· By Herb Lester

Long Island Bar, New York

Extracted from A Brooklyn Bar For All Reasons. Buy your copy here.

Opened in the 1950s as a restaurant serving hungry longshoremen off the docks at the end of the avenue, the Long Island stood shuttered for years awaiting its rebirth in 2013 as a fashionable cocktail bar and restaurant. Thankfully no major changes were made, everything has just been buffed up to a gloss; the booths, the Formica walls, even the myriad cigarette burns in the woodwork have been preserved, and the result is a handsome time capsule. Expect a polished cocktail to complement the interior.

The Long Island Bar 110 Atlantic Avenue (at Henry St), Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: 718 625 8908
Sun-Thu: 5.30pm-12midnight; Fri & Sat: 5.30pm-2am 

Photos: Al Rodriguez Photography