Dine in the street, no reservations necessary during Live at Five, Farmingdale’s first of four Thursday night events throughout the summer, organized by the Farmingdale Village Merchants Association.
From 5 to 9 p.m. on July 14, the town will turn Main Street into a pedestrian promenade. No tickets are needed for the event that will close the stretch from Prospect to North Front Streets to traffic. The organizers have put together a lineup of live music, while shops extend hours and restaurants throw open the doors for al fresco dining, moving tables and chairs into the street.
What the organizers bill as a celebration of summer has come about, in part, because of the Main Street renaissance in Farmingdale. In the past several years, restaurants like Joe Bui’s soulful Vietnamese spot, The Rolling Spring Roll, debuted on Main Street, followed by Hush Bistro, which has been serving creative takes on burgers, ribs and comfort food classics from Farmingdale native Marc Bynum. Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro opened late last year, followed by Vine & Barrel in March, a new wine and whiskey bar. Vespa Italian Kitchen & Bar is one of the newest restaurants, having opened in late June. It’s the third restaurant from Ben and Cynthia Lomanto, and their son Michael — the team behind Spuntino in St. James and Dix Hills.
Other Farmingdale restaurants off the Main Street stretch are offering specials for the event, including Parkside Christian’s on Motor Avenue, with a Thursday filet Mignon steak night that’s $24.95.
Additional nights for Live at Five are scheduled for July 28, Aug. 11 and Aug. 25, also from 5 to 9 p.m.