Either I missed it or no one has mentioned 7 Wonders.
We (family) love it because it only takes about 30 minutes to complete a game, and when you’re having Game Night, most folks don’t want to play the long, drawn-out ones (at least in our circle of friends). We’re pretty big on Dominion, mainly because it’s something everyone we know already knows how to play and you don’t spend half the night explaining it. We thought we were pretty heavy board game geeks, but y’all’s photos of your game shelves have shamed me. I’m going to have to talk to hubby about this.
Anyway, thrilled to find this thread — lots of great ideas!