Farmingdale’s Main Street is becoming quite the destination for the foodie version of a pub crawl, what with celebrity chef’s Marc Anthony Bynum Hush American Bistro , nanobrewery, incubator kitchen and local food shop A Taste of Long Island, and authentic Mexican hotspot Chichimecas, all of which we’ve told you about in our pages, plus a few we will be sharing soon, like Vietnamese soup and sandwich shop the Rolling Spring Roll, and Dominican 4 Restaurant with traditional Latin Caribbean specialties, plus the Divine Olive, selling all manner of specialty oils and vinegars.
Well here is another entry on Main Street’s surging dining strip.
Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro at 185 Main, right by the train tracks and a quick walk from the train station (which screams post-LIRR happy hour, doesn’t it?), opened last fall and aims to bridge the gap between high-end eats and sports bar.
“Farmingdale in the past has been all about draft beer, wings and sports,” says owner Jeff Rumman. “I had to give it something else. It’s not that I wouldn’t put on the big game, but that is not the focus here.”
Instead, Rumman, whose 15 years in the Long Island food industry includes working with La Bottega and catering in Rockville Centre, has put together a selection of 50 wines and 30 craft and domestic beer (including Blue Point bottles and Brooklyn Lager on tap) and a menu of tapas that nods both to Italy and to more familiar bar food.
“We don’t have wings, but we have stuffed buffalo chicken blue cheese meatballs,” says Rumman. “We put a spin on traditional bar food.”
The wooden tables (there is bar and table seating) are cozy yet the atmosphere is spacious and airy thanks to two walls of windows (it is a corner property) and there will be outdoor seating in warmer weather. While Vintage is open till 2 a.m. most nights (kitchen closes at midnight on weekends, and 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. other nights), you may want to check it out for happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 – 7 p.m. when selected tapas and wines by the glass are $5. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday and look for live acoustic music on Thursdays starting soon.