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newbieden May 14, 2007 03:32 PM

Staying out in Greenport, LI for a weekend in June. We'll be a rather large group of 14 ladies (mid- to late-20s). Any suggestions on restaurants/bars in Greenport? What about wineries? Which are the less commercial ones? Any good experiences with any of the wine tour companies? All feedback welcomed! Thanks!

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    laylag May 14, 2007 05:04 PM

    Best winery in my opinion (as far as wine goes - tasting room is nothing to get excited about) is Lieb Cellars on Sound Avenue. I've never done the tours. Osprey Dominion (wines not all that) has a great backyard hang out scene with live music (others have music on weekends as well) but Osprey is very laid back. Be warned, lots of families and couples so may not be the right atmosphere for 14 women. Still, we love hanging out there.

    Restaurants - Hands down for me is the Frisky Oyster in Greenport. Absolutely fantastic - great food, atmosphere is casual with an urban vibe. It is not large though so you definitely should make a reservation well ahead of time. It also is not cheap.

    Have never done the wine tours so can't help you there.

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      newbieden May 14, 2007 07:03 PM

      Thanks for the winery and restaurant suggestions, laylag. I'd heard of the Frisky Oyster but your input is exactly what I was looking for... Is there a bar there as well?

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        laylag May 15, 2007 07:45 AM

        If I recall correctly there is a bar at Frisky but not suer if you can all fit at it comfortably. I think they are known for some cocktails - ie, martinis or something but we're wine drinkers so I don't remember exactly.

    2. JGS May 14, 2007 07:39 PM

      Shinn Estate on Oregon Rd. in Mattituck is not commercial. Nice tasting room, pretty good wines (need to age according to husband though). Pretty spot. Barbara Shinn, the female half of the proprietors (along w/ her husband David Page) is very warm and knowledgeable too. This spot is "off the beaten track" so you don't get as many day trippers as the main road vineyards.

      Farmer Bar might be fun for a group. They've got a bar. Depot Road in Peconic. Decent BBQ and Southern food.

      You should check out the Broken Down Velise in Mattituck village. It's a great, divey, local bar. If that's something you enjoy. I love that place. Decent juke box too. Our friends also love the Old Mill on the Mattituck Inlet for similiar vibe. I've not yet been however. Apparently it attracts quite an "eclectic" crowd. Part-owned by Greta Van Susteren the FOX News host.

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        laylag May 15, 2007 07:47 AM

        Part-owned by Greta Van Susteren... is that an endorsement or a warning? : )

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          JGS May 15, 2007 03:54 PM

          Neither. Just FYI. Kind of an oddity, since she lives in DC. Apparently her friend had been the long time manager or owner and she came in on the deal.

      2. MMRuth May 16, 2007 06:39 AM

        Here's a link to my review of the Jedediah Hawkins Inn:

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/328146

        We went back for lunch again about a month ago and it was just as good as the first time.

        1. L_W May 16, 2007 08:51 AM

          I may get boo-ed for this one.....but I always had fun at Claudio's Clam Bar. RIght on the water and they have dancing at nights. Then again, I have always like Claudio's food and I know that there are many that do not.

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            laylag May 16, 2007 12:51 PM

            To each his own L W but "Booooooo!" : )

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              gnocchi May 17, 2007 04:52 PM

              Well, they are looking for food with a bar scene so I guess Claudio's would fill that bill as well as anything in the vicinity. As far as wineries we enjoy the tasting room at Paumanok and the sparkling wines at Pugliese.

              Any opinions on that BBQ place on the main street in Greenport near the ice rink?

              Someone earlier in the thread mentioned the Broken Down Valise local dive. Here's a link to a YouTube of the joint:

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8re637...

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                laylag May 18, 2007 07:50 AM

                If they want a bar scene yes but I wouldn't eat there. I've done it and won't do it again so would never suggest it.

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              new_west_foodie May 16, 2007 08:58 AM

              I second the frisky oyster recommendation below. Also good is the fifth season. You guys may want to hed over to shelter island (you can take the ferry from greenport) for drinks at some point - sunset beach is really fun. In terms of wineries, I would recommend macari and waters edge.

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                jmax May 16, 2007 12:45 PM

                I also like the fifth season, but wonder if they have room for 14 at one table. It is kind of a small place.

              2. Fred19 May 19, 2007 03:55 AM

                If you want a quiet reasonably priced restaurant that is not stylish, trendy, fusion or ripoff you may want to try Townsend Manor, which is slightly north of town, about a 10 minute walk. Nothing special, just good food.

                In addition, Skipper's Restaurant and the Hellenic Snack Bar (Greek food) both east of town on Route 25. Not fancy, just good food. If you go to Hellenic, be sure to try the 'Skordelia".

                All of the above that I mentioned are not at all fashionable or as currently popular as some of the places mentioned in other suggestions in this thread, but are just good eats.

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                  laylag May 22, 2007 10:54 AM

                  I second Hellenic. We like it for lunch.

                2. coll May 19, 2007 04:20 AM

                  If the weather's nice, Orient by the Sea has lots of room outside on their dock, great food too.

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                    newbieden May 21, 2007 08:19 PM

                    thanks all! i really appreciate all of your input. i'll have to look into all of your suggestions and run them past some of the rest of the group. i'm looking forward to great trip.

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