AL FRESCO ON THE NORTH FORK
Get outside and enjoy these North Fork restaurants
With warmer weather here, it’s time to think about all those untapped dining patios and gardens. The weather is better. It’s time to get outside and eat. But what North Fork restaurants are accommodating the urge to eat and drink outside right now? Luckily, plenty of the area’s spots have outdoor seating these days. Here are a few you should try during your next culinary foray into the North Fork.
Little Creek Oyster Farm & Market
Slurp your bivalves within a stone’s throw of the actual water at this Greenport spot that serves up some of the freshest oysters around. Oysters on the half shell are a Long Island delight, and few places offer up a more authentic experience. Now that the weather is more accommodating, sit back and drink in that sea air. If you need more oysters to bring home with you — never a bad idea — you can grab them here, too. (The market also sells cute merchandise, like long-sleeved shirts, for those temperate afternoons that turn into slightly chilly Greenport evenings).
First & South
Also in Greenport, this restaurant provides local food and a cozy vibe, especially if you happen to land a table outside. Whether you go for a meat, cheese, and pickle plate, a steaming bowl of macaroni and cheese, or a spring-vibey Ahi tuna sandwich, you’ll find comfort in the warm air and the plentiful culinary offerings. This restaurant is full of character and delicious eats, and you won’t want to miss the chance to sit outside and enjoy it.
Hellenic Snack Bar
Beginning in June, this East Marion restaurant will offer limited outdoor seating, with tables spaced six feet apart. Outside, diners can enjoy an expansive menu (which includes specialty cocktails, like the so-called Hail Mary, featuring bell pepper-flavored vodka) and a bit of the North Fork life. Signature dishes include souvlaki, saganaki, leg of lamb bekri, moussaka, stuffed grape leaves, and spanakopita.
Outdoor dining is all the rage at Southold’s casual eatery known as Wednesday’s Table. For breakfast or lunch nearly every day (the restaurant is closed on Wednesdays), you can grab one of many different types of sandwich — like the banh mi, shrimp roll, chicken BLT, or even chorizo and egg — alongside salads, coffees, and tasty sides. Fresh lemonade and Arnold Palmers are available during the “sweaty months.”
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
In Peconic, this spacious brewery and restaurant offers more than its share when it comes to outdoor space. Substantial bites are available to pair with the plentiful beer (think soft pretzels, Buffalo wings, fried burrata, burgers, and more). Beer selections are constantly rotating, but recent offerings included the Black Duck Porter, U-Pick Raspberry and Lime Fruit Beer, Chocolate-Covered Cherry Pie Stout, Sailing Solo Nelson IPA, and the Naturally Juiced Pale Ale.