2016: A Year in Drinks
"With a lively group of regulars and a corps of wise-cracking, veteran bartenders so confident in their skills that they don’t have to show off, the Long Island is unpretentious and excellent at the same time, and also fun." David Wondrich
The Best French Fries in NYC
"Stop by for... chef Gabriel Martinez's enthusiastically seasoned, staggeringly good bowl of fries." Scott Lynch
Our Favorite Bars Around the World by Amy Plitt & CNT Editors
"What was once a haunt for longshoremen who worked on the Brooklyn waterfront has become an unpretentious neighborhood bar that happens to serve some of the best cocktails I've ever had."
Best Cocktail Bar New York 2014
The 11 Best Burgers in New York City by Tejal Rao
Elise Kornack, the chef at Take Root, chooses the Long Island Bar's burger as her favorite in NYC.
Esquire Magazine's Best Bars in America
by David Wondrich
BEST BAR FOOD "Your neighborhood probably has a place like the Long Island Bar — a cozy local watering hole serving burgers, fries and various snacks and sandwiches. But it’s probably not as delicious — nor will it have chef Gabriel Martinez in the kitchen. Before coming to the landmark bar, which reopened in Cobble Hill in 2013, Martinez spent two years at the three-Michelin-starred Alinea in Chicago, and his attention to detail and technique elevates regular pub grub to something sublime." Hailey Eber, The 11 Best Late Night Food Spots in NYC
WHERE TO EAT 2015 "Trout roe with rye crackers is just one of the sneakily sophisticated new bar dishes on chef Gabriel Martinez’s menu at the dependably excellent Long Island Bar in Cobble Hill." Adam Platt
"Exactly the bar you dream of having as your local watering hole: easygoing yet stylish; smart but not pretentious; drinks that are so gorgeously balanced that you don't even realize what's going on behind the scenes." Amy Zavatto, A Longshoremen's Retreat at the End of Brooklyn Gets a New Lease on Life
10 Best Cocktail Bars in Brooklyn "Toby Cecchini is another legend in the cocktail world... He's an author and historian, and his contributions on the DIY side of craft cocktails are second to none... A bartender's bar." Max Kelly
"A New Brooklyn Classic... This corner bar was empty for nearly a decade before two bartenders convinced the proprietor—who had run the place for half a century—to let them revive it. And damn, they've done good work."
"Chef Gabriel Martinez scores... Behind the glowing neon sign and gleaming Art Deco bar at this onetime dive, there's a serious kitchen and very smart chef." Michael Kaminer, 3-star Review
"Best Neighborhood Haunt"
New York Magazine's BEST OF NY issue
Featured in Japan's New Yorker Magazine's "Hello From New York."
"You'd be hard pressed to find a better place to drink." Jim Meehan, PDT
Eater NYC's Cocktail Heatmap: "Where to drink right now."
"The place is a true midcentury time capsule, not a fake Johnny Rockets-style replica." Brian Sloan
"The proprietors of this bar have the right idea…. Long Island Bar has a casual authenticity that starts with the neon and continues inside." Shauna Lyon
"An insta-hit..." NYC's 11 Hottest New Bars
Nominated by TimeOut NY for Best New Cocktail Bar.
"The Long Island Bar of today might not be representative of the area’s longshoreman past, but if it’s an indication of the neighborhood’s future, then it feels—against all odds—like everything’s going to be all right." Kristin Iversen
“Toby Cecchini (former owner of Passerby, which was the coolest bar in NYC during its run) opened a gorgeous bar in a meticulously restored diner with Art Deco flourishes. Unpretentious, comfortable and manned by expert bartenders, this bar deserves to be on everyone's short list.” Joaquín Simó, Pouring Ribbons
"Every year at this time, we survey the drinkscape, look ahead to what the coming year has in store and highlight the 75 people, places and flavors we're most looking forward to watching in the year ahead…. A piece of Brooklyn history was reborn this past October when longtime barman Toby Cecchini and business partner Joel Tompkins opened the Long Island Bar on a busy corner in the Cobble Hill neighborhood." Imbibe Editors
"For Grub Street's money, no bar currently embraces a casual approach to drink-making better than Toby Cecchini's reworked Long Island Bar in Brooklyn. The bartenders aren't trying to impress you with their mixological skills -- they're just on hand to make you some damn fine, no-nonsense drinks." Grub Street Editors
"NYC's 10 Best New Bars of 2013." Laura Shunk
"How New Owners Revamped Brooklyn's Historic Long Island Bar," by Hugh Merwin