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Help 1st Long Island visit

I need help finding a nice restaurant not too far from Medford next Friday and Saturday night. Four of us will be going to Long Island for the 1st time and staying at Fairfield Inn in Medford, NY. We will have a car so we can travel. Can be anything from high end to moderately priced but with less than a week reservations might be a challenge?

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  1. Seems like Medford and the surroundings must be a hotbed of dining options.

    1. I don't really know anything about the dining options in Medford, but Riverhead isn't that far on the Long Island Expressway. Coll has posted on this board about some new and terrific dining options in Riverhead, so you might want to do a search for the ones she's written about.

      I found the restaurant I was thinking about -- it's called The Riverhead Project, and it is discussed here:


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      1. re: roxlet

        Just went again Monday night, shared some pork belly that I am still dreaming about. Also seared scallops that were so perfect that I should have taken a picture. They don't miss a beat!

            1. re: coll

              I'm glad you like the Kurobuta pork belly, a lot of guests are scared of the fat, i think it's the best part of the dish. when we braise the pork it makes the whole kitchen smell like lime leaves for hours.

              1. re: devain

                I expected it to be mostly fat, never having had the pleasure; meanwhile it was along the lines of the best pulled pork I ever had, but 1000x better. I should have known it was a special breed of pork. A nirvana experience, to say the least. Hope it shows up on the menu again, when I don't have to share!

                1. re: coll

                  I'm putting it in a bahn mi for lunch for the next few weeks, maybe $11

      2. Even though I now live in Virginia, I'm a born & bred Long Islander, & can only surmise that you must be there on business. Don't want to burst any bubbles, but can't recall anyone purposely choosing Medford as a vacation spot unless it's changed drastically.

        Do websearch looking further east of Medford. Try Riverhead, Southhold, & other parts east that you're willing to visit.

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        1. re: Bacardi1

          Patchogue is a dining destination for a few place, too. Chachama Grill, PeraBell Food Bar always get favorable mention. Next door Bayport has Grey Horse Tavern, Le Soir and the venerable Satellite Pizza. East side has Bellport, which has a few worth visiting, I think, from memory, worth googling up.

        2. From Medford you can go north on Rte 112 to Port Jefferson and find a large variety of restaurants (formal to informal). On Rte 112 in Medford (just north of Sunrise Hwy/Rte 27) is the Medford Pita House which has great kabobs and very reasonable prices.

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          1. re: bliebman2

            Good old Port Jefferson. I grew up there. From what I've heard, it's now a hotbed of mediocre restaurants from what were once the 5-star seafood restaurants & lobster/clam shacks of my youth. How very sad.

            1. re: Bacardi1

              5 star??? I lived there in the 70s and nearby until 2003. I loved the cinder block Steam Room of yore... there are good places to eat in PJ now, far better than the old Schooners, etc.

          2. Fat Fish in Bay Shore is very good per MCF, a regular poster on this board. Plus it is waterfront, on the Great South Bay, for beautiful views. I have also heard that PeraBell in Patchogue, Porter’s on the Lane in Bellport and Grey Horse Tavern in Bayport are all quite good. All four of these restaurans are less than a 30 minute drive from Medford.


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            1. re: EM23

              If I'd read your post, I wouldn't have had to waste everyone's time duplicating it. :-)

              1. re: mcf

                You never waste anyone's time on here MCF:-)
                The "venerable Satellite Pizza" - now I'm going to have to go google that up .

                1. re: EM23

                  I haven't eaten there since the early 80s, but the name still always comes up in lists of favorites.

            2. Riverhead is only 15-20 minutes from Medford.
              tRP (The Riverhead Project) is well worth the trip.
              We had an outstanding dinner with COLL & her hubby last night!! The best pork belly I have ever tasted.

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              1. re: Motosport

                Haha, just wrote about that upstream, before I saw this. I'm still dreaming of that pork belly.....it was my first but still I figure it will be the best I ever could have. The chef is amazing, no matter what you order.

              2. Thank you all. Friday we have reservations at PeraBell in Patchogue as Oar Steak and Seafood apparently does not take reservations on weekends and they told me the wait could be over an hour. On Saturday, we may head to Montauk for the day and we may try to eat outside at Harvest on Fort Pond, bring a bottle of wine and wait an hour or two. If the wait is too long, I have a back up reservation at the Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue.

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                1. re: bakerboyz

                  Harvest is beautifully situated, but you'll eat better at Stone Creek. Be prepared for traffic out there. Have fun.

                  1. re: bakerboyz

                    Cowfish just opened @ the old Indian Cove location on the canal. Well worth a visit and big enough that if there is a wait it is not long.

                    1. re: bakerboyz

                      I was going to mention Patchogue, and PeraBell in particular. They are very pleasant and their dishes each have unique twists to the preparation which make them really special. And Chachama Grill, also on Main St but farther east, will not disappoint. Upscale, sort of eclectic, South American.

                    2. Another really good one is LaPlage in Wading River. It's up north of Medford on the sound.
                      Although some of these suggestions are a bit of a drive from Medford, they are worth the trip.

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                        1. re: Motosport

                          La Plage is worth the drive from anywhere. But FYI, they're about 20 minutes east of Medford before you start to go north.

                      1. Just saw this, but IN Medford is Pita House, right on Route 112. Excellent Turkish.

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                        1. re: sbp

                          Pita House is excellent for Turkish comfort food but not in the same league with tRP or La Plage.

                          1. re: Motosport

                            Definitely in the casual school, but still worth a try. Maybe for lunch? Their dining room is sort of authentic anyway, if you're in the mood for ethnic.

                            1. re: Motosport

                              Of course. Just providing a casual alternative.