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DINING OUT ON THE NORTH FORK, WHERE TO GO?

I AM PLANNING TO BE IN GREENPORT MID OCTOBER, LOOKING FOR GREAT LOCAL EATS IN A TOP NOTCH PLACE....ANY SUGGESTIONS?
STAYING AT THE THE HARBORFRONT INN IN GREENPORT......ANYONE HAVE THOUGHTS ON THIS HOTEL AS WELL???

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  1. Definitely North Fork Table & Inn - the food is tops in the area - chef from Aureole (Gerry Hayden) and pastry chef from Gramercy Tavern (Claudia Fleming). You might also want to try Vine Wine Bar in Greenport for a late afternoon glass of wine with something nice to eat. And rest easy; you made a fine hotel choice in terms of comfort and amenities.

    1. In Greenport you may also try The FRISKY OYSTER on Rt 25,and nearby The FIFTH SEASON and on the harborfront, The SCRIMSHAW. All offer good quality and some local fare.

      1. Well, I do not know if the place is still open, but there was a very small restaurant called the Elbow Room in Greenport that served only two dishes. A house special Steak with the usual potato and salad sides and one or two fish selections, depending on whatever was fresh off the boats that day. It had about 12 tables and zero atmosphere but I can tell you that their Steaks were the best I ever had anywhere.. their secret was a special bourbon marinade and when the Steak arrived it looked completely blackened...but when you cut into it it would just explode with flavor and texture..anyway, I will pass on the exact words to you that the gal who turned me on to the place said.. " Just forget the room, order the steak with fries and slaw and two Heinekens. "
        I live in Maine now and have often wondered if the place was still in business and if it was still as good..as I remember it, the line used to be out the door and down the street most week-ends.
        But I have a feeling some Chowhound will know. Enjoy your trip, Greenport is lovely this time of year.

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        1. re: Jimmy

          REST ASSURED THE ELBOW ROOM IS ALIVE AND WELL. I AGREE, THE BEST STEAK I'VE EVER HAD........

        2. Elbow Room (called Cliff's Elbow East in it's earlier days - though still connected to family) is not only there (just west of Greenport off Sound Ave) but has two other locations further west but I would stick to the east end location. Same menu essenntially - steak, marinated or not and a few reliable fish choices. My advice is to choose the marinated porterhouse or filet or if fish is your aim, then it would be lobster or just their simple treatment of shrimp (fried) or if in season then bay scallops. That's it. It is a casual and enjoyable spot for an evenings meal. We were very regular visitors in years past when we sailed out of Greenport harbor. Though we visit there less frequently than before, Cliff's Elbow East is almost always the restaurant of choice vs the tangle of new and much higher priced places in the village proper.

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          1. re: feelinpeckish

            IMHO...this is the worst of the Elbow locations. Seems more like a nursing home in ambience and decor and the food is sub par. Not worth the bother.

            If anyone is doing any of the Elbow Room locations--try Laurel or Jamesport.

          2. I'm confused. I know Cliff's Rendezvous in Riverhead, which is not exactly connected to the other Cliffs, and I know the Elbow Rooms in Jamesport and Laurelton, which are the "real" Cliffs. And I've been to the one, can't remember the exact name, in Southold, on the beach, which is nothing like the above establishments, that has an extended menu with nothing really great on it. Is there really a Cliffs in Greenport? This is weirding me out.

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            1. re: coll

              Well, they did say just west of Greenport off Sound Ave, so that would be the Southold place at the end of Kenny's Road which is/was Cliff's Elbow East. There is an Elbow Too in Laurel and the original Elbow Room in Jamesport. Also the Rendezvous that you mentioned in Riverhead. There is no such place right in Greenport proper or in Laurelton, Queens.
              Maybe when Jimmy recalled Greenport he really meant Jamesport for the Elbow Room, he had the "port" part correct anyways.

              Cliff Saunders at one time owned all these places plus one in Hampton Bays for a few years. I believe over the years and when Mr. Saunders died the family may have divested one or more of the places, I heard they don't have the Southold place anymore, but I could be wrong. Stick to the steaks, burgers at lunch, try the baked clams, manhattan chowder.

              1. re: coll

                The one out just west of Greenport is called Kenny's and is on Kenny's Road in Southold. Usually very long waits to get in, and scarecely worth waiting for.