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  1. Are you going to be on the North or South Fork? Or elsewhere?

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      1. re: The Chowhound Team

        I was talking about great chow, that's what this board is all about, also both forks, but also before the forks.

        1. re: lsoukieh

          I'm not familiar with the area before the forks, but I've enjoyed lunches at the following:

          American Hotel (Sag Harbor) - not out of this world, but good
          Jedediah Hawkins Inn (North Fork - Jamesport?)
          Pierre's (Bridgeport) - lovely little French place
          Silver's (Southampton) - the best BLT I've ever had, and a pretty decent, albeit expensive, lobster roll.

          1. re: MMRuth

            Bridgeport? The dumpy city in CT?

            I'm guessing you mean Bridgehampton?

            And BTW, you are correct about Jedediah Hawkins being in Jamesport. Nice place, too!

            1. re: ChefBoyAreMe

              Oops - I did mean Bridgehampton - thanks!

      2. It's the off season out here now (South Fork) and some places close or cut back on the amount of days that they open.
        Not sure what Town/Village you'll be in?

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        1. re: mangiamama

          Good point - though I know that Pierre's is open year round - we only go out to the South Fork in the off season.

          1. re: MMRuth

            Yes, Pierre's is open 7 days a week year round. I think that all the restaurants in Bridgehampton remain open. Also all the othr restos MMRuth listed are open year round.

            1. re: mangiamama

              I really like going to Pierre's - we would stop there for lunch on Fridays before heading up to Concience (sp?) Point where we used to stay (alas, that arrangement has ended!) - wonderful local oysters, great steak tartare, french fries, etc., reasonable wines, as well as a decent carafe selection.

              1. re: OrderFire

                We also enjoyed buying lobster rolls at the seafood market in Wainscott and taking them to the beach, even in winter.

                1. re: MMRuth

                  I forgot about that place MMRuth - I haven't been there is a few years but they used to also make amazing lobster bisque to go...and I love the bagels next door (although they have sky rocketed in price over the years).

                  1. re: OrderFire

                    Then go next door to Breadzilla, best bakery I know! Their pies are the best.

                    1. re: coll

                      I second Breadzilla, in Wainscott. They also have great sandwiches and soups for lunch.

        2. For a no frills lunch try the Modern Snack Bar. Just went on Saturday and had some really good lobster bisque and the best fried fish sandwich I've had in a while. Oh, and the coconut custard pie was fabulous. I forgot how good their pies were!

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          1. re: jenniebnyc

            where is this place, Modern Snack Bar?

            1. re: lsoukieh

              Aquebogue, on Rte 25, you can't miss the sign....
              Looks like this....http://modernsnackbar.com/
              But the decor is anything but modern!

          2. Also, Check out Tate's in Southampton for some good sweets..cookies, cupcakes, etc....

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            1. re: jenniebnyc

              Mmmm - why did you have to mention them - delicious - the best chocolate chip cookies around IMHO - the ones with walnuts - I may have to pop out to the corner deli to get some!!

              1. re: MMRuth

                Love that the deli's carry Tate's !

                For my b-day I made my parents bring me in a coconut cupcake from Tate's. If you like coconut this cupcake is a memorable treat!

                1. re: jenniebnyc

                  I've had those cupcakes - fantastic. I'm still trying to get over not having winter access (for free) to our friend's place - such a downer!!

                  1. re: jenniebnyc

                    I'm obsessed with that cupcake. I've been trying for years to figure out what the heck the frosting is made from. It's not heavy like a buttercreme but it's not too soft like just whipped cream. Tate's coconut cupcakes haunt me they're so good! If anyone has any clues I'd love to hear!!!

                    1. re: beauxgoris

                      is there a Tates Cookbook?

                      1. re: jenniebnyc

                        ^^Yes, but the recipe isnt in it (of course!)

              2. If you are going to the north fork I recommend checking out Shinn Estates Vineyard. I was just out there about two weeks ago and think it is by far the best wine in long island. They offer a walking tour at 1:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday. It's a small vineuyard so you get direct access to the owns Barbara Shinn and David Page. They also own 'Home' Restaurant in manhattan. They are dedicated to growing grapes using enviromentally sound practices. It's a great place to spend a few hours.

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                1. re: OrderFire

                  We ate at the Frisky Oyster in Geenport. The only problem was that despite having a reservation we still waited almost an hour and a half. To me that is unacceptable when you have a reservation. THe host even admitted to me that she didn't know what she was doing. The whole place was in the weeds. The food was good but after waiting that long it was hard to enjoy it. I'd give it another shot but if there is a wait I'd walk.

                  1. re: OrderFire

                    Well if you're on the North Fork, don't forget to try Junda's Pastry in Jamesport, they are up there too. I think Jed Hawkins uses them for their breakfast buffet.

                    1. re: coll

                      The Seafood Barge in Southold is excellent, but pricey. The Red Door in Matituck is very good and somewhat less expensive...also is less crowded. While the Jedediah hawkins Inn in Jamesport and North Fork Inn in Southold have great reputations, I have never been to them. The Farmers Bar in Cutchogue has great barbecue, and is inexpensive...though I sorely miss the Wild Goose that was there before it. By the way, the Modern Snack Bar is shown on a car commercial...I think Toyota..that I've been seeing a lot.

                    2. re: hudsonvalleyfoodblog

                      Shinn Estates sould nice, where is it?

                      1. re: lsoukieh

                        It's off the main road in the town of Mattituck. Here's the website. www.shinnvineyard.recipesfromhome.com

                        1. re: hudsonvalleyfoodblog

                          Also stop at the Lieb Cellars tasting room. Great Pinot Blanc and Sparkling pinot blanc!