By Connor Beach
Award-winning wings, quality ingredients and a welcoming, pub-style atmosphere are a recipe for success at the recently-opened Brews Brothers Grille in Huntington village.
Owners Brian Clermont and Mike Weinberg opened the original Brews Brothers location in Franklin Square in 2009, and just last month expanded the brand to its new Wall Street location.
The two-story restaurant features a full bar and seating area on both levels. The second floor has a beer hall style feel with long wooden tables and benches, while the first floor has a more traditional seating area accented by exposed brick and wood.
Clermont, of Huntington, said he is trying to bring back the kind of restaurant “that’s been missing” from Huntington.
“I think we are trying to capture that old school Huntington atmosphere,” Clermont said. “We figured if you can do it in Huntington, you can do it anywhere on Long Island.”
Clermont’s experience in the kitchen and Weinberg’s knowledge of beer has helped to distinguish Brews Brothers as what Clermont described as an “American style pub.”
The 40 beers on tap, including a selection of Long Island brews, and walls lined with televisions on both floors make Brews Brothers the perfect place to watch a game.
Clermont said the menu, which is executed by chef Chris Fusaro, exemplifies his adherence to the KISS-Keep It Simple Stupid- philosophy in the kitchen.
“Everything is fresh, everything is cooked to order and we try to use ingredients in multiple ways to create well-rounded food,” Clermont said.
Brews Brothers has the credentials to back up the claim that they have some of the best wings around. Clermont’s Cajun style dry rub and medium Buffalo sauce took first and second place, respectively, at the U.S. Wing Championship in Buffalo.
The Wings ($8 for six) are seasoned and cooked in the oven at high heat before being fried to order, Clermont said, a process that keeps the wings juicy and moist on the inside while retaining a crispy skin.
The Cajun rub infuses into the meat of the wing that adds a depth of flavor to the dish. The wings are plump and have plenty of meat on the bone that provides a good contrast to the skin.
The medium Buffalo sauce has a moderate level of spice that creeps up on you without overpowering the taste of the well-seasoned chicken. The heat from the sauce has a great taste as opposed to just burning the lips and tongue. From the sauce to the meat, these wings are truly delicious.
In addition to the wings, the Brews Brothers menu features Asian Steak Tacos ($9) with shredded cabbage, bell peppers, fried onions, teriyaki sauce and sesame seeds. The steak is sliced thin and gets a great Asian flavor from the teriyaki sauce and sesame. The crispy onions and cabbage provide a nice crunch that adds a sense of texture to the dish.
The burgers are another highlight of the Brews Brothers menu. The Classic Burger ($15) is topped with American cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles. The burger’s simple seasoning allows the taste of the well-cooked beef to shine. The toasted bun and the crunch from the vegetables and bacon round out this classic, yet tasty burger.
Clermont said interacting with customers and seeing them have a good time in his restaurants is what he enjoys most about his job.
He said, “The look on their face when they bite into one of our burgers is what makes it all worth it.”