When in Rome, do as the Romans—but when in Long Island, try a Long Island Iced Tea. There are dozens of bars in Long Island, so where do you go to get the best Long Island Iced Teas? MAXIM Hair Restoration wants to help you find the best local hangouts, so here’s a convenient list of some of the best bars in Long Island, New York, for drinks, food, and entertainment.
Mercato Kitchen & Cocktails
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For one of the best Long Island Iced Teas in Long Island, Mercato Kitchen & Cocktails is near the top of the list. This Italian-American restaurant uses fresh local ingredients in its pasta, flatbreads, and entrees. The chef creates appealing and delicious dishes that almost look too good to eat. Mercato Kitchen & Cocktails has a friendly and welcoming owner who takes time to mingle with customers and a staff that provides quality customer service. The friendly ambiance makes it a great place to spend an evening out with friends.
Mercato Kitchen & Cocktails has a large menu featuring appetizers and entrees for lunch and dinner. Gluten-free options are available on request. Some customer favorites include the avocado salad and the mouth-watering Chicken Panetone. Make sure to try one of the desserts like the cheesecake with raspberry sauce or the bread pudding with brandy. The bar offers a variety of handcrafted cocktails, homemade sangria, martinis, and wines, including a delicious Long Island Iced Tea. You can visit Mercato Kitchen & Cocktails at 4958 Merrick Rd. in Massapequa Park.
If you prefer a classic New York City bar scene, try LIC BAR in Queens. This 100-year-old pub has a cool vibe and a casual atmosphere with hardwood floors, exposed brick walls. and furniture from the ’60s and ’70s. The long antique bar and large tables make this a perfect spot for socializing with large groups of friends. You can sit outside in the gorgeous garden under the willow trees if it’s sunny out or near heat lamps on a chilly night. On a Sunday night, you can enjoy performances by local musicians.
LIC BAR serves draft beers, reasonably-priced mixed drinks, and a specialty LIC Long Island Iced Tea which the bartender spruces up with just a hint of peach nectar. LIC BAR is located at 45-58 Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City.
Post Office Cafe
The Post Office Cafe has been a favorite local hangout since 1978. The cafe serves great Long Island Iced Teas, but it also offers great food and company. The restaurant is cheerful and bright, with large skylights that brighten up the large space. The friendly atmosphere has live music and an outdoor dining area, so on warm nights, you can enjoy the fresh air while you socialize over dinner and cocktails.
The cafe has a large casual dining menu featuring choices like delicious spinach dip with warm pita, juicy burgers, and tasty fish and chips. The craft beer, signature cocktails, and friendly staff will help guests enjoy an evening out. The Post Office Cafe also has a great Sunday brunch with mimosas. You’ll find the Post Office Cafe at 130 W. Main St. in Babylon.
Palmer’s American Grille
For an elegant night on the town in an upscale atmosphere with fine dining, try Palmer’s American Grille. You can order a classy cocktail or a glass of wine as you enjoy the rich mahogany decor, complete with hand-carved figureheads. The bar features a selection of specialty martinis and many craft beers.
Dinner entrees include selections like Beef Wellington, rack of lamb, and pan-seared sea scallops. Definitely save room for dessert at Palmer’s, which features exquisite dishes including creme brulee and bananas foster. Palmer’s American Grille is located at 123 Fulton St. in Farmingdale.
Holiday Cocktail Lounge
Holiday Cocktail Lounge, built in 1835, was a speakeasy over the course of its history. Today, it’s a great place to go for a Long Island Iced Tea or your cocktail of choice. This old-fashioned bar has antique wood paneling and a laid-back atmosphere, ideal for a casual dinner date. If you enjoy stylish dive bars, you’ll feel right at home at Holiday Cocktail Lounge. You can sit inside at the bar or at the tabes, or outside on the back patio.
The menu features items like specialty burgers, kielbasa and kimchi tacos, crab rolls, and vegetarian sliders. Whether you choose an appetizer, a meal, or dessert, you’re sure to enjoy the food and drinks here. Holiday Cocktail Lounge is at 75 Saint Marks Place in New York.
The Tiki Bar at Sunset Harbour
When you want a unique setting for cocktail hour in Long Island, head over to The Tiki Bar at Sunset Harbour. This Hawaiian-themed bar will help you find that tropical feeling so you can relax with a smile on your face. There’s often live music at the Tiki Bar for entertainment while you enjoy your drinks and meal. Check their online calendar to see when your favorite local musicians perform.
At The Tiki Bar you can start your meal with an appetizer of clams or oysters on the half shell. For the main course, the menu features a variety of seafood including broiled sea scallops, mussels over linguini, and lobster ravioli. There are plenty of entrees available like sandwiches, salads, steaks, and burgers, for those who don’t want seafood. For dessert try a slice of the key lime pie. The Tiki Bar at Sunset Harbour is located at 90 Colonial Drive in East Patchogue.
When you’re ready to go out for dinner or drinks with friends, MAXIM Hair Restoration wants to help you find the best establishments in the Long Island area. Try a cocktail or a meal at one of these restaurants and let us know if you agree that these are some of the best local hangouts!
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