The Red Zone September 2010


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



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!

Molly Malone’s
(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.

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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.