Gun Down Robots and Sip Cocktails at New York’s Competitive Laser Tag Brunch

Gun Down Robots and Sip Cocktails at New York’s Competitive Laser Tag Brunch
Matthew Fischer

Laser tag, brunch cocktails, French toast sticks… why hadn’t anyone thought of this before?

The time of the mimosa-fueled, hangover-hazy Sunday brunch is past. Lazer Zoo is a new concept from New York City’s Highline Ballroom that combines the best parts of Sunday brunch (the alcohol and fried breakfast foods, of course), with laser tag and a DJ party. The weekly event, which falls somewhere between your coolest childhood birthday party and favorite boozy brunch spot, takes place every Sunday afternoon.

Although there are (sadly) no mimosas in sight, the cocktail menu for Lazer Zoo is filled with kitschy themed drinks like the Deactivator (Absolut Grape, lime juice, Triple Sec, and a splash of cream soda) and the Forcefield (whiskey, peach schnapps, cream, a splash of pomegranate juice). The food menu, crafted by Highline Ballroom chef Wenford Patrick Simpson, focuses mainly on small plates, combining an American tapas feel with unexpected spins on the traditional eggs and French toast. Menu highlights include mini omelette sliders, French toast sticks, tuna tartar tacos, and pulled pork sliders. You can fuel up before the big game on the mezzanine level.

Of course, the star of the event is the first floor, where the laser tag action takes place in a relatively small obstacle course. Lazer Zoo livens up the action with heart-pumping music, flashing lights, and the special appearance of an LED-wearing futuristic robot.

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If you’re in the New York area, tickets cost $15 for entry and one game of laser tag if you buy them ahead of time, or $20 at the door. 

431 W 16th St (btwn 9th & 10th Ave)
New York, NY 10011