S.T.A.G.S Takes Pub Fare To New Heights

By Jano Tantongco

jtantongco@longislandergroup.com

Bucks and does alike will bask in the hearty American cuisine at S.T.A.G.S. Tap House (308 Main St., Huntington). Stepping into the recently-opened establishment, one discovers a game-centric eatery celebrating the finer points of pub fare.

The cuisine, designed by Executive Chief Adam Goldgell, is prepared with locally-sourced and sustainable ingredients. The pub also stocks 40 beers on tap and 20-40 bottled beers, including IPAs, stouts, seasonals and more.

The Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup Bites ($9) are served as a hearty appetizer with the double gloucester cheese, en carozza. The chewy cheese bites pair well with the sumptuous, slightly sweet, tomato bisque. Hints of rosemary and basil give the starter herbal undertones that are sure to delight the palate.

The Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup Bites brings an American staple up to gourmet status with a double gloucester cheese aged to perfection, bringing a savory flavor leveled out by the sweetness of the tomato bisque.

The Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup Bites brings an American staple up to gourmet status with a double gloucester cheese aged to perfection, bringing a savory flavor leveled out by the sweetness of the tomato bisque.

The Vegetarian Tacos ($7) feature local produce, sweet potato, honduran cheese and argan mole. The fried chayote adds a crispy, juicy texture that complements the soft, crumbly corn tortillas, which are made in-house.

The Vegetarian Tacos blend Mexican and central-American ingredients into a savory sensation sure to satisfy both plant and meat eaters.

The Vegetarian Tacos blend Mexican and central-American ingredients into a savory sensation sure to satisfy both plant and meat eaters.

The Duck Breast Pastrami Mini Reubens ($10), made with sprout kraut and weinkase lagrein cheese may be an appetizer, but it is certainly a mini entree of its own. Here, the duck pastrami shines through, embraced by a gougères bun that’s fluffy and savory. It’s paired with a bach mustard that introduces a bold flavor that balances the richness.

The Duck Breast Pastrami Mini Reubens stood as mini entrees on their own, with thickly cut pastrami served between a soft gougères bun that will have diners ordering a second serving.

The Duck Breast Pastrami Mini Reubens stood as mini entrees on their own, with thickly cut pastrami served between a soft gougères bun that will have diners ordering a second serving.

The Montauk Fish and Chips Madras Tempura ($17) steps up the traditional favorite, with an upscale spin. The rotating fish selection featured porgy, a mild and lean variety that served as a welcoming canvas for the Korean mayo, blended with sriracha sauce and cayenne pepper, producing a sweet finish overall. The accompanying curry fries were generously cut with skin, popping with an earthy spice. A side of mushy peas added a sweet reminder of home cooking.

Montauk Fish and Chips Madras Tempura is a small feast of its own, featuring sides of mushy peas with pearl onions and curry fries, mixing flavors that run the gamut for a dish that pleases on multiple levels.

Montauk Fish and Chips Madras Tempura is a small feast of its own, featuring sides of mushy peas with pearl onions and curry fries, mixing flavors that run the gamut for a dish that pleases on multiple levels.

As for the Grass-Fed Strip Steak Diane ($32), it is topped with a full-flavored, diane sauce topped with mixed mushrooms. Prepared medium, the tender steak gives way easily to the knife, leading the diner to the center of the steak, which swings with peppery accents. It sits next to boulangère potatoes which carry just a sliver of spiciness.

The Grass-Fed Strip Steak Diane elevates a classic dish, pairing it with boulangère potatoes that add a bit of spicy zest that will excite the taste buds.

The Grass-Fed Strip Steak Diane elevates a classic dish, pairing it with boulangère potatoes that add a bit of spicy zest that will excite the taste buds.

And don’t forget the burger, which is served with fries and house-made pickles. The 10 oz. slab of ground beef comes on a Kaiser-style roll, and is flavorful enough on its own. A choice of toppings include pork belly, pimento cheese or – our choice – mixed roasted mushrooms, blue cheese and brown gravy. Simple, yet sophisticated, it’s a winner.

S.T.A.G.S will host an Autumn Release Party on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. to introduce new dishes and new beers at the establishment. The six-course, 10-beer pairing, event will cost $60 plus tax and gratuity.


S.T.A.G.S Tap House

308 Main St.

631-923-2060

Stagstaphouse.com

Cuisine: American

Atmosphere: Rustic Gastropub

Price: Moderate to Expensive

Hours: Monday-Thursday 5-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 5-11 p.m.; Sunday 5-9 p.m.