Confession: I only go to Brooklyn Bowl to eat. Second confession: I only like to bowl with the gutter bumpers up.
With that out of the way, I would like to note that Brooklyn Bowl is probably one of the most fun locations in all of New York. You can drink! Eat! Listen to live music! Bowl (with the bumpers)!
But, my favorite part about this multi-hypen pleasure palace is the macaroni and cheese. I would swim across the East river to eat this. It’s one of those dishes that you always order to share while people are (ostensibly) there to bowl and drink beer. But as soon as everyone takes his or her first bite, you end up ordering about three more so that everyone can have a fourth helping.
This is absolutely destination mac for me. What makes it so good? The cheese sauce is a mix of aged provolone, mozzarella and cheddar and THEN they add an onion confit for a salty-sweet kick. They also use shells instead of macaroni, which works wonders for capturing the rich sauce inside.
The broiled top is crunchy, but the pasta underneath is still swimming in cheese. It’s just pretty close to perfect.
Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., 718.963.3369