Written by Steve Mosco, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 20 March 2014 17:11
Men are simple. Finding satisfaction in a straightforward steak or a nondescript pub, guys don’t need drink specials or restaurant promotions to entice them into a night with friends. All it takes to create the need for a guys’ night out is a working man’s week overrun with demanding bosses, strict deadlines and a seemingly never-ending parade of daily grinds designed to break his will to live.
Luckily, Long Island is bursting with options when the need to recharge the battery arises. There are innumerable pubs offering rib-sticking food and always comforting beer taps. Meanwhile, activities like bowling provide moments of competition without requiring too much energy — in fact, one barely has to put their beer down in order to toss a weighted ball at a bunch of wooden pins.
And if a group of guys want to experience frustrating sports-related heartache as a united front, there is always the option of taking in a New York Islanders game. But don’t worry, there’s a bar within walking distance ready to help drown any lingering sorrows.
For the man in us all, Long Island Weekly provides a few night-out options when blowing off some steam is the only way to survive and face the week that follows:
Black Forest Brew Haus
2015 New Highway, Farmingdale
With a little effort, guys can find this German pub just off of Rte. 110 in Farmingdale. Aside from bar food regulars like wings and burgers, Black Forest boasts a menu full of German specialties like a platter of brats, wiener schnitzel, sauerbraten and more. Be sure to grab a hot Bavarian style pretzel or two, and pair it with a beer from Black Forest’s in-house micro brewery. The Brew Haus pours it’s own versions of pilsner, amber, heavy-weizen and oatmeal stout. And if choosing a beer proves difficult, try a beer sampler for $8.
Dave & Buster’s
When a night out calls for more than grub and pub, check out Dave & Buster’s. The chain establishment delivers on activities that simultaneously provide competition and aid in digestion. Classic games like billiards and bowling are always in style. Pick up a cue stick, find the perfect ball and give yourself an excuse to order another round of drinks and a second helping of wings. Locations include 291 Airport Plaza Blvd. in Farmingdale and 1504 Old Country Rd. in Westbury.
The Republic Pub
217 Main St., Farmingdale
The Republic is a local pub designed to make visitors feel comfortable the instant they walk in the door. It is also designed to completely disarm drinkers with its selection of unique beers and astonish eaters with its perfectly executed and surprisingly high-quality pub food. This little bar packs a big punch; its mammoth and sometimes messy burgers include The Good, with blue cheese fondue, Swiss and bacon jam; The Bad, with melted chedder and folded cheddar crisps; and The Ugly, with Guinness Stout chili, jalapeno cheddar sauce and sour cream; and there are plenty more sandwich options beyond those gems. Don’t miss the Mac & Cheese, with traditional, Chili Mac, Buffalo Chicken Mac, Roasted Mushroom Mac and Pulled Pork Mac. And The Republic’s beer menu seems to be updated with each passing moment and includes a dizzying array of beers all destined to be new favorites.
101 James Doolittle Blvd., Uniondale
Whether pre-gaming before a New York Islanders home game or grabbing some food and drink after the final whistle, there are few local options better than Champions at the Long Island Marriott. And for those away games, Champions has visitors covered with more than 40 32-inch flat panel HDTVs, four 46-inch flat-panel HDTVs and three 52-inch plasma TVs. Enjoy the atmosphere created by walls of sports memorabilia while eating and drinking offerings like burgers, sandwiches, sliders, wings and every classic go-to beer one can imagine.
287 Main St., Huntington Village
There are so many bars and restaurants along Huntingon Village’s main drag that it’s hard to pick one spot as the launch pad of a long night of pub-crawling. But it doesn’t hurt to start at Sapsuckers, a gastro-pub with an extensive menu and a rotating line of 16 craft beers. First on the beer: all options are small batch productions and special, with many choices rare and extremely limited. In addition to its draughts, Sapsuckers has a bottle list of 40 selections. Be sure to read the pub’s Field Guide to Beer to learn more. As for the food, appetizers and entrees are next-level good, but don’t pass over the Sandwich Joint section of the menu. Check out “Not Like Mom’s” grilled cheese, the Decadent Dog, the Mallet Burger and the incomparable Philly Cheese Steak.
After loading up at Sapsuckers, head out to other village options including Nag’s Head Ale House, 396 New York Ave.; 400 New York Ave.; and Meehan’s of Huntington, 371 New York Ave.