The Royal Palms

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When you hear shuffleboard, what do you think? Florida, the elderly, cruise ships. Sure, maybe, but how about an indoor shuffleboard club and bar in Brooklyn? Well, you can find just that at The Royal Palms in Gowanus, Brooklyn. 

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This 10 court shuffleboard club is open to walk-ins, and they even host league nights on Mondays and Tuesdays. The club is open and spacious and almost mimics an outdoors shuffleboard court with booths set in the back covered by canopies. They also have a rotating group of some of NYC’s most popular food vendors like Luke’s Lobster and Mexicue. But, in the center-back of the room is where you’ll easily find the bar.

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I ordered The Jim Allen (Herradura Silver, Creole Shrub, Fidencio Mezcal, mango nectar, lime juice). This mason jar served cocktail was so delicious. You get the nice smokiness of the mezcal, and then the sweetness of the mango comes right through. 

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See you on the courts. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Royal Palms
Location: 514 Union Street, Brooklyn 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes. Anyone want to start a league?
Would I recommend it? For sure, it’s a really great place to hang out for a drink, learn to play shuffleboard (or amp up your game), and grab a bite. 

Calexico

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Food trucks seem to be a dime a dozen in NYC. But, when one is successful enough to win Vendy Awards and stand the test of time (which is at least over a year, in my opinion), well, you know they’re on to something good. Calexico is doing just that, and has since opened up a couple restaurant locations in addition to their trucks. I visited the Lower East Side location. 

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Calexico is a real place, and at the restaurant, they’re serving California-Mexican cuisine. To start, I ordered their Jalapeño Mint Margarita (jalapeño infused exotico silver, combier, mint, jalapeño, lime, agave). I really loved this drink, it had a really great kick of heat, but also refreshing from the sweetness of the agave, the citrusy lime and the coolness of the mint. 

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Then, I got some snacks. First, I got their Guacamole with house made tortilla chips. The guac was fresh and tasty, and the chips were crisp, savory, and really nice on their own. But, of course, better with the guac. 

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Next, I had Watercress Salad (queso fresco, jicama, fresh grapefruit, pumpkin seed vinaigrette). I loved this salad. It was fresh, crisp, refreshing and satisfying. I truly enjoy some queso fresco, and the creaminess goes nicely with the crispness and crunch of the jicama and pumpkin seeds. 

The Shorts:
Name: Calexico
Location: 153 Rivington Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. The drinks are awesome and the food is really tasty too.
Would I recommend it? Yes, very laid back atmosphere with good food at really affordable prices. And if you’re not in the mood to sit and dine, you can catch them at their truck locations