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New Park Slope restaurant’s got game • Brooklyn Paper

New Park Slope restaurant’s got game

PSbklyn co-owner Steve Sohmer shows off the children’s rec room downstairs at his new Union Street restaurant and bar.
Photo by Tom Callan

Babysitters, beware — a new restaurant in Park Slope is about to cut into your business.

PSbklyn, a new kid-friendly joint that’s like a toned-down and upscaled version of Chuck E. Cheese — will open this week on Union Street in the defunct Bussaco space between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

Like Bussaco, PSbklyn hopes to be a high-end American bar and restaurant — with one major difference: the basement has been converted into a rec room featuring two Skee ball machines, an air hockey table and arcade games.

Mom, prepare to sip your wine in peace.

“It gives you a shot at finishing a meal,” said Tom Graziano, the co-owner of PSbklyn, who once owned a restaurant in Long Island and has two boys, ages 4 and 2.

The restaurant-arcade hybrid, a less-programmed version of the popular Moxie Spot in Brooklyn Heights, would seem to be a perfect fit for affluent, kid-centered Park Slope. Chef Adam Goldgell’s menu will comprise haute versions of bar food, including chicken pot pie, Cuban sandwiches, wood-fired pizzas.

There’s also a full bar, so mom and dad can knock back martinis while their offspring get their fix of race car driving and “House of the Dead II,” a shooting game. Younger children can practice their free throws on a mini basketball hoop or ride a tiny train. Each ride costs 50 cents, but co-owner Steven Sohmer, a former Wall Street guy, is betting that for many parents, enjoying a full meal in peace is priceless.

PSbklyn [833 Union St. between Sixth and Seventh avenues in Park Slope, (718) 398-5474] will have a soft opening on Feb. 9.

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