Not even Hurricane Sandy could stop Rachel?s Waterside Grill from treating its guests to feasts of fresh seafood. One year after the devastating storm, the completely refurbished cafe dishes up sandwiches, salads, and hearty brunches and breakfasts made with locally acquired ingredients, earning praise from regulars and awards from regional chambers of commerce.
The waterfront eatery?voted Best Seafood on Long Island in the Long Island Press's Best of LI in 2011, 2012, and 2013?hooks up its customers with delicious, fresh-from-the-sea catches, like a dating service for mermen. Cooks simmer these seafoods in housemade sauces and speckle them atop veggie-laden plates. An indoor seating area treats guests to a painted seascape, while the expansive, heated seaside deck regales al fresco diners with the real thing.
When kids visit Dave's Barbershop for a trim, they get to sit behind the wheel of sleek red racecar that doubles as a barber's chair. And although most adults won't fit into the stylish sports car, they still leave feeling suave thanks to the haircuts, color, and waxing services that are the shop's specialties. Beyond cropping locks and camouflaging greys, the staff smoothes scratchy chins with classic shaves, which include a luxurious hot-towel treatment that softens stubble and glued-on Santa beards before they are deftly sheared away.
Amid its 25,000 square feet of climate-controlled indoor turf, Long Island Sports Complex treats up to 15 birthday celebrants to one hour of motion-based merriment, followed by a half-hour of pizza, cake, drinks, and party goods. The facility takes care of all the food, decorations and invitations, so parents can spend more time knitting the perfect birthday gift or reanimating it during an electrical storm. Sports-party revelers get to release excess energy with their choice of soccer, baseball, softball, football, or lacrosse without the outdoor inconveniences of grass stains or slingshotted acorns from territorial squirrels. Two to four sport-savvy supervisors will be on hand to make sure that everyone has a safe time.
The kinetic clash of zipping projectiles resonates throughout Baseball Plus’s expansive indoor facility, where baseball players and golfers alike can groom their game in multiple batting cages and state-of-the-art Full Swing golf simulators. The studio’s mechanical hurlers paint the plate with pitches dialed to one of seven total speeds—topping out at 80 mph and hitting the low-end with high-arcing, slow-pitch softball—for players to swat with their trusty bat or swimming noodle. Up to four linksmen can loop the realistic-looking courses contained in each golf simulator, which precisely replicates the emerald corridors of 50 worldwide courses. Players can spend their two-hour session playing competitive rounds of golf or in training modules that foster games of longest drive, closest to the pin, and greatest postswing pirouette.
Drawing on the rock-appraising skills of an on-site diamond expert, Vincenté Jewelers constructs custom-made jewelry, bracelets, and watches, setting each diamond within the store’s work area. The faceted jewels, imported from Israel via solid-gold catapult, make up most of the baubles in Vincenté Jewelers’ specialty engagement and wedding rings selection. Fancify the lobiest parts of the ears with a set of colored-stone earring studs ($60–$80) or a gold hoop earring ($100), which fingers can also use to hula back into shape for swimsuit season. Otherwise, encircle beloved noggin pedestals with a silver designer piece necklace ($100) or provoke the seething envy of collarbones with diamond-decorated birthstone pendants ($200).