Some restaurants give you something extra with your meal: live music. The variety of cuisines on Long Island means, also, a variety of musical styles. Here are four different kinds of dining spots, each with its own musical scene.
Most Wednesday through Saturday nights, live blues reigns after 9 p.m. at this downtown Patchogue BBQ house. Excellent bets: jumbo BBQ chicken wings, tender St. Louis ribs and well-burnished smoked chicken. You'll want to order some hand-cut fries, either regular or sweet potato. And, finally, Southern banana pudding.
70 W. Main St., Patchogue, 631-447-7744, bobbique.com.
This fine Euro-style tapas restaurant offers such items as patatas bravas, a meat and cheese board and ceviche. Tuesday nights, you'll usually find a jazz-soul group performing.
931 Franklin Ave., Garden City, 516-246-9459
At this festive Cuban spot, live Latin bands perform Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, as well as Sunday afternoons. After dining on empanadas, ceviche and, perhaps, paella, you may even want to get up and dance.
Roosevelt Field, Garden City, 516-739-7900, havanacentral.com.
It used to be known as the local dive bar, but now, Still Partners in Sea Cliff is a music venue and restaurant combined. They also serve an interesting list of craft beers. For starters, a Belgian white ale goes well with a warm pretzel served with two kinds of mustard.
225 Sea Cliff Ave., Sea Cliff, 516-200-9229, stillpartners.com.