Chefs at George Martin's Strip Steak stand guard at roiling broilers, anticipating the exact moment when each dry-aged Angus steak within has perfectly browned. Ladles of béarnaise and au poivre sauces in hand, the kitchen staff sends each order—flanked by ramekins of sautéed vegetables or hand-cut french fries—out into the cozy, candlelit dining room. Wines and signature cocktails, such as ginger cosmopolitans, pair with each entree, including the restaurant's eponymous steaks, free-range chicken, brazilian lobster tails, and veal chops. George Martin's Strip Steak also caters special events, from small gatherings in its private dining rooms to onsite celebrations for up to 100 tuxedoed mannequins.
Each membership level offers a distinct set of benefits, ranging from the simple tonal bliss of the basic bronze-level experience to the top-tier transformative power of lounge-chair tanning with the diamond package. Depending on the individual level and bed, guests can enjoy on-board amenities that may include the use of climate control, cool misting sprays, aromatic fragrances, and MP3 player inputs. Certain beds even have an open-air design to help alleviate feelings of claustrophobia and burritophobia, the fear of appearing delicious.
Grillfire wields a cornucopia overflowing with grilled burgers, seafood, and other hearty American classics. Dig into brunch at the Long Beach or Merrick location with the smoked salmon benedict, which pairs flavorful lox with an English muffin, poached eggs, and Hollandaise sauce ($15). Both the Merrick and the Rockville Centre locations offer lunch menus bursting with rich burgers, healthful salad, and baroque burger sculptures made of increasingly tiny burgers. Delight carnivorous palates with the Grillfire Marinated Skirt Steak, which arrives alongside servings of crispy onions ($18). For dinner, take a walk on the wholesome side with the wonton mango salad, which intermixes baby greens, crispy noodles, cukes, and carrots with a sesame-ginger dressing ($12 Rockville Centre and Merrick, $11 Long Beach). To satisfy a need for tenderness unmet by clever greeting cards, chow down on the Long Beach location’s 8-ounce Filet Mignon ($25), the most sentimental of all steaks.
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.
At Cielo Ristorante Italiano, candles cast orbs of light on white linens. Marble columns intersperse potted palms, and marigold walls sport paintings of the Italian countryside, where meatballs roam free. In addition to the decor, Cielo Ristorante Italiano pays homage to the Mediterranean with traditional Italian dishes and drinks. Chefs toss pastas with fresh tomatoes and italian meats and drizzle free-range chicken and veal with herb-infused white-wine sauces, and servers happily suggest pairings from the eatery’s ample Italian wine menu.
At Sangre De Uva, visitors can relish the flavors of Spain, Cuba, and Portugal in the form of tapas—small, sophisticated appetizers that are meant to be shared. Options range from chilled seafood ceviches to ropa vieja, a dish of shredded flank steak served with fried plantains. Bartenders fill glasses with Spanish, Portuguese, and local wines.
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.