Dinner, Drinks & a Brunch Date!

Man it’s been awhile since Dave and I have been on a proper date. I’m talking so long that I had to do a search within my posts to see when the last one was. Sheesh. (And the answer is April. APRIL!)

My parents had offered to take Sadie for the night so Dave and I took advantage! I had wanted to go to this local place called Pop’s in Island Park so off we went!

Pop's Seafood Shack | TripAdvisor image | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Photo is from TripAdvisor

Pop’s Seafood Shack & Grill is known for having a long wait but people don’t care because you can hang out in an amazingly fun setting! The restaurant is surround by man-made sandy beaches right on the water and there are fire pits and Adirondack chairs everywhere as well as outdoor bars and DJs. We were prepared for this wait but it was on the earlier side (I got out of work early) and kind of overcast so we didn’t have to wait to be seated at all.

Pop's Seafood Shack & Grill, Island Park, NY | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Pop's Seafood Shack & Grill, Island Park, NY | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Lobster Cobb Salad YUMMPop's Seafood Shack & Grill, Island Park, NY | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

After we had finished eating it was still super early so we decided to take advantage of the light crowd and hang outside for a bit. How awesome is this place? It’s like you’re in Florida or somewhere tropical instead of Long Island!

Pop's Seafood Shack & Grill, Island Park, NY | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

We grabbed some more drinks and settled in by a fire pit when it started to rain. The staff saw us and nicely set up some chairs underneath an awning so we could still sit outside. Since it didn’t look like the rain was going to let up anytime soon we decided to head to our next destination but we’ll be back! The food and drinks were really only okay, but the atmosphere totally makes up for it.

After hanging out at Pop’s we headed to Barrier Brewing Company. I am never one to say no to a local brewery especially one I haven’t been to yet!

Barrier Brewing Co., Oceanside, NY | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Dave had actually been to Barrier before. Unfortunately in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy the brewery was hit pretty hard and had to replace a lot of their equipment. However they had beer that was sent to the tanks two days before the storm hit and it remained trapped for four and a half weeks. After they were able to get to it and it was still good to drink they bottled it (because they couldn’t produce any other beer) and so Dave drove out and grabbed it. I think we still have the bottle almost four years later! Anyway, it turns out Dave hadn’t seen their current tasting room so it was almost like a new brewery to him. 🙂

Barrier Brewing Co., Oceanside, NY | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Barrier Brewing Co., Oceanside, NY | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

We got a table and settled down with a flight.

Barrier Brewing Co., Oceanside, NY | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

And got silly.

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I’d say out of the flight there were one to two beers that I liked but their rotation was very heavy on IPAs and pale ales. So I don’t know that’d I’d run back specifically for the beer but it was a cool little place and they did have some promotions for live music at the brewery so I’d definitely go back to check that out and support local artists.

The next morning we woke up and decided to go to brunch before getting on with our day. We were going to head to a place we had been to before but then I brought up the Morning Rose Cafe which I had heard really good things about. Again luck was on our side because I prepped Dave for a long wait but we only waited like 10 minutes before we were seated. And the place was so cute on the inside. It looked like it belonged in Cape May or another cute little seaside town.

Morning Rose Cafe, Bellmore, NY | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Morning Rose Cafe interior | Twitter image | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Photo is from Twitter

Everything on the menu looked SO GOOD! Dave and I were kicking ourselves because we are trying not to eat carbs and there were so many carb loaded delicious things on the menu. We were still satisfied with the other menu options though – I had an amazingly HUGE omelette with roast turkey, sweet corn, scallions, cherry peppers and cheddar jack cheese. But next time… next time IT’S ON! French toast… or waffles… or pork belly and grits!

Morning Rose Cafe, Bellmore, NY | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Morning Rose Cafe, Bellmore, NY | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

And because we’re coffee addicts through and through we swung on over to the Bellmore Bean Cafe for some caffeine! We hadn’t been there before and it was really cute. I really liked the decor but the coffee (at least what I had) was only okay. I’ll go back to try again though.

Bellmore Bean, Bellmore, NY | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Bellmore Bean, Bellmore, NY | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Bellmore Bean, Bellmore, NY | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

They also have live music and jam sessions weekly. And besides coffee they also sell beer. (Not sure about other alcoholic beverages.)

Bellmore Bean, Bellmore, NY | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

It was an amazing dinner date, after dinner date and brunch date with my hubby! We really need to make an effort to go out on these dates more. We always have such a good time and while we love spending time with our Sadie it’s always nice to get out – just the two of us. 🙂

Pop's Seafood Shack & Grill, Island Park, NY | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com Barrier Brewing Co., Oceanside, NY | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Pop’s Seafood Shack & Grill
15 Railroad Pl
Island Park, NY 11558
www.popsseafoodshack.com

Barrier Brewing Co.
3001 New Street A2
Oceanside, NY 11572
www.barrierbrewing.com

Morning Rose Cafe, Bellmore, NY | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com Bellmore Bean, Bellmore, NY | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

Morning Rose Cafe
317 Bedford Ave
Bellmore, NY 11710
www.morningrosecafe.com

Bellmore Bean Cafe
2718 Grand Ave
Bellmore, NY 11710
www.bellmorebeancafe.wix.com/bellmorebeancafe#!about_us/c161y

Comments

  1. Looks like fun!

  2. Well, this just looks lovely in every possible way!

    xox

  3. How nice that you got to get away for a date night! Both dinner and brunch sound amazing.

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