One of Long Island’s newest places to hang out nightly is a bit off the beaten path for many. To find it, get to Portion Road and take it to Hawkins Avenue. Head north about 100 feet, and there, far from most other bars, clubs and nightspots you’ll find D19 Sports Lounge & Eatery.
The address is 519 Hawkins Ave., Lake Ronkonkoma, and although you might miss it if you weren’t looking for it, there are prominent signs emblazoned with its initial-code tag “D19.” What is not quickly evident, however, is the venue’s dimensions.
From the outside, the building appears simply to be a two-floor structure. But D19 is a bi-level establishment, with one dining room downstairs and an even larger space upstairs. Both are equipped with large flat-screen TVs, and as the “sports lounge” moniker would indicate, games are running most of the time on the tubes on both floors.
Guests can come for food during the day – there's a full menu of appetizers, burgers and entrees – but D19 is also open late nightly, potentially until 4 a.m., even Sundays (only appetizers are available after 10 p.m.).
To entertain the late crowd, there’s a long barroom on the floor level – a sparse but trendy area featuring more TVs, small black chandeliers, a full bar and a jukebox that plays everything from Frank Sinatra to Lil Wayne. The bar staff is very friendly, and although there isn’t a cocktail menu (yet), patrons who request exotic concoctions won't cause a commotion.
Catching big games is no challenge with the lure of D19's frequent specials during games. Beyond that, Thursdays without sports are open to acoustic musical performances; DJs spin Friday and Saturday nights, playing selections ranging from mainstream club sounds to underground dance. Keep in mind the upstairs is primarily for dining, but does remain open for lounging, relaxing and even munching on appetizers served until close.