Everything new is delicious on the North Fork dining scene. From local seafood, cheeses and wines, to Greek, Mexican and Japanese cuisine—they’ve got you covered.
American Beech is open for its first full season. The Greenport eatery (in the space previously occupied by the Main Restaurant and Oyster Bar) received a glowing review in The New York Times this past September. Word is: Get the fried chicken. Open Wednesday through Sunday for dinner, and brunch on the weekend. Call 631-477-5939.
Case’s Place at the Galley Ho is set to open in New Suffolk. Ken and Maryann Birmingham are the owners, they are long-time residents of the North Fork and are the proprietors of Riverhead Beef. Case’s Place will serve lunch and dinner, and the menu will be focused on seafood and classic American fare.
Goodfood. (“goodfood period”) will celebrate one year in operation this summer. The business offers made-from-scratch empanadas, soups, salads, quiche and sandwiches, as well as frozen items and catering. Located at 535A Pike Street in Mattituck. For more info, call 631-298-7599.
Another craft beer and good grub place opened this past November in Greenport: Industry Standard. In addition to having 23 beers on tap, the hip restaurant serves a menu that’s dripping with Latin and Asian influences. The Elote-San (Mexican-Japanese grilled corn) is just one example. The dining room stays open until 1 a.m. on the weekends. Industry Standard is located at 45 Front Street. Call 631-333-3500 or go to industrystandardbar.com.
This past September, Athens Grill reopened as Mazi in Riverhead. Mazi serves Mediterranean fare with a strong Greek influence: gyros, spinach and feta in filo dough, grilled Portugese octopus—you get the idea. Mondays through Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 631-740-9933
The North Fork Shack has opened! Southold’s newest take-out restaurant at 41150 County Road 48 seats just 16 people, but is great for grab-n-go as you make your way to the wineries. Featuring an eclectic menu (clam chowder to zucchini fritters, pulled chicken to Cajun fish, and skirt steak tostados and tacos), North Fork Shack will serve lunch and dinner year-round. 631-876-5566, thenorthforkshack.com.
Looking for a new way to try local wines and craft beer? While out on the shopping trail, check out North Fork Taps and Corks in the Feather Hill Village of Southold. They opened for business last August. This intimate beer and wine bar features an array of local wines and craft beer. Tasting flights are available, or sit back and enjoy your favorites by the glass. Domestic beers are also available. Bring your own food pairings and don’t miss out on open mic night every Wednesday from 7–10 p.m. The space is available for private parties. Find them at 23345 Main Road in Southold. 631-876-5246.
Pure North Fork Craft Bar & Bistro has taken over the old Blackwells space at the Great Rock Golf Club in Wading River. The dining room and bar have been completely renovated and the new menu offers tapas and flatbread pizzas, and includes locally sourced dishes—not to mention their house-made strawberry cabernet sorbet with hand-stenciled chocolate wafer! They have more than 20 craft beers on tap and Pure North Fork is hosting a grand opening summer soiree with NY Jets Wesley Walker and Erik Coleman this Thursday, June 30. Call 631-886-2777 or visit purenorthfork.com.
Shelter Island Brewery joins the craft beer frenzy, offering up a selection of brews with locally-inspired names and flavors: 114 IPA and Dune Cottage, to name a couple. No fewer than 20% of the ingredients used in the brewing process will be locally sourced, including honey, lemon verbena, beach plums, and hops. Located at 55 North Ferry Road on Shelter Island, the brewery also offers tasty bites like flat bread pizza, soft pretzels, and Mediterranean crostini. For more info call 631-749-5977 or visit home.shelterislandcraftbrewery.com.
Another addition to Riverhead is Sonoma Grill East, which had its grand opening in October. Perfect for grabbing some comfort food (pasta alla vodka, meat lovers pizza) or lighter fare (an extensive menu of wraps and salads) and watching the game on any one of several newly installed TVs. For more info visit facebook.com/sonomagrilleast or call 631-591-3877.
No need to worry anymore: You can now get high-end sushi in Greenport! Stirling Sake opened its doors last fall. The menu features traditional Japanese cuisine, including sushi, as well as an extensive sake list. The restaurant is located at 477 Main Street. For more information call 631-477-6782 or visit stirlingsake.com.