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xsivjosh Jun 3, 2013 02:13 PM

Never been to North Fork of Long Island. Going 4 nights mid July. Love seafood, New American,..we eat everything but blood sausage (except in Spain and Chicago). We'd love some suggestions.

  1. EricMM Jul 15, 2013 09:50 AM

    Finally tried Luce's new restaurant, Main. Loved it! the food is not only good, but the portions are huge! My seafood stew could have been easily shared between 2 people. Couldn't try the oysters, as my Dr's have suggested avoiding raw shellfish for the moment, but next time I'll be able to avail myself of their huge oyster selection.

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      Motosport Jul 15, 2013 10:23 AM

      Is it a fancy place or "Greenport casual?"

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        EricMM Jul 15, 2013 11:23 AM

        Maybe fancy, but not overly so. No rowdy drunks in bathing suits like Billy's, but nobody wearing suits and ties either. Quite comparable to its predecessor (North Fork Oyster Co.) in terms of ambiance and clientele...but much better food and bigger portions with comparable prices.Very pleasant, low key atmosphere.

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          Motosport Jul 15, 2013 01:54 PM

          It's going on my list!! Thanks for the update.

    2. Motosport Jul 15, 2013 06:36 AM

      Saturday we took a ride out to Orient by the Sea for an early dinner.
      Location, location, location!!! We sat out on the seaside deck and had a great meal of several appetizers. Oysters, chowder, soup, spring rolls, broiled portobello and a nice dessert of key lime pie.
      We did not order any entrees but they looked good and the other diners seemed happy. Excellent friendly service too!!
      Then again Dinty Moore's beef stew would have been great at that location.

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        coll Jul 15, 2013 06:41 AM

        Glad someone finally agrees with me about Orient by the Sea. The food is fine and the service is excellent. But I could eat dog food and be happy sitting there, that much is true!

        We like to sit at the bar with the fishermen and just have some chowder and appetizers too, if we're just out for a ride.

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          synergy Jul 15, 2013 07:41 AM

          We go there often for lunch, sit on the deck and bring our pooch. Food is always good and staff always friendly.

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            Motosport Jul 15, 2013 08:08 AM

            ...........and they are dog friendly. The chocolate lab wandering the deck was a treat!!

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              synergy Jul 17, 2013 11:00 AM

              Yes, he's there every time we are there too. We've seen other patrons with their pooches too. I love dog friendly places as we love to take our old guy with us where ever we can.

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                coll Jul 17, 2013 12:21 PM

                Seaside dogs know how to be cool!

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                  Motosport Jul 17, 2013 01:22 PM

                  Toby!! That's the dogs name!!

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        thunderroad21 Jun 24, 2013 12:41 PM

        Noah's - 136 Front Street - Fantastic
        Recommended by locals - we went both nights.
        Stick w/the "Taste"/"Small Plates side of the menu - you'll have a wonderful dining experience.
        Also - We stayed at the Harborfront Inn across the street.
        Very comfortable but parking spaces doesn't cover the # of guests.
        Thinking of doing a wine tour - Vintage Tours - Jo-Ann does a great informative tour - 4 wineries - w/plenty of tasting.
        Have a great time!

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          xsivjosh Jul 7, 2013 08:56 AM

          Thanks for this tout. I was wondering about Noah's. Which wineries did you like best? Did anyone make a great viognier? The wines are generally looking to be in the high $20-$30 or $40 range. Is that correct? How much should most tastings cost?
          We're heading there tomorrow until Friday. Figure 4 nights will give us a feeling for the area.
          Plus I need some freid belly clams as well as oysters on the halfshell.

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            coll Jul 7, 2013 09:38 AM

            Fried belly clams are not really a Long Island thing. Hopefully someone might be able to point you to a place or two, at most.

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              EricMM Jul 7, 2013 09:47 AM

              NF wines are very pricey. Low end wines run in the $15-20 range, the better quality reds (in the eyes of the winery...not my taste buds) tend to be $40+. All are relatively expensive, but some are more so than others.Tastings tend to be about $10 for 4-5 wines. When I go, we each get a different tasting selection and share. I hate drinking during the day, so I mostly spit it out. A tasting will usually be deducted, at least in part, from the cost of a wine purchased at most wineries. Macari used to make a good viognier, but most of their vines died one winter, not sure if any winery is making it now. The only place I know of selling fried soft belly clams is Billy's By The Bay.I had them once. They were pretty rank...can't recommend them. Their oysters on the half shell were bizarrely rubbery. Lots of places will have better oysters. Brauns To Go sells fried cherrystones...chewy, but very good.

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                coll Jul 7, 2013 09:49 AM

                The couple of places I know that sell clam bellies, they are frozen breaded from a factory. I wouldn't even be tempted. I know there is a place up by Long Beach that is famous for them, so maybe they don't count? But all the others, yech. We like our clams raw, anyway.

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                  emarcus Jul 7, 2013 12:24 PM

                  The place up by Long Beach is Bigelow's in Rockville Centre, but Coll: Do yourself a favor and follow nofolady's recommendation of belly (i.e. Ipswich) clams at Buoy One! They are The Sea.

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                    coll Jul 7, 2013 04:39 PM

                    I have a thing against Buoy One, rational or not. And they are literally two minutes from my house. They are SO hit or miss, and not always nice about it. But next time I will try the clams and hope for the best.

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                      Motosport Jul 8, 2013 04:53 AM

                      We use the K.I.S.S. rule at Buoy 1 and enjoy ourselves. The outside dining patio is fun in nice weather.

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                        coll Jul 8, 2013 07:11 AM

                        Yeah, their raw stuff is fine. Last time I dined there, I took an out of towner who was jonesing for some good seafood. It must have been around Mardi Gras because they had an oyster po'boy that was out of this world. My guest ordered fried calamari that was inedible. Embarrassing as she said it was her favorite thing in the universe. We each ate one piece, and then one more to make sure we weren't dreaming, then we left the rest of basket. It tasted like dried out breading with no filling. The waitress didn't seem surprised or concerned, and since this was a business lunch I let it go. Sort of! But geez, Louise.

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                          Motosport Jul 8, 2013 07:28 AM

                          Yup! K.I.S.S.
                          We just get some oysters, chowder and whatever special broiled fish they have on the menu.

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                            coll Jul 8, 2013 07:35 AM

                            Will definitely keep that in mind.

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                nofolady Jul 7, 2013 10:51 AM

                Bedell and Sherwood House's new tasting room on the Main Rd.) are both gorgeous and both have great wines. Pugliese and Croteaux have charming outdoor spaces (Croteaux specializes in rose' and Pugliese makes a fantastic dessert port as well as champagne-style sparkling wine). Tastings will mostly be in the $15 range at most places, some will be a little more for their premium wines, some a little less for their basic house wines. Unless you buy several bottles at a time you will usually find the same wines for less at the local wine/liquor stores (Michael's on East Main St. Riverhead is fantastic and Wine Mart in the WalMart center on Rte. 58 in Riverhead also usually has a nice selection for less than you'll pay at the vineyards) and both give case discounts for mix and match bottles.

                Bouy One in Riverhead has great whole belly clams, they are very reasonable and have a kind of sweet-funky vibe inside and a large patio with umbrella tables outside. They are a seafood market so they have fresh shellfish that are the best-priced we have found out here.

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                  nofolady Jul 7, 2013 11:03 AM

                  Forgot to mention that Martha Clara in Riverhead sells a decent viognier (2010 vintage, if they still have it) for about $22. You may find it at other wineries but I usually buy mine there.

              3. coll Jun 14, 2013 03:01 AM

                Another place for great seafood is Athens Grill in Riverhead village. They have gone a bit upscale, but the menu is, as always, heavy on perfectly prepared fish with gorgeous sides.

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                  synergy Jun 12, 2013 01:31 PM

                  Regarding the Old Mill Inn, we too have always been fans and LOVED their lobster roll. The new chef changed the recipe and it's no where near the same. I won't order it again. A lot less lobster meat in it too. We sat outside on the deck, and didn't notice any attitude.

                  We also went recently for dinner and it was woefully terrible. Sliced, toasted, old bread. Butter that had an old after-taste, entrees that were just ok, and not plated attractively.

                  I want the old chef back...

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                    Motosport Jun 12, 2013 02:42 PM

                    Blue Canoe moved into the old Lobster Pot Pub spot in Greenport. They make an outstanding lobster roll.
                    My all time favorite lobster roll is Canal Café in Hampton Bays.

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                      EricMM Jun 13, 2013 06:31 AM

                      You mean Chowder pot. There was a Lobster Pot Pub, in Mattituck, a fun KISS spot. It was replaced by the Heritage, which was replaced by the Red Door, which was replaced by Amano, the most long lived restaurant at that site.

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                        Motosport Jun 13, 2013 07:41 AM

                        Yes, the Chowder Pot Pub!!

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                      erica Jun 16, 2013 01:13 PM

                      I spend much of the summer in Orient. After many years, and many disappointing meals, the two spots I can recommend are North Fork Table in Southold and Grana, for pizza in Jamesport. Other than those two, we prefer to cook our own food from local farms and purveyors, rather than wade into the many overpriced and overhyped local restaurants. (Blue Canoe ex Chowder Pot..burger with blue cheese and onion $21???)

                      I am all ears and welcome suggestions that might change my opinion......looking for good food, no hype, on the far east end of NF.

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                        roxlet Jun 16, 2013 05:49 PM

                        We never ate out much either, erica. NFT for sure, The Frisky Oyster when it first opened, and Grana once. Other than that, we would buy fish at the Southhold Market or Brauns, meat at Wayside, fruit at Wickhams and dessert at Briermere. Never had much else better until NFT came along. We also love The Blue Duck, who makes an awesome baguette. We were never surprised that the food was stuck in the 1950s.

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                          Motosport Jun 17, 2013 04:43 AM

                          Have you had the Blue Canoe burger?? Worth it!!

                      2. roxlet Jun 12, 2013 05:27 AM

                        One thing about the North Fork, xslvjosh, is that it is very laid back and very low-key. With the exception of Greenport, there is very little that goes on at night. We always called the North Fork "the land that time forgot."

                        I don't think that anyone has mentioned The Love Lane Cafe. Love Lane is the main "commercial" street of Mattituck, and we always have lunch there when we are in town. They are open for breakfast and dinner too. Also on Love Lane is a great cheese shop if you want to get food to take to the wineries to do a picnic lunch.

                        Don't forget the Cutchogue dinner, which is another good breakfast and lunch spot. The owners also run the Two Boots pizza shop in the East Village in Manhattan.

                        I have never been there, but people seem to like Allure in Port of Egypt (on the Main Road before you get to Greenport). I never cared for its previous incarnation as The Seafood Barge.

                        We like also Braun's for fish, and they have a take out counter and some tables to eat outside.

                        Don't forget to stop at Wickham's Fruit Farm in Cutchogue. If you're lucky, you might just hit it for the few days when the apricots are ripe. They are the best ones I've had outside of Sicily. Their peaches are also outstanding. Everything is picked when it is tree ripe, so it will not have a long life without refrigeration.

                        And on the way home, you may want to stop at Briermere Farms and get a fresh fruit cream pie. They are outrageously delicious. We also love their strawberry jam (two ingredients--strawberries and sugar), and their muffins (corn and blueberry, in particular), which we always take home to freeze.

                        Since we always rented a house there, we mainly cooked with all the wonderful fish, meat and produce we would buy there. Also, the restaurant scene (going back 20-25 years) was pretty pathetic. Things have definitely changed a lot since then.

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                          EricMM Jun 12, 2013 07:34 AM

                          I think I must be the only Chowhounder who liked the Seafood Barge. We liked it so much we had all our kids Bar/Bas Mitzvahs there. My oldest was so upset when they closed that he and his wife made a special trip out there for its last night. Food varied along with chef's, but I can only remember 1 year when it wasn't as good. People complained here about the attitude, but we never encountered any attitude problems in all the years we went. We were always treated superbly. Yes, I know Noah's is run by their last chef. haven't tried it yet, but some of my kids have and they liked it....I will go there some time.

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                            Motosport Jun 12, 2013 07:56 AM

                            We'd go to the Seafood Barge for steamed lobster. It was one of those K.I.S.S. places that had a great location. Sometimes we'd go there on our Jet Skis since they had a dock and outside tables with plastic chairs (we were wet).
                            We miss the place.

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                              EricMM Jun 13, 2013 06:34 AM

                              What you're describing sounds like Armando's Seafood Barge, the predecessor. Total KISS, with huge tasty lobsters, way better than Billy's. The upscale Seafood Barge replaced it..the one that so many people seemed to dislike...but their steamed lobsters were even better than Armando's...just a bit smaller and a lot more expensive.

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                                Motosport Jun 13, 2013 07:39 AM

                                I always got those two places confused. One became Allure and the other is still closed.

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                                  EricMM Jun 13, 2013 12:37 PM

                                  For good reason...The Original Barge is the one that is now closed. (Never liked it much myself. First time I went there it was good...second time, feh.) Armando's Seafood Barge begat The Seafood Barge, which begat A'Lure.

                        2. sbp Jun 11, 2013 01:19 PM

                          For ridiculously cheap, real deal Mexican: Taqueria Mexico, a 1/2 mile east of the Aquarium. Tacos Lengua, Cabeza, Carnitas, Al Pastor. Interesting Tortas. Killer red or green hot sauce.

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                            nofolady Jun 11, 2013 02:57 PM

                            Amen to that! You can see the woman making the fresh tortillas in the back from some tables. We've been to Mexico many times and this truly is the real deal, not Americanized.

                          2. Motosport Jun 6, 2013 09:36 AM

                            Where will you be staying and will you have a car?

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                              xsivjosh Jun 7, 2013 01:46 PM

                              We're staying in Greenport and we will have a car. Any winery suggestions as well. Prefer BYOB but don't know how realistic that is on the North Fork.

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                                Motosport Jun 7, 2013 02:11 PM

                                Starting in Greenport and heading West:
                                Bruce's Cheese Emporium for breakfast or lunch
                                Lucharito's Mexican lunch or dinner, great Margueritas
                                Frisky Oyster for upscale creative dinner
                                Blue Canoe for lunch/dinner seafood al fresco dining if weather permits
                                Billy's By the Bay for decent bar food honky tonk live band
                                There are a few new places in Greenport that are probably good but we have not personally tried them
                                Hellenic has excellent Greek food and tasty whole fish specials
                                Avoid Scrimshaw
                                Southold:
                                O'Malley's for a fabulous burger and more.Open till midnight
                                Jen's Main St Café has an excellent creative breakfast
                                New Suffolk:
                                Legends is outstanding. We like eating in the bar area but the dining room is very nice
                                Mattituck:
                                Love Lane Kitchen has an excellent creative menu for breakfast/lunch/dinner
                                Crazy Fork for casual seafood
                                Laurel & Jamesport:
                                Elbow Room & Elbow Two fantastic marinated steak
                                Grana has excellent thin crust pizza and other creative Italian
                                Jamesport Manor Inn for Fancy schmancy
                                Junda's Bakery to die for apple strudel
                                Jamesport Country Kitchen casual creative upscale menu
                                Lenny's Pizza huge portions in the dining room
                                Aquebogue:
                                Comtesse Therese is the only winery with a restaurant and it's fabulous
                                Modern Snack Bar step into a luncheonette time warp keep it simple and you'll be happy. Incredible pies.
                                Riverhead:
                                tRp can't be beat. It's fantastic on all levels.
                                If you get adventurous head to Hampton Bays and check out.
                                Al fresco dining at: Canal Café for the best lobster roll ever.
                                Cow Fish and Rumba too!!
                                OK, I'm hungry!!

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                                  xsivjosh Jun 10, 2013 11:39 AM

                                  Can't thank you enough for the time and thought you've put into this response. It's why chowhound is our go-to reference for restaraurants and travel.
                                  One more question: Where would you go for a good down and dirty and not too costly oyster bar experience (think Half Shell Bar in Key West type of place).

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                                    Motosport Jun 10, 2013 01:44 PM

                                    We've been to the Half Shell!!!
                                    Billy's By the Bay in Greenport would be my first choice. Keep it simple and you'll be happy. Last time we were there they had a nice honky tonk band.

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                                      EricMM Jun 11, 2013 11:51 AM

                                      I've posted this before, but my last experience at Billy's was a nightmare. The oysters on the half shell were weird...rubbery, like they had been pasteurized....or irradiated. My lobster was fresh and meaty, and tasted like mud. Not the way lobster should taste in June. Add a whole group of loud drunk boaters at the bar, and we swore off the place. (My previous visit yielded good oysters, but fried clams that were a little too funky in flavor to declare "fresh".)

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                                        Motosport Jun 11, 2013 12:32 PM

                                        Billy's is as close to The Half Shell as you'll get on the North Fork. It's a standard K.I.S.S. place.

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                                    EM23 Jun 11, 2013 01:06 PM

                                    Great list! I’m taking this with me when I do my farm runs this summer. I will add:

                                    Old Mill Inn in Mattituck – +1 on NoFoLady’s recommendation up-thread for OMI - good food and a beautiful location. I think lunch or an early dinner would be best so that you can enjoy the view.

                                    Snowflake Ice Cream in Riverhead - serves ice cream made with local seasonal berries. Follow them on Facebook for the flavor of the week.

                                    Southold Fish Market (review below) - if you are looking for a very casual spot for a good fish taco or a lobster roll, I always enjoy a stop here. Go inside to order and then grab a seat outside at one of the picnic tables overlooking Peconic Bay.
                                    Enjoy your visit.

                                    Southold Fish Market
                                    Published: September 21, 2010 5:12 PM
                                    By Erica Marcus/ Newsday
                                    For some reason, the North Fork lacks a proper "seafood shack," a restaurant where you can get simple, fresh, local, straight-ahead American seafood classics such as steamers, fried clams, lobsters and lobster rolls. Thankfully Southold Fish Market has stepped into the void.
                                    I had three lunches at Southold Fish Market. There’s no indoor seating, but in sunny weather the picnic tables overlooking the marina are hard to beat. Southold’s terrific lobster roll contains big hunks of freshly picked meat of a 1¼-pound lobster mixed with mayonnaise and celery and comes with skinny, salty, hand-cut French fries, a bargain at $16.95. For my second lunch I ordered the fried whole-belly clam platter ($11.95) and they were so delicious that I made them my third lunch, too.
                                    You’d be nuts not to peek into the actual fish market at Southold Fish Market, where owner Charlie Manwaring simultaneously helps customers, confers with fishermen and breaks down fish. There’s no place on the North Fork (or on the Island, for that matter) to see a better selection of just-landed local fish. Over the course of a week I bought littleneck clams, swordfish steaks and one 7-pound striped bass from Manwaring. They did my, respectively, spaghetti and clam sauce, Sicilian-style stuffed swordfish and whole roasted striped bass very proud indeed.
                                    Southold Fish Market is at 61850 Main Rd., Southold, 631-765-3200

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                                      Motosport Jun 11, 2013 01:14 PM

                                      I have to agree with Snowflake (I had lunch there today) also Magic Fountain in Mattituck.
                                      I have to add Tony's Asian Fusion in Mattituck for outstanding Asian Fusion. For straightforward excellent Chinese food we go to Jen's next to the Mattituck Cinema.
                                      Southold Fish Market and Charlie are amazing. My lovely wife and I had our first date at his old place.
                                      I have to disagree on Old Mill because of the "attitude" of the new owners. It used to be a regular Friday night al fresco spot for us. One of the best waterfront restaurant locations.
                                      Unfortunately I.M.H.O. the new owners seem to think they are in The Fabulous Hamptons. Lived there, done that! We tried it three times and got the same snobby attitude so we don't go back. Go figure?

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                                        EM23 Jun 11, 2013 01:45 PM

                                        Ooh! What did you have for lunch at Snowflake? When in Riverhead, we usually go for a slice at the Roadhouse and then to Snowflake for dessert.
                                        That is a shame about your experiences at the Olld Mill. I have sat out on the deck on my visits - a couple of lunches and a few times in the late afternoon for drinks, and didn't pick up on anything snobby. Was it recently sold?

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                                          Motosport Jun 11, 2013 01:50 PM

                                          I am guessing the new owners of Old Mill bought it 5 years ago or so. "Hamptons" people. Oy vey!!
                                          I had a small vanilla sundae with black cherries and marshmallow. Whipped cream and a cherry on top!!

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                                            EM23 Jun 11, 2013 02:05 PM

                                            Ah, those new owners. Then, perhaps, it is best to go during the day as the "fox" is known to be a nocturnal creature;)

                                            Awesome lunch!

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                                              Motosport Jun 11, 2013 04:04 PM

                                              Alas, we both work. We were early Friday dinner regulars. We'd sit outside and enjoy a lobster or fresh fish.
                                              When the new people took over the outside tables became treasures to be doled out to the illiterati. We'd arrive at 6:15 and the place would be nearly empty. maybe 1 outside table was taken. We'd ask for a table outside and be told to wait at the bar since we did not have reservations. 20-30 minutes would go by before we were given the honor of sitting outside. Really, the place is all about dining al fresco. Otherwise, what's the point. The food is not that memorable.
                                              The last time we waited at the bar for 45 minutes. No one was sitting outside. I got up and asked why we could not get a table even though they were all empty. "They are all booked. We didn't get any cancellations."
                                              We left and went to the Chowder Pot Pub. Had a great seafood dinner while watching the ferries come and go.
                                              Maybe at lunch there is less "demand."
                                              I lived in Wainscott for 30 years. When we moved to the North Fork we thought we had left that attitude behind.

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                                          nofolady Jun 11, 2013 02:51 PM

                                          Go figure - we have had terrible luck with Tony's and not once in the last 5 years or so when the new owners took over have we ever had an attitude problem at the Old Mill. And we have been there many, many times and sent many others their way.
                                          I actually was going to suggest their bar in response to a Key West type bar because the bar inside reminds me of that - lived in South Florida many years and went to the Keys regularly.

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                                          emarcus Jun 11, 2013 03:22 PM

                                          EM23, thanks for the quote. I stand by this item but, sadly, Southold Fish Market has moved across and down the street and is currently operating out of a trailer. There's no water to overlook, and no tables from which to overlook it!

                                          Enthusiastically second both Snowflake and Taqueria Mexico in Riverhead.

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                                            EM23 Jun 11, 2013 03:38 PM

                                            I m so disappointed to read this, Erica! Do you know if this is a temporary or permanent move?

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                                              Motosport Jun 11, 2013 03:43 PM

                                              Southold fish market moved into a building. Some over eager driver drove their car into the building. They are operating out of the trailer until the building is renovated.

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                                                EM23 Jun 11, 2013 03:45 PM

                                                At the location on the bay?

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                                                  Motosport Jun 11, 2013 03:48 PM

                                                  Charlie moved across the road into an old closed restaurant. I think it was called "Brian's Song" at one point.
                                                  They are not on the water side any longer.

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                                                    EM23 Jun 11, 2013 04:06 PM

                                                    Thanks Moto. A favorite food memory that's never to be repeated again:( Must be more poignant for you and your wife since you had your first date there.

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                                                emarcus Jun 11, 2013 07:48 PM

                                                I think once they get into the actual building there will be seating, though not on the water anymore. Well, hope springs eternal for the waterside clam shack on the North Fork. Really, it's not rocket science!

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                                                  Motosport Jun 12, 2013 07:53 AM

                                                  One more super storm and they may be waterfront!!

                                        4. re: xsivjosh
                                          EricMM Jun 8, 2013 08:47 AM

                                          I've never tried BYOB at the NF restaurants, not sure if they approve. But just about all of the NF restaurants like to showcase NF wines, and among the better restaurants, selections will not only vary but many of them may have special bottlings not available elsewhere. Restaurant markups for wine on the NF are not as huge as in NYC, so a bottle of wine will cost less relative to its retail price than in the city....also lower markups help encourage more orders.

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                                        nofolady Jun 4, 2013 01:41 PM

                                        You didn't say what part of the Nork Fork you'll be staying in and it's a good 40-45 minutes from Riverhead/Aquebogue to Greenport Village with light traffic, just so you know. Not a bad thing because either route (North Rd/Sound Ave. or the Main Rd.) are both scenic and dotted with wineries and farm stands so if you do hit a little traffic the view is great. The North route usually has less traffic because it is not as developed as the Main Rd.
                                        EricMM gave you some great advice, and he's right that there are a lot of great places out here, but Keith Luce's new "Square" in Greenport (used to be Stirling Square and was the location for North Fork Oyster Company) is actually open, at least 3 elements of the 4 are open...the restaurant is called Main and is getting nice reviews, haven't been there yet but plan to go this weekend; "Nosh" is just that, a place to grab a bite that you can walk around with, and "Prep", where you can watch them make foods for Main and there are flatbreads and such, including his own line of salumi. "Meet" will open later this summer and will be a tasting room where you can also buy prepared items, ingredients and kitchen wares. Web site is nofosquare.com
                                        If you do go to Greenport, grab a drink at the INSIDE bar at Claudio's, which was featured in The Devil's Own with Brad Pitt, great old bar. If you like to eat outside by the water check out The Blue Canoe, right beside the Shelter Island Ferry Terminal. Also in Greenport is First and South, great outdoor space and a dining porch, known for their house made french fries.
                                        The Old Mill Inn in Mattituck is also on the water and has a small outside dock that is smack on the water, ducks and swallows and osprey and egrets abound. The new chef this year is also the chef for the Yankees club house; so far the food has been great, we've been several times this season.
                                        Legends in New Suffolk (a really special hamlet) has water views and is a sports bar on one side and nice dining room on the other. They have an extensive menu from burgers to bahn mi, great fish specials; we have tried almost all of it and never been disappointed.
                                        The Riverhead Project is city-chic and really unusual for out here (for now at least).. New chef came from South Edison in Montauk and now the menu is more seafood-centric, but it changes almost daily with what's local and fresh. Tweed's, what locals call the Buffalo Bar, is an old hotel, great old bar, (was a stagecoach stop/brothel back in the day), has great chowder and baked clams but I personally think the menu is over-priced for mains. They do serve bison and the owner owns the buffalo farm on Roanoke Ave. just south of Sound Ave. (neat place for a photo if you're into that).
                                        I can't say enough about Touch of Venice, our favorite place. It's not your typical red-sauce Italian - a recent special was a grilled veal chop with truffle butter served with black rice and grilled ramps, incredible. And they make the best fish out here IMHO.
                                        There are more but that's my go-to list, I'll leave it to others to throw their favs in. Have a great visit, you will love it out here! Oh, don't miss Love Lane in Mattituck, you must stroll it, and Love Lane Kitchen is a great place for lunch, fantastic lobster roll!!

                                        1. EricMM Jun 4, 2013 12:36 PM

                                          Everyone will suggest North Fork Table and Inn. Except me....but only because I have never been there myself. (It is very expensive.) There are many good restaurants on the NF. The Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport has a new chef, food is equally as good as what it was with the previous chef. That chef was Keith Luce, who is opening a new restaurant and food complex in Greenport...should be open by mid-July. FWIW, my oldest son, who has eaten at both NFT&I, and the JHI, said he preferred the latter one. Also very good is Amano in Mattituck, its sister restaurant A Lure in Southold. Touch of Venice in Cutchogue has great Italian, and the Modern Snack Bar in Aquebogue is a fun place....not spectacular food, but still good and lots of fun, at reasonable prices. More people will weigh in here with further recommendations....but there are many great places to choose from.

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                                            roxlet Jun 5, 2013 05:16 AM

                                            I have to disagree about NFT&I. It never disappoints, and we have had some amazing meals there. The pastry chef is a god. Even if the OP can't get a reservation there, they should definitely try the food truck for lunch. It's in the back of the parking lot.

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                                              EricMM Jun 5, 2013 08:01 AM

                                              What's there to disagree with? I said I have never eaten there myself, but that others would recommend it. I do hope to go there...its on my must try list...but sometime when I'm just with my daughter or son. Can't afford to take the whole family there.

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