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50 places to shop, dine, throw a party and more this winter on Long Island

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This year’s GLI winter survival guide is sponsored by Ten Cent Menu Club, Menus on a Dime.


It’s that time of year, where we go from running crazed, to getting cozy, to going stir-crazy. So let us help you navigate the winter on Long Island, from cool threads to cheap dates, to great shows and a whole lot more.

Gearing up

Let’s face it, your clothes from last winter look a little, well, bally. So buy yourself something nice and look fresh for the holidays and beyond.

Thred (Patchogue)

Fresh threads, home decor and hostess gifts in the heart of Patchogue Village.

Sage & Angie Boutique (W. Hempstead)

Let Sage & Angie keep you looking hot all winter long.

Pandemonium Boutiques (Babylon, Northport)

Meet the friendliest staffers of your life. Shop for clothing, accessories, even furniture.

More suggested spots to shop: Graffiti Boutique, Kate & Hale, LUXE Boutique.


Getting primped

Because sometimes new clothes just aren’t enough. Here are a few special event hair and makeup studios, and full-service salons just for you. Tag them in those selfies on the drive home!

BRIDAL • chic (Bay Shore, Mineola)

Don’t let the all-caps fool you, BRIDAL•chic does hair and makeup for any special event.

Fedora Lounge (Port Jefferson)

This is a boutique-style, full service salon, with new digs right next to Theatre Three in the village.

Fedora handiwork at Hamptons Fashion Week this past August.

More spots to look your very best: Pavlova Salon East, The Makeup Studio, The Chop Shop.


Breakfast spots

Isn’t going out for breakfast such an endorphin rush?

Toast Coffee + Kitchen (Bay Shore, Port Jeff, Patchogue

What started in Port Jeff is now a countywide sensation. Exclusively breakfast, lunch and brunch.

Toast Coffeehouse Cheesecake

The Shed (Huntington, W. Sayville, Plainview

Everything here is a can’t miss, including the cocktails. Also serves dinner.

Hatch (Huntington)

Manhattan vibes on Long Island, with a great chef and great drinks.

The Pantry (Rockville Centre)

That old diner charm in a new-school atmosphere. Also serves dinner.

Also try: JT’s Café, Southold General, The Ugly Duckling


Date nights

Dinner or a movie is great but let’s think outside the box, for once.

PopUp Speakeasy (various locations)

A couple’s trip to a selfie studio is a great time, and PopUp Speakeasy is NY’s first.

PopUp Speakeasy Christmas
“A Christmas Story” set at PopUp Speakeasy. Follow them on Instagram for updates.

Hammer & Stain DIY Workshop Studio (Sayville)

You can make seasonal crafts, corn hole sets, and more. Perfect for couples and groups, too.

Follow Hammer & Stain on Instagram for some really cool stuff!

Bayard Cutting Arboretum (Great River)

Hit the Holly Walk after a fresh snowfall, then tour the waterfront mansion to warm up.

Other ideas: Babylon Mercantile, NY Axe, Social Play Haus


Party venues

Here are some Long Island venues for a holiday party, or whatever.

Stereo Garden (Patchogue)

For weddings and special events, all lighting, linens, florals and catering menus are handled in-house.

The Winston (Sayville)

A rustic space for intimate gatherings. You rent The Winston and bring in your own food.

The Winston Sayville

King Umberto Patio (Elmont)

Arguably the island’s best eggplant rollatini, now with tons of elbow room at big parties.

Upstairs restaurant party rooms: Gallo Patchogue, Lily’s Babylon


Our catering choices

These spots are a can’t-miss if you’re looking to cater Super Bowl, Christmas or New Year’s Eve.

Zest (Bay Shore)

Chef Mike Liebman will work with you on whatever type of food you’re looking for.

The Hero Joint (Bay Shore, Patchogue)

This is nothing like a hero you’ll get from a supermarket deli counter. Everything is premium here.

The Hero Joint’s American hero goes all the way up to 6 feet. You can also get them in platter form.

Zorn’s of Bethpage

The Turkey Feast Anytime is our choice, nearly every time. This is a Long Island staple.

Zorn’s has been around since 1940. They got this catering thing on lock.

Take in a show

Long Island is dotted with professional and amateur theaters. Here are some good ones.

Argyle Theatre at Babylon Village

This is the newest of LI’s three professional theaters, right in the heart of downtown Babylon.

Staller Center for the Arts (Stony Brook)

Dance, music, theatrical performances and shows you won’t see anywhere else

Cultural Arts Playhouse (Syosset, Wantagh)

Professional adult productions, children’s theater performances, and theater education

Westhampton Beach Peforming Arts Center

This place attracts some top names, such as Jay Leno, thanks in part to its Hampton zipcode.

The winter lineups: The Gateway, Patchogue Theatre, Tilles Center, Theatre Three, The Suffolk


Irish pubs

Warm up with a croc of onion soup, shepherd’s pie and an Irish coffee or Guinness at our faves.

Lily’s Babylon

Penny Pub (Bay Shore)

Irish Times (Holbrook)

Some more for you: Paddy’s Loft, James Joyce, Doc O’Grady’s, The Harp & Hound


Watch the game

We got some football, hockey and basketball to keep us entertained through winter.

The Tap Room (Nassau & Suffolk)

The Tap Room Rockville Centre
The Tap Room location in Rockville Centre is the company’s newest. More are on the way.

Village Idiot Pubs (Suffolk)

Test your mettle with some of the most knowledgeable sports fans around.

MoMo’s (Holbrook, Bayport)

MoMo’s is a hot spot for hockey fans, complete with a siren that goes off with goals. (Facebook)

Many more: RC Dugans,


Weeknight specials

From pasta nights to prix fixes, weekday dining is where it’s at. Here are few good ones.

Henley’s Village Tavern (Brightwaters)

On Wednesdays you can get a half carafe of wine for $15 at Henley’s.

Pasta Pasta (Port Jefferson)

Plenty of weeknight offers, but our pick is the Dinner for Two on Mondays. Tap for details.

Mulburry Street (Babylon)

Monday will always be Pasta Night at Mulberry Street. Click here for the latest details.

Last thing: The rumor is PeraBell Food Bar in Patchogue is working on a prime rib night.


Winter on the water

There’s something magical about being near the water in the winter. We recommend these spots.

LaLa’s Lounge (Bay Shore)

Like many waterfront spots, the winter hours will be in flux. So call first. But this place is a gem.

LaLa's Lounge

The Oar House (Patchogue)

Year-round dining on Patchogue River. We recommend the greenhouse room in winter.

Credit: The Oar Steak & Seafood Grille on Facebook

The LakeHouse (Bay Shore)

This top-notch place has a Catskills lodge feel to it in winter, but you still get the water views.

The North Shore: Sandbar, Mirabelle Tavern, La Plage, Louie’s Prime