Sapsuckers Hops & Grub - Huntington, NY

Yesterday was a beautiful September day, so my husband and I decided to take a break from our usual weekend beach pilgrimage and visit the quaint village of Huntington, on the North Shore of Long Island. A craft-beer enthusiast friend of ours had just recommended that we check out Sapsuckers on Main Street, so we decided to go there for lunch. We were so glad we did, and we cannot wait to return to Huntington to explore the multitude of dining options there.

The bar, which features 16 ever-rotating craft beers on tap and several more by the bottle, is located right in the front of the restaurant on the left-hand side. High-top tables line the right side, and regular tables for dining are located in the back. It is a pretty small space, so I can imagine they get fairly packed at night. According to their website, they do not take reservations. The restaurant has a pressed-tin ceiling and, as the name suggests, an Audubon theme (a sapsucker is a type of woodpecker). 

Field Guide to Beers
The beer menu is aptly named "Field Guide to Beers", and wine and liquor is also available. But the main focus of Sapsuckers is craft beer from small breweries, many of them local, such as Brooklyn Brewery and Blue Point Brewing Company, and elevated gastropub food made with mostly organic, locally-sourced ingredients.  

The bar

Butter Baked Pretzel with Spicy Mustard
We sat down at the bar and were greeted by an extremely friendly, knowledgeable bartender who recited to us the panoply of specials that day without skipping a beat. As a former waitress, I was very impressed. We had read on Yelp that their Organic Chicken Wings were not to be missed, so we started with an order of those, as well as the Butter Baked Pretzel with spicy mustard. To drink, my husband ordered the Stone Brewing Co. Imperial IPA and I had a glass of the Brooklyn Brewery Hefeweizen

Organic Chicken Wings with gorgonzola dipping sauce

 The pretzel was the perfect accompaniment to the complex craft beer we were drinking. It was very soft and warm, and the malty, buttery aroma was just irresistible. It was hard to wait the few seconds it took for it to cool down enough to eat. It was very good, but much softer than a typical pretzel. It was more reminiscent of a soft roll with the flavor of pretzel on the outside but a very different texture.

The chicken wings may have looked like your standard buffalo wing, but they were very different and one of the best wings I've ever had. They are coated in a bit of flour before frying, so they have a very crispy crunch when you bite into them. The buffalo sauce is very good, the chicken is cooked perfectly, and the typical blue cheese dipping sauce gets a totally unique flavor from the substitution of gorgonzola cheese. It's not as thick as blue cheese dip normally is, but it has a very interesting, sharp, Parmesan-esque flavor. I would highly recommend these wings.

It was so hard to decide what to order next because everything sounded so good, but my husband finally decided on the Philly Cheese Steak sandwich and I got the Potato Pierogies and the El Greco, a Greek salad. 

The Philly Cheese Steak was absolutely ginormous. Huge pieces of sliced shell steak were piled onto a large, soft Italian roll with tons of melted American cheese and grilled onions. It was accompanied by a generous portion of homemade bistro fries. Although it is way too large for me and not something I would order myself, it was a great version of a Philly Cheese Steak. My husband really enjoyed it. The fries were excellent - crisp and light and topped with a little bit of chopped parsley. The bartender was nice enough to offer us a side of homemade truffled aioli to dip the fries in - that stuff is deadly good, watch out! 

Philly Cheese Steak

My favorite dish from yesterday was definitely the homemade Potato Pierogies, a traditional Polish dumpling filled with mashed potatoes and served with sauteed onions and sour cream. The dough was light and perfectly browned on the outside, the potato filling was creamy, and the sauteed onions were perfectly caramelized. My only complaint would be the huge mound of sour cream underneath the pierogies. It was just way too much - next time I will ask for it on the side.  

Potato Pierogies

I did not realize how large these pierogies would be, so by the time I paid any attention to my salad I was absolutely stuffed. But the salad was very good - the goat's milk feta very rich and creamy and the veggies fresh. My only criticism would be that the dressing did not have enough vinegar or herbs, it seemed like it was mostly just olive oil.

"El Greco" Greek Salad

Overall, we had a great time at Sapsuckers and will definitely return to try more of their "pub and grub" offerings. The food was creative and delicious, the beer selection extensive and the service was excellent. 


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