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Mar 24, 2008 07:51 AM

Where to eat in Greenport/North Fork?

My fiancee and I are going out to Greenport next weekend. Any recommendations? From what I've seen on the boards so far, it looks like people like the Frisky Oyster, Jedediah Hawkins, the Fifth Season, and that I should at all costs avoid Claudio's.

What I'm looking for is excellent food, but not the same dining experience we'd have in the city - part of the charm of the North Fork is that's it's somewhat relaxed and casual, right?
And for lunch in particular - any seafood shack type places? Or other good lunch options?

So, any particular recommendations/suggestions? Also, any wineries? We (like most on this board I'd assume) are always looking for something off the beaten path. Are any of the vineyards worth spending an hour or two at - relaxing, etc?

Thanks for any and all pointers - it's our first trip out there, and we're really looking forward to it.

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  1. We always love The Frisky Oyster in Greenport. As far as the wineries go, some of them have turned into a vintner's Disneyland, and we always love the ones that do wine and not a lot of bells and whistles. Bedell, Pelligrini and Gristina are some of the ones that are more for tasting than for entertaining buses of tourists.

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    1. re: roxlet

      I love the Fifth Season, but I think they may be closed for the winter season. We had a very disappointing meal at Frisky Oyster-- I thought they tried to be more of a pseudo-NYC scene-y restaurant, the food was not bad, but not great, and they rushed us through our meal even though the place wasn't all that busy. The woman who ran the bed and breakfast we stayed at recommended Scrimshaw when we told her all the things we didn't like about the Frisky Oyster, but we didn't have the chance to try it.

      Pelligrini is our favorite winery. Their wines are very good, and they actually spend the time to talk about the wines with you rather than just trying to sell you flights and move you along.

      1. re: Shawn

        I'm sorry that you had a bad experience at the Frisky Oyster since that has certainly never been our experience. Having spent 12 spring/summers on the North Fork, we never ate out since the food was always second rate to what you could make yourself using the local produce, fish and meat from the great butcher we found. When the Frisky Oyster opened, it was a revelation of what a North Fork restaurant could be -- sophisticated, using fresh, local ingredients and not trying to be a maritime theme park.

    2. While it's not in Greenport proper, The North Fork Table & Inn in Southold is about 15 min. west of there and certainly worth the trip. Being post-Easter as it is weekend reservations may be hard to come by but you never know till you try!

      1. We didn't love Jedediah Hawkins, the portions were miniscule and not the greatest. Gorgeous building though, maybe go for lunch. Bayview Inn down the block is more to our liking. We're planning on North Fork Table for my birthday end of April, first time, and really looking forward to it. (Hoping it's as good as Coeur d'Vignes used to be.)

        Seafood shack, Orient by the Sea is always our hangout, but they don't open until beginning of May. Great atmosphere and food, relaxed and casual would definitely describe it and you can't beat the view. Maybe next time? Claudio's is touristy and crowded, I don't know if I would say avoid at ALL costs, we always end up meeting someone interesting, usually just get apps and drinks at the bar and never had a complaint. I guess I should mention my old favorite too, Skippers just east of Marion, great food, very friendly but zero ambience.

        You'd probably like Shinn Estate Vineyars or the Tasting Room in Peconic for hang-out wineries, a little more civilized than some.

        Hope the weather is good for you!

        1. Claudio's was bad 20 years ago. Amazing they haven't changed. It's really a shame considering they have what I think is one of the best locations in the village. It should be a star.
          Dining on the North Fork has been a hit or miss deal. You would think you can get a good seafood or fish meal given where you are.Hasn't always been the case.The best place on the North Fork was Ross' but they are long gone, I think O'Malley's from the Hampton's opened there but it more a bar/restaurant. I would say right now your best shot at a good meal is the Frisky Oyster. I've yet to be disappointed there

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          1. re: tastelikechicken

            Avoid at all costs Scrimshaws...I had a weekend-ruining experience there last year. It was absolutely and service atrocious. Absolutely one of the worst dining experiences I've ever had...that bad!

            Instead, I would recommend Vine wine bar for great food and wine:


            For vineyards, another vote for pellegrini, bedell and shinn...if you have the time and inclination also check out Channing Daughters winery in the South Fork...very good.

            1. re: Scotty100

              Scotty100: Could you elaborate on your experience at Scrimshaw? Does anyone else have an opinion of this Greenport place? I have not heard good things, but a friend wants to have dinner there next week...any suggestions on what to order or is it an absolute must-avoid??

              1. re: erica

                4 of us went to scrimshaws last year and the cooking and service were diabolical. Huge waits between courses...individual apps and entrees coming out randomly and the food was so sub-par it was unreal. Steaks over-cooked then under-cooked then over-cooked again and fish frozen in the middle obviously taken out the microwave too early etc...that kind of an experience...we left before they completed the order which meant 2 of our party only had one app to share between them. And we got no apology or anything was a horrendous experience and I advise no one to eat there.

                1. re: Scotty100

                  Thanks!! You are not the first person who has had a bad experience here.... I am hoping to dissuade my friend..

                  Has anyone here been to Antares recently?

          2. Thanks everyone for the suggestions!! Very helpful. We have a reservation at the Frisky Oyster for Saturday and are looking forward to it. Maybe lunch at North Fork Table & Inn as well.

            On a related note, any suggestions on a quick-ish place to stop on the way from Port Jeff out to the North Fork on Friday evening? We'll probably be on 25A the whole way rather than the LIE, but we can certainly detour if it's worth it.

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            1. re: adam

              There's a lot of nice places in Wading River; personally I'd go to La Plage, right off 25A on the water, and if you want to get out fast they will accomodate you!

              1. re: coll

                Granted, I am very late spotting this post. However, it is spot on. La Plage is super and out shines anything in Greenport. This is not to say I do not or will not dine in Greenport, just that La Plage can give Greenport's best lessons. I have been disappointed with Claudio's a couple of times but will not rule it out for a sometime spot (enjoy the location in downtown and the fact that it has been there forever and occasionaly has yielded a very pleasant evening for us). Frisky Oyster screams price to me and I have not yet seen a posted menu to lure me in (cheapskate ? no, value seeker yes). Again, as I mentioned this is late in being posted to a good evaluation by coll.

                Frisky Oyster
                27 Front St, Greenport, NY 11944

                La Plage
                131 Creek Rd, Wading River, NY 11792

                  1. re: feelinpeckish

                    Glad you had a good meal, I'm lucky to live only 10 minutes away, so it's a regular stop. The food is perfection but the ambiance and staff just take it over the top. That's where I'll be dining on my anniversary in a few weeks, even if it was a drive I'd be going there.

                    1. re: coll

                      I haven't eaten there--just read this report--but now I am looking forward to it!