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Excellent lunch at Love Lane Kitchen. Mattituck- North Fork

gordon wing Jul 23, 2009 02:43 PM

Just spent a week on the North Fork of Long Island. One of our better meals was a lunch at Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck. ( near several wineries ). Got there at 11:30am or so and no one was there ....... but by Noon it was pretty busy. We sat outside to enjoy the warmish weather. Our group had the Pastrami Sandwich with garlic fries, Swordfish Sandwich with salad, Chicken,Bacon & Guacamole Sandwich ( Focaccia ) and the Chicken Caesar. Also got the sweet potato fries for the table - they were fabulous. All three of the sandwiches were excellent. I like that the garlic fries were cooked with cloves of garlic that perfumed the fries instead of the gobs of raw garlic that I see at some ball parks and pubs ( raw garlic = too harsh).
My chicken,bacon & guacamole sandwich was pressed - and was one of the better focaccia sandwiches I've had. ...... not too much bread - everything was in proportion - allowing the bacon and guacamole to do their part. The chicken caesar was fine but not exciting - we passed up an opportunity to have dinner here so we could try Jamestown Country Kitchen - big mistake on our part. Give this place a try ........ Love Lane is a nice little stop - great cheese shop ( Pain Poilane sold here ) and a nice upscale grocery as well ...... antiques, etc.

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    chowareyou Aug 18, 2009 02:52 PM

    Yes, the love lane kitchen is my place of choice for casual meals out here. I had a fabulous cedar plank salmon dinner a year or so ago. They have such an array of lunch choices. You really can't go wrong. I wish there was something like that in Riverhead!

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    1. re: chowareyou
      coll Aug 19, 2009 05:09 AM

      Have you tried the Farm Country Kitchen just north of town? Mostly salads and paninis but the chef knows what he's doing. They just started doing dinner too. Tiny little place but great view of the river.


      Also love Athens Grill, Greek oriented but lots of fresh local fish dishes. Very pleasant and comfortable too.

      1. re: coll
        chowareyou Nov 10, 2010 03:40 PM

        You are right Coll, and I did try that. Never would have known about it unless my neighbor told me. It is in such an obscure spot, you really have to be told exactly where it is or you will drive right by. The ladies that work there are very nice. I never think of it because it is so out of the way. I'm glad they are getting enough business to do dinner. Do you know the corner by Main St Riverhead next to Tweeds across from the luncheonette? Do you know that they've recently put a sign in that window saying Dark Horse Restaurant open for lunch and dinner. Do you know anything about it or does anyone? Speaking of Tweeds, the big burger (bison or regular) was delicious, even though I think it was twenty dollars but you can get a smaller size one for less. Haiku, the relatively new Sushi place is okay, better than the new one that opened in Home Goods shopping center, but of course I'd rather go to Kotobuki, Hauppauge.

        1. re: chowareyou
          coll Nov 11, 2010 08:16 AM

          I've been hearing about Dark Horse but haven't tried it yet myself. I'll let you know when I do. It's the wife of the owner of Tweeds, I had thought it was mainly a catering establishment but just found out about the regular menu. Tweeds never excited me, but I'm not a big buffalo lover (except for the herd they keep up on their farm!)

          Thanks for the comparison of Haiku and Sakura, I keep trying to get there but something always comes up. I'm just thrilled to have two Japanese places nearby, is all I can say!

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            chowareyou Nov 12, 2010 02:18 PM

            The ambiance at Haiku is better. More feng shui. The tea is jasmine. Sakura's decor is..well you'll see when you get there. Some people are quite impressed. I haven't gotten past the weird smell when you walk in. I ordered sushi to go and some sashimi and the pieces were super small, and I was kind of upset. Then they didn't get the roll right, but that was the first week they opened. I think the place is good for the hibachi. It has a nice charm the cheesy hibachi tricks like for a kid's birthday. I asked him to do my noodles and vegetables spicy, but he said he couldn't do that on the grill because he cooks for the other people too. I wasn't sure why he couldn't move mine off to the corner and throw the chili sauce in it and the sriracha. It's just not the same if you put in on after it's cooked. Also, we were the first to sit late in the afternoon, it was not even dinner time, yet we ended up having to wait forever because they sat other people at the table and had to wait til they looked at menus and ordered, so that should have been explained to us because I was just looking to get a quick lunch. i'm not that inspired to go back. My favorite sushi on the east end is matsulin in hampton bays.

            82 Hillside Ave, Williston Park, NY 11596

            1. re: chowareyou
              coll Nov 12, 2010 03:20 PM

              Thanks for the report, I just drove by Matsulin in Hamptons Bays this morning but they didn't look like they were open. Plus some guy had just got hit by a car and the cops were arriving, I was actually thinking of stopping there because previously I've never heard anything either way about them. There was a great place in East Moriches a few years back, are they still there I wonder?

              1. re: coll
                chowareyou Nov 19, 2010 03:04 PM

                I'm getting a feeling we must pass eachother on the road all the time! well i haven't been to matsulin in the last year. i went when they first opened, and then i checked in once a year after that. Once I moved from HB i just stay on sunrise to 24 between EH and RH. The sushi was still good. It wouldn't be a bad idea to check in again. I liked the presentation of the sushi back then. The spicy mayo was excellent. They have a wide range of menu..they do the malaysian thing, so it's not strictly japanese. Not as wide as Asian Fusion in Quogue, but then again who has a larger menu than they? Vivian, the owner is very nice. Her husband runs Ming Garden, the chinese place in the Wild By Nature shopping center. Let me know how it goes if you get there before I do.

                Ming Garden
                252 W Montauk Hwy Ste 3, Hampton Bays, NY 11946

                1. re: chowareyou
                  coll Nov 20, 2010 12:58 AM

                  Was just over there today but probably won't get back out until after the holiday weekend. If there is no police action at that corner (and there seems to be as often as not lately) I will check out if Matsulin is still open and at least grab a menu. It sounds really interesting. I picked up some unbelievable oysters and Peconic scallops at Amagansett Seafood on my way back today and wow, better than any restaurant meal I could have picked up. You can eat the scallops raw, they are that good, and the owner begged me not to put anything on the oysters lest I hide the briny taste. So so good.

                  I take the same route as you, 24 to 27, but all the way to Montauk: I often take the back road for a change of scenery, and to check out what's going on on the other side!

                  Matsulin Restaurant
                  131 W Montauk Hwy Ste 1, Hampton Bays, NY 11946

                  1. re: coll
                    kennycandy Nov 21, 2010 12:18 PM

                    went to Tweeds last night - the clear broth clam chowder and the filet mignon are outstanding!

                    1. re: kennycandy
                      coll Nov 21, 2010 02:50 PM

                      I wish they had more beefsteak than filet mignon though. Thank goodness Cliffs is down the block.

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                        chowareyou Nov 24, 2010 02:54 PM

                        I had the porterhouse last night at the elbow room in jamesport and was not happy. It was the unmarinated one. It was NOT tender. So not worth the 29 bucks.

              2. re: chowareyou
                Motosport Nov 22, 2010 07:25 AM

                After many years of yearning for Japanese food in Riverhead we now have two. We prefer Haiku even though it's less convenient to home and office. Much more of a Japanese atmosphere than Chinese/Japanese. The suhsi chef @ Haiku is Japanese.
                We're not big Hibachi fans but the service @ Sakura is more attentive.
                Our bottom line is to give as much support to Riverhead Main St businesses as we can. They need to thrive.

                1. re: Motosport
                  roxlet Nov 23, 2010 04:44 PM

                  Is this the same Haiku that is part of the chain that is in Westchester?

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                    Motosport Nov 24, 2010 03:14 AM

                    No, it's a small local family operation.

            2. re: chowareyou
              Motosport Nov 22, 2010 07:19 AM

              We've been to Dark Horse and had a fabulous meal. Porterhouse for two was cooked perfectly and the fresh fish was terrific. Appetizers, sides and desserts were wonderful too. Great to see something so good on that Main St corner.

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                chowareyou Nov 24, 2010 02:53 PM

                I am happy to hear this! I will have to try it. I agree, we must keep up these operations. I just spent a fortune today in Green Earth Grocery. The owner is the nicest man! I actually grabbed something to eat at the Culinary School place. It was my first time there. It was a burger, which was alright, but I do not think I would go back for that. Especially when the Tweeds burger is so outrageous. I was in a rush though.

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                  Motosport Nov 26, 2010 06:24 AM

                  We do our best to support Green Earth Grocery. They are one of the true pioneers of Main St.
                  I used to go to the Culinary school cafe when they first opened and had more user friendly hours. They used to be open early for breakfast and now they seem to be closed on weekends. I tried calling today, Friday, to confirm their hours but no one picked up the phone. Go figure?

        2. roxlet Jul 24, 2009 06:31 AM

          We used to spend summers in Mattituck, and when we first arrived, there was nothing anywhere on the North Fork that was like Love Lane Kitchen. Love Lane was sort of depressingly old and it was anchored by the Tank Museum on its north end. Yes, that's right, the Tank Museum. Anyway, we couldnt have been more surprised when Love Lane Kitchens showed up, and we were even more surprised to find Pain Poilane there. My DH actually worked at Poilane one summer in HS, so you can imagine how out of context it was to find the bread in Mattituck. Pain Poilane makes fabulous bruschetta -- girlled lightly on the BBQ and blanketed with those fantastic NF tomatoes, chopped with basil and dressed with olive oil. Right now, I'm so nostalgic I could cry!

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          1. re: roxlet
            gordon wing Jul 24, 2009 08:21 AM

            Do they get the Poilane dough and then bake it on premise? wonder how it compares to the Parisian loaves? maybe some Edith Piaf music would enhance it?

            1. re: gordon wing
              roxlet Jul 26, 2009 07:21 AM

              No. The loaves are flown over from the Poilane bakery near the airport in Paris. Obviously, they're not as fresh, but this type of bread does not go stale quickly. The loaves are usually cut into quarters by US stores and sold that way. A whole Poilane loaf is huge -- about a kilo. Years ago, Bloomindales used to import Poilane bread, and we would get it there, also cut into pieces. What we do when we get a piece of the loaf is to cut it into sizes that we would likely use at a single sitting, and freeze those, wrapped well. It is really very durable stuff.

              1. re: roxlet
                gordon wing Jul 26, 2009 05:35 PM

                Roxlet, thanks for the 411 and for the suggestions on storage.

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            gordon wing Jul 23, 2009 02:45 PM

            A few more pictures from Love Lane Kitchen........

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              Motosport Nov 22, 2010 07:31 AM

              Love Lane Kitchen is one of our favorite breakfast spots.
              I don't know if they are still doing it but they had a special Tuesday night fixed price Japanese menu. I believe they brought in a Japanese chef from NYC. It was great. I tried to look at their web site to confirm but it was down.

              Love Lane Kitchen
              240 Love Ln, Mattituck, NY 11952

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