Life on Long Island
Retro and cool lines The Nest in East Meadow
The Nest Bar & Lounge in East Meadow may have opened quietly last fall, but otherwise the word “quiet” doesn’t really apply to this hip hang on East Meadow Avenue.
Perhaps its location keeps it a bit off the major bar radar. While East Meadow Avenue is often locally busy, it’s not a road that the most Long Islanders may end up searching for nightlife. However, The Nest has some of the coolest decor found anywhere on LI, so anyone who likes a rock-minded yet laid-back spot with real personality may want to plug the address of The Nest into their GPS for future reference.
Then again, the term “future reference” doesn’t really work when describing this spot, as the space is wall-to-wall retro. There are 20th century band posters from groups like the Beastie Boys, U2 and The Ramones, and the room also serves as a reminder that technology has changed quite a bit over the years, with such items as an Atari 2600 game console and a desktop tape recorder affixed to the walls. In the rear corner, a lounge area consists of chairs shaped like hands next to two couches with a table – and that table is also a Lite-Brite board (the children’s toy with small colored light bulbs) with The Nes” spelled out in several glowing colors, placed under glass so drinks and food can rest on top.
Other treats worth a look include the bathroom doors (a photo of actor Chevy Chase in the film “Fletch” designates the men’s room; the famous shot of actress Phoebe Cates exiting a pool in a scene from “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” denotes the ladies room) and there’s a complete collection of figurines from TV’s “The Simpsons” lining the wall in a lit showcase – but when examining everything be sure to check out the menu of snacks and drinks as well. Bites include flavored pretzels, chips, Wasabi peas, chocolate-covered almonds and popcorn – and several of the available beers are imports and craft options. There are many cleverly-named signature mixers to choose between, such as the “All-Nighter” (flavored vodka, fruit juice, a serving of “5-Hour Energy” drink), the “Magilla Gorilla” (vodka, Kahlua coffee liqueur, banana liqueur, cream) and the “Book ‘Em Danno” (vanilla vodka, coconut rum, pineapple juice) – as well as a list of candy martinis.
“We wanted to create a city-sort of experience,” says co-owner Chris Scheno, who along with partners Artie Frasca, Chris O'Donnell and Dave Schutte came up with the motif, “we were thinking funky, offbeat – even museum-like.” (The four attended Adelphi University together, and took the name “The Nest” from their fraternity days.) They also keep things hip and retro by employing the talents of beat mixer Funktual (aka Jamie Freund) on Thursdays and Saturdays, a DJ that specializes in old school and classic tracks, and cannot only supply hits to hear but the records many of those songs have sampled as well – making Freund a perfect fit for this memorabilia-minded lounge, as both use cool pieces of the past to create something cutting-edge for right now.
There are plenty of events and special parties held at The Nest; for more information on everything the lounge is doing, catch them online at facebook.com/TheNestBar.
The Nest Bar & Lounge: 382 A East Meadow Ave, 516-227-6378