I’ve been asked to make quite a few To Do Lists for Australian friends visiting NYC. It’s embarrassing how into these lists I get, but I can’t help it. I love being able to make someone’s experience, of going to a place I’ve been, even just a little bit better.
As I’m sure you know, every one on the planet is different so I have tailored every list to fit the personality of every friend as much as possible.
There are two places though I’ve put on every single list I’ve made thus far. It doesn’t matter if my friends are drinkers, or non drinkers, party animals or early risers, museum goers, or “You-call-that-art?-I-could-make-that-in-my-bathroom-with-a-rope” type of people.
I always politely ask (through bolding, underlining and exclamation marks) that they please consider going to Spin and Brooklyn Bowl. Here’s why:
Spin New York
48 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010, United States
Spin is the ping pong bar owned and used by Susan Sarandon. I say ‘used’, not ran by, because the only time I saw her she was playing and leading up a tournament. Even if you’re not a seasoned veteran of ping pong (as I like to think I am) the place is bucket loads of fun. The music is blasting, there are unlimited amounts of ping pong balls at your disposal, the wait staff is friendly, and drinks seem to magically appear in your free hand as your swatting the ball into your loved one’s face. Let it be known that if the ball hits the face/body of your opponent it is a point. They should have been quick enough to move out of the way. While the food menu at Spin is doable, my beloved Shake Shack is right across the street and the famous Eataly is around the corner. What better way to burn off calories from an indulgent meal than a few 100 rounds of ping pong.
Fun fact: Spin New York is where Jack and I went on our first date.
61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, United States
It’s the most impressive bowling alley I’ve ever laid eyes on and I’ve laid eyes on quite a few bowling alleys… if you know what I mean. It’s located in a huge warehouse that features a stage for performances (most notably – a surprise performance by Jay-Z!), 16 lanes available for bowling, a wooden L-shaped bar for drinks upon drinks upon pitchers of drinks and, drum roll please, BLUE RIBBON BAKERY. Blue Ribbon Bakery means you’ll have the best bread pudding and fried chicken only steps away. Scratch that, you don’t even have to leave your lane to get food, as is the case with drinks. It all comes to you, you lucky duck! Forgot socks? Don’t worry, they have those too.
Another fun fact: It’s where Jack and I celebrated after agreeing that the best thing in life would be to get married.