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.
Kodiak’s Restaurant & Bar fills hollowed bellies with laid-back eats and drinks in the comfortable surroundings of rich, dark wood, cultured stone, and ambient athletic action. The extensive menus supply a bevy of stomach-pleasing dishes, such as breaded ravioli, filled with ricotta and covered in Italian breadcrumbs ($7.99). Right the wrongs of swallowing a 10-ounce wad of gum with an 8-ounce Bear Burger ($8.49), which can be constructed into a leaning tower of meat, complete with charming cheeses ($0.50 extra) and toppings such as sautéed mushrooms, onions, or fried jalapeños ($0.75 each). Encourage mental high-fives between taste buds and digestive tracks with specialty cocktails or craft beers, which are selected from small breweries throughout New York and the Northeast.
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.
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.
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.
?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.