Larkin and The Lark

Scott Larkin visits The Lark.

The Lark Pub & Grub
93 Larkfield Rd.
East Northport, NY 11731

Question: did you read the entry title and expect this to be about some underappreciated, low-rated police drama that aired on USA from 1991-1993, and how it’s finally going to receive its proper due with a DVD box set release?

Um. Me neither.

Don’t hate me for my overactive imagination.


The title actually refers to The Lark Pub & Grub in East Northport, and the evening I spent there with my good pal, Scott Larkin, on Friday, November 6th.

Note: Another good pal of mine, Joseph Norcott, also came along, but since his last name bears no resemblance to The Lark Pub & Grub, I have decided to omit him from this blog. Sorry, dude.

BACKGROUND: The Lark Pub & Grub is in its first year of operation, and is under the same umbrella as T.J. Finley’s in Bay Shore, which houses one of the better brew selections on the Island. Knowing this, I can’t deny my expectations were a bit higher than normal as I took the thirty minute drive from Selden to East Northport, and down Larkfield Rd.

BEER: After a mixed reaction to Jolly Pumpkin’s Weizen Bam (too sour for my liking), I asked the bartender to recommend his personal favorite tap. He chose Captain Lawrence Xtra Gold, a strong Tripel that is brewed here in New York, and that I found to taste pretty balanced, despite the high alcohol content (10.00% ABV). I followed the Captain with a bottled Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel (amber in color, tastes of wheat, banana), an excellent session beer that downs easy and is perfect for late-fall, early-winter.

EVERYTHING ELSE: As I mentioned above, the staff was very helpful in making sure I ordered the drink I definitely wanted, despite my being an indecisive sampler who tried a kadrillion (yes, that’s a word) beers before choosing.

I also enjoyed the ambiance at The Lark, with its dim lighting set against a brick interior. It provided a mellow, coffee shop-like atmosphere, and I found myself wondering how comfortable a nap would be at the bar. Kidding. Maybe. Seriously though, it’s an ideal spot for that after work, early-evening drink with some friends.

GO or NO: Go.

niko krommydas

Niko Krommydas has written for Tasting Table, BeerAdvocate, Munchies, and First We Feast. He is editor of Craft Beer New York, an app for the iPhone, and a columnist for Yankee Brew News. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.