The Red Zone


Library Cafe
(516) 752-7678, Farmingdale

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

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

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


Half Penny Pub
(631) 567-1948, Sayville

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

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

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!