The Red Zone August 2010

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Brasserie 214 Restaurant
(516) 354-7797, New Hyde Park
innatnhp.com

Restaurant inside of The Inn at New Hyde Park. Houses lots of rare imported goodies (Eggenberger, Appenzeller, Floris, etc.) that I haven’t come across at any other places on Long Island. Also has Old Speckled Hen. Yum.

Hemingway’s American Bar & Grill
(516) 781-2700, Wantagh
hemingwaysgrill.com

The Sun Also Rises…in Wantagh. Sorry, I tried not to reference old Ernest, but with Hemingway’s traditional, wood-paneled décor, I really did feel like I was dining inside of the “Great American Novel.” Definitely worth a visit.

Tennessee Jed’s
(516) 308-3355, Wantagh
tennesseejeds.li

Two of my most favorite things are at Jed’s: 1) barbeque food and 2) Sea Dog Wild Blueberry. Extra points for the Grateful Dead reference.

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Portside Bar & Grill
(631) 331-3390, Port Jefferson

Port Jefferson’s newest watering hole. Thing I love mostest about Portside has to be their draught selection, which is comprised mostly of local crafts (Blue Point, Fire Island, Long Ireland, etc.). Way to support Strong Island, boys.

Legends Pub
(631) 734-5123, New Suffolk
legends-restaurant.com

Over one hundred brews to choose from at Legends, doubled. That means Legends offers over two hundred brews. I could have just said two hundred initially, but I didn’t feel like it. I’m annoying. Legends isn’t annoying, though, so head over. Also running a Firkin (refers to type of cask-conditioned ale) Fridays promotion this summer. Call ahead for Firkin contents.

Black Forest Brew Haus
(631) 391-9500, Farmingdale
blackforestbrewhaus.com

German-style brewpub that uses ancient recipes (only hops, malt, yeast and water—no additives or preservatives are used) to produce award-winning beer. Expect a variant tap or two, to go with the always-offered Hefe, Pils and Amber. Growlers available. Tours, too.