The Red Zone

NASSAU

Library Cafe
(516) 752-7678, Farmingdale
http://lessings.com

Perhaps I am a tad partial to the Library Cafe, you know, being a successful writer (toot, toot) and all, but can you really blame me? They have an alcoholic drink named after Dr. Seuss! Best thing ever.

Blue Parrot Lounge
(516) 797-5908, Massapequa
http://blueparrotmusic.com

Welcome to the 2010-80s! Live classic rock and blues, open jam sessions and weekly bucket specials.

E.B. Elliot’s
(516) 378-8776, Freeport
http://ebelliots.com

The way Long Island should be enjoyed, with food from the water, consumed on the water. Oh, and with beers. Always with some beers.

SUFFOLK

Half Penny Pub
(631) 567-1948, Sayville
http://thehalfpennypub.com

Fond memories of performing the theme song to Diff’rent Strokes to a small group of adults at karaoke night some years back. I think they loved my stage presence, but probably not. Definitely not. Nice to see some random craft breweries (Long Trail, Troegs, etc.) on the menu during a recent visit.

Painters Restaurant
(631) 286-6264, Brookhaven Hamlet
http://paintersrestaurant.com

If a Paris café and an East Village coffeehouse had a child, its name would be Painters. Crayons and paper on each table, local/not-so-local artwork along the walls, and a menu of yummy treats. It’s true bohemianism in Brookhaven.

Shenanigan’s Pub & Grille
(631) 667-4322, North Babylon
http;//shenaniganspubandgrille.com

I have always found that the best things in life are never free. That is, however, until I came across Shenanigan’s Happy Hour, with FREE pizza until 6pm. Now I feel like my life has started all over again. All hail Shenanigan’s!