North Fork Favorite Restaurants
When we moved out here full time, nearly 30 years ago, there would have been one or two on this list. Today there are many to choose from with new ones opening each season. Standing the test of time, these are current favorites.
Updated March 25, 2018
Frisky Oyster in Greenport
Consistently exceptional cuisine, year round, with a changing menu. Best drinks, great bar. We just ate there recently--to celebrate "hummingbird" actually, and it did not disappoint--even in the middle of August with a packed house!
Caci in Southold
Caci is one of the newer on this list, offering lovely, clean, innovative Italian dishes.
North Fork Table in Southold
North Fork Table is the restaurant of North Fork Table and Inn. It is extraordinary and is the only restaurant in our region to have received a "30 points" rating from Zagat. It features a two tier prix fixe, 3 course and 5 course with or without wine pairing. An a la carte menu is also available. Dishes are sourced locally and are farm to table with the menu changed up seasonally to spotlight our local produce and waters. I am lucky enough to live within a short walk from the North Fork Table, and I always feel like we live in a fabulous resort when we have guests and walk over for dinner on a lovely summer or fall night. This was my brother Jeff 's and sister-in-law Angela's favorite restaurant out here, and the food, service, wine (they have an eclectic wine list) and good company made memories I will treasure forever. They have a lovely bar, and guests comfortably eat there as well.
Noah’s in Greenport
Noah's is a bit more trendy, and is usually packed on the weekends. Visitors staying at the Harbor Front Inn or Greenport B&Bs walk over, as do boaters that dock at the Greenport Municipal Marina across the street. It has a great bar, and Chef Noah Schwartz definitely knows what he is doing in the kitchen.
Lucharitos in Greenport
I have to mention Lucharitos, not because it is the best Mexican restaurant I've ever eaten at, but because it attracts a great crowd of locals and visitors, it is welcoming and the staff is great, the food and drinks are good, and it's always a fun time. It has a constant following year-round. Little Lucharitos, with a more limited menu, and mainly carry-out versus dining, is scheduled to open this fall in Aquebogue. Everyone's waiting for it!
Grana Trattoria Antica in Jamesport
Known as "Grana's," calling it a pizzeria would be like calling Delmonico's a steak joint. But they do have outstanding wood fired pizza, featuring thin crust and creative combinations of flavors. They also have hand-made pastas, and special dishes each evening. I recall stopping there to pick up one of their pizzas to bring home for dinner after work on a cold winter evening, and a gentleman sitting next to me at the bar was eating a freshly made fettuccine with home made sausage and peas and a lovely cream sauce. I seriously had to contain myself from asking him to taste it. The bread and salads are always a treat. Grana's is casual delicious dining.
American Beech in Greenport
At American Beech, the food is creative and delicious, the service friendly and professional, the atmosphere casual and upbeat. American Beech has a nice, comfortable bar, where patrons enjoy drinks, and also dining at the bar and its nearby tables. We find that the back room is better for eating and talking as it is usually quieter there. There are a wide variety of appetizers and sides to share to start off with and entrees run the gamut including items such as pork schnitzel, sautéed tilapia, and buttermilk fried chicken, which is a specialty of the house—it’s that good. Other options include—skirt steak, burgers, pasta, great salads. Although not all local, their wine list features many local vineyards. Draft beers also get the thumbs up. Prices are reasonable to moderate.
Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue
Located in East Quogue, just west of Hampton Bays, we acknowledge that it is not on the North Fork. However, its proximity—only 30 minutes from Cutchogue, and its lack of pretense makes us count it among our local favorites. In fact it might be our favorite restaurant on the East End. Opened in 1996, and owned and operated by culinary couple Christian Mir and Elaine DiGiacomo, dining at Stone Creek is a top shelf experience, from the ambiance including a traditional style bar—big, heavy and friendly with top notch bar tending, to the table service. And of course, the food is delicious, innovative and beautiful. Seasonal local ingredients are featured. During the winter, Stone Creek has a prix fixe menu on Thursday and Sunday. Prices are moderate to expensive, but well worth the price. The prix fixe is a wonderful value. Favorite dishes include Long Island Duck Meatballs, Crispy Calamari Salad, Bouillabaisse, Scottish Salmon, Roasted Duck Breast, Veal Osso Buco Ragu—pretty much everything! Desserts also are wonderful.
Frisky Oyster in Greenport
Friendly, comfortable, great drinks. They seriously make the best cosmopolitan and dry martini (with the perfect olives) we've had on the East End.
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