Shackletons has been part of the Franklin Square community for some time, but it might feel different to recent visitors thanks to new management who has redone the space and menus. The happy hour crowd is equally as welcome as a family out to dinner, and the menu reflects this open-door policy?there's chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese, but there's also pork tenderloin and baked clams. Many of the entrees have an Italian flavor with eggplant parmigiana and pasta alla vodka, and seafood is plentiful with mussels, crab cakes, and fish and chips. Those seeking entertainment with their meal can stop by for trivia on Wednesdays, karaoke on Thursdays, or a live DJ on Fridays and Saturdays.
When it comes to fun at Bowlmor Lanes, folks aren't locked into just bowling, though there's plenty of that. Glow-in-the-dark lanes and banquette seating beckon players to try their hand at bowling or chill out and order drinks and snacks from lane-side servers. But for the pin-weary, there are other forms of entertainment including billiards, air hockey, and ping pong for purchase. These myriad amenities make Bowlmor Lanes a destination for group get-togethers such as birthdays and "No-Kevins-Allowed" club meetings.
At Revel, the culinary team's careful execution of new American cuisines with worldly influences have caught the attention of more than the locals. The restaurant earned the praises of the New York Times' food critic Joann Starkey, whose visit was replete with cuisine that hit the mark. Starkey isn't Revel's only fan; the restaurant makes frequent appearances on best-of lists, taking home honors as Long Island Restaurant News's Best Restaurant, Best Chef, and Best Deal of 2014 and one of Newsday's Top 20 Restaurants of 2013. The dinner menu bears out these accolades. Meals starts with appetizers?such as roasted brussels sprouts drizzled with juniper honey and topped with cherries and pecorino?which lead up to entrees including braised pork osso bucco, grilled atlantic swordfish, and an 8-ounce filet mignon with a tiny flag that reads, "You made it."
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.
The bartenders at The Drunken Penguin boost spirits with a slew of drink specials and a limited but affordable menu of pub fare. An Internet jukebox pumps tunes throughout the bar's two floors as patrons hit the dance floor, chug digital pellets on a classic Pac-Man arcade machine, and cheer for their favorite zamboni drivers during NHL broadcasts on six TVs. Each night of the week highlights different specials and themes, from beer-pong tournaments on Tuesday to six-hour Texas Hold 'em marathons on Sunday night.
The gastronomic gurus at Manhattan Bar & Lounge populate a menu with upscale American dishes and small plates. Diners can smother stomach fires with a cold antipasto plate, which comes adorned with a trio of italian meats—prosciutto, sopressata, and genoa salami—as well as fresh olives and artichokes ($12). A collection of handheld treats, including an herb-roasted tomato flatbread ($14) and a ham-and-mozzarella panini ($9), keeps rabble-rousing fingers from initiating unsolicited thumb wars, and the baby arugula salad ($9) turns plates into a garden of fresh flavors. On the sweeter side, velvety double-chocolate-mousse cake ($7) and creamy tiramisu ($7) follow up main courses and make uvulas swoon. Throughout meals, diners employ their full set of senses by admiring the dark wooden décor and relishing live music and performances from entertainers such as cover bands, belly dancers, and waiter impersonators.