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Jul 28, 2012 09:22 AM

North Fork of Long Island

Looking for best tcasual places to eat --- especially clam shack type places
also best farmstands

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  1. The North Fork is disappointingly short on "clam shack" type places. Braun's To Go in Cutchogue is your closest approximation. There had been a place in Greenport, Billy's By The Bay, but I'm not sure if it is open anymore. No wasn't very good anyway. Coll can give a better view of the Riverhead end of the Fork, which I'm less familiar with. Farm stands, on the other hand, are all over, and everyone has their favorites...not sure if any are bad.

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    1. re: EricMM

      Thanks EricMM, I'm going to say Orient by the Sea is a scenic clam shack, and would be OK for a touristy one time meal. Nice drive anyway. More of a full restaurant and bar, but they have great outside seating, and lots of seafood on the menu. Some is good, some is hit or miss but not terrible. For fun, sit at the bar and hear the fishermen chat about their day.

      Farm stands, depends on what you're looking for. For corn, Rottkamps in Baiting Hollow can't be beat. They have nice thin rhubarb right now too, and their own tomatoes which are very nice. Best farmstand if you want to chat with the farmer about what you're buying, is the no-name place on Mill Rd in Riverhead, just north of Home Depot. He knows the pedigree of everything he sells, and if he's not busy he's glad to talk about produce in all its forms. If you just want a variety of choices, Bayview in Aquebogue/Jamesport is nice, although the owners can be a little crabby! They have fresh eggs (chicken and duck) and whole duck and tons of other stuff, they're more like a market. And don't miss Davis peach farm for all your summer fruits, it's north of Sound Ave going towards Wildwood. If you're into cheese, do stop at Catapanos near Mattituck, they have tables where you can sit and sample, while watching the herd of goats playing around. Oh and Sang Lee if you want to go exotic and upscale. The list is endless, really, but those are the places I mostly go.

      1. re: coll

        Not sure where you mean, Coll: Sound Aven going towards Wildwood? Where is that exactly? I know where Sound Avenue is, but not Wildwood...

          1. re: roxlet

            Wildwood State Park in Wading River, sorry. It's right past East Wind Caterers and Lewins Farm, going east, where Sound Ave begins. At the first traffic light, there's a sign for the park at the turn. Make a left.

        1. re: EricMM

          Billy's by the Bay is still open in Greenport at the marina just East of the village.
          It's a basic clam shack and very good for what it is. Keep it simple and you'll be happy. We recently went on a Friday night, the crowd was lively and there was live music.
          We ordered clam chowder, oysters on the 1/2 shell, shrimp & ???, can't remember. All of it good. You don't expect gourmet from a place like this but its' on the water and fun!!

          1. re: Motosport

            At the far East End, both Sep's and Latham's are not-to-be-missed farm stands.

            Near Mattituck on the north road, Harbe's just provided us with some of he best corn of our lives.

            Oysterponds Farm offers fresh berries in season....east of Orient Village en route to the ferry. Several varieties of raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and, often, tomatoes.

            The current issue of Edible East End has a great article on local farm stands:


            1. re: Motosport

              Now I remember!!! We also shared an excellent bucket of very tender steamers!!!!!

              1. re: Motosport

                The last time I was at Biily's the raw oysters on the 1/2 shell were rubbery. Rubbery???? Raw oysters are not supposed to be rubbery! it's like they were radiated, or something. Definitely not natural. and very tiny, also. I had steamed lobster that was very fresh, and plump, and tasted like mud. They time before, the raw oysters were great...but my fried clams were a little too strong tasting for comfort.

                1. re: EricMM

                  Did you go on a day that ended in Y? Sorry, I couldn't resist. We've only been there once and it was a good experience as I said.
                  That being said, I am always amazed at how few waterfront places like Canal Cafe or Cowfish there are on the North Fork. We certainly have lots of waterfront.
                  Hope the new owners of the Chowder pot Pub location get it together soon.

                  1. re: Motosport

                    Where is their new location? Is their food good?

                    1. re: erica

                      Same location, new owners renovating. Rumor has it that they own a restaurant on Shelter Island.

                      1. re: Motosport

                        Coincidence: I just picked up a copy of the new Edible East End and there is a story about them..yes, they own Vine Street Cafe..


                        The same issue also have a companion piece on farm stands..this time focusing mainly on those in the Town of Riverhead, plus Wickham's in Cutchogue.

            2. Does anybody know anything about the new take-out seafood place in Mattituck? Next to 4 Doors Down, across from the mall. I think its called Crazy Fork......their sign says they deliver too.........

              1. has anyone been to the blue canoe yet?

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                1. re: giftergirl

                  Yes, several times. Excellent, innovative menu, nice space and great service.

                  1. re: Motosport

                    Hah, I was waiting for you to say something. I have it on our list due to you.