Why hello, tourists! Looking for somewhere fun to go but don’t want to walk to the bad part of 42nd Street, where Leisure Time and Lucky Strike are? Well now there’s a bowling alley just steps from your hotel! Just wrap yourself up in that pashmina scarf and walk on over — because at 4 p.m. today, Bowlmor Lanes opens its 50-lane, 90,000-square-foot complex in the former New York Times Building. There you’ll find several areas themed after New York City neighborhoods (Times Square, Chinatown, Central Park, etc.) so you’ll never have to leave good ol’ Times Square to see the great things this city has to offer. You won’t even have to go to a museum because there’s an Andy Warhol room, too!
Is there a Coney Island room, you ask? No, sorry, for that you’ll have to go to Bowlmor’s other location, Carnival, or heck, you might even want to go to Coney itself — if this rendering is any indication, there’ll soon be a bowling alley there, too! But anyway, the great thing about Bowlmor Times Square is that David Burke did the menus for the lanes and for the restaurant, the Stadium Grill! If his name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s done the food at some casinos and airports — or maybe you know him from the Hawaiian Tropic Zone? You can’t leave New York till you’ve had one of his lollipop trees! Here’s his menu below.
Oh, and there’s a nightclub, too, so stay late; you don’t want to go to that meatpacking district you might’ve heard about. Rumor has it there’s all sorts of weird trannies down there! By the way, bowling is $72 to $80 per hour, and shoe rentals are $6.50 — sure, there were times when $100 got you a lot farther in Times Square, but those days are gone! Check out the neato rooms in our slideshow.
Bowlmor Lanes Times Square, 222 W. 44th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-680-0012