A modern, downtown steakhouse has long been on the wish list for local food lovers.
Now, in the thick of the holidays, that wish is about to be granted.
Indigo Patchogue is days away from opening at 32 West Main Street in the heart of the village, in the spot recently occupied by the German-themed Bierhaus.
“If you’re looking to take your wife or girlfriend out and then stay for the nightlife, this will be the place to be … and in the dead center of Main Street,” said owner Manny Macedo of Nesconset. “We’re not going to be high-high end, like a Tellers, but we’ll definitely be higher end,”
There’s also plenty of space for outdoor dining, for up to 36 people.
“It’s the perfect location,” said Macedo. “It’s not so huge, but it’s big enough.”
The Indigo team is keeping many of the Bierhaus staffers, but has also added Carl Demasi Jr. of Patchogue as the general manager, and Connor Beutel of Bellport as assistant GM.
Beutel, who’s been in restaurants since he was 13, is confident Indigo Patchogue’s business will be “booming.”
“For higher-end steakhouses, right now you’re going to Insignia, or Prime, or Tellers, which are all pretty far from Patchogue,” he said. “This is something this town has really needed. And with the late-nights being upscale … no one else is doing that on the strip.
“And we’re going to do it right.”
To that end, the team has been working around the clock since last Monday, Dec. 11 — when they got the keys — to transform Bierhaus into a steakhouse.
That cosmetic work includes adding plenty of modern décor and trim, as well as digitally controlled lighting and flair for those late nights.
Meanwhile, executive chef Alana Hoffman has been busily hammering out the menus (more on that below). Her offerings also include a limited late-night bar menu available well into the mornings. Indigo itself will be open to 3 to 4 a.m. on weekends.
Indigo Patchogue is expected to open within the next week, with an official grand opening party planned for New Year’s Eve.
“We’re going to make a lot of people happy,” Beutel said.
HOW WE’RE ORDERING (dinner menu)
For drinks we’ll start with a couple beers, specifically the Port Jeff Triple H and Stella Artois. Then we’ll move to a Cucumbertini (cucumber vodka, cucumber puree and pineapple juice) and The Indigo Sapphire (Bombay Sapphire gin, lemon juice, muddled mint, topped with soda).
*The drinks menu is not yet available online.
For appetizers it’s all about seafood before the steak, with ($14.95) Lobster Fries (shoestring french fries topped with lobster and béchamel) and ($12.95) Mussels – served with fresh bread. Today we’re definitely choosing the orange bourbon cream sauce for those mussels. (There’s a choice of three sauces.)
For the entrées, this is a no-brainer for steak lovers: the ($58.95) Porterhouse for 2 cooked medium rare. It even comes with two sides, gratis, which isn’t typical for a steakhouse. So for the sides we’ll take the creamed spinach and roasted brussels sprouts with bacon (normally $7.95 each).
The kids (yes, there’s a kids menu at Indigo, and the kids are with us for some reason) will have the ($7.95) Pasta Bambini with marina and the ($9.95) Sliders (two mini burgers with American cheese and served with fries).
From the dessert menu we’ll round things out with the ($12.95) Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie (Nutella-stuffed cookie, served warm and topped with vanilla ice cream) and the ($7.95) Classic Cheesesteak finished with whipped cream and seasonal sauce.
Top: The Indigo Patchogue management team takes a break from the buildout inside 32 West Main Street on Monday to take a photo with GreaterPatchogue. Pictured are (L-R) Connor Beutel, assistant GM, Manny Macedo, owner, and Carl Demasi Jr., GM.