The Red Zone May 2011


Left Coast Kitchen & Cocktails
(516) 868-5338, Merrick

Gastropub goodness from Cali-bred chef Chris Randell and wife Heather, who transformed the former boogie and blues dive Jessie’s Roadhouse into sleek walls and inventive eats. Loved the 750 of Het Anker Lucifer.

Novitá Wine Bar & Trattoria
(516) 739-7660, Garden City

All about the Prosciutto White Pie (sun-dried cherries and Five Mushroom Truffle (creamy ricotta, white truffle). Multiple course, region-themed wine and cheese pairings on the first Monday of the month.

Effin Gruven
(516) 409-1415, Bellmore

Now offers take-home growler service on all available drafts (price dependent on beer type, range between $18-$72), so one can Effin Gruven in their skivvies while watching reruns of The Honeymooners in their parents’ den. That just got a little too personal.


Bistro 25
(631) 589-7775, Sayville

1/2 Price Happy Hour (Tuesday-Friday, 4pm-6:30pm) featuring beer I actually would not mind purchasing at full price (see: Blind Bat Brewery Hell Gate Golden Ale, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company Black Duck Porter) = #winning.

Hooters of Farmingdale
(631) 249-5250, Farmingdale

With “WTF @ HOOTERS RLLY?!? draft line examples such as Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Big Daddy and Double Daddy, and Founders Brewing Company Pale Ale, Hooters of Farmingdale is proof that all Hooters were not created equal. I think Thomas Jefferson first said that.

The Eatery at Tullulah’s
(631) 206-2988, Bay Shore

Perhaps the first BYOB establishment ever mentioned in The Red Zone, so you know it be good. Shared tapas plates like Smoked Gouda Mac “n” Cheese and Chicken Confit with Blue Point Brewing Company RastafaRye and The Bruery Saison De Lente. Yeah, it be good..

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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.