Whether you’re heading for Iron Pier Beach, Orient Point State Park, taking the boat out in the Peconic Bay, or on your way to one of the many vineyards on the North Fork’s wine trail, a day of outdoor fun isn’t complete without a picnic. If getting up and out is your style, you can pick up sandwiches, fruit and cheese en route at one of these fine to-go establishments:
In Riverhead, Maple Tree Deli has mouthwatering sandwiches like North Carolina Style BBQ Pork, Alabama Style BBQ Chicken, grilled vegetables, beans and corn. 820 West Main Street, Riverhead. 631-727-2819.
Blue Duck Bakery, with locations in Greenport, Southold, Riverhead, has you covered for breakfast, lunch and dessert. Croissants, muffins, gourmet sandwiches, salads, Hale & Hearty soups, cupcakes, fresh bread and rolls are all ready to go. Coffee, tea and lattes are always on the menu, too. blueduckbakery.com.
The Village Cheese Shop has delicious cheeses from around the world, made-to-order sandwiches, bagels, muffins, coffee and tea. Take home some fresh pasta to cook for dinner. 105 Love Lane, Mattituck. 631-298-8556 thevillagecheeseshop.com.
Feeling spicy? Funcho’s Fajita Grill has some of the best burritos (and fajitas and other Mexican-inspired cuisine) in town. The menu allows for picking and choosing different toppings and ingredients. Make sure you save room for dessert, ice cream is right next door at snowflake. Funcho’s is located at 156 West Main Street, Riverhead. funchosfajitagrill.com, 631-369-7277.
To find the perfect beachy picnic areas across the East End, check out the Dan’s Papers Beach Guide at DansPapers.com/beachguide.