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The State Room — a cozy cocktail bar located above the old BrickHouse Brewery — has officially opened in Patchogue.
Located on the second floor of one of Patchogue’s most historic buildings (it dates back to the late 1800s), the spot was previously the catering room for the BrickHouse, which closed New Year’s Eve.
A group of millennial restaurateurs took over the two-story location this past summer with plans on creating two concepts out of the building. The upstairs would be turned into a cocktail lounge; the plans for the downstairs are still under wraps.
The State Room — separated from the downstairs restaurant — uses the side entrance on Havens Avenue to get in. There’s a staircase, with an accessible stair lift, that leads to the lounge and bar.
The State Room co-owner Bert Weigand (who you’ll most likely find behind the bar) said the menu is all small plates, unique cocktails, curated wines and beers inspired by the season.
“The menu isn’t going to be the same,” he said. “The moment we get out of winter and things start coming back from the farms, that’s when we’ll get more into the farm-to-table items.”
Chef Francis Derby and the team are utilizing local farms, like Early Girl Farm and the H.O.G. Farm in Bellport, to get fresh produce for each and every meal – plus for the drinks.
“Our cocktails will use just as stuff in it from the farm as the food does,” Weigand said. “Whatever Francis will use in the kitchen; I’m going to grab for the bar… It makes for great pairings.”
The plates include local oysters, a beef tartar (Weigand’s favorite so far), crispy gulf shrimp with honey mayo and pistachio spice, and a colorful winter salad filled with kale, chicory, parsnip, ricotta and spiced maple vinaigrette.
“I really like the idea of people getting used to things and then sliding it out from under them,” Weigand said.
Weigand and co-partner Stephen Rizzo both expressed how excited they are for people to come in.
“This space had a great run for 25 years, but we’re looking forward to bringing it up to speed with the rest of the town and give people quality, delicious plates,” Rizzo said. “It’s an exciting feeling.”
The downstairs of the building is still under construction with no name or completion date announced. The team is also working on finishing a back space upstairs in The State Room that will allow for more seating.
The State Room officially opened Feb. 15 and reservations are now being accepted. Scroll down for photos on the space.
Make sure to check back with greaterlongisland.com for updates on downstairs concept.
Photos of The State Room from The State Room. All other photos by Julianne Mosher