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.