The Red Zone February 2011

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Press 195
(516) 536-1950, Rockville Centre
press195.com

Artisan pressed sandwich and craft beer bar with locations in Park Slope, Brooklyn and Bayside, Queens. Met owner Brian Karp at Press’ official grand opening for Rockville and discussed our mutual love for SUNY-inhabited town bar specials. Automatic thumbs up.

Willie McBride’s
(516) 783-0007, Bellmore
myspace.com/mcbrides101

Conveniently located across from the Long Island Choo Choo, which allows easy access for a brew brew—or heck, maybe even two two! That was horrible. McBride’s, on the other hand, is not horrible.

D.J. Houdek’s Restaurant & Tap Room?
(516) 223-3344, Baldwin
The evening Super Neat Beer Adventure, Yes!! became Super Neat Bartending Adventure, Yes!! (November 20th, for those who crave detail), your sixteenth-favorite beer blogger-turned-special-guest bartender served local craft beer (an area Houdek’s has vastly improved upon in recent months) and hugs to adoring patrons and consumed, according to legend, over forty-six orders of chicken quesadillas. Perhaps the latter is an exaggeration? Ahem. It’s not.

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The Cortland
(631) 206-2220, Bay Shore
thecortland.com

As a licensed medical professional, I have diagnosed The Cortland with Long Islanditis. Symptoms include liquor-infused milkshakes using Bay Shore’s Coyle’s Ice Cream, specialty cheese plates courtesy of Sayville’s American Cheese, wines from Mattituck’s Sherwood House for white, Aquebogue’s Palmer for red, and recent drafts from Centerport’s Blind Bat Brewery, Oceanside’s Barrier Brewing Company and Greenport’s Greenport Harbor Brewing Company. I know! The best fake disease ever!

JC’s Restaurant Bar and Grill
(631) 909-3525, Manorville
jcsbarandgrill.net

Located at Pine Hills Golf and Country Club, which means one can commandeer a golf cart after one or three drinks and harass members throughout the course with precisely-timed megaphone shrieks during tee-off. Hmm. I don’t think I should be watching Jackass Number Two while writing this.

Village Idiot Pub
(631) 289-8471, Patchogue
villageidiotpubli.com

Rest In Peace, Once & For All Café.

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