North Fork dining/bar options?
I'm still learning about the lovely North Fork of Long Island, so does anyone have any suggestions for a bar, a restaurant bar, or a casual dining place other than the usual suspects? I've tried several wonderful restaurants -- The Red Door, Jedediah's, Jamesport Manor Inn, Michaels' at the Boardwalk, North Fork Table and Inn, LobsterRoll, even Modern Snack Bar -- but other than that, what else is there to do in the evenings? Most of the vineyards close by 6 or 8pm, so are there any bars or lounges or anywhere comparable to go to at night?
Thanks for any suggestions.
Sounds like you've hit most of the good/excellent food places; there may be 1 or 2 others in the Greenport area, perhaps others can recommend. The fish store/restaurant on West Main St. in Riverhead has good seafood, indoor and outdoor seating.
I know I've regularly seen entertainment/local bands at both Michael's Boardwalk and Digger's in Riverhead, usually FRI and SAT nites. Music at Diggers starts around 9:30.
One of my favorites is the Meetinghouse Creek in in Aquebogue. Good food at reasonable prices. You can get a waterview seat in the back if you ask for it. Very busy before 7PM, because of their Early Bird (Prix Fixe), and after 7 plenty of tables. Dress code for men is shorts, tee shirt and topsiders, or you can go more formal. The duck is excellent, as there is a duck farm about 1/4 mile away.
There is a nice bar where you get alot of boaters.
Sunset Beach on shelter island has a great bar on the beach and terrific grilled seafood... at a hefty price for the area (and yes, it is definitely a scene!).
Perhaps try the Frisky Oyster in Greenport... possibly a minor contributor to the whole "Hamptonization" of the north fork, but it fits the bill of what you're looking for!
Honestly, what keeps the North Fork "lovely" (for now anyway), is the lack of any place that could be described as a lounge. That's more a Hamptons thing, which is a good thing, IMHO. Hope it stays that way.
The closest thing I can think of, is Bay and Main in Greenport, which has a fairly happening bar crowd after dinner.
There is a place called Sunset something or other on the beach on Shelter Island, that is a scene.
My favorite place out east for drinks is the Broken Down Velise in Mattituck village. It's a great spot! A locals dive bar. Decent juke box too. Love it.
There's also the Old Mill on the Mattituck Inlet. I've never been, but our friends go and apparently it's a similiar vibe to Velise, a bit of local color.