Restaurants offer diners both a delicious reprieve from the kitchen and a secure environment that makes it virtually impossible for the dish to run away with the spoon. Keep your eating implements obedient with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of small-plate fare and drinks at Sugar Dining Den and Social Club in Carle Place.
The brainchild of nightlife devotee Brian Rosenburg and veteran executive chef Hok Chin, Sugar Dining Den and Social Club specializes in small, sharable dishes that allow guests to experience flavors from a variety of ethnic influences. The small-plate menu draws inspiration from Italian, Tex-Mex, bistro, and Asian-fusion cuisines. Guests can revel in the joys of intoxicated meats with the Drunken Share ribs, which imbibe 24 hours' worth of marinade before passing out in a grilled-scallion honey-soy glaze ($11). The jumbo-lump crab cakes are mingled with mango salsa, wasabi, and avocado tartar sauce to achieve maximum shareability ($12), although the menu's full-size entrees satisfy those who failed the sharing portion of online college. Serenade a sweet tooth with one of Sugar's signature desserts, such as the waffle kabob à la mode, made with brûléed bananas, candied walnuts, vanilla ice cream, and maple syrup ($6). Desserts also take a drinkable form on Sugar's luxuriously sweet mixed-drink menu, featuring such delights as the Swedish Fish and Black & White Cookie cocktails.
Afterhours, Sugar easily transitions from a posh dining experience into a nightclub, the way a chipmunk transitions into a full-grown squirrel when it's hit by direct sunlight. With DJs from all over the world spinning nightly, a stellar bottle service available, and a majestically glowing bar, revelers can dance until dawn or enjoy a few more drinks before everyone turns back into neon pumpkins.
Sugar Dining Den and Social Club
In 1997, Chef Hok Chin moved to New York City from Hong Kong, where he’d been in training with some of the city’s finest chefs since age 14. Though his culinary talents were already formidable, the ambitious young chef faced a hurdle he couldn’t simply spatula himself over: the English language. Undaunted, he headed back to work the humblest kitchen positions and scrabbled his way back to the top at establishments such as Tavern on the Green, The Mark Hotel, and most recently, La Caravelle. In 2010, the multinational gourmet teamed up with nightlife impresario Brian Rosenberg, and the duo’s new venture, Sugar Dining Den and Social Club, drove Joanne Starkey of the New York Times to rave, “The food is delicious—much better than it has to be—and the service is excellent.”
Something between a nightclub and a fine-dining establishment, Sugar immediately immerses its guests in a world of bright lights, pulsing beats, and an arrestingly modern architectural scheme that sets a decorative forest of tree branches beneath a looming vaulted ceiling. After a dinner of gourmet fusion cuisine, such as Pacific Rim skirt steak with green chili potatoes and hand-cut sweet potato fries with maple-chipotle barbecue sauce, the eating area transforms into a dance floor soundtracked by some of today’s most popular DJs. The cocktail list keeps the party rolling late into the night with charmingly titled offerings such as the Black and White Cookie and the Swedish Fish.