(516) 482-1500, Great Neck
Wind down and let loose at one of Great Neck’s newer hangouts. Conveniently situated on bustling Middle Neck Road, Sip City twists classic American cuisine with international favorites to flare up your taste buds. Offering live entertainment to a 30-and-older crowd, this savvy restaurant and lounge is a relaxed yet eventful night out. Let off some steam with Happy Hour specials every day from 4-7pm, including $5 appetizers. If you don’t have the courage for American Idol, grab the mic at Tuesday’s karaoke night, creating a scene with lots of laughs and good-neighborly entertainment. DJs start the weekend early on Thursday night and crowds come ready to mingle. Round up your coworkers and closest friends for a memorable night out, any day of the week.
(631) 587-4400, Babylon
Babylon’s newest addition comes in a grand package—the bank. The Bohlsen Restaurant Group transformed the old Bank of Babylon into an Asian kitchen and lounge. Showing meticulous attention to detail, Monsoon’s Asian-inspired fare and ambiance recreates the authentic experience of the Bohlsen’s trip abroad to Asia. This dramatic two-level eatery draws a mature after-work crowd and explosive flavors are found within every bite (and sip). Among Monsoon’s creative sushi rolls, the Japanese Cowboy is bursting with savory sliced bbq kobe beef, lobster and avocado. Monsoon takes standard Asian cuisine like fried rice, and adds lobster, shrimp, egg and scallions to make a deluxe seafood dish like none other. The Bloody Samurai is one sharp Asian-themed drink, mixing Hangar 1 Chipotle vodka, tomato juice, wasabi and Sriracha. The Babylon Express, a refreshing cucumber drink, mixes vodka with St-Germain, pineapple and lime juice. After cracking into one of their infamous rated R fortune cookies, finish your last drink by the bar and enjoy the DJ who spins to the crowd.
(212) 533-3350, NYC
Tequila is a ruthless potion, but when it’s handled well, nobody gets hurt. Rosa Mexicano takes pride in their vast tequila selection, authentic Mexican cuisine and vibrant architecture. It’s not every day you get to dine next to a cascading stream of water featuring sequentially diving dolls. Kick it after work with Rosa’s signature pomegranate margarita frozen to perfection or any of their tequila cocktails on the rocks. Both the El Mezcalito, a combination of fresh strawberries, Tanteo jalapeño-infused silver tequila, mezcal, lemon and organic agave, and the La Mandarina, a refreshing mixture of muddled tangerine, basil, silver tequila, lemon and agave will smooth any rough patch.
“Tequila flights,” a trio of tequilas to sample, are served with a shot of sangrita, the traditional Mexican chaser made with chilis, lime and orange juice. Wash down half-price appetizers with Happy Hour (Sunday through Thursday, 4-7pm) drink specials, including half-price margaritas and sangria, and select imported beers for a budget-friendly $3.
Photo of Monsoon by Jim Lennon