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North Fork dining/bar options?

scarletcerise Aug 1, 2007 07:19 AM

Hi all,
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.

  1. JGS Aug 1, 2007 09:24 AM

    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.

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    1. re: JGS
      scarletcerise Aug 1, 2007 10:12 AM

      I agree with you about what makes it charming out there; I shouldn't have used the word "lounge;" but I guess I wanted to say non-fancy restaurant non-chain fun spot. Thanks for your ideas!

    2. vvvindaloo Aug 1, 2007 11:45 AM

      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!

      1. Fred19 Aug 1, 2007 02:27 PM

        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.

        1. gnocchi Aug 2, 2007 07:11 AM

          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.

          1. c
            CityFoodNY Aug 6, 2007 07:35 PM

            Frisky Oyster or Vine in Greenport. Both very good.

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