Brooklyn, New York knows how to party.
Case in point: Williamsburg’s BROOKLYN BOWL, a combined bowling alley, nightclub and entertainment venue that’s been packing in crowds since its 2009 debut. Occupying a 19th-century iron factory, the spacious, LEED-certified facility boasts 16 high-tech bowling lanes located alongside a full dance floor and a concert stage with a floor made entirely from recycled truck tires. Locals pour in to hear disc jockeys spin, catch up-and-coming musicians and big-name bands (Guns N’ Roses recently performed a surprise show here), and even bowl a game or two while rockin’ out. Others get comfy in the lounge or on one of the alley’s chesterfield couches, munching on pork rinds and imbibing pints of Brooklyn-brewed beer. The Bowl’s menu includes American favorites such as Blue Ribbon fried chicken and brisket, as well as a handful of droolworthy desserts like brownie a la mode and chocolate-chip-bread pudding. Still, we’re especially partial to the Bourbon St. Shake with Nutella, a sweet blend of ice cream, Maker’s Mark and hazelnut spread. Talk about a strike! While Brooklyn Bowl is adults-only in the evenings, kids have free run of the place (with their folks, of course) on weekend afternoons.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 milkshake
1 cup vanilla ice cream
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 ½ ounces bourbon
2 tablespoons Nutella hazelnut spread
1 teaspoon malt powder (optional)
Measure ice cream and keep in freezer until ready to mix.
Combine milk, bourbon, Nutella and malt powder (optional) in a blender or milkshake canister. Blend at medium speed until smooth and the Nutella is incorporated. Add ice cream and blend until creamy. Pour into a chilled sundae glass.