SF Hounds coming to North Fork
We'll be staying in Greenport and will have a car. We'll be there in mid October. I know we will eat at North Fork Table but would like some other suggestions. Noah's seems to get very mixed reviews. We were thinking of lunch at Brauns and at Salamander General Store. Frisky Oyster is a probablitiyl.
Any other places...wineries for tasting would also be appreciated.
Thanks in advance
27 Front St, Greenport, NY 11944
Besides North Fork Table and Inn, Luce & Hawkins (Jamesport) is probably the only other must eat.
Lunch at Braun's good idea, as well as lunch at Southold Fish Market (take out and eat on benches overlooking water.) Noah's and Frisky both good if not great and new place in Greenport, Farmhouse, also getting good reports as well as restaurant attached to Vine Wine Bar. Also in Greenport, Aldo's for great biscotti and his own roasted coffee and Sacred Sweets for baked goods.
In Mattituck, eat casually at Love Lane Kitchen and shop at Village Cheese Shop.
Wineries of interest: Paumanok, Croteaux (for rose) and new one, McCall's.
Check out bread at Blue Duck in Southold. New pizzeria in Jamesport, Grana, getting some good notices.
Village Cheese Shop
105 Love Ln, Mattituck, NY 11952
Southold Fish Market
61850 Route 25, Southold, NY 11971
Love Lane Kitchen
240 Love Ln, Mattituck, NY 11952
Vine Wine and Cafe
100 South St, Greenport, NY 11944
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I've not been yet to Luce&Hawkins, as it is a bit far from my base further east, but I do concur on most of the comments above:
Noah's is good enough: Last week we enjoyed the following: Zucchini blossoms, stuffed with cheese and lightly fried; pulled duck; lamb meatballs with pomegranate glaze; pork dumplings.
The fritto misto with calamari was greaseless and good but for every one piece of calamari there were three of fried vegetables.
A special of hamachi (from Hawaii, according to the server) collar was a real miss--boring and should not be on the menu.
The noise level at Noah's is off the charts and would be one reason that I would think long and hard about returning. And we ate at 6pm on a weekday!
I'd like to hear more about the various breads at the Blue Duck--also if they offer any good cakes or other sweets...
North Fork Table is a standout.
A Mano in Mattituck can be pretty good...for Italo/American fare.
I live within walking distance of Blue Duck- lucky me! All the breads are really good- well, I haven't tried the bagels there (bit of a bagel snob) but the multigrain baguette, the chocolate bread, and most of all the sour rye are incredible. On the sweet side I am addicted to their shortcrust turnovers (cherry and blueberry, as well as apple!) , the blueberry scones and their ginger, oatmeal, or chocolate chip cookies. The pies last fall were amazing. Nothing is cheap and they sell out many items early, but their coffee is also very good- well worth a stop.
About the restaurant scene- I also found Noah's to be unbearably noisy and maybe a bit overhyped cuisine-wise. I recently had a wonderful cheese plate and skirt steak w/mashed potatoes at Vine, topped off with tasty, not overwrought homemade cupcakes for dessert. They have limited outdoor seating, but the new indoor space was very cool.
Erik's on the North Road in Southold is a favorite for breakfast and lunch- check out the daily specials and get extra soup or turkey chili to take home.
Founder's Tavern on the Main Rd. in Southold is much better than you would expect a pub to be- stay simple with the burger, fried fish with homemade potato chips, etc. and good beer.
Wineries- I think Croteaux sold out and is closed for the season; I like Lenz and Lieb for wine, and Corey Creek for the view- just order whatever is their newest wine and bring a nice takeout lunch from Erik's.
We stayed in Greenport for Labor Day weekend. Noah's was very good. We could not get into North Fork Table. We had Saturday night reservations at the Farm House. We were done in 45 minutes and the salmon was off. Casual lunch at Love Lane Kitchen was good. On the same street, the cheese shop was exceptional..they heard us discussing burata and they brought some out for us to eat! Don't go to Bruce's cheese shop in Greenport unless you have a day to kill. For wineries--Laurel Lakes and Shinn were our favorites. Try the Cab Franc at both.
Love Lane Kitchen
240 Love Ln, Mattituck, NY 11952
Restaurant picks from the others are spot on. I'd add Jamesport Country Kitchen on Main Road in Jamesport and Founder's Tavern, Main Road, Southold, a place held in high esteem by locals (especially for brews and simple fare).
My winery picks: Lenz, Paumanok, Bedell, Shinn, Raphael, Macari, Jamesport (Sauvignon Blanc(, Lieb (Pinot Blanc).
Jamesport Country Kitchen
Main Rd, Jamesport, NY 11947
Get the fried chicken from Salamanders - they are known for it! We went to Blue Duck - much less than what we expected - but certainly good bread to take to the wineries. Still like Eriks (not sure if it is with a c or k) for breakfast - and I think they get their bread from Blue Duck!
Don't forget the ice cream shops! There is Magic Fountain in Mattituck right next to the strip mall that has Starbucks, and there is Snowflake in Riverhead. Both have special, homemade and unique flavors.
Main Rd, Mattituck, NY 11952