(516) 877-9385, Garden City
Rein offers a stylish hideaway from the harsh winter in the heart of the grand Garden City Hotel. An award-winning fine-dining establishment, this strikingly-decorated and intimate locale also boasts one the best bars around. Along with simplified selections of their lauded eats, Rein offers signature cocktails and martinis. Chief among them, the seasonal Winter Warmers: Mixed drinks that will warm you from the inside out. The Hot Winter Sangria, with red wine, brandy, sherry wine, Cointreau, hot water, topped with sliced oranges and apples, and the Pumpkin Pie of pumpkin cream liqueur, butterscotch schnapps, Kahlua, coffee, whipped cream and crushed hazelnut are two sweet treats you’ll gladly order as starters or desserts.
(212) 677-2233, Manhattan
The hustle and bustle of Manhattan becomes muted inside this swanky tapas bar featuring chandeliers, exposed brick and swanky décor designed by ABC Home. Delicious aromas tease and tantalize as attentive servers deliver an array of reinvented Spanish small plates. Taste one of Pipa’s signature cocktails, including the Bliss, made with VeeV Açai Spirit, watermelon juice, simple syrup and black pepper (who would’ve thought?) or the Alma Rosa, which blends tequila, strawberry purée, lime juice and Fresita strawberry sparkling wine. You’ll definitely take note of Pipa’s biggest hit—the sangria. Whether you decide on red or white, both are absolutely delicious, loaded with freshly cut fruit and an extra kick. Pipa is worth a week’s advance reservation.
(631) 385-1919, Huntington
Huntington’s Vitae, with its sumptuous ambiance and beautifully-crafted Continental cuisine, has emerged as a major player in the area’s dining and nightlife scene. In the Lounge things are more casual, but the menu reveals considerable culinary innovation by Executive Chef Steven Del Lima. There is a delicious twist on a soul food meal—the braised short rib meatball “lollipops,” flash fried croquettes that are topped with horseradish crème fraîche, veal jus and pickled red onions for an extra kick. For an indulgent snack, try the Dirty Chips. You’ll never want a regular potato chip after devouring these house-made Yukon slices drenched with the yummy goodness of smoked bacon bits, scallions, blue cheese dressing and a touch of buffalo sauce. In addition to 1,400 bottles of wine, Vitae offers creative specialty martinis and cocktails. Taste the exceedingly fresh Strawberry Basil Crush cocktail—a blend of Stoli Strasberi, fresh chopped strawberries, lemon and basil, or the cool-weather-appropriate Red Delicious martini, a blend of Applejack, fresh apple cider, Pommeau, cassis and a cinnamon sugar rim as a final accent.
The succulent flavor of pear is proven to be one of the most desirable fruits with “A Pear to Remember” cocktail—another Prosecco selection mixed with pear purée and Combier Liqueur d’Orange. If you’re looking to stay longer than a drink or two, call ahead and reserve a table. Fine hors d’oeuvres are available along with exquisite champagne bottle selections. Ladies, put on your best stilettos and men, grab those loafers—you will feel the energy vibrate once the night gets going. The music gets louder after midnight mixing some old and new classics. Go for the plunge and pay the price to taste why the Bubble Lounge is the best of its kind. Salut!