Friends, relatives, out-of-towners, schoolmates - Thanksgiving weekend is destined for socializing. Here are some newly opened spots.
THE SCENE Trendy, lively lounge already popular with 20- and 30-somethings.
Billing itself as an "eco-friendly" nightspot, this two-level space is a bit of an anomaly. Droves of fashionably dressed patrons are packing the house on Friday and Saturday nights, relaxing on white couches as candy-colored strobe lights bounce off the walls and floor. Although sushi is served in the intimate space upstairs - the crowd so far seems far more interested in hanging out and dancing - on tables, in the corner, wherever. Feeling squished? Head to the larger, open-air courtyard or upstairs.
GOOD TO KNOW The space is chic - but tight, with just enough room at some points for maybe two people to stand side by side. DJ music is cranked at massive volume, so this isn't the spot for an in-depth conversation.
THE SCENE Out-of-the-way lounge-restaurant for laid-back evening.
Tucked inside this new boutique hotel in Riverhead, Bistro 72 is a classy affair, with wood floors, a blazing fireplace and an atmosphere tailored for 30- to 60-somethings. Sure, it's nowhere near any other nightlife offerings on the East End, but make the trip on a Friday or Saturday evening, when there are live bands and DJs - and it's a one-stop destination for the night.
GOOD TO KNOW On a quiet evening, the ultra-romantic outdoor courtyard fireplace is not to be missed - curl up with a drink and laze the time away.
THE SCENE Cozy spot for beer, wine and snacks.
The "craft beer bar and eatery" took over the space of The Playhouse Pub, a popular pre- or post-concert spot for Boulton Center patrons. The barroom has been redone with chandeliers, rustic, black-and-white fishing photos and tall pillars scrawled with daily specials. In a nod to the eatery's emphasis on specialty beer, the tap selection will rotate often. A snack menu offers novelties, including chocolate truffles and Jiffy Pop popcorn served with flavored salt toppings.
GOOD TO KNOW On "Wine-O Wednesdays" (5-11 p.m.), New York varieties of wine go for $5 a glass, as do gourmet cheese plates. Look for other special events featuring local craft beer, such as the Dec. 2 "Great South Bay Giveaway" with an open bar of Great South Bay brews, free appetizers and mingling with the beer-makers from 7 to 9 p.m. Reservations required, details at thecortland.com.
COST $8-$12 an hour for two players Replacing the defunct Leisure Time Billiards, this new take on a pool hall is unusual in that it offers more than just shooting around for fun - in fact, you don't need to play pool at all. Cue features a full bar, a dining area serving typical American fare (think burgers, fries, steaks) until 11 p.m. But if it's a game you seek, there are close to 20 tables and hours that promise play until at least 1 a.m., often later.
New on a weeknight
Lounge 1600 at the newly renovated Carlyle at the Palace
1600 Round Swamp Rd., Plainview
WHEN After 9 p.m. Wednesdays
INFO 516-586-6454, carlyleatthepalace.com
THE SCENE Upscale (but still affordable) club-lounge for the sophisticated set (30 and older).
An extension of the summer's "Country Club Wednesdays" at Carlyle on the Green, the weekly Lounge 1600 gathering is a refreshing option on a Wednesday night. The room is awash in cool-looking red lights that morph into snow-white crystal - with projected images of winter scenes, dancers and drinks that jive with DJ music. On the menu: drinks such as Maker's Mark bourbon with mulled cider ($9) and small plates including shrimp cocktail shooters ($12) and shoestring fries ($7).
GOOD TO KNOW There's no cover charge and no valet parking. Although tables can be reserved, unlike most other nightspots, any remaining spots to sit here are free for the taking.