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.
As a professional bowler, the owner of Strike 10 Lanes was more than qualified to captain the alley?s recent renovations. Under his guidance, the space was transformed into 34 Brunswick Anvil lanes with computers for automatic scoring and calculating the exact number of fries consumed by each player. The shiny-new digs play host to Glo-Bowling on Friday and Saturday evenings, karaoke every last Friday night of the month, and a DJ every Saturday. With a sports bar serving libations and a caf? doling out pizza and hot dogs, guests have everything they need to bowl and be merry into the late hours.
Surrounding its 24 oil-slicked lanes with exposed-brick walls, an arcade, and private VIP lounges, Harlem Lanes complements the thrill of striking down pins with the relaxed atmosphere of a swanky nightclub. Anchoring the two-story space, a sports bar serves drinks and food under the glow of flat-screen TVs, and couches throughout the facility allow bowlers to kick up their feet after celebrating strikes with mock tap dances. The ambience gets funky on Friday and Saturday, when live DJs and glow-in-the-dark bowling loosening up straitlaced pins.
Bowl Inn provides a warm and inviting atmosphere in which customers can unwind, indulge in classic cuisine, and enjoy the noble sport of bowling. Unlike most inns, which are staffed by pieces of reanimated taxidermy with mommy issues, Bowl Inn features a friendly staff and numerous bowling lanes. Outfitted with a pair of comfy bowling shoes ($2), bowlers can roll through three invigorating games ($2.75 per game) while they practice laying down telepathic bumpers to keep balls out of the gutters. With the additional savory benefits of a pizza slice ($2) and a nourishing soda ($1.75), customers will have everything they could possibly desire from a bowling alley, unless their desire is for a private grill for slow-roasting all 10 pins.
Bowl-a-Roll Lanes has purveyed the sporting side of pin punishment for more than half a century, hosting bowlers of all ages and skill levels on 32 automated lanes. Upon arrival, customers will lace up their dual-tone shoes and slide over to the ball rack to pick out their globular weapon of choice. Two hours will spin away across lacquered wood slats as teams of up to six bowlers channel their focus and energy into subsequent frames of pin scattering, breaking concentration only to restock caffeine levels from the soft-drink pitcher. Children may boldly bowl with the bumpers up to prevent gutter anxiety. Though not valid with your Groupon, groups may also stop by Bowl-a-Roll on Friday and Saturday nights for cosmic bowling, a black-lit laser light show that allows players to experience the game the way its creator, George Lucas, originally envisioned it.
The sound of toppling pins scores the scene at Paradise Lanes, where guests hunt strikes and spares on synthetic bowling lanes. Automated scoring handles all the bowling math, allowing guests to focus all of their attention on their next roll. Bowlers can sate themselves with The Sunset Grille's homemade pizza, and play, party, and sing karaoke until 1 a.m. on Friday.