62300 Main Road
Southold, NY 11971
The allure of aLure Chowder House and Osteria is the magical combination of delicious seafood served at the water’s edge. Every seat has a panoramic view of the sparkling Peconic Bay, and the menu in any season is a seafood lover’s delight. Savor local favorites, from lobster to clams and mussels, crabcakes and the catch of day. Carnivores will enjoy a well-prepared steak or burger.
Lunch is served on weekends, and dinner is offered year-round so your cravings for your favorite seafood can be satisfied anytime. Besides, there are so many scrumptious choices, you will have to return to be sure to try them all. This is contemporary, creative cuisine, from Executive Chef Tom Schaudel, and you will love every bite.
Plan to leave room for aLure’s tempting desserts. Lemon curd to die for, and chocoholics will swoon when the chocolate bag arrives at the table. Pair your indulgence with a local dessert wine to finish off your North Fork Experience in style.
Also visit aLure for happy hour, and check their events calendar for live music. Dine at aLure any time the sea is calling. Reservations recommended but not required.
13550 Main Road
Mattituck, NY, 11952
A Mano Restaurant is where Tuscany meets the North Fork, serving up wood-fired pizzas, pastas, and other Italian inspired specialties, created with ingredients fresh from local East End farms and bays. Conveniently located in Mattituck, this is the go to place for lunch, dinner, and even weekend brunch.
A Mano is a local year-round favorite for its menu, winelist and the casually elegant vibe. Like the menu, the extensive winelist of more than 100 labels blends local varietals with old world Italian favorites to complement any dish you choose. If your adult beverage preferences do not include wine or brew, consider a signature cocktail from the versatile repertoire their friendly mixologists. Happy hour begins at 4pm.
There is something for everyone at A Mano, but the pastas and gourmet pizzas are the stars in this osteria’s cuisine. Reservations are not always required, but are recommended.
Shelter Island, NY
631-749-0476 or 800-273-2497
Whenever I find myself in need of a mini vacation, Shelter Island tops the list as a destination choice. Though a five minute ferry ride from Greenport, I am transported to another world and one of my favorite things is enjoying lunch or dinner at The Pridwin Hotel. Lunch on the deck overlooking Crescent Beach might be a chilled soup, salad, and fresh fruit. Dinner in the dining room is a gourmet event offering the freshest seafood, imaginative cuisine and a wonderful selection of Long Island wines. Their website presents menus, but you have to go there to experience the taste and the romance.
9677 Reeves Avenue
Riverhead, New York, 11901
Stonewalls Restaurant overlooks Cherry Creek Golf Course, offering a lovely view at every turn. There are stunning gardens ready for the photo shoot, and perhaps even the ceremony. A large covered patio to enjoy cocktails and appetizers in the open air—in season, of course. The restaurant/banquet room itself boasts floor to ceiling windows to allow everyone a pretty vista, while enjoying delicious, inventive gourmet fare from Stonewalls’ kitchens.
You will fall in love with Stonewalls first for the view, then you will be delighted how the attentive, professional and friendly staff assures that every need is answered.
Make plans to visit Stonewalls for lunch or dinner. Their menu ranges from fine dining specialties to burger and beer pub favorites, so they are ready to serve no matter what your mood or style.
Once you discover this hidden gem, you will feel like you struck gold.
28350 Main Road
Cutchogue, NY 11935
Touch of Venice is a favorite North Fork Italian restaurant that manages to be relaxed and local without forgetting its world class manners. Visit this Cutchogue eatery any time of the year to enjoy farm fresh local cuisine prepared with Italian soul, and count on attentive, friendly service.
The menu has lunch and dinner offerings which nicely blend elegant vintage European style with the best of the North Fork. Their wine list has Long Island Wine Country favorites alongside popular Italian varietals. Their chefs use the freshest locally sourced ingredients, from produce to seafood, to create dishes that celebrate the East End while paying homage to their Venetian roots.
Touch of Venice is elegant without pretension. This is a family -friendly place that can host a private party for 80, a gathering of the whole family, or a romantic date night. Singles, couples and Small groups may enjoy sidling up to the bar for specialty drinks and a tasty nosh.
Reservations are helpful, but walk-ins are welcome. The next time you are ready to dine out, make it Touch of Venice.