Life on Long Island
Croxley's Ale House arrives in Smithtown
Arriving without much fanfare, the latest of the successful Croxley's Ale House sports bar and grills opened in Smithtown about three weeks ago.
Located in the building that housed now-defunct Arthur Avenue for about a year, Croxley’s Smithtown (155 Main St., 631-656-8787, croxley.com) has already settled in and is getting noticed by the many nightbirds that flock to Smithtown. With 30 TVs hung around the building, catching the evening’s big game is easily achieved. In addition, the bar brags a tap count of 80 -- making it the leader in that department among the other Long Island Croxleys (Farmingdale has 68, Franklin Square 60 and Rockville Centre over 50).
Another difference is the menu: While the older outlets share a menu of popular grill items, wings (the signature food of any Croxley) and some bites popular in the UK (bangers-and-mash, fish-and-chips), this particular shop has a selection of German-inspired dishes, its “Biergarten Specialties.”
Patrons can order up a Bavarian pretzel, smoked pork chops (Kassler Rippchen) and wienerschnitzel, among other things. And to further add some Deutsche flavor, brews hailing from Germany (such as Warsteiner and Paulaner products) are served in liter, half-liter and 23 oz. glasses.
With all the beers and other alcoholic beverages available to investigate, one more fact worthy of mention: the Smithtown LIRR station is only footsteps away.