2093 Smith Haven Plz
Lake Grove, NY 11755
Hey there everyone, it’s been a while! This is Pinky here writing about our Valentine’s day this year! I know that was a long time ago but hey, we are first students (sadly) then food bloggers LOL. Victor was very sweet to get me those beautiful flowers on this very special day. Although we didn’t even really see each other because we have conflicting schedules, he came by after my class to drop off the presents! Very very sweet. But I know that you don’t want to hear these stories! (hehe)…I swear that this is a food post! We went to John Harvard’s Brewery and Ale House for a Valentine’s day dinner. Once you enter in here, you feel like you’re in a old cowboy movie. Looks a bit like an old saloon. The good thing about this place was that they had happy hour from 10pm until closing! The bad thing? No one was leaving. I’m not sure if this is a restaurant thing but customers really get annoyed when half of the restaurant is not being used to seat us. I think we approximately waited for 40 minutes for a table. Ridiculous! We were starving! However, 40 minutes was probably nothing considering it was an “eat-out” kind of holiday. Also sadly, we couldn’t get the special valentine’s day deal because it was happy hour!
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This place decent. It’s sorta like typical diner food. I guess the quality of food and service was not as good that day due to the nature of it being Valentine’s day. It took forever to be seated, but our food came out rather quick. The waiter was extremely attentive to us despite the large volume of people that night. I don’t really know anything about beer, but we got something called the “Crystal Ship”. Not really sure what to make of it.
The chicken quesadilla was a bit a messy. Taking a bite into that thing and juices just started to squeeze out of the sides. It was good for an appetizer and can be filling if you eat it alone. They added corn to the quesadilla and I thought that gave it a nice a crunch. However, it is nothing to go crazy for.
I ordered a Gorgonzola and it wasn’t too shabby. I asked for medium rare, but it came out a little on the dry side. Nevertheless, it was still delectable. The gorgonzola cheese is rather thick like bleu cheese. It added a very creamy texture to the burger. The flavor of the cheese and burger went well together with the shallots.
I’m giving a shoutout to the fries because they were fried to crispy perfection. Each fry had a wonderful crunch to them and they did not disappoint.
I’m guessing this place is better known for its beer rather than its food. The food is good, but not great or amazing.
Not the best food I’ve ever had but a pretty okay place. I was at first pretty reluctant to go here since I actually was looking at the Suffolk Public Health website and it had a lot of violations in the food/restaurant inspections. But hey, this was the only place that was open after 10pm and I was really craving some good BURGERS.
I was a bit annoyed that we waited for so long but I guess it was expected. We got our table about 11:15pm and they were saying kitchens close around 11:30p. I just really wanted to sit! I didn’t find the waiting area until I turned the corner after the entrance! I guess they assume that we would head straight to the bar haha. First impression, not good.
Crystal Ship wasn’t really a good brew for me. I’m not that into very strong or bitter. It could have been stronger but i’m not such a fan. I was glad at least the appetizer, quesadilla was very hot in temperature so at least we knew the food was made fresh. Not the greatest but it beats the old frozen ones you buy at a grocery store. It wasn’t a skinny quesadilla either.
I ordered the Chipotle burger and boy..was it messy! This burger was also hot off the grill. I appreciated that! There was way too much BBQ sauce..I’m glad it was at least tasty though! I had a lot of fun licking it off my fingers haha!! However, it was soaking my burger bun. If it was a regular bun instead of like a kaiser roll, I would have disliked it very much. Smart alternative! Fries were also hot to touch and were yummy and delicious.
I gave a 3 because, it was good but not so special!