Bowling isn’t just a hobby at 300 New York—it’s a vibrant social experience worthy of luxurious flourishes. That’s why cushioned lounge seats flank each of the 32 mood-lit lanes in the main concourse area. Each of these lanes faces a large screen that flashes music videos and tutorials on how to remove stuck fingers from bowling balls. Up in The Loft, bowlers can lounge and take in views of the concourse while sipping cocktails from the full-service bar. A dedicated wait staff connects them to offerings from the onsite bar and restaurant—an eatery known for serving dishes from executive chef Chad Bowser’s menu. Some of Chad’s creations include two-bite chicken or beef sliders and hand-battered fried calamari that can be paired with anything from beer to specialty martinis.
Strikes and spares abound at Larkfield Lanes, where balls have tumbled down 20 lanes since 1949. The sport hasn?t changed much in the intervening years, though the alley certainly has. Every Friday and Saturday night, for instance, the house lights go down for glow bowling, where special-effect lighting and upbeat tunes turn the alley into a nightclub-style setting. Complimentary bumpers, meanwhile, ensure that balls never wander into gutters, and four-week Learn to Bowl classes ready kids for future bumper-free games. Once they have the basics down, youngsters can even enter one of Larkfield Lanes? leagues, which the alley also hosts for adults and senior citizens.
Deer Park Bowl sets an atmosphere of relaxed fun with its state-of-the-art lanes and onsite bar and grill. Patriotic stars and stripes adorn 16 gleaming Brunswick Pro Anvil synthetic lanes that also feature upfront ball returns, delivering balls back to players faster than it takes to memorize the 14 Eskimo words for “bowling.” Servers at the onsite Pinheads Bar & Grill dish up pizzas, fried fare, and Italian entrees as customers play darts, gaze at six plasma televisions, and swig from an extensive selection of cold bottles, tap beer, and top-shelf liquor. On weekend nights, neon lighting transforms the alley into a cosmic wonderland, accompanied by satellite radio and Saturday night.
Farmingdale Lanes's smooth, polished lanes are always ready for a good time. Set among a lively atmosphere?with painted murals on the walls and computers keeping score?they make for an apt location for a family outing, a night with friends, or a birthday party. They also go dark for cosmic bowling, which includes laser lights, Top 40 music videos, and trivia.
At South Levittown Lanes, automatic scoring systems tabulate scores on flat-screen TVs as bowlers send orbs spinning down well-waxed lanes. Bowlers can keep one eye on the game and one eye on the projection screen suspended high above the lanes, or traipse to the lounge area to shoot some pool. Guests can also pop in on weekend nights for glow bowling, which transforms the alley into surreal arena of neon illumination, much like the White House after hours.
Since 1960, bowlers have slung three-holed boulders down the family-owned and operated Massapequa Bowl & Lounge's 30 shiny lanes. A professional, attentive staff oversees state-of-the-art technology including automated scoring that tallies up points, and bowlers chat across coffee tables while seated in plush couches and feasting on beer and pizza from the full snack bar. Elsewhere, an arcade and stuffed animal-building station draws kids in for parties replete with a rainbow colored candy bar. The billiards lounge offers a full bar, leather couches, dart boards, and karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights. League bowling is available, including parent-child leagues, vacation leagues, and competitive adult leagues that compete for prizes. Visitors can also get their competitive edges sharpened flinging darts during South Nassau Darts Associations darts leagues. Massapequa Bowl provides projectors, WiFi, and private meeting space for corporate gatherings or charity fundraisers, and the private party room is great for events like bar and bat mitzvahs, bachelorette parties, and birthday parties.