More on the Lower East Side’s First Bowling Alley, ‘The Gutter’ at Essex Crossing

Posted on: November 30th, 2018 at 5:00 am by

The first bowling alley on the Lower East Side is getting its bar ready.

As previously reported, Brooklyn bowling import, The Gutter, is headed for the basement of the new Essex Crossing condoplex at 242 Broome Street (aka Site 1).

The Lower East Side iteration of The Gutter (aka The Gutter L.E.S.) will be a 12-lane affair occupying roughly 17,000 square-feet on the lower level of the fourteen-story development. Entrance is on Essex Street, where customers walk into a 500 square-foot lobby that leads downstairs to the main event. It’ll reportedly sport a “mid-America/mid-Century basement feel” with all-wood lanes. Like its other two locations, materials will be sourced from an as-yet-unknown shuttered bowling alley.

Plans also call for a 100-foot circular bar and full Italian restaurant and that serves Neopolitan-style pizza, as well as hosting live shows (although ownership denies it’ll become a music venue). Hours of operation are 12pm to 4am daily, and there will apparently be security guards stationed at “each group of lanes.”

Ownership is now applying for the requisite full liquor license. The company submitted its application materials to Community Board 3 for consideration next month. Below is the proposed menu.

The Gutter swooped in earlier this year after Splitsville Lanes pulled the plug. It should open sometime in the new year; original projection was this month.

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