The Red Zone August 2011


Corry’s Ale House
(516) 809-7818, Wantagh

Dubliner cheddar silk over homemade potato chips with Unibroue La Fin Du Monde, then grill-blackened chicken strips over toasty-roasty garlic bread with Founders Brewing Company Porter. Then a nap. Then Un Chien Andalou. #powerful

Otto’s Sea Grill
(516) 378-9480, Freeport

Apocalyptic precipitation ruined the exterior clam bar experience and Nautical Mile afternoon. Freeport has enough blue liquid already, diabolical clouds!

RVC Tap Room
(516) 536-3220, Rockville Centre

77 bottles of handcrafted craft beer, crafted by the hands of craftsman. If that isn’t on an advertisement somewhere…


Digger’s Fine Food & Spirits
(631) 369-3200, Riverhead

Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock and a swell chit-chat with owner, Stephen Wirth, who plans to launch Crooked Ladder Brewery within the former Crystal Bar, now an unoccupied space adjoined to Digger’s, in October. And so it continues…

Alexandros Restaurant
(631) 928-8600, Mount Sinai

Our Mother’s Day din-din of pastitsio, an oven-baked pasta hodgepodge with cinnamon-pinched ground beef and bechamel, lacked yiayia’s Chios charm, but fortunately, lamb souvlaki with tzatziki and Long Ireland Beer Company Celtic Ale were available for cleanup crew.

Dark Horse Restaurant
(631) 208-0072, Riverhead

From the co-owner and former chef of Tweed’s Restaurant and Buffalo Bar. An all-Long Island draft selection of Great South Bay Brewery (Blonde Ambition Ale), Greenport Harbor Brewing Company (Black Duck Porter, Harbor Ale, Havre Rouge, Spring Turning Saison) and Long Ireland Beer Company (Celtic Ale) during an EZ-laxin’ March visit. “For The Planet Dammit” on Wednesday nights features vegetarian and gluten-free menu options.

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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.