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Executive chef Brian Fugit sharpens his knife skills (Credit: Doug Young)

Executive chef Brian Fugit sharpens his knife skills in the kitchen at Horace and Sylvia's Publick House in Babylon. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Horace & Sylvia's Publick House in Babylon


Every downtown on Long Island needs a version of Horace & Sylvia's Publick House.

Maybe the lure of this likable, local hangout is the genial service, or the relaxed style on a weekday night. Could be the Saturday buzz and the live music. Definitely: 18 brews on tap. Order carefully, and you'll have a good meal at fair prices, too.

There's a pretty high comfort level, whether you're a regular or a first-timer, seated at the bar and checking the TVs or in the dining room enjoying the spacious art of guys digging for shellfish. --Peter M. Gianotti

The dining room at Horace and Sylvia's Publick
(Credit: Doug Young)

The dining room at Horace and Sylvia's Publick House in Babylon invites family-friendly casualness. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Structural, artful columns and a half wall compliment
(Credit: Doug Young)

Structural, artful columns and a half wall compliment the handsome bar area at Horace and Sylvia's Publick House in Babylon. (Jan. 16, 2012)

The bar at Horace and Sylvia's Publick House
(Credit: Doug Young)

The bar at Horace and Sylvia's Publick House in Babylon offers 18 brews on tap listed front and center on a chalkboard. (Jan. 16, 2012)

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The bar at Horace and Sylvia's Publick House
(Credit: Doug Young)

The bar at Horace and Sylvia's Publick House in Babylon offers 18 brews on tap. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Executive chef Brian Fugit sharpens his knife skills
(Credit: Doug Young)

Executive chef Brian Fugit sharpens his knife skills in the kitchen at Horace and Sylvia's Publick House in Babylon. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Executive chef Brian Fugit prepares for the evening
(Credit: Doug Young)

Executive chef Brian Fugit prepares for the evening rush in the kitchen at Horace and Sylvia's Publick House in Babylon. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Horace and Sylvia's Publick House in Babylon serves
(Credit: Doug Young)

Horace and Sylvia's Publick House in Babylon serves an appetizer of crispy wonton ahi tuna prepared with yellowfin tuna, wasabi risotto and baby spinach. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Flourless chocolate cake is offered on the dessert
(Credit: Doug Young)

Flourless chocolate cake is offered on the dessert menu at Horace & Sylvia's Publick House in Babylon. (Jan. 16, 2012)

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Horace and Sylvia's Publick House in Babylon serves
(Credit: Doug Young)

Horace and Sylvia's Publick House in Babylon serves pork osso bucco, on the bone with bacon-shallot risotto, baby carrots, asparagus and a hard cider apple demi-glace. (Jan. 16, 2012)

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