Red Zone

imageBob’s Place Restaurant
(516) 354-8185, Floral Park
I love the name Bob. I love the name Bob’s Place even more. Makes me want to visit Bob’s Place and play checkers with Bob, or go fishing for striped bass…with Bob. Ahem. Excellent chow/drinks. Excellent service. Trust me…even though my name isn’t Bob.

Chalet Bar and Lounge
(516) 621-7975, Roslyn
Sleek lounge-slash-restaurant that offers fondue plates and a solid wine list. Perfect for a romantic night out with your significant other(s). See what I did there, eh?

Jugs-N-Strokers Roadside Rest
(516) 623-4449, Merrick
Graffiti. Beer. Jugs. Beer. Brassieres. Motorcycles. Jugs. Beer. Jugs. Get the point? If I haven’t mentioned the word “jugs” enough, they also have a gallery on their website named “Mystery Jugs,” with photographs of random…just go now.

Mirabelle Tavern at Three Village Inn
(631) 751-0555, Stony Brook
MONTHLY CRAFT BEER DINNERS!!! Sorry for the Caps Lock. And the exclamation points. The dork inside of me just loves learning more about the two most important things since the creation of civilization—beer and food.

Changing Times Ale House
(631) 368-3255, East Northport
It’s rare to have the best of both worlds. No, not referring to that atrocious collaboration between Jay-Z and R. Kelly some years back. I mean the combination of a sports bar with a craft beer menu. UFC with Troegs DreamWeaver Wheat? Holla back, Changing Times.

Tara Inn
(631) 473-9602, Port Jefferson Station
Home of the amazing, yum-yum in my tum-tum, one dollar Tara Hamburger.

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.