At Caruso's, Italian cuisine is the star of the show. On an outdoor patio or indoor dining room, forks can be found twirling through plates of spaghetti and linguine or spearing nubs of homemade gnocchi. In the kitchen, chefs make sure to use fresh ingredients in each of their dishes, sourcing items locally when possible. Local littleneck clams made an appearance on the menu, while Long Island's own Pellegrini chardonnay and merlot can be found amidst the wine list's Italian and Californian options. Diners may also opt to recreate the restaurant experience in their own home with a take-home pie from Caruso's attached brick-oven pizzeria and white tablecloths draped over the family dog.
Though DEKS American Restaurant is located in the historic Hallock House—Rocky Point's oldest commercial building—its approach is distinctly contemporary, pairing artful entrees with an evolving rotation of 190 craft beers and imports. Cooks marinate and blacken porterhouse steaks, slather baby back ribs in barbecue sauce, and sauté shrimp and chicken to serve with goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes over pasta. In addition to these mainstays, each month brings a new themed menu featuring unique and seasonal favorites, such as "Cajunfest" and Oktoberfest.
Encompassed in the forest's green embrace, Pine Ridge Golf Club supplies a scenic golf setting where players can hone their skills at a first-rate practice facility. For a delightful session of tenderizing golf balls, head to Pine Ridge's driving range and launch ball after ball off the large grass pad (open for use on weekends until Labor Day, which is Monday, September 5). Golfers can also break in shy putters on the spacious putting green, where they'll master the tap, bend, and roll by sinking shots from near or far. This Groupon also includes a $10 discount on all rounds played after 5 p.m. any day of the week, giving players a chance to venture out into the real golfing world, which is even more dangerous than it sounds.
Long Island's Hana Japanese Restaurant dishes out sushi, teriyaki, and other Asian cuisine beneath the glow of lantern-like hanging lamps. Within the moss-green walls of the dining room, diners feast on maki rolls and sashimi feasts; exposed wooden rafters recall the restrained aesthetics of traditional Japanese architecture. Korean dishes such as bulgogi and bibimbap round out the dinner menu, and diners can cap off meals with fried or regular ice cream in flavors such as green tea or ginger.
Brightly colored pennants embellish the ceiling at Port Jeff Bowl, but bowling skills demonstrated in the lanes below are what attract attention. Players hurl balls toward pins for fun or team up with peers to play in one of many leagues, divided by age and whether or not a player is tall enough to ride a roller coaster. On Tuesday nights from 9:30 to midnight, athletes enjoy an unlimited amount of fun during Bottomless Bowling. And after hours spent satiating competitive impulses built up over years of being benched during tag, patrons can quench thirsts and appetites with a beer and bite at Splitz Sports Bar. The alley also hosts parties and private events for up to 200 guests, which lets partygoers pair play with pizza, soda, or buffet fare in the 11th Frame Lounge.
Vito’s of Port Jeff pairs housemade Italian entrees with one of the world’s best side dishes: live music. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night, performers such as opera virtuoso Carmelo Raccuglia and lounge singer Randy Berlient serenade diners with their silky-smooth vocals. Elvis impersonator Rick Virga also swings by the dining room to perform the King’s hit tracks and recite transcripts of his best-loved takeout orders.
Though these performers’ catchy ditties set toes to tapping, the restaurant’s old-world cooking still manages to steal the spotlight every night. Vito’s seasoned chefs sauce delicate cuts of seafood or hearty portions of chicken and veal, and they bake stuffed pastas until they bubble over with cheese and marinara.
Drop in for a bite and a quaff and scan the appropriate breakfast or lunch menu. Start the day with an innovative omelette such as the Down Port (lump crab, asparagus, crisp bacon, roasted red pepper, and smoked gouda served with home fries and choice of toast; $11.95), or maintain a flavor-fueled daytrip with a wrap such as the house-made chicken salad with apple, mixed greens, and tomato ($9.95) or the half-pound gorgonzola and roasted red pepper burger, with lettuce, tomato, and red onion served with fries and a salad ($10.95). Bring a special someone for a tandem plunge into the molten goodness of cheese or chocolate fondue ($25 for a couple), or bring a crowd of friendly strangers to bond over tasty tapas ($9–$12).