Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Co. reverberates year-round as families, friends, and competitors send bowling balls in search of upright pins careening down slick lanes. The company first established itself as an industry leader in 1946, the same year the sport introduced automated pinspotters.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. As the largest owner and and operator of bowling centers in the US, AMF locations offer high-tech scoring technology, a classic design, and a menu stocked with American-inspired classics such as wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.
At Revel, the culinary team's careful execution of new American cuisines with worldly influences have caught the attention of more than the locals. The restaurant earned the praises of the New York Times' food critic Joann Starkey, whose visit was replete with cuisine that hit the mark. Starkey isn't Revel's only fan; the restaurant makes frequent appearances on best-of lists, taking home honors as Long Island Restaurant News's Best Restaurant, Best Chef, and Best Deal of 2014 and one of Newsday's Top 20 Restaurants of 2013. The dinner menu bears out these accolades. Meals starts with appetizers?such as roasted brussels sprouts drizzled with juniper honey and topped with cherries and pecorino?which lead up to entrees including braised pork osso bucco, grilled atlantic swordfish, and an 8-ounce filet mignon with a tiny flag that reads, "You made it."
Senses come alive when sitting on the plush red couches at Kasbah Hookah Lounge. The sounds of DJs spinning tracks sync with the rhythmic movements of exotically clad belly dancers roaming from table to table, weaving through clouds of aromatic hookah smoke. Customers can puff on more than 85 flavor combinations of the house’s 24 Starbuzz shishas, including classic options such as mango, or pairings such as honey, vanilla, and mint. The house also crafts their own signature blends for the five VIP flavors, including cinnamon toast crunch, which pairs apple, cinnamon, and banana. Bottles of wine and pints of beer accompany hookahs on the table, providing all of the fillers for a comfortable night out without having to lug around childhood teddy bears.
Executive Chef Dana Oddo draws from culinary skills cultivated from his time in the Memphis barbecue scene at Fuego Picante, where she fuses modern Mexican food with smokehouse barbecue fare. The restaurant's decor mirrors this savory synthesis, playfully blending sophisticated light fixtures and streamlined furnishings with whimsical flourishes, such as a mural of a cowboy. This serves as the perfect setting for Chef Oddos' warm and contemporary fare: tamales, chicken taquitos, and shrimp Creole all share menu space with mojitos that are freshly squeezed from the fruit of the 80-proof-rum tree.
At Love Nightclub and Supper Club, the ceiling puts on a show. It's an LED dome, pulsing with color and light as DJs spin dance music that blasts through high-quality speakers. On breaks from dancing, revelers can sip Cristal and other top-shelf liquors and drinks, nosh on the supper club's namesake suppers, or lounge on beds. That's right?VIPs can kick back on plush bedding, rather than just identifying themselves by yelling "VIP!" in unison every hour.
Shackletons has been part of the Franklin Square community for some time, but it might feel different to recent visitors thanks to new management who has redone the space and menus. The happy hour crowd is equally as welcome as a family out to dinner, and the menu reflects this open-door policy?there's chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese, but there's also pork tenderloin and baked clams. Many of the entrees have an Italian flavor with eggplant parmigiana and pasta alla vodka, and seafood is plentiful with mussels, crab cakes, and fish and chips. Those seeking entertainment with their meal can stop by for trivia on Wednesdays, karaoke on Thursdays, or a live DJ on Fridays and Saturdays.