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Foodies! Finally, place for us in Riverhead! (LI)

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I've been reading that the owner of Frisky Oyster and Frisky Oyster Bar is working on a new place in downtown Riverhead. I live and work in Riverhead, and it's disappointing watching my neighborhood get passed over while the surrounding towns seem to be overflowing with new restaurants. Don't get me wrong, newer doesn't always equal better, but Riverhead has been starving for a legit spot for sooooo long. I love Frisky, but the drive out to Greenport can be a killer sometimes with the deer-dodging, etc., so the idea of a place around the corner from my office with Frisky's pedigree makes me forget about all the snow and chill of winter. I just got the basics from the Times Review articles and Patch. Anyone have any inside dirt on the place?

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  1. Can you review the restaurants in R'head that you've visited and why none of them meet your standards?

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    1. re: mcf

      It's not that my standards are so high, or that restaurants here can't meet them, there's just a measure of quality, creativity, and definitely consistency that I appreciate when I'm going out sometimes. So while I enjoy Star, Riverhead Grill, Hy Ting, Cliff's, Funchos, Diggers, Athens, Buoy One, etc., I'm also excited at the idea of a new restaurant that brings a pretty solid reputation for providing a quality experience repeatedly. And when I do go out to eat, I'm always more satisfied when having something, be it food or drink, that I couldn't have made myself at home. I'm expecting their new restaurant ("The Riverhead Project"??) to do exactly that. It can only help Riverhead, especially downtown.

      1. re: laimo88

        I too would like to see more good restaurants in Riverhead, but you can take comfort in Luce & Hawkins which, after all, is only about 15 minutes away in Jamesport, no?

        1. re: EZ Pass

          And the Jamesport Manor Inn, which we love. Farm Country Kitchen has been highly rated here on CH, too. Spicey's at another end of the spectrum, is fried chicken mecca. I've had really good lunches in years past at Tweeds, haven't been there recently.

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          Jamesport Manor Inn
          370 Manor Lane, Riverhead, NY 11901

          1. re: mcf

            I like Jamesport Manor Inn and Luce Hawkins, but I always feel like I need to whisper there, like I'm staying at my Grandparents' house and they're asleep in the next room. NF Table's a bit like that too, but the food more than makes up for it. The view is great at Farm Country, and they're always so nice, should have mentioned them as a plus. It's the atmosphere and energy that I've been missing. I grew up in Brooklyn, so I like places to be a little more bustling, I guess. The 2 Friskys always had such a vibrant feel to them, and I'd love a bit of that to add some splash to the Downtown area.

            1. re: laimo88

              Well, your subject header suggested it was about there not being *food* suitable for foodies in Riverhead, and that's just not so.

              Last time I was at Jamesport Manor Inn, cross conversations between nearby friendly diners were happening, including my neighboring table. It is genteel, but not stuffy. And, since this is about food, we always have superb meals there, and friendly, knowledgable servers.

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              Jamesport Manor Inn
              370 Manor Lane, Riverhead, NY 11901

              1. re: mcf

                Correct, my post is about Riverhead. JMI is in Jamesport, as is Luce Hawkins. My original post stated I was disappointed that these types of restaurants seem to be springing up around Riverhead, rather than in it. I do like Farm Country as a lunch spot, but when it comes to dinner, where are you going out in Riverhead?

                1. re: laimo88

                  Jamesport's addy is listed as Riverhead, btw. I don't go out to eat in Riverhead often, since I live in Huntington. I enjoy meals in pubs and Spicey's, too, like any well rounded Chowhound. On another thread, someone just posted about excellent Latino food in Riverhead just opened, have you visited yet? Any feedback?

                  1. re: mcf

                    Jamesport is a hamlet in the incorporated town of Riverhead, like Greenport is a village in the town of Southold, let's not start debating semantics. As for the latino place, yup, was there a few weeks ago. It's a bodega with a steam table. Decent, cheap and authentic; I definitely wouldn't call it excellent.