The Riverhead Project
(631) 284-9300, Riverhead
Smack in the heart of Main Street, in what used to be a bank, an interesting new project has taken over Riverhead. Look for a tremendously lit peace sign on the venue’s façade. The Riverhead Project focuses on consistency and quality from the food it serves to the sense of community it embraces and the subsequent “projects” it has birthed, including The Book Project and The Wine Project. Filled with candles, the chic dining room flows into a lively bar complete with an outdoor lounge. Local fare and bold flavors make up the bulk of the menu, which changes so often there is no need for daily specials. Sidling up to the bar for the night? The Riverhead Project offers local wines and unique cocktails. Try something that embodies October weather like the Big Easy—a mixture of Old New Orleans spiced rum, Amaro and cream soda. Dive into delicious lounge food like the fried olives or the tasty grilled rib tacos while finishing off your drink. Check out the vault downstairs before you head out, you’ll be penciling in your next group party in this exclusive space.
(516) 747-3388, Garden City
Garden City hotspots feature an array of happy hours, with a few standouts. Hidden off the main road, Mumon brings together hanging wood chandeliers, bright accents and vivid red and blue color schemes to create a warm but popping vibe. The modern interior and inviting bar offers Japanese cuisine with a twist. Sip on cucumber martinis or delicious cold or hot sakes by the bottle. Filtered and unfiltered versions make the customary Japanese alcoholic beverage more enticing. Mumon’s extensive dinner menu offers endless options of standard items and those that test your taste buds. The monkey tempura starter is an interesting combo of fried mushrooms, spicy tuna, goat cheese and tobiko, with eel and chili sauce drizzled over the pieces. Grab your coworkers and take advantage of 30 percent off sushi items on Tuesdays and Sundays. Don’t forget the sake!
(212) 929-1200, Manhattan
Pisco anyone? This stiff native Peruvian spirit will have you smiling from ear to ear with just one drink. The truly authentic Raymi offers a variety of infusions with Pisco including citrus-passion fruit, coffee and purple corn/pineapple. Their own distinctive pisco concoctions include the Raymi, a mixture of Pisco Porton, aji amarillo (careful, it’s a chili pepper), mango passion fruit and lime topped with pisco sour foam. The velvet martini is a unique combination of rosemary infused pisco with crème de yvette, pomegranate, passion fruit, lime and black pepper. Diners experience a vibrant Latin atmosphere of soaring ceilings and stylish design. Ceviche, a seafood favorite for many, is mastered here with a range of options including the mixto—aji rocoto, shrimp, octopus, scallops, sweet potato and toasted corn. This new kid on the block can alleviate the stress of any day during their happy hours Monday thru Sunday (5-7pm) and all night Tuesday.
Photo of Raymi by Noah Fecks