Joel Tompkins and Toby Cecchini reopened The Long Island Bar in 2013, overhauling a space that had served the neighborhood for 50 years. The new owners made subtle but painstaking changes, preserving the feel (and the neon sign out front). Fittingly, the drinks are tuned-up classics, like a Boulevardier and a lime-ginger-laced Long Island Gimlet, and you’ll also find a number of innovations on the list. Check out the curiosity-piquing Rip City Fizz with Aquavit, Cynar, and hard cider. And don’t miss the food — the menu from chef Gabriel Martinez (with the help of Corwin Kave) incorporates a fair bit of merguez and harissa.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 15, 2014
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