The Red Zone


Moules et Frites
(516) 802-0713, Syosset
It’s no secret that my palate has been known to go Lady Gaga over Belgian beer. Wait—what? You already see the set-up? Fine. I won’t mention some of Moules’ taps, like Koningshoeven Quad or Troubadour Obscura, and I won’t say they make me sing “Ga-ga-ooh-la-la.” Oops.

Koenig’s Restaurant
(516) 354-2300, Floral Park
Hi Koenig’s! I see you from above while passing on the Long Island Rail Road (Ronkonkoma line) each and every day! Ahem. Sorry. Floral Park family-style mainstay since forever. Go there for the feeling of home. And for the German cuisine/beer.

D.J. Houdek’s Restaurant & Tap Room
(516) 223-3344, Baldwin
Lots of quirky theme nights (one in particular featured Monty Python some months back), bottle/well specials and pub grub.


Sage Cafe
(631) 363-9562, Blue Point
Turtles! And goldfish that look like bodybuilders! Love that. Oh, and several Blue Point taps, including a cask! Love that, too.

F.H. Riley’s
(631) 271-7600, Huntington
It’s a shame that draft blends aren’t offered up at more establishments. I mean, you really can’t go wrong with a Mutt (Guinness & Spaten) on a warm summer evening. Thank you, F.H. Riley’s.

John Harvard’s Brew House
(631) 979-2739, Lake Grove
Think Heartland Brewery, but for us Lawn Guylanders. Seasonal brews for practically every month, so you’ll never have an excuse not to return.

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.