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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.



  1. Motosport Mar 21, 2014 12:43 PM

    "We can jam at Joe's Garage!"
    Had lunch there today. Excellent!!
    Pretty much the same menu as dinner with a few blackboard specials.
    My associate had the Grilled Cheese sammich, on tasty bread with 4 cheeses and a cup of soup. VERY good.
    I had the Turkey Pot Pie which was amazing and very different with
    They brew an excellent iced tea, my favorite lunch beverage.
    Stellar service and the place was buzzing. Tables out on the patio with heaters.

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    1. re: Motosport
      Scott_R Mar 21, 2014 04:22 PM

      Amazing the idiocy of the of some people. Someone on Yelp gave it 1 star back in November because they'd kept driving by and it hadn't opened yet.

      1. re: Scott_R
        coll Mar 21, 2014 04:26 PM

        They won't be concerned really, the joint is jammed. To the point that I'm worried about getting in there next time.

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          wolfcreek Mar 29, 2014 11:58 AM

          Yes it is amazing the idiocy of some people, put up a website that says your establishment is open from this time until that time, and actually says "we are open now" then posts pics of daily specials, all the while they are not open! Back in July they ran radio ads for a grand opening with bands and specials, I showed up and they hadn't finished construction yet, so if you want to talk about idiots, talk about the idiot promoting a restaurant that is not ready to open

          1. re: wolfcreek
            Scott_R Mar 29, 2014 02:21 PM

            But that does not constitute a review of the quality of the food or service of a restaurant.

      2. coll Mar 19, 2014 06:29 AM

        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.

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        1. re: coll
          emarcus Mar 19, 2014 06:38 AM

          Thanks for the great report!

          1. re: coll
            Motosport Mar 19, 2014 09:43 AM

            Super yummy!!!

            1. re: coll
              Fred19 Mar 20, 2014 07:14 AM

              Thanks for the fine report. Spring is happening and boating season is around the corner. Will have to try Joe's out. Looking forward to it.


              1. re: Fred19
                coll Mar 20, 2014 07:48 AM

                Perfect for the nautical crowd! Maybe we'll see you there, I think it will be a regular stop for us.

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                  Motosport Mar 20, 2014 08:11 AM

                  I've got a Joe's business lunch date set up for tomorrow. Great menu for lunch.

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                    coll Mar 20, 2014 08:14 AM

                    I didn't get a l look, but can just imagine! Can't wait for their website to be finished.

            2. coll Mar 10, 2014 09:14 AM

              Someone just told me Joe's is having a soft opening starting tomorrow, with no set menu. I knew they wouldn't want to miss out on St Paddys Day!

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              1. re: coll
                Motosport Mar 10, 2014 11:29 AM

                "We can jam at Joe's Garage..........."

                1. re: Motosport
                  coll Mar 10, 2014 12:15 PM

                  ..but his mother will scream "Turn it down!"

                  1. re: coll
                    Motosport Mar 10, 2014 12:39 PM

                    Find out if it's open and I'll meet you there.

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                      coll Mar 10, 2014 12:59 PM

                      Will do! I was going to say the same thing.

              2. coll Feb 26, 2014 04:40 AM

                Grand opening, March 20. Finally!

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                  Fred19 Feb 26, 2014 05:22 AM


                  Did they say what year?

                  Thanks for the info.


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                    coll Feb 26, 2014 05:28 AM


                    I hear the delay was caused because the owner is also involved in the apartment building and he had to get COs for all of that besides the restaurant. Or something to that effect, sounds like a lot of paperwork. Too bad he's missing St Paddys Day weekend!

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                      Motosport Feb 26, 2014 07:00 AM

                      Maybe the Riverhead Town Board will delay St Patrick's Day!!

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                        coll Feb 26, 2014 07:03 AM

                        Now there's an idea! Montauk always does it a week later....maybe the week after that?

                2. Motosport Feb 12, 2014 08:02 AM

                  I drove by this morning and they had some lights on but not open yet. Welcome to Riverhead!!

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                    coll Feb 12, 2014 08:06 AM

                    They had lights on and doors open (but no food or drink) in September during the Fall Festival; this is the softest opening I've ever seen.

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                      Motosport Feb 12, 2014 08:31 AM

                      Lights are on but no one is home. I have friends like that.

                  2. coll Feb 11, 2014 05:05 AM

                    As of now their Facebook page says mid winter, we too have been waiting with bated breath.


                    I know a couple of other places in town that are way behind on their opening dates due to sewer issues with the village. It's always something!!

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