128 Billiards Becomes Tropical 128: What a Difference a New Sign Makes

128 Billiards has left the building.
128 Billiards has left the building.haha Photo: Daniel Maurer

The guys at Thrillist outed a favorite spot of ours today — Tropical 128 — and to make matters worse for those of us who wanted to keep it a secret between us and the Chinatown pool sharks, they hype the place like it was just remodeled to acquire its over-the-top tropical décor (causing Eater to call it an “opening”). Sorry, dudes, those fake trees have been there forever.

In fact, back in April, when its name was 128 Billiards, we did a Restroom Report about the fish tank. We’ll give Thrillist this, though — they did sniff out the yakitori grill that was added in recent months. It’s the best thing going in the neighborhood when you need a late-night “fourth meal” and you don’t want to go the La Esquina route.

Tropical 128 [Thrillist]
Earlier: Using the Tank (the Fish Tank, That Is) at 128 Billiards