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#1 Post by Bdklein » November 12th, 2014, 1:13 pm

Any experience (good/bad) with BYOB on LI?
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#2 Post by mattcitrang » November 12th, 2014, 1:15 pm

Where on Long Island?

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#3 Post by Bdklein » November 12th, 2014, 1:39 pm

mattcitrang wrote:Where on Long Island?
Nassau and very Western Suffolk (Melville/Huntington). I have been to places that don't allow it, or have the "normal" $20-$35 corkage charge.
I am looking for any places with free or near-free BYOB policies.
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#4 Post by ArtF » November 13th, 2014, 8:27 am

Not many choices on L.I. without paying a corkage fee. I've enjoyed Miraj Healthy Grill in Williston Park, Frankly Thai in Franklin Square, Houston's in Roosevelt Field, and Artie's Fish Market in Island Park. All are free to BYOB. Haven't been, but want to try Fargiano’s Pizza and Pasta in Islip.
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#5 Post by Bdklein » November 14th, 2014, 11:34 am

ArtF wrote:Not many choices on L.I. without paying a corkage fee. I've enjoyed Miraj Healthy Grill in Williston Park, Frankly Thai in Franklin Square, Houston's in Roosevelt Field, and Artie's Fish Market in Island Park. All are free to BYOB. Haven't been, but want to try Fargiano’s Pizza and Pasta in Islip.

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#6 Post by ArtF » November 16th, 2014, 8:20 am

Also, Nautilus Cafe in Freeport allows BYO with $15 charge. They have a short wine list, but are very gracious when I bring a bottle.
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#7 Post by Bdklein » November 25th, 2014, 6:09 am

Rothmann's Steakhouse in East Norwich has a $30 corkage fee. And some really high wines (CA and FR-and maybe other locales) on their list.
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#8 Post by mattcitrang » November 25th, 2014, 11:11 am

ArtF wrote:Also, Nautilus Cafe in Freeport allows BYO with no charge. They have a short wine list, but are very gracious when I bring a bottle.
Nice place to have a meal. +1

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#9 Post by ArtF » December 20th, 2014, 10:20 am

Monaco's Coal Oven Pizza. Formerly Massa's. No charge byo. Sideways facing parking lot on Jericho Tpk. just west of Rte. 110. If you are in the area, small family owned pizza place with two booths and a few tables. Salads, baked pasta and parmigiana dishes. But the crisp, slightly burnt crust on their pizza and monogramed plates do it for me. Great with Belgium beer.
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#10 Post by ArtF » January 31st, 2015, 8:38 am

Nautilus Cafe in Freeport is having their annual Super Bowl Sunday promotion-BOGOF entree for all reservations after 6:30pm. BYO is no charge.
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#11 Post by ArtF » February 2nd, 2015, 12:39 pm

Nautilus Cafe was $15, but very accommodating.
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#12 Post by ArtF » February 14th, 2015, 9:07 am

Last night went to Thai taste in Massapequa Park. $10 corkage. Modern decor with a fresh rose on every table. Lots of food friendly (not spicy) choices. Very reasonably priced. We ended with fried bananas for $4. Melted banana inside 5 hand made wraps drizzled with honey syrup and toasted nuts. PS--not usually crowded on Valentine's Day.
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#13 Post by Bdklein » March 3rd, 2015, 11:44 am

$15.00 corkage at Piccola Bussola (or however you spell it) in Syosset.
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#14 Post by ArtF » March 4th, 2015, 7:19 am

Looks like there are several Piccola Bussola's in the same area. In Syosset on Jackson Ave is a family style restaurant called, Steve's Piccola Bussola. Is that it?

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#15 Post by Bdklein » March 4th, 2015, 7:58 am

ArtF wrote:Looks like there are several Piccola Bussola's in the same area. In Syosset on Jackson Ave is a family style restaurant called, Steve's Piccola Bussola. Is that it?
That's the one
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#16 Post by ArtF » March 28th, 2015, 12:30 pm

Small spot that used to be a Starbucks across from Walt Whitman Mall is now Masalah Grill, 195 Walt Whitman Rd. Chicken tandoori, a few Indian apps, etc. Not much more than a nice counter and about six small tables. But they make Indian breads in the tandoori oven. Cheap and large portions, but served in styro take out trays. Bring glasses.
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#17 Post by Bdklein » March 28th, 2015, 12:55 pm

Andrea's 25 in Woodbury Common charges 25 per bottle«
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#18 Post by Bdklein » July 23rd, 2015, 7:00 am

Walls Wharf in Bayville-corkage not allowed
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#19 Post by Bdklein » October 6th, 2015, 10:08 am

Porto Vivo Restaurant in Huntington. $25 Corkage. Good food but host last Saturday night was an a-hole.
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#20 Post by ArtF » October 6th, 2015, 12:00 pm

Bdklein wrote:Porto Vivo Restaurant in Huntington. $25 Corkage. Good food but host last Saturday night was an a-hole.
Open Table lists Tuesday as free on the Open Table BYO NYC web site. But I have the impression it would not be appreciated. Seems ostentatious not in a good way. For a nicely ostentatious restaurant, I did bring a bottle to the Carlton in Eisenhower Park for $25, and was warmly accommodated.
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#21 Post by Bdklein » October 6th, 2015, 12:30 pm

ArtF wrote:
Bdklein wrote:Porto Vivo Restaurant in Huntington. $25 Corkage. Good food but host last Saturday night was an a-hole.
Open Table lists Tuesday as free on the Open Table BYO NYC web site. But I have the impression it would not be appreciated. Seems ostentatious not in a good way. For a nicely ostentatious restaurant, I did bring a bottle to the Carlton in Eisenhower Park for $25, and was warmly accommodated.
I didn't bring the wine. We drank it at a friend's house before we went out. But host at the restaurant was still a jerk.
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#22 Post by ArtF » November 7th, 2015, 9:03 am

Ephesus in Massapequa Park is $2/glass. Inexpensive Turkish food. Hot bread, cold mezzes and charred kabobs. whole branzino, too.
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#23 Post by mmarcellus » November 7th, 2015, 9:21 am

Hanu in Huntington has $20 corkage. Food is decent, Restaurant Week deal (ends tomorrow) is very good. Any appy, entree, and dessert from the menu for $27.95 (a few surcharges, but not many).
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#24 Post by Bdklein » November 7th, 2015, 9:57 am

mmarcellus wrote:Hanu in Huntington has $20 corkage. Food is decent, Restaurant Week deal (ends tomorrow) is very good. Any appy, entree, and dessert from the menu for $27.95 (a few surcharges, but not many).
I do like the vibe of Hanu too. Thx
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#25 Post by ArtF » November 10th, 2015, 7:22 pm

Kitchen A Bistro in St. James. Small wine and beer list, cocktails also, but no charge for corkage and very accommodating. The Trattoria, formerly Kitchen A Trattoria, also in St. James, is BYO only, no charge. Both are cash only.
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#26 Post by ArtF » November 14th, 2015, 8:20 am

Anyone tried Lost&Found in Long Beach? Excellent reviews and no charge to BYOB. Facebook says closed for vacation for November.
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#27 Post by ArtF » November 17th, 2015, 5:55 pm

Thom Thom Steak and Seafood in Wantagh. Good sushi, too. Nice glasses, very good attitude. Ask for Danny, the owner, if you need a decanter. It's $15 for corkage. http://www.thomthomrestaurant.com/
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#28 Post by ArtF » December 6th, 2015, 9:29 am

Off the Hook Fish Market and Grill in Massapequa Park is free byo. Small, but nice looking seafood restaurant with Montauk swordfish, local flounder, wild salmon- all very fresh. We enjoyed the baked clams oreganata, flounder oreganata, cajun swordfish. Large portions. On Park Boulevard which has a ton of lights this time of year.
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#29 Post by Diane Kessler » December 24th, 2015, 5:28 am

I missed this thread. I almost always byo when eating out. Kitchen A Bistro is my favorite as they welcome byo with no corkage charge and have very good food. Just went to Roots Bistro Gourmand in East Islip on Sunday and corkage was $12.50/bottle. Good stemware and good food and very good service. First time there and I would return. Chachama Grill in East Patchogue is very good for South American influenced creative dishes -corkage $20, and my favorite is Lake House in Bayshore for NYC quality cooking-$30 corkage.

I'll return to this thread with other recommendations.

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#30 Post by ArtF » January 1st, 2016, 1:03 pm

Haven't been yet, but website shows Biscuits & Barbecue in Mineola is cash only and BYOB.
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#31 Post by mmarcellus » January 1st, 2016, 4:50 pm

ArtF wrote:Haven't been yet, but website shows Biscuits & Barbecue in Mineola is cash only and BYOB.
Highly recommended, but beer is probably the best choice. If you do bring wine, I recommend bringing your own stems if that's what you want to drink from. I haven't tried bringing wine there, but this is a hard core barbecue place. I'd be shocked if they had stems at all, much less good ones.
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#32 Post by Bdklein » January 20th, 2016, 10:19 am

Rothmans in East Norwich charges $30 corkage . Brought 2 bottles for 4 people. They do have a high end wine list IMO. And pricey . But a pricey area.
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#33 Post by Bdklein » January 31st, 2016, 6:17 am

Pho in Westbury has no corkage fee and no wine of their own. Super casual and inexpensive Viwtnamese food. They have at least 8 wine glasses. Cash only FYI.
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#34 Post by Bdklein » February 1st, 2016, 12:02 pm

Hendricks Tavern in Roslyn has $25 corkage
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#35 Post by Peter Hirdt » February 22nd, 2016, 9:38 am

mmarcellus wrote:
ArtF wrote:Haven't been yet, but website shows Biscuits & Barbecue in Mineola is cash only and BYOB.
Highly recommended, but beer is probably the best choice. If you do bring wine, I recommend bringing your own stems if that's what you want to drink from. I haven't tried bringing wine there, but this is a hard core barbecue place. I'd be shocked if they had stems at all, much less good ones.
This is all true: cash only, BYOB (good attitude), no stems (plastic). So bring your own stemware. Food is good and staff is wonderful.

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#36 Post by ArtF » February 29th, 2016, 6:29 pm

Autentico in Oyster Bay. Creative modern Italian in a small store front that used to be a bakery, I think. Somewhat expensive considering the informal service and atmosphere, but BYOB for now with $10 corkage fee keeps the bill manageable. Serviceable mismatched stems. I did not see any wine chillers on tables, but I think everyone had red wine. Very good pastries by the Sicilian chef.
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#37 Post by ArtF » March 27th, 2016, 4:30 pm

The Trattoria in St. James is a BYOB establishment. No liquor or wine list and no charge for bringing your own. Stems seemed ok for white wine. I brought red wine stems. Very small and very good so reserve a few weeks in advance for Friday or Saturday.
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#38 Post by Diane Kessler » March 27th, 2016, 4:46 pm

I love Trattoria but tend to go to Kitchen A Bistro more - used to be same owners but they split. Lake House is closed for a month or so while they relocate.

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#39 Post by ArtF » March 27th, 2016, 5:09 pm

I love both for their BYO friendly policy, but I'm more partial to Italian cooking at the Trattoria than the continental menu at Kitchen/Bistro and I'm often in the mood for their low key atmosphere.
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#40 Post by ArtF » April 2nd, 2016, 1:39 pm

Sushi 560 in Bethpage, across from LIRR station. All you can eat from their entire menu. Special rolls, tempura, soup, teriyaki, lots of choices, not too noisy and BYOB is no charge. Sushi is nothing special, but the price is right and service is pretty good. They have beer and one or two whites and reds, so just about every table has their own bottle on it.
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#41 Post by Bdklein » April 3rd, 2016, 3:26 am

Novita in Garden City has $25 corkage. Lots of wines by the glass and wines reasonably priced so no need to BYOB IMO (unless you have something you want to open)
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#42 Post by mmarcellus » April 3rd, 2016, 5:43 pm

Opa Grille of Williiston Park (technically they're in Herricks, but I guess Williston Park sounds nicer) has good Greek food and $15 corkage. Stems are acceptable, wine list is not. I assume their Bethpage branch has the same policy but I haven't checked.
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#43 Post by Bdklein » April 3rd, 2016, 6:08 pm

mmarcellus wrote:Opa Grille of Williiston Park (technically they're in Herricks, but I guess Williston Park sounds nicer) has good Greek food and $15 corkage. Stems are acceptable, wine list is not. I assume their Bethpage branch has the same policy but I haven't checked.
Thanks. No decent Greek wines either?
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#44 Post by mmarcellus » April 3rd, 2016, 6:27 pm

Bdklein wrote:
mmarcellus wrote:Opa Grille of Williiston Park (technically they're in Herricks, but I guess Williston Park sounds nicer) has good Greek food and $15 corkage. Stems are acceptable, wine list is not. I assume their Bethpage branch has the same policy but I haven't checked.
Thanks. No decent Greek wines either?
The list is brief and cheap. Some California (e.g. BV Coastal Selections), and some Greek wines. There was one with a mix of Syrah, Cabernet, and some Greek variety whose name escapes me. And a pinot noir that might have been Greek (it wasn't completely clear and I didn't look at it that closely). Also the ubiquitous Assyrtiko. I didn't recognize any of the names (not that I'm all that familiar with Greek wines) and didn't like what I saw in the descriptions, so stuck with what I brought.
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#45 Post by Bdklein » April 3rd, 2016, 6:35 pm

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Bdklein wrote:
mmarcellus wrote:Opa Grille of Williiston Park (technically they're in Herricks, but I guess Williston Park sounds nicer) has good Greek food and $15 corkage. Stems are acceptable, wine list is not. I assume their Bethpage branch has the same policy but I haven't checked.
Thanks. No decent Greek wines either?
The list is brief and cheap. Some California (e.g. BV Coastal Selections), and some Greek wines. There was one with a mix of Syrah, Cabernet, and some Greek variety whose name escapes me. And a pinot noir that might have been Greek (it wasn't completely clear and I didn't look at it that closely). Also the ubiquitous Assyrtiko. I didn't recognize any of the names (not that I'm all that familiar with Greek wines) and didn't like what I saw in the descriptions, so stuck with what I brought.
Gotcha. My wife into some Greek wines whose names escapes me. What did you bring??
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#46 Post by mmarcellus » April 3rd, 2016, 6:39 pm

Bdklein wrote:
Gotcha. My wife into some Greek wines whose names escapes me. What did you bring??
My last 2010 bottle of one of my favorite roses: Domaine les Fouques Cuvee de l'Aubique. It allowed me to pretend that it really is spring out there.
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#47 Post by Bdklein » April 5th, 2016, 5:37 pm

Trento in Farmingdale $25 corkage policy. Going Saturday. Would like to check out the wine list first to see if BYOB makes sense. I'm thinking it will.
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#48 Post by ArtF » June 18th, 2016, 11:50 am

Jeff's Surf and Turf in Huntington, around the corner from the Heckscher museum. Take out counter for broiled and fried fish on paper plates with picnic tables outside. On the grass, not near the water. Limited menu, but the fish is very fresh. Owner has a fish store nearby.
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#49 Post by ArtF » July 11th, 2016, 3:47 am

Lost & Found in Long Beach was free for a year. Now welcomes byo for $20. Small with open kitchen in room and about 30 seats at tables and counters. Creative small plates. Summer menu features citrus dressings and marinated fruits. Went well with a sauvignon blanc. List mostly young Spanish wines under $40. Also craft beers and ciders. Great way to end a day at the beach.
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#50 Post by Diane Kessler » July 14th, 2016, 7:12 pm

Bdklein wrote:Trento in Farmingdale $25 corkage policy. Going Saturday. Would like to check out the wine list first to see if BYOB makes sense. I'm thinking it will.
Any follow up? I might be going next weekend.

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