Joe's Garage & Grill in Riverhead
- Fred19 Feb 11, 2014 05:04 AM
What ever happened to Joe's Garage and Grill restaurant on Peconic Avenue and Main Street in Riverhead?
It was supposed to open last summer. The menu was interesting and the location was convenient.
Motosport and I checked out Joe's for y'all last night. They are having their grand opening Thursday but turns out they have "secretly" been operating in full gear the last couple of weeks.
Service was perfect; friendly and prompt. Amazing, so soon into their tenure. The restaurant was more than half full, on a Tuesday night, obviously we weren't the only ones waiting anxiously for them to open. Live entertainment was a nice bonus, just a lone guitar player so not too intrusive.
The bread basket came immediately with home made jalapeno cornbread and biscuits, which all instantly disappeared. Appetizers we shared were Asian duck wings with wasabi sauce, and pork belly sliders. Duck wings never have quite enough meat on them but these were the biggest I've ever encountered. Beautiful crispy brown. The pork belly was delicious, and of course quite succulent.
For dinner I ordered the seared tuna salad, a wonderful mix of greens, giant slices of avocado, roasted grape tomatoes and other unusual add ins. The tuna was as good as any I've had (and believe me when I say, I'm a nut for local tuna); very fresh and cooked perfectly rare as ordered. At least a dozen nice sized slices were served with my salad.
My husband ordered the burger and fries, both of which were way above par. Burger hand made, beautiful loose Angus beef on what appeared to be a house (or local?)made soft roll, while the fries were big fat coins of fried goodness. Very impressive. Moto got the mac and cheese made with house cured bacon, and the bacon really took it over the top (thanks for sharing!). Not one wrong step by the kitchen.
They have extensive high end beers on tap (local included of course!) and they also do specialty cocktails, for those of you who imbibe.
A decadent dessert of brownie topped with salted caramel ice cream was shared by all; luckily so, because it was a very nice sized portion.
The décor is well thought out, upscale yet casual, the kind of place you can just pop in without worrying how you look. And if you don't know, it is right across the street from the river, a prime location; lots of outside seating will be available once it warms up. Inside is all glass looking out, so either way you have a nice view. When the classic car show starts up again in the parking lot (every Thursday evening in the summer) this place will be jumping for sure.