While we await the mid-October opening of Bowlmor Times Square and its scale-size reconstruction of New York City (there’s an area themed after old Times Square, complete with faux-peep-booth façades!), let’s take a look at a real gravy-soaked slice of old New York— Maple Lanes of Borough Park, still in the same family after 50 years. This weekend and next weekend, Maple celebrates its anniversary with 50-cent games from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A visit last night found the 50-lane alley boppin’: The beers are $2 at the in-house lounge, Funzi’s, where photos of bowling legend Johnny Petraglia grace the wall (he got his start here as a kid). Bowling starts at $4.50 per game per person, and “cosmic” black-light bowling is $7.50 per game on Friday and Saturday nights. But the best part, as you can see in our slideshow, is the lunch counter.
That’s where you can order hot brisket, corned-beef, and pastrami sandwiches. The Boar’s Head corned beef is seasoned on the grill with oregano and basil, and the brisket comes au jus. Also available: chopped steak, franks and beans, cheese fries, fried shrimp, hot wings, and, oh yes, egg creams. If bowling at 9 a.m. is your thing, pancakes are also served. Roll through our slideshow and consider spending this rainy day in rented shoes.
Maple Lanes, 1570 60th St., nr. Sixteenth Ave.; Borough Park; 718-331-9000