Table tennis follows in the footsteps of other games re-imagined for tabletop play, including paper football, war, and the formerly full contact competition known as dinner. Celebrate tabletop triumphs with today's Groupon: for $65, you get two hours of table time, two carafes of margaritas, and a special edition T-shirt at Spin New York, located on East 23rd Street in the Flatiron District (up to a $182 value).
Spin pampers ping-pongers with an array of courts, plus a refueling full bar and restaurant. Pong-letes can take turns delivering scorching serves and backhands on one of 16 tables inside Spin's 13,000-square-feet celebration of table-tennis adoration. Spin furnishes orb-clobberers with paddles, a bucket of balls, and two carafes of margaritas made with smooth Inocente tequila. To help paddle wielders spend more time playing and less time bending over, a speedy team of staffers remains at the ready to shag stray shots. Though not included in today's deal, hungry sphere-spankers are welcome to power up between matches with sandwiches, beer, and wine at the in-house restaurant, Duck’s Eatery.
Spin's current owners, including Academy Award—winning actress Susan Sarandon, gave birth to their paddle- and pal-friendly space in 2009. Renowned designer Todd Oldham, who has enhanced various interiors for the Sundance Film Festival and photographed celebs such as Andy Samberg and Amy Sedaris, lent his eyes and brain to a majority of Spin's accessibly and aesthetically pleasing reaches. The spacious open studio is cleanly composed, with purple tables and vibrantly toned furniture contrasting a black ceiling, white Doric-style columns, and an eclectic crowd simultaneously dressed for business and pleasure.
Spin New York
Black lights illuminate your opponent as electronic music pulses in the background. You raise your paddle, and swing. The Ping-Pong match begins. This unusual scene unfolds nearly every day and night at Spin New York, a self-described "Ping-Pong social club."
Lauded in a range of media, this now-international franchise was created with a firm vision in mind. In an interview on Anderson Live, co-owner and actress Susan Saradon explains her love of Ping-Pong: "it cuts across age, body type, gender … little girls can beat their fathers." In an NBC News segment, co-owner Jonathan Brickland adds that their mission was to marry the social nature of the sport with the atmosphere of a country club, except "more inclusive ... silly, and frivolous," and ideally with fewer golf-cart crashes.
Spin New York certainly takes this fun-focused mission seriously. The sprawling hall houses 17 Ping-Pong courts, including a central court where professional players compete in regular tournaments. These same professionals are on-hand for private instruction, though players are more than welcome to keep things casual. Meanwhile, an on-site restaurant and bar serves seasonally changing plates alongside cocktails made from fruit purees and blended Teaologie teas. From the seats or the courts, visitors may see one of the old building's original features: a giant window that looks out onto the passing subway train.
On most nights, a DJ provides a soundtrack to dining and play, although live bands are often a weekend fixture. Adding to its socially-focused mission, Spin also gathers people to support charitable causes; recently, Ms. Sarandon used her club to host a benefit for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
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