Social Sports Kitchen
(516) 489-8080, Uniondale
Upscale Manhattan-style bar/restaurant/lounge opened by Wayne Chrebet (New York Jets) and Danny Gagnon (Season Five Top Chef contestant). Location of SSK will be familiar to Hofstra and Adelphi alumni (Bogart’s!), but that’s where the nostalgia ends. No teen nights here. A Samuel Adams beer dinner in late-July could mean another establishment on Long Island is answering our calls for high-quality beer events. Stay tuned.
Johnny McGorey’s Irish Pub
(516) 797-8584, Massapequa Park
Can’t believe it was almost three years ago that I first stumbled into McGorey’s with some friends to catch some World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC). Memories. Good to see the daily “Happy Hour until 7pm” special still lives.
McQuades Neighborhood Grill
(516) 256-2820, Lynbrook
ALL HAIL THE SUNDAY BRUNCH!!!
Kodiak’s Restaurant and Bar
(631) 414-7055, Farmingdale
I love Kodiak’s website. Nothing like a background of vast, mountainous terrain while browsing through drink specials and event calendars. Makes me feel like I’m planning a camping trip to Big Sur. Anyway. Real gem is their selection of craft drafts, which is almost entirely comprised of New York selections (Captain Lawrence, Fire Island, Ithaca, Kelso, Lake Placid, Long Ireland, Sixpoint, etc.). There’s even bottled Keegan. Props!
(631) 969-2232, Bay Shore
Summer may be over, but Molly Malone’s and the Great South Bay stays open 365 days per year. Personally, I enjoy Long Island water and its surroundings most during a crisp, low-key afternoon in the fall. Anyone with me?
Nick & Toni’s
(631) 324-3550, East Hampton
Not one, but two organic breweries (Wolaver’s, Peak Brewing) are served up at N&T’s, which fits perfectly, considering their produce is fresh grown in their own one-acre organic garden.