Deer Park Bowl sets an atmosphere of relaxed fun with its state-of-the-art lanes and onsite bar and grill. Patriotic stars and stripes adorn 16 gleaming Brunswick Pro Anvil synthetic lanes that also feature upfront ball returns, delivering balls back to players faster than it takes to memorize the 14 Eskimo words for “bowling.” Servers at the onsite Pinheads Bar & Grill dish up pizzas, fried fare, and Italian entrees as customers play darts, gaze at six plasma televisions, and swig from an extensive selection of cold bottles, tap beer, and top-shelf liquor. On weekend nights, neon lighting transforms the alley into a cosmic wonderland, accompanied by satellite radio and Saturday night.
Nina Julian Salon is bringing a tiny touch of Hollywood glamour to Huntington Station, starting with the framed picture of Marilyn Monroe that graces the salon’s sky-blue walls. The movie star sits with her chin in her hands, as if passing time by watching the stylists hard at work creating trendy cuts or bestowing heads with eye-catching feather extensions. An elegant chandelier casts a romantic glow as clients become red-carpet ready with sleek blowouts or curling-iron styles, or allow stylists to paint their strands with face-framing highlights to mentally prepare for an upcoming film role as “salon guest #1.”
For more than 25 years, Drama Kids International has nurtured thousands of thespian students and kids simply searching for an engaging activity, instilling children with the ability to speak clearly and confidently. Classes focus on sharpening articulated speech and encouraging creative expression. Children are placed in classes according to their age group: the Lower Primary (ages 5–8) teaches kids how to deliver lines and hone social skills, the Upper Primary (ages 9–11) delves into improvisation and dramatic movement, and the DKI Acting Academy (ages 12–17) preps scene-stealers on how to audition for their dream role. Each class includes a variety of activities for kids to unleash their imagination, which develops their dramatic abilities in a fun, easy-going setting. Drama Kids instructors foster an open, comfortable acting environment. Call ahead to schedule the first class and start your child down the path of becoming one of the more notable Baldwin brothers.
The chefs at Four Food Studio and Cocktail Salon craft a new seasonal menu every 13 weeks that highlights fresh, local ingredients transformed into imaginative Asian-American fusion fare. Like misguided Battleship game pieces, fangs sink into the Four Style peking duck, half a roasted duck served extra crispy with cucumber, cilantro, and hoisin ($32). Cravings for carnivorous fixes and nostalgia meet their match with the Kobe meatloaf slathered in gravy and accessorized with peas and baby carrots ($21). The winter-squash ravioli brims with toasted pumpkin seeds and crispy bacon chips in a balsamic reduction ($24), and the 48-hour braised short ribs ($35) outshine their daylight-savings-time brethren, which only take 47 hours to prepare.
Since 1984, Rock-N-Roll University has equipped musicians with the equipment, accessories, and skills to pursue their ambitions in songsmithing. Glistening guitars in all shapes and colors hang from the walls in rows, surrounded by equipment such as amps, practice books, and freeze-dried roadies. The shop also retails and rents instruments for orchestras and bands as well as the various parts and salves to keep them in working order. Rock-N-Roll University also has a varied curriculum for students of music. There are both private and group classes, where you can learn with traditional lessons, jam sessions, and band programs that culminate in live concerts.
Film fanatics flock to Cinema Arts Centre—chosen as Long Island's best movie theater by Long Island Press readers—to get their fix of foreign, independent, and other hard-to-find flicks. Upcoming attractions include Philippe Mora's The Howling III: The Marsupials, a moving picture about a runaway werewolf girl who falls for a young filmmaker and 101 freckled puppies dodging a cruel woman in a fur coat. Celluloid eyeball feasts may be paired with freshly popped popcorn and a fountain soda infused with the fizzy essence of imported giggles.
At Vitae Restaurant & Wine Bar, executive chef Steven Del Lima puts a contemporary spin on continental fare from filet mignon to veal scallopini, a talent that helped him earn an entry in Best Chefs America. Del Lima's appetizers in particular have an international flair—beef tenderloin medallions come with hand-stretched tandoori naan, and flash-fried calamari is glazed with sweet Thai pepper.
At Vitae's opening in 2011, a reviewer from the New York Times praised both the "tender baby back ribs," brushed with house-made black-coffee barbecue sauce, and the "elegant" ambiance, enhanced by the soft glow of recessed lighting and hanging lamps. Stored behind an onyx-amber bar and in a 1,400-bottle cellar, an extensive wine selection earned the Huntington eatery a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2012.