DEKS American Restaurant

very good

12 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

605 Route 25A
Rocky Point, New York, 11778
United States

(631) 821-0066 | map

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Added by lehows on 05-01-2008

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Photo of JohnSand
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Stopped there tonight with friends. 15 taps, all craft, 4 page beer menu including many unusual craft brews, several Belgian. Six Point on tap, the bartender was familiar with craft beer, prices were reasonable. I'll be back.

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Photo of joefuzz
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

i have been to Deks on quite a few occasions and have finally decided to review it. I think the style of the building is the most appealing part for me, its very old world early 1900's and the theme continues as you walk in. Its a pretty dimly lit sort of "old mans bar" which is not a bad thing to me at all. most of the time i enjoy a small quiet bar where i can enjoy a good beer or two. the tap selection always has something i would like to try, the bottle list is pretty impressive as well. they also have a great selection of fine scotch's if your into that. I have only seen the place packed a hand full of times and it is usually with an older crowd. They have a pretty good jukebox and always seem to be playing good music and the addition of a true dartboard is a nice touch. The food was okay, nothing overly impressive a good selection of pub food and sandwiches. overall a good place to stop in and have a beer once and a while.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

I went to DEKS last night with my girlfriend after hearing about it from a few sources. We got there kind of late, at around 11PM, on a Thursday. I should note that the good selection score, and the fact that BeerAdvocate weights selection a bit highly, is curving my score of this place. I'd give it a D at best.

The place is quite dark. Maybe its because the seating area was closed but the bar area was very dark to the point of almost being shady. There's beerania around, like signs, neon lights, tap handles, etc.

The issue with the place is the quality of service and the quality of food. I don't know if the girl who worked there was new or what, but she wasn't very knowledgeable about craft beer to the point that it was a problem. For instance, my girlfriend ordered a bottle from the bottle list and the bartender thought they didn't have it because it wasn't on the list. I ordered something on tap and she didn't think they had it and I had to point out the tap. The selection itself, especially the bottle list, is pretty good but if you are going to be running a beer bar, you kind of need someone who knows what Allagash is, what Unibroue is, the fact that Sierra Nevada Anniversary isn't the same thing as the pale ale or Torpedo, etc.

The food also wasn't very good. It was something you could really make at home with minimal effort and having no idea what you were doing. Their sandwiches also don't come with fries, which seems like a problem to me. Maybe their daytime food is better but we weren't too impressed by what we got off the nighttime menu.

To top it all off, it was all a bit too pricey. $8 beers are a bit much.

From the impression I am under, this is a place that is starting to get into the craft beer world so I won't say I'm not going to give this place a chance again. I do think I'll give them some time to get everything straightened out and try 'em again in a few months. If it improves, I'll edit this review. If not, I'll leave it. Hopefully they get it all squared away because DEKS is the closest bar with this kind of selection to my house.


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Photo of sirsteve42
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Good selection of beers for the area. There are no other beer bars even remotely close to DEKS. That is why i assume the prices are so high. The prices are above manhattan and williamsburg for a pint of craft beer. The staff knows enough about the product they sell but as someone from the city i dont know how these guys get away with their prices. I ordered an old rasputin and the bartender told me "$8 Dollars for happy hour!" If its 8 dollars for happy hour id hate to see the unhappy hour in this place. Now i understand thats a higher abv beverage but i noticed the other beers on tap to be similar in price which i felt was appalling. Owner seems to have alligator arms....SUPER CHEAP guy!

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Photo of glassjaw25
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great selection of bottled beer. This place is owned by 3 brothers who really take passion in running their business. Dean seems to be most knowledgeable when it comes to discussing the beer. Great selection of bottled beer and nice eclectic grouping of Draught. check out the website for beer listing, website is pretty old school.

The restaurant used to be a hotel years ago, it has a real old school atmosphere inside. I feel like I've traveled back in time to the early 1900's. Anyways, the staff is knowledgeable about the beer and the selection is nice, hope you get to stop in and enjoy.

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Photo of XSoftXNXElegantX
2.35/5  rDev -36.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Maybe my view is a little skewed because I used to work here. But Dean is a cheap bastard, you'll never get a full pour there, the bartenders are forced to use a 4.5oz wine glass to measure wine, a 3/4oz shot glass to measure shots, and to not pour a full pint. If there's room at the bar for Dean to sit don't expect to have a conversion without him joining in. The other owner Kevin is very nice though, and is the better cook of the two. Also the atmosphere is dark and depressing.

As for the service, I've never waited so long for a beer before or have I ever dealt with a bartender with as little beer knowledge as the ones here have.

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Photo of unibrew
4.8/5  rDev +30.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place has got some bad to mixed reviews in the past, and no review was current, so, I decided to check the place out. I went on Mother's Day mid afternoon, so, it wasn't crowded. Behind the bar was Dean, one of the owners. He seemed very knowledgeable about beer...probably knows about as much as I do if not more, and he's happy to help customer with their selections. The place has 15 taps, but, they are put to good use with a great selection of craft brew. On the day I was there, he had Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Brooklyn Blast, Sly Fox Gang Aft Agley (imperial brown ale), Lagunitas WTF, Ramstein Mai Bock, a Siason, Guinness, Arcadia Cereal Killer, and 3 Unibroues! I'm picky about beer, and they had 8 out of 15 beers on tap that I would enjoy. That never happens! There are also well over 100 bottled beers to choose from, and range from Bud/Coors to Harpoon to Uinitas, to La Fin du Monde and even Don De Dieu! There is certainly something for everybody here, and the prices are pretty good considering the size and quality of the offerings. Maybe when the place is busy, there are problems with service, but, nothing could have been done better when I went.

I also had a couple of appetizers. Their buffalo wings were fantastic. They are grilled I believe, but, it's the nice, really tangy/hot sauce that stands out. My nose was running, sweat on the brow, and hands became a complete mess. Loved it. I also had the marinated steak strips, which were also pretty good! The dinner menu is more upscale, but, the prices seem pretty reasonable. They take pride in their recipes and presentation too.

I'll definitely be heading back there a few times this summer. Thanks to for listing them and their selection of beers. I recommend you try it if you are in the area, or, make it a beer destination.

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Photo of slander
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

"Sweet Southampton Sunday!" I'm going to try and make that stick. Its just like "Great Caesar's ghost!" except there's no cranky ass editor-in-chief Perry White grating on everyone with his "Don't call me chief" crap and the beer's better, too (in this case, it was the Oyster Stout and the Long Island Fresh Hop IPA). And as oft times I'm accused of running sudden agenda, on the way back we're going to hunt out DEKS, in wherever the hell Rocky Point is. It's nauth shauh, I know that much, and far enough out there on the (dirty) island that I'd never get there unless, well, sweet Southampton Sunday...

The tap room sits as an upfront to an old old old house turned restaurant on the side of the road; up there, but not sooo up there that you can hear the sound sounds. Corner "L" wood bar with a wide lip and foot rail seating a dozen on the inside wall. Barbacks are coolers (glass front on one side), below large brewery mirrors on both sides of the corner, with tiered booze below, shelved above, shelved below, and above on the end (What?) Ornamental this and that's along the barback (Wood chime, jug with cork, etc). Hanging glass lantern lamps trail bar above & metal racks all the way around over the bar with glassware of all sizes & shapes, and old tap handles run from wood rafters overhead, spruce and strung lighting above. 2 raised bar tables adjacent to the bar and 7 shortys, there, there, and there.

Wood floorings, walls and ceilings, with sunken spots & colored spots in an area where I suspect they do bandage. The walls adorned with lots of framed pics of people I don't know, and some mirrors, clocks and signage. TV's on both ends & a CD juke in the corner. Windows to the rear with stained glass cats eye colored overlays, leading to a restaurant wrap around back there, a room holding a baker's dozen tables with "name the president" placemats. I so suck at this, I know who the last 9 are (you're doing it in your head), Washington, Lincoln, and the creepy guy on the $20 bill, that's it.

A single tower of taps on one side, copper and worn. 12 in all, locals (Blue Point Toasted Lager & Pale Ale, Brooklyn Flemish Gold, Six Point Carob Porter), regionals (Ramstein Classic, Sly Fox Incubus, Troegs Sunshine Pils & Dreamweaver Wheat, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin), not so regionals (Two Brothers Cane & Ebel, North Coast Brother Thelonious) and a stray import (Spaten Octoberfest). I started with a Ramstein Classic 'cause it's a perfect Dunkel, and then a Brooklyn Flemish Gold, tasty, too.

+ 85 bottles, more than 1/3 of them US micros, many local and regional (Southampton, Blue Point, Brooklyn, Keegans, Ommegang, Smuttynose, Allagash, Gearys, Sam Adams, Crop Circle, DogFishHead, Sly Fox, Victory, Stoudts, Weyerbacher) and some not (Anchor, Sierra Nevada, Dixie, Flying Dog, Stone, Left Hand, Sprecher, Goose Island). Of the remainder, a dozen and a half Belgians (Orval, Boon, Achel, DuPont, Westmalle, Rochefort, Chimay, Kwak, Rodenbach, Affligem, Corsendonk, Grimbergen, Delirium, Stells, Lindemans), a dozen Germans and nearly as many English/Scottish combined, and then some beers of the third world.

They've got small 3 slot wood paddles for some sort of samplers and baby bowling pin glasses that fit into them, and they also do a First Friday firkin, probably something worth looking in on. Oh, and 50 single malts, 36 tequilas, 40 single barrel & small batch bourbons, quite the list. Food looked good but we didn't get at it, having done lunch further farther out. No problems on service, we got giggly smells good girl bartending. Decent crowd this Sunday afternoon. This, the goods out east.

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Photo of plaid75
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located on 25A, in the commercial district of Rocky Point.

The strucure itself is an old colonial era building. From what I have heard, the bar occupies a space older than any other on Long Island. I am not sure how long it has been used as a bar though.

Anyway, the interior is rustic and quaint, and a bit dark (maybe too much so). There are separate bar and restaurant entrances and an outdoor patio. The bar is an average sized L shape. On tap is about a dozen craft and import selections. There is usually at least one Sixpoint and one Blue Point flowing. The bottle list is rather extensive and includes several Belgian selections. A sampler of the draft selections is also available.

The atmosphere is average. The couple of times I have been in there have been during off hours. As such, there were a few sad drunkards wallowing in the corner, uttering nonsensical jibberish and making me cringe.

I have never been to one of the monthly cask nights or beer dinners, but hope to in the near future.

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Photo of Biggness
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Me and my wife went here for dinner last night because I caught wind that they were going to be tapping a cask of Capt. Lawrence Reserve. I have only been here once and had a very nice time. They have a very impressive tap list and a great selection of bottles. Our dinners were both wonderful, the appetizers could have used a little more creativity imo. Every beer I had was nice and fresh! Our waitress was way over worked and it was hard to get another beer often. Its a little on the pricey side but not horrible. I will be certain to come back here for another beer event.

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Photo of theangler
3.58/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Full disclosure. DEKS is my local. I can walk, but I usually ride my bike. This means that I spend more time in this place than any other beer bar on Long Island. A little more than a year ago the owners, Dean and Kevin, agreed to take a risk on craft beer and installed a 12 tap draft system and started expanding their stock. Now when I walk into my favorite drinking spot there's an honest 12 craft beers on tap. No crap here. The selection rotates all the time, but there's a good selection of local and regional craft and a few imported favorites any time you walk in. There's about a 100 different bottles on the list, so the selection is decent. This place is also pretty progressive in catering to the craft beer crowd with regular beer dinners and monthly cask nights.

The only drawback to my local is that the prices are a bit high and sometimes the service could be a little more quick. Half the bartending staff is really on the ball, but there are a couple of bartenders just putting in their time which can be frustrating when you're thirsty and you really want that beer.

The food is really excellent, but also on the pricey side. The dining room is a place you could dress up for if you want, but the taproom has a really relaxed atmosphere. A lot of really friendly regulars (including me) hang out there. Did I mention the taproom is on the registry of historic places? The wooden bar is a couple of hundred years old and has tons of character. A very cool drinking spot.

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Photo of bonbright7
4.28/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

As a member of the local group that helped transform this historic restaurant in Rocky Point, NY from a bar serving "the usual suspects" and into a thriving center for beer, I can attest to my opinion being positively biased. I have enjoyed going to Dek's almost weekly for the past year and a half as the owners, who are both great chefs, have allowed the place to evolve (with a little customer push) with the installation of a super tap system that no longer serves the ordinary beers that make little difference. With a growing legion of craft beer drinkers, home-brewers, industry reps, brew-masters and the simply curious coming and going, Dek's has expanded their beer list to over a 100 great ales and beers, sponsored well attended beer dinners plus cask nights, and has made itself into a great place with few peers in its area.

When I walk into Dek's, I get the impression of walking into history with its narrow corridors and dark wood paneling, until I reach the bar area where I am warmly greeted by the bartenders.

My first inclination is usually to observe the taps to see if something changed. The taps change frequently and the bar manager isn't afraid to put a whole line up on the system, such as with a recent Legacy, Troegs, Sixpoint, and Ramstein line ups that have graced the bar area for beer dinners and cask nights.

As I seem to mix well with others, I have observed the crowd to be a mix of younger (20's) and older (30-40's).

I would say the service is good and a cursory glance at the menu and the beer list is very good. Yes, you can find Kolsch here as well as Traquair House and Rocheforte 6. Want something different? Just ask the bartender.

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DEKS American Restaurant in Rocky Point, NY
3.69 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.
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