The Good Life – Good Beer, Good Food… Good Life
They say first impressions are everything right? While this is normally applied to human interaction, it can relate to the restaurant world as well. A good experience can hook a new customer for life, while a bad experience can ensure that customer never returns and may write a few nasty reviews in the process. On my first visit to The Good Life in Massapequa Park, I was provided an all around great experience that left me channeling my inner Douglas MacArthur, proclaiming ‘‘I shall return!’’
The Good Life didn’t have to do much to draw me in. One friend of mine had raved about the beer selection; another mentioned a great meal they had there once. Well, I guess that’s enough to draw me in. In fact, if Wile E. Coyote were trying to catch me instead of the roadrunner, he would have to build a neighborhood craft beer pub like the Good Life, lure me in, and spring the cage on me once I’m inside. Entering through a doorway designed to look like a British telephone booth, you can proceed ahead to the main bar area, or put in for a table in the dining room section. The bar has a classy, yet modest feel to it. There is a definite ‘neighborhood’ bar feel, yet you don’t feel out of place when you are there.
One of the first things you may notice is the chalkboard above the bar lists the current offering of craft beers on tap. With 24 taps & over 60 bottles, anyone can find a beer that fits their taste and preference. The beers are constantly rotated, but the current selection can be found on their website. I recently had a beer called ‘Fisherman’s Pumpkin Stout’, which tasted great and was a nice variation to the typical pumpkin beers. One time, my friend ordered a pint of the ‘Hell or High Watermelon Wheat’ beer. The beer itself is delicious, but in addition, The Good Life places a wedge of actual watermelon on the glass. Now that’s just awesome. Craft beer enthusiasts will be more than satisfied with the ample, diverse beer selection.
Not to be outdone by the beer, The Good Life’s Menu includes many unique and delicious options to choose from. Starters include some standards like wings, mozzarella sticks, and chicken fingers, but I’ve also sampled some different options such as sweet potato tater tots, mashed potato wontons (with bacon, cheese, and sour cream), and something called ‘Winston’s Hash’ which is bacon, caramelized onion, potatoes, sunny side eggs, and toast-points to scarf up the hash with. It’s basically breakfast as an appetizer, which is alright by me.
The sandwich offerings include standouts like the ‘Prime Minister’, which is the first thing I ever ordered at The Good Life. It consists of grilled steak, jalapeño cheddar sauce, BBQ sauce, and crispy onions. The tender steak was delicious on its own right and the spicy cheese sauce, BBQ sauce, and onions just add to the complete sandwich experience. Some tater tots on the side complete a remarkable dish. There are also a variety of burgers, including the ‘Good Life Burger’ topped with cheese and a bacon jam… yes BACON JAM. You know you’re curious. Entrees include some UK classics such as bangers & mash, shepherd’s pie, and fish & chips. More ambitious offerings include the Sesame Crusted Tuna, the ‘Chicken Tikka Masala’, which wouldn’t be out of place on a fancy Indian Restaurants menu, and the Root Beer Glazed BBQ Ribs with a white cheddar jalapeño waffle on the side (sounds weird, but it totally works). All the items that I’ve tried have been great and the added bonus – the kitchen is open each night until 2AM. So if you’re drinking here with some friends and get the case of the munchies at 1AM, there’s no need to go anywhere else.
Providing good food, good beer, and good service, the Good Life is one of the best spots on Long Island to grab drinks with friends or to enjoy a great casual pub meal. They even have a small chalkboard at the end of the bar, which my friends and I played Hang-Man on. There’s nothing like grown men and women playing drunken Hang-Man. Give The Good Life a chance to make a first impression on you. You’ll probably be eager to go back for a 2nd impression… and then a 3rd. The Good Life is no BS.
(The Good Life is located at 1039 Park Blvd. in Massapequa Park, NY. Open Mon-Wed. 11AM-3AM, Thurs-Sat 11AM-4AM, Sunday 12PM-3AM, Kitchen stays open until 2AM each night.)