Chefs at Prime Catch Seafood Bar & Lounge grill, roast, and broil a smattering of surf 'n' turf selections, serving them up in a lively, cozy dining room with festive, cinnamon-red walls and warm, glowing string lights. Swordfish, ahi tuna, and lobster headline the bill of seafood options, which arrive drizzled with savory sauces such as sambuca-infused dijonnaise and lemon-chardonnay cream. Turf-based dishes include the classic chicken parmesan and the 10-ounce filet mignon. A full bar proffers European draft beers and several signature martinis, and an extensive wine list includes tasting notes that make it easy to pair beverages with menu items and to cram for the wine quiz that's delivered with every dessert. Daytime patrons can nosh on lighter lunch fare⎯such as a surf ‘n’ turf wrap or fish and chips⎯on the outside patio during the summer months, or drop in on a Friday night for live music and karaoke.
On Sunday at Cannon's Blackthorn, a fluid collective of flutists, drummers, and fiddlers gather around brick fireplaces and play traditional Irish music through the afternoon. They welcome all musicians into their circle, as well as the occasional Irish dancers, whose footfalls reverberate off the dining room's stone floors and wood walls. Though Sundays provide the liveliest display of Irish pride at Cannon's Blackthorn, the eatery celebrates Irish culture in more subtle ways throughout the week. Dining companions can settle into private enclaves to share a romantic dinner and whisper sweet nutritional facts into one another's ears before noshing on hearty meat stews and pot pies. Additionally, bartenders pour brews until 4 a.m. seven nights a week.
Chef Ayhan opened his first restaurant on Long Island more than 35 years ago, setting the stage for a fiefdom of successful Mediterranean restaurants across the region, each one serving up freshly caught seafood, succulent kebabs, and creamy hummus. The menu draws inspiration from the cuisines of Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, and Israel, entertaining taste buds with an eclectic mix of dishes, such as doner gyro kebab, spinach-and-feta pie, sesame-crusted salmon, and char-grilled calamari.
Surfing photographs speckle the exposed brick walls of The Beach House's lively dining room, where guests clink glasses of frosty brews over plates of juicy Angus beef specialty burgers, pressed paninis, and sizzling seafood specialties. On weekend nights, they?ll dance to live music and DJed dance tunes. During game time, guests turn their attention to their attention to the rows of massive flat screens, which broadcast the latest matches.
Although its inventory includes more than 50 beers on tap and nearly as many bottled options,"We do not carry Bud, Coors, or Miller," Croxley's Ale House proudly proclaims. Instead, the bar pours seasonal brews, such as 21st Amendment Brewery's Hell or High Watermelon, and bold, creative craft beers, including Founders Brewing Co.'s Dirty Bastard and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery's 90 Minute IPA. It also serves classics, such as Stella Artois and Yuengling Traditional Lager, which, as Groupon Guide documented, are made by some of the world's oldest breweries. Croxley's supports local breweries, too, including Long Island's own Blue Point Brewing and Great South Bay Brewery, along with its Brooklyn neighbors, such as Sixpoint Brewery.
Croxley's food menu varies by each location, but it is always just as large and discerning as the ale house's drink selection. The chefs stick with pub-grub favorites, including burgers and sandwiches. Several locations provide two complimentary cocktails with Sunday brunch, whereas others offer a 2-pound pot of Hoegaarden mussels cooked in the Belgian white ale. Still others serve the Fireman's buffalo burger, which comes with a hookup to the nearest hydrant to cool taste buds.
Behind the knives of a Michelin-rated chef, 212 Sushi Lounge crafts plates of Pan-Asian cuisine that are just as elegant and artistic as the restaurant's decor. Black chairs and tables populate the intimately lit dining space, where visitors chat over creative cocktails and navigate the lengthy menu. At this point, it becomes evident: though there are dozens of rolls available, 212 is much more than just a sushi lounge. Long Island ducking is delivered to tables adorned with a white truffle honey gel and dark cherry sauce, and crispy rock shrimp tempura arrives alongside a spicy kochujan sauce and wasabi aioli. Equally enticing desserts cap off visits on a sweet note.