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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

Frisky Oyster
27 Front St, Greenport, NY 11944

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  1. 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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    1. re: EZ Pass

      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.

      1. re: erica

        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.

    2. Maybe Comtese Theresa Bistro will be open by then, it's on the top of my list to try. She has a vineyard too.

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      1. re: coll

        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

        1. re: scarlet knight

          "Don't go to Bruce's cheese shop in Greenport unless you have a day to kill."

          In a good way or a bad way? So interesting and good, or service so bad?

          1. re: MacTAC

            I think the poster means it in a bad way. The service is atrocious.

            1. re: stefathena

              Not only is the service atrocious, but their par-baked baguette wins the prize for the worst bread on the East End.
              Nasty place.

      2. 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

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        1. re: dixdiner

          I 2nd all the wine requests from dixdiner with a couple additions: Roanoke Vineyards, Waters Crest, the Tasting Room, Sherwood House.
          And if you have time for a day trip to the South Fork, hit Wolffer and Channing Daughters.

        2. 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!

          1. 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.

            Magic Fountain
            Main Rd, Mattituck, NY 11952

            1. Love Lane Kitchen is a great option for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Dinner would need reservations. The place just has a great vibe. Favorite lunch meal option there is the fish tacos. My biggest problem with this place is they always overcook the meat.

              Make sure you get cookies to take home when you go to North Fork Table! They are the best.

              Here's a question for everybody, has the service at Vine in Greenport improved at all, because it was always a big ol' mess in years past.

              Love Lane Kitchen
              240 Love Ln, Mattituck, NY 11952

              1. roxie, I know you have come and gone. Sorry I missed your original post. What did you enjoy while on the NOFO?

                Being a local I'll put my 2 cents in.
                Greenport: Frisky Oyster is our favorite local gourmet restaurant. The new owner/chef is faithful to the original vision. Fabulous and unusual offerings along with perfect service and ambience.
                Noah's was a bit noisy. Good food but small portions.
                Coronet luncheonette is a cute retro place for a good simple breakfast.
                Rhumb Line has great burgers
                Chowder Pot pub has a nice lobster roll. If the weather is nice and you can sit outside it's a plus
                Hellenic for high quality Greek and the freshest fish. We love the whole broiled fish, local catch.

                Southold Jen's Main St Cafe is our go to breakfast place. Creative breakfast and brunch offerings and fabulous baked goods. Get a biscuit with your breakfast if they haven't run out.
                O'Malley's also excellent burgers and fresh seafood
                Erik's for a nice casual out of the ordinary lunch.
                North Fork Table and Inn is exceptional but a bit overpriced I.M.H.O.

                Mattituck: Love Lane Kitchen for breakfast lunch/brunch and dinner can't be beat.
                Magic Fountain is our dessert destination
                Henry's deli across from the Hess station has high quality offerings and baked goods

                Jamesport: We had two awful meals @ Hawkins when Shaudel ran it. I guess we should try it again.
                Junda's bakery is awesome. Make sure you try their apple strudel.
                Grana pizza for coal fired oven pizza on a scale with the best of Manhattan
                Elbow Room for the best marinated steak I have ever had at a reasonable price.
                Jamesport Manor if you are looking for an upscale setting and gourmet fare.
                Jamesport Country Kitchen has a creative menu using local fish and veggies and reasonable.

                Aquebogue: Modern Snack Bar is like stepping thru a time warp. My best guess is that it was "modern" in 1956. Good soft shell crabs and sauerbratten along with the best lemon merengue pie on Long Island.

                Thanks for letting me share.

                Jamesport Country Kitchen
                Main Rd, Jamesport, NY 11947

                Elbow Room
                1055 Walnut St, Elmira, NY 14905

                Frisky Oyster
                27 Front St, Greenport, NY 11944

                Love Lane Kitchen
                240 Love Ln, Mattituck, NY 11952

                Magic Fountain
                Main Rd, Mattituck, NY 11952

                Modern Snack Bar
                PO Box 930, Aquebogue, NY 11931

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                1. re: Motosport

                  thanks motosport - I have been visiting North Fork the past two years - love the area. I am saving your list for my next visit! Thanks! Hellenic has been on my list the last two visits but we never got there. I also like Erik's, have been to Love Lane Kitchen and North Fork Table and Inn but you have given us so many new ones to look forward to trying! BTW - I also fell in love with the Morning Glory Muffins at ... oh geeze - it will come to me - and I just made a version of them the other day.

                  1. re: smilingal

                    I would NOT drive out of my way to eat at Hellenic! I have not had the fish there but what I have had has been mediocre at best..this is really a glorified Greek diner and I am convinced that there popularity has more to do with location than food...they are only one of three or four places to eat east of Greenport..

                    1. re: erica

                      @ erica, NOT!!
                      If you compare Hellenic to a typical Greek restaurant's (I would never compare it to a "diner") offerings: The gyro is fresh and hasn't been spinning around for a whole week, freshly cut cubes for the kebabs, fresh local veggies served with the dinners, excellent hummos and side dishes and very nice desserts. The broiled whole fresh fish is exceptional too!!

                      1. re: Motosport

                        I also had been recommended to have breakfast at Hellenic?!

                        1. re: smilingal

                          Look--I know it is a popular place. I think the food is pretty mediocre. It is certainly not comparable to a good Greek restaurant in NYC where is where I live most of the year, when I am not on the North Fork. Having said that, I am sure they can do a decent breakfast. I will also say that my standards are high; many of my neighbors eat weekly at the Hellenic.

                          1. re: erica

                            hey erica - I looked at your profile - and I tried googling for the recipe before bothering you - but can you please share DiPalo eggplant parmigiana? While you are at it would you also share Ricotta/Red Pepper Frittata?

                            1. re: smilingal

                              Of coure! I am happy to share!

                              But I buy the DiPalo eggplant parmigiana ready made so have no recipe.

                              Here is the frittata recipe:

                              But I need to change the profile because I have a NEW favorite comfort food dish, also from Saveur. This is absolutely my favorite make-at-home pasta:


                              Also, the onion soup recipe is in the Molto Mario book. I have been making it about twice a month for a couple of years, in cold weather, and every time I make it, I comment on how good it tastes! And it is SO easy! You just need lots of onions...

                              1. re: erica

                                THANKS! where do you get the DiPalo eggplant parm? The recipe for the frittata looks great - one of the reviewers suggested adding sausage - that sounds good too! As for Onion soup - I have had a favorite for many years which is easy and wonderful!

                                1. re: smilingal

                                  I get it at DiPalo on Grand Street in New York. This is a family owned Italian food store that is really worth visiting if you are a lover of good food!


                                  1. re: erica

                                    funny - I have been searching their site but can't find the eggplant -

                          2. re: smilingal

                            Been there, done breakfast, pretty darned good!!
                            I would not compare Hellenic to a Manhattan place like Ethos. Then again, it's the North Fork on LI.
                            But saying it is like a "Greek diner!!" "I say, No, No, No!" (A. Winehouse)

                            1. re: Motosport

                              We will be visiting again next year and will visit for breakfast - having tried Erik's both other trips.

                              1. re: smilingal

                                Your best bet for breakfast is the Main St Cafe in Southold across from Rothman's dept store. Interesting breakfast specials and "to die for" biscuits.
                                The place luncheonette/ice cream shop that used to be on the IGA corner moved across the road and East. It was very good but we have not been there since they relocated.

                                Main St Cafe
                                6 N Main St, New City, NY 10956

                              2. re: Motosport

                                Ok, how about saying it is about as good as a "good Greek diner???" YES,Yes, Yes!!

                                Maybe we can even say that it is the best eating place east of the Greenport line....!

                                Orient by the Sea is pretty horrible in my lone experience there.


                                I've not attempted Skipper's (which has at least one fan here on CH) or the place inside the Golf Course in East Marion....e gads!!!!!!!!!!!


                                But I will not darken the doorstep of the Hellenic anytime soon!!

                                1. re: erica

                                  How about a review of the snack bar on the Orient Ferry?? LOL!!
                                  Have you tried the place that took over Shady Lady?
                                  The only place East of Hellenic that I like is Candyman!!

                                  1. re: Motosport

                                    Yikes! I forgot about the snack bar!!

                                    No, I have not tried the Shady Lady/Cigar Bar/Portly Grape/Porkies place--I shudder when I drive by! Who is their clientele? I think the pickings in that area are really slim, as you might have already surmised. I actually liked Antares but of course that has bitten the dust...

                                    Can you imagine if there was a really great seafood place on the water someplace out there?

                                    1. re: erica

                                      I am always amazed at how few waterfront restaurants there are on the North Fork.
                                      Sea Food? Chowder Pot on a sunny Summer afternoon is great if you eat outside and watch the ferries come into the harbor. Very good lobster roll!! Keep it simple.
                                      O'Malleys has some nice fish specials on Friday.
                                      Buoy 1 in Riverhead is decent. Canal Cafe in Hamton Bays is on the water and excellent.
                                      Then again, Hellenic has nice local catch broiled to perfection.

                                      1. re: Motosport

                                        All right. After all this, how can I refuse to try their broiled local fish? I will do so when I am next there...and I will be sure to report back!

                                        Years ago I used to like the oyster BLT at the Chowder Pot Pub.

                                        I had one meal at North Fork Table and thought it was superb. But agree that it is very expensive.

                                        Noah's--far too noisy for me to return.

                                        1. re: Motosport

                                          Billy's by the Bay is on the water...a casual clam-shack type of place. It replaced...maybe Antares? Not sure on that. Ate there once this summer and I liked it. There are definitely very few places like it on the NF, and there really should be more.

                                    2. re: erica

                                      "I've not attempted Skipper's (which has at least one fan here on CH)..."

                                      At least two fans...

                                      1. re: MacTAC

                                        I guess I'm their #1 fan? Old fashioned, 60s decor, so if that's not your thing I guess it wouldn't float your boat. But friendly as can be, the menu is not cutting edge but is perfection in its own way. The price is also closer to the 60s than now so that makes it very cool to me.

                                        As far as Hellenic, I think their food is great, it's the service that's (more than) mediocre. Prepare yourself to sit for an hour before they approach you, and then another hour before you get your food. When you get it, it's worth it, but if you have anything else to do that day, you might want to think twice.

                                        Orient by the Sea isn't the same since Peggy's gone, at least foodwise. Still love sitting at the bar chatting with the fishermen though. Pure nostalgia for me.

                                        My favorite meal east of Greenport is something homemade or take out, carried out to Orient State Park and eaten at a state park/green picnic table looking at the bay at sunset, perhaps with a toast. We've even caught a few days around New Years that worked out well, just us and the seagulls.

                                        1. re: coll

                                          I remembered that you really liked Skipper's! I WILL return to Hellenic on an off hour for their broiled fish. And report back!

                                          1. re: erica

                                            SKIPPER'S!! I can here Gilligan now. I never thought of trying Skipper's but now............
                                            I love CH!!

                                          2. re: coll

                                            that is another thing to add to my list for next year's visit - Orient State Park!
                                            As for the take-out - I will have to find what to do - we have done Salamander's the past two years for their fried chicken, and also the Goat Cheese Farm and the Bakery but not ones that are calling to return.

                                            BTW - Where do you stay? Suggestions appreciated!

                                            1. re: smilingal

                                              We are fortunate to live on the North Fork and spend weekends in Manhattan. I've heard good things about the Harborfront Inn next to the movie theater and the Greenporter a little bit East of the movie house but have no personal experiences. There is also a new boutique hotel on Main St but I can't for the life of me remember the name.
                                              There is a little place on the river in Riverhead called Farm Country Kitchen that does a very nice picnic lunch. We pick one up before going to the Summer vineyard concerts.

                                              1. re: smilingal

                                                I too live on the North Fork, but if I had to stay somewhere I think I'd try Soundview. It's right on the Sound just before Greenport and also on the North Rd, so right in the middle of everything. Not fancy like a bed and breakfast, but that's what we like (in the vein of Skippers).I had bought my SIL a night at Jedediah Hawkins a few years back, and she couldn't stop talking about it, so if you want something on the other end, I'd guess they're still renting rooms? Can't remember the new name, though, right this second.

                                                Why not stop at Spicys in Riverhead if you're craving fried chicken and the like? We always get a couple of take out platters for the Blues Festival, and everyone wants to know what we're eating! Now, please note, we always go to the State Park after the toll booth is closed ( 4PM?) that's when the day trippers and big parties are taking their leave, maybe an hour before sunset. And of course, they have those good old metal grills so you can just bring some campfire fare. There is also an unbelievable bird sanctuary just past Soundview, if you're in the mood for nature. We've eaten our lunch by the butterfly bush garden many times, before hiking down the cliffs to the beach.

                                                1. re: coll

                                                  Luce and Hawkins is the new name of Jed Hawkins.

                                                  1. re: Motosport

                                                    oh wow - I hadn't realized that Jed Hawkins closed - how is the new restaurant - that had also been on my list - but with acknowledgement that it is overpriced and not the best. on par with nf table

                                                    1. re: smilingal

                                                      I don't know about hotels, either, but this place seems to get good press; not on the water, though:


                                                      As does this place, with water views:


                                                      Or,, further east, east of Orient village and near the state park:


                                                      Or, if you want to rent for a few days or a week on the water, with a kitchen:


                                                      1. re: smilingal

                                                        We had two disasterous meals @ Jed Hawkins.
                                                        I know it's totally irrational but we're not drawn to even try out the new place. Let us all know how it is.

                                                        1. re: Motosport

                                                          I firmly believe that restaurant sites get bad karma, and no matter who opens there, most likely it will have negative vibes: It would take something like an exorcism to get rid of it. That's how I feel about Jedediah, they ruined our anniversary one year and I never forgave them. Probably won't be trying out the new place anytime soon (plus I haven't heard anything since their big PR campaign when they first opened, not a good sign)

                                                          1. re: coll

                                                            Coll, I'm not promising you'll like it, but Luce & Hawkins is an entirely different and more serious venture than any of its predecessors. And you can have a casual and very reasonably priced dinner in the new glassed-in patio.

                                                            Don't know if it's kosher for me to link to something I wrote, but here goes:


                                                            1. re: emarcus

                                                              Nice article. You've swayed me to give that place a try.

                                                              1. re: emarcus

                                                                thanks - nice review - we will be trying it as well!

                                                                1. re: emarcus

                                                                  I've got them on my list, but it's the spring time list (anniversary and birthdays all at once). I'm really the eternal optimist. That and Comtesse Theresa, but just not in the ol' budget right now. Gee I hope everyone makes it through the winter!

                                                        2. re: coll

                                                          Spicy's rocks my world!! 1/2 chicken dinner is only $8 bucks with 2 sides. Forget about cooking dinner tonight! Tasty wings w/o all the yucky breading. Unique and tasty sauce for the wings. Great ribs and fabulous pulled BBQ pork sammiches. What can't they do??

                                                          1. re: Motosport

                                                            Their fish and fried oysters can't be beat either! But the mac and cheese is what my husband craves, me it's the collard greens and macaroni salad that comes with the meal.

                                                            1. re: coll

                                                              ohhhhh - I want that NOW!! Collard greens and mac and cheese - and BBQ pork sammiches! Is their chicken fried? And to clarify - we are talking about Spicy's right?

                                                              1. re: smilingal

                                                                Spicy's, yes. The one in Riverhead, although I used to go to Bellport, they're about the same.

                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                    On West Main St just East of the Library. Can't miss it. Looks like an old trolley type diner. South side of the street.

                                                                    Main St Cafe
                                                                    6 N Main St, New City, NY 10956

                                    3. Hi, I'm also a local. I've become a big fan of the lunch truck that North Fork Table now has. Love the lobster roll, hotdogs and the pulled pork. It's a huge bargain. Yesterday tried to get into Love Lane Kitchen at 2PM for a late lunch. The line out the door was a huge turnoff. Grana is a pleasure. No longer BYOB although they are supposed to get a liquor license soon. We always enjoy Jamesport Manor. Last night ate at a Mano and they had a great menu for restaurant week, although we are happy to eat there any time.