Plan a weekend, long day or just a quick jaunt to this end for an artsy, farm fresh experience. Stroll the historic streets and find the perfect venue for every meal.
The ideal of that perfect cup of coffee is fulfilled at Aldo’s. Owner/genius Aldo Maiorana has been crafting Italian-style caffè in all its guises for over thirty years and fans of his creations are flocking in droves to his current cozy, artsy location. The beans are roasted daily, the mark of a true devotée of the caffeinated arts, and his biscotti and scones have received rave reviews. Collected are the city bohemes remade in NoFo country chill—easy like Sunday morning.
103-105 Front St., (631) 477-6300, aldos.com
Bruce’s Cheese Emporium Café & Bistro
Cheese junkies and those in search of picnic lunch fodder should make a beeline to this restored 19th century building to experience fromage at its finest. Whether local or imported, funky or fresh, the Emporium has it, along with expert advice and opinions. Beyond cheeseland, perennial favorites include brown sugar bacon, and homemade bread and pastries. A farm-to-table philosophy rules here and extends to the rest of the high-quality breakfast and lunch options. Eat in over The Times or take it “to go” for a Saturday in the park.
208 Main St., (631) 477-0023, brucescheeseemp.com
The Greenporter Hotel and Cuvée Bistro & Bar is the stop for French cuisine and American/European dishes with French flair created in large part with North Fork ingredients and wine. Farm-to-table is exemplified and elaborately-prepared steaks and duck are mainstays along with a wide selection of local, national and international wines. Not sure which vino to select? The dinner menu has suggested pairings for just about every dish.
326 Front St, (631) 477-0066, greenporterhotel.com
The Frisky Oyster
This is a venue of fresh and local ingredients, and a dining space with atypical angles and abstract expressionist walls. And oysters. Lots of oysters. Chef/owner Robby Beaver has only been on the scene for a few short years, but he’s definitely making a splash. And guess what is a must-try on the menu? Yes, oysters. In addition to a plethora of local varieties, Beaver’s interpretation of Oysters Rockefeller—Oysters Friskafella, which contains a chipotle kick—is legendary from LI’s north shore to south shore, west end to east end.
27 Front St., (631) 477-4265, thefriskyoyster.com
Bring out your inner sommelier at this destination wine bar. The ever-changing 50+ bottle wine list is expertly devised by owner Joe Watson, who is constantly searching for the tasty, the interesting and the obscure as he travels the world. Go right to the top shelf: Check out the “Library Selections” for rare and exceptionally flavorful vintages. Small plate pairings are provided, but for a larger meal, check out the adjoining First Street Restaurant.
100 South St., (631) 477-6238, vinewinebar.com
See & Sip
Craft beer + art = Greenport HarborBrewing Company
This brewery and art gallery makes for the perfect pitstop.
234 Carpenter St.
(631) 477-6681, harborbrewing.com