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What's New on the North Fork?

I'm so excited that we're spending 21/2 weeks in Mattituck this August, and after seeing the review of Noah's in Sunday's NY Times, I began to wonder what else in new out there. I read something about a new market restaurant in Southold, but nothing beyond that. And something about a new bakery in Riverhead that is part of a university culinary arts program. Of course I know about North Fork Table and Inn, The Frisky Oyster, Mattituck Country Kitchen, and then all the old reliables that have been in the area for more than 20 years like Claudio's and Cliffs and Legends and Jamesport Country Kitchen, etc. etc. What's new out there hounds?

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Main Rd, Jamesport, NY 11947

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27 Front St, Greenport, NY 11944

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  1. aside from the restaurants-

    if it's your thing, there is a goat farm near pindar winery that has the best goat cheese in the usa.

    http://www.catapanodairyfarm.com/

    also, there's sang lee farms for great produce.

    http://www.sangleefarms.com/

    and for great pies...

    http://www.briermere.com/

    before we moved upstate, we would always visit those places when we were out there.

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    1. re: davmar77

      Yes! I know all of those and am looking forward to re-acquanting myself with them! We spent close to 5 months of weekends a year there (and a month in the summer) for about 15 years thru the mid 90s. We've been out for short periods since, the last being 2 summers ago, so I know most of these places quite well. Aren't those places just great?

      1. re: roxlet

        yes they are! also on love lane in mattituck is the village cheese shop. great cheeses and artisan breads.

        http://www.thevillagecheeseshop.com/h...

        1. re: davmar77

          About 10 years ago we were in shock when we found Pain Poilaine there. Makes the best grilled bruschetta with local tomatoes in the world.

          1. re: davmar77

            I've had good artisan bread and great cheese at the Village Cheese Shop, but the bread at Blue Duck Bakery over in Southold,
            http://www.blueduckbakerycafe.com/
            ... well, just WOW.

            This past weekend I had my first disappointing meal at LLK, the grilled fish taco. The disappointment had subjective and objective components.

            The subjective: it had mayo on it; I don't like mayo, and I'd have asked for it to be left off if I'd known it was a component (or ordered something else).

            The objective: two small pieces of fish. I'm not of the "massive piece of protein on the plate" school, but I doubt there were two ounces total of fish.

            The whole thing was OK, but unexceptional. It's doubly disappointing because I'd been eyeing the fish taco the last few months I'd gone there for breakfast.

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            Village Cheese Shop
            105 Love Ln, Mattituck, NY 11952

            1. re: Scott_R

              That's too bad! I love fish tacos and have had some great ones in San Diego over the years and I definitely would've been attracted to that. Thanks for the heads up!

        2. re: davmar77

          What a coincidence, davmar77! Yesterday we were out on the North Fork and we got all three of those things. Also duck eggs for a rich breakfast today, and a lot of discount Lindt chocolate from the outlet center.

        3. Braun's Seafood had added a room on, that I finally got to try about a week ago. They do have tall stools with small tables to eat there. My Beer Battered Cod Wrap (a special of the day) was very good, and I will definitely eat there again.

          As an aside, because I would like to know beforehand, FOX "News" was on the TV. I would give the caveat, had it been MSNBC, as I don't think politics should be on the ONLY TV in a public place. In my opinion, news in general is inappropriate in a business that welcomes young children and families, subjecting all to descriptions of heinous crimes, mayhem or sordid behavior of all types.

          I have regularly bought their Peconic Bay Scallops when available for a few years now, as well as other excellent seafood.

          http://www.braunseafood.com/seafood_t...

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          1. re: MacTAC

            We have never eaten at Brauns but always got our fish from there. The Peconic Bay scallops we got from there were absolutely fantastic -- delicate and sweet. Lovely. Braun's has always had really excellent seafood and I am looking forward to trying their cafe. BTW, I agree with not liking the idea of watching Fox news while eating. Turns my stomach even when I don't have food in front of me, lol.

          2. Was at Noah's a couple of weeks ago. The space and service are just okay. I can see it being pretty loud if it had been more full. The food was also just okay. Had a couple of apps and I cant even remember the entree. Dessert was average also. Was nice to have another option out there though.

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            1. re: agent99

              Hmmm. Did you see the NY Times review. I link to it in another post. Wow. This totally doesn't jibe with the review, and I am sorry to hear that you had a bad meal there.

              1. re: roxlet

                I just talked to someone that said Noah's had a very nice vibe, and also that the Frisky Oyster was just sold? That the new owners were going to be a big improvement? Sorry I sort of avoid Greenport village and should have paid more attention if I knew you were going to ask.

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                Frisky Oyster
                27 Front St, Greenport, NY 11944

                1. re: coll

                  Thanks, coll. Obviously no rush since we're going in August, but I thought that the two places I had read something about -- the harvest place in Southold and the bakery in Riverhead sounded quite interesting, but I seem to be unable to get more info on them.

                  1. re: roxlet

                    The bakery at the Culinary Institute is also a cute cafe. They will also give you a tour of the facilities if you ask, and you will be amazed at the equipment in the classrooms, everything donated by Subzero and Wolf and the like. It's right on Main St. It's part of Suffolk Community College. There is also a nice bakery that opened just outside Polishtown by the railroad tracks that is connected with someone on Love Lane, I'm sure you'd want to check that out too, it's just a couple of minutes away. It's called Peconic Bakery.

                    I can find out about the place in Southold, and I will let you know when I talk to my friend out there.

                    1. re: coll

                      Have you had a chance to try the bread there? That was always a challenge on the North Fork -- finding decent bread!

                      1. re: roxlet

                        Well, I'm know I might seem to be slumming, but Best Yet in Riverhead now has bread brought in from TomCat Bakery and Arthur Ave daily, and it's not $7 per loaf. They have the great old fashioned hard rolls like the delis always have too, from the same source. So we're in excellent shape for our everyday supplies right now, wish I could splurge like I used to!

                        1. re: coll

                          Coll, do you mean the hard rolls that I haven't seen in many, many years. The ones that flake and crumble when bitten? I miss those...

                          1. re: MacTAC

                            That's what they are like when lightly toasted, and slightly chewy when not. The flatter ones, not puffy. There are a couple of factories on Long Island that still make them luckily. I would buy them occasionally at a deli for special reasons, but now I buy a half dozen almost every week just to have around, I am so happy! Egg sandwiches aren't the same without them.

                            1. re: coll

                              We used to get those at the North Fork Deli that was just east of the big shopping center in Mattituck. Unfortunately, it burned down, and to my knowledge it has never been rebuilt. Basically, you mean kaiser rolls, don't you?

                              1. re: roxlet

                                We call them Hard Rolls around here. NYC and Long Island anyway. I used to always wonder what a Kaiser Roll was.....it sounded so exotic!

                                PS I think the deli is open, I stopped there a few months ago. Right near the Suffolk Times/News Review offices?

                                1. re: coll

                                  Yes, I guess we used to call them hard rolls too. When did I go over to the dark side? Maybe when I started baking them from a recipe for Kaiser rolls? Anyway, the North Fork Deli was a free standing building right on Main Road, right where Bray intersects Main Road. I'm not sure if the Suffolk Times office is there, but I would be delighted if the deli opened up. It was my go-to morning NYT place.

                                  1. re: roxlet

                                    Well it's a free standing building and it's on the corner of a block, I was lost looking for the newspaper office when I wandered in. Next time I'm on Main Road I'll make sure that's the name.

                                    1. re: roxlet

                                      The deli IS open. Maybe another name? I actually passed it about four hours ago, but hadn't read this yet :-)

                                      I used to stop there fairly regularly. It was closed for a long time but I haven't been in since it reopened. Looks like a nice building upgrade.

                                      1. re: MacTAC

                                        That's great news. We always loved that little place and it was handier for us than Handy Pantry.

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                                        Handy Pantry
                                        821 Portion Rd, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

                                        1. re: roxlet

                                          I was out east today and stopped in the North Fork Market & Deli. Big, new open space inside. Had my frequent light lunch choice of 1/2 lb macaroni salad and 1/4 of tuna salad. They were fine. Had a brief and pleasant chat with the owner (same as previous). I think you'll be pleased if you get to stop in again...

                                          1. re: MacTAC

                                            Well, that's great to hear MacTAC! I'll look forward to going there.

                                  2. re: roxlet

                                    That deli has been rebuilt and it better than ever, Henry and his family still run it.

                            2. re: roxlet

                              Not at all difficult to find good bread: check out Blue Duck in Southold.

                              1. re: EZ Pass

                                also, don't forget the village chesse shop i mentioned earlier. good breads there too.

                                1. re: davmar77

                                  Love the Village Cheese Shop--you can't argue with Poilane. But Blue Duck is actually making its own bread right there in Southold using the kind of artisanal methods that are rare to nonexistent on LI. I think Noah is serving Blue Duck bread.

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                                  Village Cheese Shop
                                  105 Love Ln, Mattituck, NY 11952

                                  1. re: EZ Pass

                                    What exactly is Blue Duck? Maybe this is the place in Southold I've been trying to find out about...

                                      1. re: EZ Pass

                                        I just remembered Junda's in Jamesport, that's where I go when I need real bakery goods.

                                          1. re: therealdoctorlew

                                            Junda's rocks my world. Wish they were closer to Riverhead.

                                        1. re: EZ Pass

                                          Peconic Bakery is gone, goodbye! I work close by and as hard as I tried to like their baked goods they were mediocre at best. Even their brownies! I love brownies!! They didn't even bake their own bread, go figure?
                                          Before they closed up they started making gourmet cupcakes that were excellent.

                                  2. re: EZ Pass

                                    Just stopped by Blue Duck on Friday, and bought a sour rye and an olive loaf and, on an impulse, some fruit tartlets. They had a sample of bread next to the counter which I tried--an awesomely good sunflower bread, which I then bought.
                                    The tartlets were quite good; they had a little bit of chocolate melted then brushed over the inside of the crust, both adding flavor and protecting the crust from getting soggy from the lemon curd. Nice touch.

                                    1. re: Scott_R

                                      Sounds really nice. What a great addition to the area!

                      2. You'll have to pick through this thread, but I have 2 big write ups about North Fork Table, Vine, and Noah's. All recommended for food.

                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6881...

                        I also recommend Jamesport Manor Inn.

                        It looks like you had posted on that prior thread before but I thought I'd relink to it as a refresher.

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                        Jamesport Manor Inn
                        370 Manor Lane, Riverhead, NY 11901

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                        1. re: foleyd7

                          is vine still open? was out there this past weekend and we had planned on brunch there for sunday but all the doors were locked at noon on sunday. also noticed aldo's is open in it's old spot and although i didn't go in, it looked like it was serving more than just bread.

                          also wanted to add, we ended up at porto bello at sterling harbor. we had not been there since it was a different restaurant whose name escapes me. this was definitely an improvement. old school italian with a water view. we quite enjoyed it and would go back. good to have some options out there.

                          one more question- what happened to the seafood barge? we drove by and the site was under construction with a sign stating "bay and hearth" or something to that effect would be opening in may 2010.

                          1. re: giftergirl

                            I read on another North Fork thread that the Seafood Barge closed. Since I was never a fan, I shed no tears on that one...

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                            Seafood Barge
                            150 Old Main Rd, Southold, NY 11971

                            1. re: roxlet

                              Seafood Barge is closed.
                              But remember that the chef from SB is the current owner/chef at Noah's. Details are in the link I posted above in my post from Tuesday.

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                              Seafood Barge
                              150 Old Main Rd, Southold, NY 11971

                              1. re: foleyd7

                                When I ate there it was probably before Noah was the chef. It was probably more than 15 years ago...

                            2. re: giftergirl

                              The landlord kicked them out, I think he wanted to open his own restaurant?

                              1. re: coll

                                Blue Duck- great breads, scones and cookies
                                Junda's- best crumb buns, pastries, pies, muffins- the store smells like butter and sugar
                                Favorite places to eat in Southold:
                                * Erik's on the North Road at Horton's Ave. for breakfast, lunch and now new take-out dinners that are uniformly excellent- My favorite!
                                *Jeni's Main Street Grill for homemade breakfast & lunch-make sure to check out the specials; Friday they served blueberry crumb pancakes, Saturday lemon ricotta, both excellent
                                *Founder's Tavern has a much better-than average pub menu in a comfortable setting & friendly service with great beers on tap and local wines
                                *Piping Plover (set back off the Main Rd. in a shopping ctr. next to Dunkin' Donuts) has a small eat-in area, but is mostly a to-go for delicious healthy fwraps, salads, etc.
                                To add my two cents about Noah's- I hope they do well, but I was a little underwhelmed by my meal there. Maybe if it hadn't been so overhyped...........
                                And if you're in Mattituck- Bahia, next store to the movie theater, is a wonderful Mexican restaurant run by an Irishman! Great food, great portions, all made fresh to order and the Magic Fountain is only a block away for ice cream if you have any room left

                                1. re: TBN

                                  I always loved The Magic Fountain's coconut ice cream. I'm glad to hear it's still there, and since we're right down Bay on Peconic Bay Blvd, Bahia will be a great place to drop in on. Thanks for the tips!

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                                  Magic Fountain
                                  Main Rd, Mattituck, NY 11952

                                  1. re: roxlet

                                    I love that they make egg creams too, in case you don't have enough room for ice cream.

                                  2. re: TBN

                                    TBN: I've been trying to find out about Erik's. Do they have much by the way of omelets, especially "different" varieties--i.e.,more than just the standard stuff, like bacon & swiss and the like? (I'm not into the sweeter breakfasts which for me includes pancakes). I've never been able to find a menu for Erik's.

                              1. re: coll

                                Great list, coll! A good pizzaria in Jamesport would be awesome!

                                1. re: roxlet

                                  There's a really good one that opened in Wading River in the King Kullen shopping center, although just a regular oven.

                                  1. re: coll

                                    Wading River is a little too far afield for us. When we are in Mattituck, we usually don't get any further than Riverhead to do back-to-school shopping at Tanger...

                                    1. re: roxlet

                                      OK if you go to Tanger I can give you a couple of great pizzerias in Riverhead too. We're very particular, even judgemental, on the subject.

                                      1. re: coll

                                        Great! I'd love to hear about some decent pizza in the area. You can't eat at Tanger, that's for sure. My son is partial to the little coffee shop on a corner of the main street of Riverhead where they make very good hot dogs. You must know the place, but the name escapes me.

                                        1. re: roxlet

                                          Star Confectionery? They are such nice people.

                                          1. re: coll

                                            Is that the name of it? It's like a coffee shop, but I guess they also have ice cream. I thought it was called something else...

                                            1. re: roxlet

                                              They make their own chocolates, if that rings a bell. Looks like the luncheonette in "It's a Wonderful Life". The windows involve stained glass. Here's a picture of the interior, although at a weird angle
                                              http://www.exploreli.com/venues/star-...

                                              Unless you're thinking of the diner, but that's one of those silver bullet buildings. There are so many places to eat on Main St, I'm probably not recalling all, just the ones I like.

                                              1. re: coll

                                                Do they make truffles and the like, or just the standard molded chocolates?

                                                1. re: Scott_R

                                                  No it's a really old fashioned place, just bunnies at Easter, turkeys at Thanksgiving and the like. But they use old fashioned chocolate which is what makes it so good. Here's a better description than I can give.
                                                  http://www.foodandthings.com/2007/08/...

                                                  1. re: coll

                                                    Ah, OK. I have a modest sweet tooth, so I like 1-2 bites of flavorful, dark chocolate, e.g. Azure Chocolate
                                                    http://www.azurechocolat.com/
                                                    or Chokolaj:
                                                    http://www.chokolajchocolate.com/
                                                    (wish they had a brick and mortar shop). I'm always looking for places like that.

                                                    1. re: Scott_R

                                                      In Riverhead, I don't know......we're too old fashioned I think.

                                                      1. re: coll

                                                        I wasn't looking in Riverhead specifically; just that when I heard "they make their own chocolates" I thought I'd ask.

                                                        1. re: Scott_R

                                                          Try the Hamptons, there must be scads of places competing for the most exotic chocolate prize. I've been trying to be good lately so I'm not up on exactly where though, sorry. I'll ask around.

                                                          1. re: coll

                                                            I avoid the Hamptons whenever possible. :)
                                                            -- my experience there (my brother has a house in EH) is that price is favored over quality.

                                                            1. re: Scott_R

                                                              Ditto. I remember seeing lobster salad at someplace -- Barefoot Contessa maybe? -- that was $65 a pound! At there was a lot in there that wasn't lobster! I wonder if the economy has changed any of that. Prices were breathtaking, but this was before the bubble burst.

                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                Loaves and Fishes makes pure lobster salad, but it's $99/lb. And she sells out every day! The Hamptons will never change, they like to say they're "recession proof". As long as the weather is good, they will come.

                                                                Scott you are 100% correct, that's why most people make a weekly trip to Riverhead to shop. Nothing fancy but all the basics. Although we just had TWO sushi places open up.

                                                                1. re: coll

                                                                  Maybe it was loaves and fishes and it was $99 a pound. Incredible what some people will pay for things. Why, I ought to set up a stand selling my husband's BBQ ribs for $50 a slab and I could probably get it. They are so good, they might actually be worth $99 a slab!! :-)

                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                    There are certain people that WANT to pay a higher price, you just have to tap into that market.

                                                                    1. re: coll

                                                                      Did you see the review of The Magic Fountain in today's NY Times?
                                                                      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/30/nyr...

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                                                                      Magic Fountain
                                                                      Main Rd, Mattituck, NY 11952

                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                        I'm actually just leaving for Snowflake, their flavor of the week is Ginger Chocolate Chip, one of my favorites. But now I see why Magic Fountain started having such unique flavors, didn't realize there were new owners. Every time I drive by I notice the Kahlua......Snowflake will have their once a year Blackberry Brandy, in honor of the Polish Festival, in the next month or so, their's has so much Polish brandy in there it's like soft serve!

                                                                        1. re: coll

                                                                          ooh, I'll have to keep an eye out for the Blackberry Brandy! (Post if you notice it).

                                                                          Magic Fountain continues, for me, to be the most inventive of the "homemade" ice cream places on LI (I love their kulfi).

                                                                          I don't know if my timing has been off, but I haven't found anything unusual at Snowflake (yes, I missed Ginger Chocolate Chip).

                                                                          I'll be going back to In the Mood in the next day or two; it's on my top 2-3 list for LI ice cream places, and I want to see what she's come up with now.

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                                                                          Magic Fountain
                                                                          Main Rd, Mattituck, NY 11952

                                                                          1. re: Scott_R

                                                                            Whatever week the Polish Festival is, that's the week he makes it. I'll also alert you when he makes his Rum Raisin, same deal, like soft serve. He tells me it's a real hit with all the seniors that live out here! Just got back and bought strawberry since it's that time.

                                                                            Just looked it up, the festival is Aug 22-23 sat and sun, so he will have the ice cream ready Friday morning at 10am when they open. At least he has every year until now!

                                                                            Oh and I should mention, it's not high end chocolate, but they just started selling homemade fudge, there were at least 10 different flavors and they all looked delicious.

                                                                            1. re: coll

                                                                              Yes, I'd seen that; too sweet and rich for me, though. My sweet tooth is small enough that I enjoy this:
                                                                              http://www.chocolatetradingco.com/mag...

                                                                              That's why I like the complexity of a good truffle.

                                                                              Thanks for the date info.

                                                                            2. re: Scott_R

                                                                              Just passed by Snowflake before, the special from the weekend now changed to Cinnamon Rum. Gotta run back there before dinner.

                                                                    2. re: coll

                                                                      Referring to the Lobster Salad thread:
                                                                      Yup! When you think of it that's $65-99 pound for celery and mayo too!!! I lived in E Hampton for 12 years. $$$$$ is the god they worship.
                                                                      God bless the North Fork!!!

                                                          2. re: Scott_R

                                                            Re the chocolate discussion, The CandyMan in Orient (Main Road near Village Lane) may make their own chocolates..I don't know many details about the place but it has been there for a long time.

                                                            1. re: erica

                                                              I asked my friend who is connected with Candy Man, he kept mentioning the chocolate covered strawberries. Definitely no truffles. Probably fudge too. More other old fashioned candies than just chocolate I think, I'm avoiding that type of treat so haven't ever stopped by.

                                                              1. re: coll

                                                                Ah, OK, thanks.
                                                                I was just over at Azure and picked up a dozen chocolates... Irish Coffee ("Rich dark chocolat infused with espresso beans & a touch of Irish whiskey, hand rolled in dark chocolate, dipped in white chocolat & topped with a single espresso bean"), Dubbel Dark Ale ("Generous amounts of deep, dark beer perfectly complements the dark chocolat of this ultra rich truffle, hand rolled in dark chocolat & topped with a dark beer brittle"), Mexican Rose ("A creamy dark chocolat truffle with coffee, cinnamon & a touch of rose water, hand rolled in dark chocolat & topped with an organic rose petal & cinnamon")....

                                                                If you're gonna sin, do it right.

                                                                1. re: Scott_R

                                                                  You had me at Irish coffee....good thing it's so far away from me! But it WILL be on my list for the future, hopefully when I'm feeling thin.

                                                                  1. re: coll

                                                                    With truffles (and their cost) I find it easy to be judicious: one each day.

                                                                2. re: coll

                                                                  Thanks, Coll. They do have fudge and also lots of other non-chocolate candies. It is a sweet old-fashioned shop but one I steer clear of for reasons similar to yours! I wonder if they make their own chocolates, other than the strawberries. I will see if I can find out more information and still get out unscathed!

                                                        2. re: coll

                                                          I guess that is the place, but I don't remember such a long counter. Maybe it is, as you say, the angle. I think I remember that it's all booths, and I'm surprised that explore LI doesn't mention their hot dogs, which is what I thought they were most known for.

                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                            No they're not known for their hot dogs, more for breakfast and luncheonette things, and home made ice cream. I'll put my thinking cap on and see who else it could be, maybe someone in Polishtown?

                                                            1. re: coll

                                                              No, I think that this is the place, and maybe we just heard about it from a friend who is obsessed with hot dogs. I'm going to Facebook his wife and ask her. They always rent a place in the Hamptons, drive from the city, have lunch at this place, get their car serviced, and drive home, lol!

                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                Riverhead is the center of the universe on the East End, everyone comes here to shop and get their cars serviced, and grab a bite at normal prices. Still more big box stores being built all up and down Rte 58, so the end is not in sight.

                                                                1. re: coll

                                                                  No, maybe you didn't get how funny this is -- They rent a place in the Hamptons, drive from Manhattan, have dogs at this place in Riverhead, have their car serviced, MAYBE stop in at the house and then drive back to Manhattan! I think it's a riot that they rent a place in the Hamptons but all they really want is hot dogs at this place.

                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                    If they can afford to keep their second home in the Hamptons right now, it's a great investment, the kind I'd like to make whether I stayed there or rented it out or whatever. If they prefer eating hot dogs over dining at Nick and Tonis, and go to Riverhead for their services, then they probably are really good at money management, and I admire them for their priorities. I doubt I would be so good.

                                                                    1. re: coll

                                                                      aldo's in greenport has started making their own ice cream- coffee and hazelnut flavors and lemon sorbet. tried the coffee and hazelnut and both were yummy.

                                        2. Has anyone been to Touch of Venice - it got written up here along with some others http://www.exploreli.com/restaurants/...

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                                          Touch of Venice
                                          PO Box 1623, Mattituck, NY 11952