will need to travel to 180 Smith
Street in Brooklyn.  Once there you will find an array of antique toys but be aware
that the museum also houses “Queen Marlene’s Toy Theatre” and you have to
attend if you want to see the exhibits.
   Check out
the website before going at www.toymuseumny.org


This 3D
Printing Pop Up store is only
going to be around from January through February 19
so make the
trip to  835 Ave of Americas (6th avenue and 29th street).  You can buy 3D printers or objects
printed out on 3D printers.  I
f you want to learn about
the 3D printing business this could be a good place to start.

& Noble 86th Street Store

If you want to see the right way to create an
"Adult" toy and game department make your way to 150

East 86th Street (near 3rd and 86th).  After you're
finished run two doors down to Shake Shack and grab a great burger and milk shake
(nothing to do with toys, just good food).

Have a good time but
remember to go to Toy Fair.


3 thoughts

  1. Hi Richard,
    YOYAMART in the Meatpacking area is a terrific store with many collectible and unique toys & art…very well curated by the terrific owners Stephane & Gena Gerbier.
    See you soon!

  2. Chris, I love Bemelman’s Bar as well but did not include it because it was a little sedate from a toy point of view but agree it is one of New York’s great places to have a drink. You keep expecting Frank Sinatra to walk in at any moment.

  3. I’d throw in Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle, with it’s murals painted by “Madeline” author Ludwig Bemelmans. It’s elegantly old-school and a whimsical tribute to a classic piece of children’s literature.

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