Nestled across from the train trestle in Lynbrook sits the Island’s newest bar and restaurant: Mary MacNamara’s – however, be patient if you’re looking for it, as this cozy new pub is not the easiest place to find.
Virtually invisible from Sunrise Highway – which is only a good 20 feet away – it takes a working knowledge of Lynbrook to track Mary’s down. From either Sunrise or Merrick Road, take Peninsula Boulevard down to Stauderman Avenue – or in other words, turn on the small, desolate road that runs just north of the elevated tracks. Just be confident, as there is no actual sign that reads “Stauderman Avenue” here, only a corner of Peninsula and Saperstein Plaza. As it turns out, Saperstein turns into Stauderman. . .unfortunately, that is a trick to ascertain as once you’ve reached a sign that indicates Stauderman Ave., you must turn onto Broadway – a one-way street that brings one back to Merrick Road again.
However, MacNamara’s itself is easy to spot once you’re coming up on it, as it is sizable, with lots of reds and blacks plus a large sign with the business name written in gold. It also states “Established 2011” – which is true as it has only been open for a week (Oct. 21).
Once inside, it feels strange to think this is all brand new, as the décor is done with care to appear as if in existence since the turn of the 20th Century. Aside from a few flat screen TVs and a modern jukebox, the tables and booths are made of deep-brown wood, the walls feature a large mural, ancient black-and-white photos and antique housewares (and an old-looking rifle) are shelved high above street lanterns.
Upon entry, the very-modern indie band “Japandroids” was playing on the juke, and the late-night patrons were about 25-35 in age -- so while the room looks old-world, the scene is definitely a current one.
And while the bar crowd is fairly lively, there’s plenty of dining potential as well for the menu (currently the house is working with a “half-menu,” as the food selection is yet to be finalized) features everything from American burgers to Irish Shepherd’s Pie.
Again, as the place has just gotten rolling, any possible events are still up in the air, but Mary MacNamara’s is already firmly on the list of Long Island hideaways.