NYC's 5 Best Bowling Alleys

If you’re looking for a good indoor activity to keep you busy on colder days (and nights), you may want to consider going for a bowl. New York City’s bowling alleys up the ante for the sport with trendy interiors and energetic ambiances. You can also bet that the food is way better in these big city bowling alleys than anywhere else in the country. Rounded up below are our top 5 picks for bowling in New York.

Best of NYC Bowling Alleys: Lucky Strike (Midtown West)

Lucky Strike

You’ll find 26 premium bowling lanes, 11 competition ready billiards tables, and live music from local DJs at Manhattan’s Lucky Strike. As for the menu, it’s legendary. From the Crispy Wisconsin Cheese Curds (panko crusted with tomato jam) to the Ahi Tuna Poke Flatbread (red onions, sesame soy, avocado, chili, and spicy mayo), there’s no way you’re going to get bored with the eats at Lucky Strike. And if you don’t have an appetite? No worries, order up a specialty cocktail and relax on one of the many leather couches between turns. 624-660 W. 42nd St., 646-829-0170,

Best of NYC Bowling Alleys: Frames Bowling Lounge (Midtown West)

Frames Bowling

Frames Bowling Lounge almost feels too cool to be a bowling alley, but sure enough, it's a place where you can roll! Located near the heart of midtown, Frames Bowling Lounge has 28 sleek lanes, a private VIP room, two full service bars, a plush billiards lounge, and a ping pong room. While you’ll find all the classics here, expect them to be done up. We’re talking hot pretzels with truffle béchamel, jumbo coconut shrimp with ginger plum sauce, and an artisanal grilled cheese with brie, smoked gouda, manchego, aged cheddar, parmesan, and fig compote. Did we mention they also have hands-down the most amazing finger-licking wings? These oversized legends are like nothing else in the city, available in classic spicy buffalo, Asian teriyaki, sizzling BBQ, and garlic parmesan. Be sure to ask for extra napkins. 550 Ninth Ave., 212-268-6909,

Best of NYC Bowling Alleys: Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn)

Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn Bowl is about as high end as it gets for a bowling alley, and it’s unique in its pairing of bowling and concerts. There are 16 lanes at Brooklyn Bowl, as well as a separate concert space, large leather Chesterfield sofas, and critically acclaimed food by Blue Ribbon. The menu includes ribs, BBQ wings, fried chicken platters, sliders, burgers, and an array of tasty sides (coleslaw, pickled cucumber salad, southern collard greens, mashed potatoes, and red beans and rice). Come with an appetite. 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, 718-963-3369,

Best of NYC Bowling Alleys: Bowlmor (Midtown West)


Bowlmor recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation, and this 90,000 square foot venue now has 48 newly transformed lanes that feature HD video walls, brilliant backlights, and posh laneside seating in addition to an all-star arcade that is home to some of the coolest games in the city. To make things even more exciting, Bowlmor has seven uniquely-themed bowling lounges, each reflecting a specific place and time in NYC. From a Prohibiiton inspired speakeasy lounge to a Coney Island inspired lounge, there’s plenty to be seen and explored at Bowlmor. Additional location in Chelsea. 222 W. 44th St., 212-680-0012,

Best of NYC Bowling Alleys: Astoria Bowl (Queens)

Astoria Bowl

Astoria Bowl houses 28 lanes, as well as a state-of-the-art scoring system that manages to combine the latest technology with the nostalgia of your childhood bowling center. Non-bowlers, or those waiting for a lane, can take a seat at the premium bar. If you’re really looking for something special, stop by during Cosmic Bowling, when the lights get lowered and a thrilling night of music ensues. Family-owned, Astoria Bowl is a NYC staple. 19-45 49th St., 718-274-1910,

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