First-looker Todd A. Price has an extensive feature on Fulton Alley this week, deeming Kyle Bechtold's CBD venture a triple threat of bowling, Southern comfort food, and craft cocktails, though at a cost. Not surprising, considering that this swanky new boutique bowling experience, which is modeled after Brooklyn Bowl and LA's Lucky Strike, features approachable cocktails curated by Neal Bodenheimer and Kirk Estopinal Cure Co. and a small plates menu from former Tivoli & Lee chef Mike Nirenberg. Not to mention those astoundingly sleek lanes with leather couches. Here's what to expect at Fulton Alley.
As for food, Prices notes "the best choices at Fulton Alley are the ones that have roots in classic bar food." As in hand cut fries with andouille gravy, beef sliders, pork sliders with spicy slaw. Of all the food Price tried, only the crispy kale "was left unfinished."
Booze wise, there's an intriguing Sazerac variation, and also the must-try Bowler's Shandy made with "Miller High Life, citrus syrup and lemon that can be ordered by the glass or the pitcher." There's an emphasis on low-octane drinks and "cocktails that won't distract you from your follow through."
Overall, sounds like Fulton Alley is a new outlet for trending higher-end entertainment-meets-dining, a la Canal Place/Gusto, but as Price notes, it "isn't cheap." Calculate the $30/hour lane fee ($50 after 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday), $4 shoe rental, average drink is $10, and Price notes "it's easy with dinner for two people to spend more than a hundred bucks."
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