It was that day of the week where “The Beast” was on the prowl for “Supporting Small Business Sunday”. Down on Van Duzer street in Staten Island sits a joint called “The Hop Shoppe’. The moment “The Beast” and I walked through the doors we immediately reverted to our youth. As we ventured through the front bar, crossing past a small dining room, we found ourselves in the back area. The excitement could not be contained. There it was, a retro arcade consisting of some of the greatest classic arcade games from our childhood. While absorbing what we had stumbled upon, we turned and standing there, glowing like the fountain of youth was the one and only Ms. Pac Man!! It was evident that this was going to be a good day!
The Hop Shoppe located in Stapleton is a gastropub serving a variety of gourmet bar food as well as offering over two hundred different kinds of beer. If you are looking for a craft beer, this is the place to go. Our server was extremely knowledgeable about their choices on tap and was able to answer all my questions in order for me to make an informed decision. They have several types of wings on the menu. It was time to “Feed The Beast” so the wings were a must. We opted for the “Classic Buffalo”. They were a nice size, very crispy with the sauce baked into them. You can request additional sauce if that’s your preference. If you like “Mac and Cheese”, they offer eleven different varieties. Don’t get me started on how fantastic the burgers and the cheesesteaks looked. It is a certainty that “The Beast” will be returning to feast on those in the near future while playing some Skee-Ball.
If you want to check out this local joint, their address is 372 Van Duzer street Staten Island, NY 10304. Their phone numbers is 718-448-3400.