The Business Of Beer, Wings And Football

TOWN OF HUNTINGTON, New York, October 2

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

The NFL rocks in Huntington. On Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays, the National Football League has taken Huntington by storm through the ’14-’15 season’s first month; and it’s brought along with it loads of food and drink specials around town.

Starting with the local folks, Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub at 229 Laurel Ave. in Northport is currently offering a bevy of game time specials like 2-for-1 buffalo wings and bites; $13 buckets of Miller Lite and Coors Lite; and discounts on specialty meals like Kickoff Nachos ($8.50), Giants French Dip ($9.95) and a Jets Chicken Cutlet Sandwich ($8.95). Other specials, like discounts on Corona/Corona Light buckets ($17) and on Blue Moon and Sam Adams drafts ($4) are also available.

Continuing on into Huntington village, Rookies Sports Club at 70 Gerard St. has been attracting fans with the promise of showing every single game, no matter the teams.

“We have NFL Sunday ticket so we get lots of different fans, all kinds of different people,” Deanna Bradshaw, manager at Rookies, said. “We even just had a makeover new paint and some more TVs.”

Watching the games at Rookies is a given, and to go along with that fans have been welcomed to a $14.99 special that includes a dozen wings and pitcher of Coors Light or Bud Light to boot. A pitcher of beer on its own – of either Coors Light or Bud Light – costs $10 on game days, while Blue Moon and Long Ireland Celtic pitchers are discounted to $14.

Also in the village, Christopher’s at 8 Wall St. offers specials during the games like $1 hotdogs – with either sauerkraut or onions – and $4 Bud and Bud Light 16 oz. aluminum cans. Owner of Christopher’s, Jack Palladino, also mentioned a $4 pint draft special that regularly changes.

“We’ve been getting a nice crowd… especially on Thursdays,” Palladino said.

Moving down to Huntington Station, Instant Replay Sports Bar – found 282 E Jericho Turnpike – offers up game day beer specials like $3 domestic pints, $4 import pints, $6 Miller Lite pitchers, $9 domestic pitchers and $12 import pitchers. Buckets, domestic ($15) and import ($20), are also available; with a basket of chicken wings to top it off for $5.

Looking at the corporate guys, Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill is keeping up with the trend.

Applebee’s, found at 360 Walt Whitman Road in Huntington Station, starts food and drink specials at 8 p.m. on Monday and Thursdays – just in time for the games. At that time, all appetizers – except for samplers, trios and 20/30 count wings – become half price; and select mixed drinks come down to $2.75. Beers are also cheap with select domestic pints ($2.25), import pints ($2.75) and craft pints ($3) all joining in on the fun. Select house wine is also available at a reduced $3.50.

On Sundays, from open to close, Applebee’s keeps the same drink specials, but boneless wings, pretzel bits and cheeseburger sliders all come down to a price of $5.

Food, drinks and football – in Huntington they’re the perfect combination.

Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, October 2, 2014;  A7)

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