The heat from a brick fireplace rises up toward Black Forest Brew Haus's vaulted ceilings, mingling with the warmth from knotted Bavarian-style pretzels and wiener schnitzel. Her arms laden skillfully with an impressive number of full steins, a German woman looks down from a wall mural accented by the nation?s red, black, and gold flag. The painting shows the entire process of brewing, from sun-soaked fields to brass kettles.
The eatery?s brewmasters recreate this process themselves, stirring batches of wheat and boiling water to forge hefeweizen, an unfiltered, honey-hued beer thick with notes of orange and other fruit. The bartenders also pour house-made pilsner and imperial stouts, all forged according to the German tradition of using water, yeast, hops, and grain (and others flavors depending upon the beer). During warm weather, the brimming glasses click together in the beer garden beneath a crimson canopy.
With sweeping views of Bethpage State Park Golf Course, the idyllic setting of the 2009 U.S. Golf Open Championship, Taste 99 at Carlyle on the Green matches its majestic surrounds with an ornate interior and a versatile menu of upscale American eats. Chef Paul Haizlip updates classic steakhouse fare with exotic flavors and creative fish dishes, taking care to balance his tasty innovations with reverence to simple, expertly seared steaks. His culinary feats are enjoyed in a grandiose dining space marked by cream-colored walls, ceiling beams, and a portrait of the inventor of golf, Tiger Woods. When the sun decides to smile upon earth creatures, diners can plop into outdoor patio seating and sip a glass of wine from the restaurant?s extensive list.
With five sizes of burger, 28 free toppings, and up to 378,000 possible flavor combinations for shakes and malts, Cheeburger Cheeburger is a perfect stop for picky eaters and brilliant statisticians alike. This national 50s-style burger joint is notable for its sweeping menu of sandwiches, platters, and shakes, as well as its commitment to quality ingredients, such as Naturewell natural Angus beef. Everything is cooked to order, including the fresh-cut fries ($2.29–$4.29) and battered onion rings ($2.99–$4.99). Burgers range from the Classic ($5.29), weighing in at 5.5 ounces before cooking, to the signature Famous Pounder, a 20-ounce slab of bovine ecstasy ($10.99). Champion beefeaters can earn their photograph on the "Wall of Fame" for slaying this burger behemoth. Herbivores can opt for the grilled portobello-mushroom melt with sautéed onions and swiss cheese on rye ($7.49), or the veggie burger ($6.99), whereas lovers of air-meat can indulge in the My Bleu Chicken ($7.49), a grilled chicken breast smothered in swiss and blue cheese. Carbophobes can avoid filling up on bread with bun-free CheePlatters, sandwich fillings served with choice of cheese, toppings, side, dipping sauce, side salad or coleslaw, and sautéed onions ($9.99), or meal-sized, custom salads (starting at $6.99).
"Saying a panino is just a sandwich is like saying a Lamborghini is just a car," says La Bottega owner Giuseppe Ruta. His passion for the Italian dish runs deep, and because it's one he shares with his wife, Marisa, they opened a panini shop in Long Island in 2003. More than a decade later, La Bottega now boasts nearly 60 paninis, ranging from a roasted portobello with mozzarella to a meaty Nycom with grilled chicken and Parma ham. Many of the paninis can be prepared gluten-free, rounding out a separate menu that also includes 15 gourmet salads. And it's clear that their food is a hit, as they've expanded to 14 La Bottega locations, including one in their home country of Italy, where paninis can be purchased with more paninis.
Though Bud's Ale House lives up to its name—its locations boast up to 80 beer taps, more than 16 bottled varieties, and up to 60 televisions—this versatile eatery has something for everyone. As tasty brews pour from taps, including a daily special of $2 Bud and Bud Light drafts, bartenders deftly mix up top-shelf margaritas, colorful martinis, and classic cocktails. These adult libations wash down a hearty menu that spans the entire spectrum of American cuisine: habanero barbecue wings, steamed local clams, and meaty burgers are served up daily alongside gooey quesadillas and German-style bratwurst. Bud's desserts threaten to steal the spotlight, capping feasts with deep-fried Oreos and tangy key lime pie.
?Wild Wild West Saloon fuels late-night revelry by keeping its kitchen open until 4 a.m. each day. Though its menu definitely has a Southwestern slant?steak fajitas, chicken quesadillas?the bar is most known for its burgers.?The gourmet creations range from the Surf and Turf topped with shrimp and cheese to the Fireman's buffalo burger served with wing sauce, bacon, blue-cheese dressing, and a fire extinguisher.?
It's easy to stick around for the late-night eats, too, thanks to cold drinks and regular events such as karaoke Tuesdays and Ladies Night specials on Thursdays.