Teeth-brushing, breakfast, and bowling. For anyone who takes advantage of Jib Lanes' early opening at at 9 a.m. 365 days a year, this could just be a typical start to a great day. But it's not the only time for bowling lovers to get in on the action. The alley's 48 lanes also host birthday parties, seasonal theme weeks, and cosmic bowling set to Top 40 hits on the weekends. It also helps that Brunswick Vector scorekeepers stay on top of who's winning so that players can reserve their math skills for important things like calculating how many square feet of ice cubes can fit in a friend's bowling bag. The center's automatic bumpers make outings with little ones easier, and at the full-service cafe and lounge, bowlers take breaks with pals over drinks and snacks.
At Raxx Pool Room, Sports Bar & Grill, rows of pool tables gleam under bright lights, waiting for the clatter of opening breaks and thuds of 8 balls sinking into called pockets. As expert or novice players line up their cues on the pristine felt, ample space around the tables allows for game attempts at tricky shots or rounds of Hokey Pokey to calm nerves. True to the sports bar's name, pool isn't the only activity here?arcade games, beer-pong matches, dart games, and karaoke performances grant their share of entertainment, as well. At the bar, the lights are a bit dimmer, so guests can relax after games by watching sports on the slate of 18 TVs?plus a 100-inch projector?and pairing wraps and burgers from the grill with a selection of specialty cocktails.
With chef Frank Lynch at the gustatory helm, Bourbon Street Cafe serves up tasty Cajun meals that have earned it an award for Best Brunch on a Budge from Page Six Magazine. Dishes such as blackened catfish and New Orleans po boys compete for attention with the house-specialty seafood gumbo and jambalaya, in which chicken and shrimp carouse with ground zydeco notes in a creole-sauce-slathered nest of spicy rice and andouille sausage. The large eatery further captures the essence of a New Orleans?style caf? with its colorful wall murals, fringed tabletop lamps, and plates accompanied by Mardi Gras beads, and its multiple flat-screen TVs light up with Sunday football action when the New York Scallywags play the New England Ne?er-do-wells.
Owned by baseball legend and semiprofessional magician Darryl Strawberry, Strawberry's Sports Grill pleases crowds and palates with a menu of updated American favorites and thoughtful comfort food. Slide head- and feet-first into a plate of crawfish-and-cheddar hushpuppies ($8.95) or get started with some championship chili ($7.95), loaded with enough ground beef, brisket, red beans, peppers, and onions to dominate chili challenges and handball round-robins. A bevy of burgers features beef, lamb, turkey, and falafel options, including the Hellenic 1986 burger ($12.95), with a lamb patty, feta cheese, cucumbers, and tzatziki sauce, and Strawberry's "Double Beef" burger ($14.95), whose beef patty is stuffed with chopped brisket and topped with fried onions and barbecue sauce. Barbecued ribs ($18.95) and chicken ($16.95) are smoked in-house, while surf and turf ($29.95) pits land (16-ounce rib eye) against sea (fried shrimp) in the greatest elemental cage match since wind defeated fire in 1937.
High on the wall at Your Mother's House Kitchen & Bar, large white lettering proclaims "Eat At Mothers"?a sign that welcomes visitors whether they're sidling up to the bar or slipping into one of the wide hardwood booths. After they get settled in, servers bring them plates of steaming Southern creations, such as housemade chili-mac 'n' cheese, creole snow-crab legs, barbecue ribs, and Carolina-style pulled pork sandwiches. As a whole, the menu relies on pure ingredients such as coarse sea salt, sushi-grade tuna, and raw milk cheddar harvested from only the surliest cows. Above the tables and booths, heavy wood columns stretch up to a cavernous ceiling, against which shines light from dozens of HDTVs?including some more than 20 feet wide. The restaurant's ample space frequently hosts events ranging from live music every Friday to screenings of special sporting events from the NFL, NBA, and UFC.
Sutton Place is a casual dining establishment boasting a large menu packed with innovative American dishes. Commence consumption with the twisted Kung Pao calamari ($13), a plate of affectionate face-licking chicken wings ($10), or delicately dine on the vegetable napolean ($11), a medley of balsamic-roasted portobello mushrooms, heirloom tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella. Specialty dishes include a Caribbean-spiced mahi-mahi ($22), served with shrimp and pineapple fried rice and intoxicated with a dark-rum piña-colada sauce, and a skirt steak with shrimp scampi ($26). Meatberg mongers will want to evaluate the caliber of the Kobe beef burger ($16), dressed in Jack Daniel's barbecue sauce and playing off the acerbic wit of house-cured pickles and pickled onions. The manually mischievous, however, can keep idle hands too busy to set fire to anything by filling them with the pulled Carolina pork sandwich ($9), the turkey club ($11), or the roasted portobello and vegetable wrap ($10). An extensive wine list and full bar menu is also available.