Visitors come for the Instagram-worthy neon sign outside, but locals stay for the cocktails by Toby Cecchini, the bartender who invented the Cosmopolitan in 1988. And Long Island Bar had been around the block long before that. First opened in 1951, the bar and restaurant was family-run for more than five decades until the owners passed the baton to Cecchini in 2013. Still, the bar remains a fixture in a neighborhood where locals love having it around.
The cocktails are a must-try a Long Island Gilmet or the Dolores del Rio (jalapeño-infused Blanco tequila, aperol, passionfruit, and lime juice)-but don’t sleep on the food, either. After a long week at work, The Long Island Burger with pickles, cheese, fancy sauce, and fries is the perfect way to blow off steam. And yes, even the locals like to Instagram the spot from time to time-especially the ‘No Dancing’ neon sign in the back.