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Why you have to go to burger night at One Block East in Wantagh

On Thursday nights, burgers at One Block East

On Thursday nights, burgers at One Block East in Wantagh are $7, and beers are half price. Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus

Great $10 meals are not easy to come by, but that is what’s on the menu Thursday nights at One Block East in Wantagh. On Burger Night, the house burger — regularly $12.95 — sells for $7, and beers are half price.

What seals the deal is that both the burgers and the beers are top notch. The eight-ounce patty is made with house-ground, 100-percent brisket. Topped with American cheese, sauteed onions and chipotle sauce, it sits on a well-proportioned bun alongside a crisp section of romaine and a shockingly red-ripe tomato. Hand-cut fries, good and salty, are included.

On the beer front, One Block East has a rotating selection of about two dozen on tap, in bottles and cans.

I had a burger-friendly Bronx Banner ale, regularly $6. Other current highlights Gangster Duck red ale from NYC’s Radiant Pig Craft Beers ($9) Son of the Beast IPA from Farmingdale’s Barrage Brewing Company ($8)

If you like bargains but not burgers, know that on Tuesdays, it’s $3 tacos (chicken, pork or brisket) and $7 margaritas and, starting at 7 p.m., Karaoke. Every Wednesday is Mardi Gras, with Cajun specialties, half-price wine and live music.

One Block East, 3261 Merrick Rd, Wantagh, 516-785-5300,

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