Little Town NYC unabashedly hearts New York. Of its three restaurants, two are located in iconic Manhattan spots: one in Union Square, the other on Theater District’s Restaurant Row. Little Town’s fancy for the Empire State shines through on the menu, too, with homestyle dishes such as the Adirondack chicken pesto and an Angus beef burger topped with crispy Berkshire bacon. The Suburb Backyard BBQ platter is piled high with enough buffalo wings, Nathan's hot dogs, and other locally inspired fare to feed a family of four.
Little Town NYC also takes great pride in its beer list, which features more than 100 local brews, including IPAs and amber ales that hail from breweries in Long Island, Ithaca, and Saratoga Springs. At the Restaurant Row location, you can enjoy a pilsner from Coney Island while sitting in a booth constructed from the beach’s old wooden boardwalk.
Mario and Anna Abitino emigrated from Naples to the U.S. in 1972. Mario quickly found work in the pizza business, and the couple eventually opened a restaurant of their own: Abitino’s Pizza and Italian Kitchen, in Midtown Manhattan. That was more than 20 years ago. Today, the couple and their three sons, Dominick, Mario Jr., and Salvatore, run six New York pizzerias bearing the family name. Each offers an expansive menu of signature pizzas and other Italian entrees, such as gnocchi sorrentino and pasta stuffed with fresh littleneck clams. Their pizzas and calzones use dough made right on the premises, and their tomato sauce is also housemade—with tomatoes from Naples, naturally.
When fans of fine libations want to carouse breweries and get festive at beer festivals, the last thing they want to do is worry about transportation. Designated drinkers deserve to indulge in style, and that's where Tapped Enterprises and its Long Island Beer Bus steps in. During popular tours, the freshly renovated party buses act as conduits to frothy beverages, giving safe and festive passage from shore to shore, hitting all of Long Island's most popular breweries, wineries, sporting events, and beer festivals since 2009. The Long Island Beer Bus is also suited for midsized trips for birthdays, anniversaries, and bachelor or bachelorette parties, and each round-trip tour includes a charismatic host adroit in all of the scenic sights and essential bars.
The oenophiles behind Novit? Wine Bar and Trattoria are so passionate about wine that they had a digital, temperature-controlled wine-serving system custom built for them in Australia. It's given their bar the ability to serve 100 wines from around the world by the glass on any given day. Because of the system's ability to dole out 1/2-ounce tastes, 3.5-ounce pours, and 6-ounce full pours, it allows patrons to sample wines they might normally avoid due to their high bottle prices.
Wine may be what Novit? specializes in, but executive chef Ed Davis doesn't let it overshadow the food. He and his team whip up Naples-style pizzas and pastas topped with Maine lobster or stuffed with creamy burrata cheese. And for brunch, there's cappuccino french toast, a tastier option than the more traditional Italian breakfast dish of pancakes covered in marinara sauce.
Hampton Luxury Liner transports its passengers around in a lavish motorcoach that boasts five flat-screen TVs, complimentary WiFi, and an on-bus library. The luxury buses travel to destinations ranging from the Hamptons to Atlantic City, with specific stops at wineries, resorts, and casinos. Reclining leather seats with space for laptops and maximum leg extension typify the cushy interior, and each road cruiser also comes equipped with a library and refrigerator, useful for storing steaks to distract the thousands of chasing dogs such a luxurious bus usually attracts.
The annual International Great Beer Expo
assembles more than 50 breweries from around the world at Long Island's Belmont Park Racetrack. Every attendee through the gates gets a 5-ounce souvenir tasting glass, which they can fill and refill with 2-ounce samples from any exhibiting brewery. Beers truly hail from all corners of the world, including Lebanon, Indonesia, Nicaragua, and New Zealand, in addition to places famed for their brews such as Ireland, Belgium, and Germany. But the event isn't all fun and games of bags; a portion of the proceeds benefits the Beer for Brains Foundation, which brings craft-beer lovers together to help find a cure for brain cancer.