Foodie Gossip November 2014

Growing the Garden Itself
Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton, one of the few restaurants on the Island with its own garden, is expanding to a full acre where they will grow herbs, lettuce, broccoli rabe and other fresh ingredients. As an interesting aside, the restaurant also gets its honey from on-site beehives.

Aquaponics, Now Year-Round
Page at 63 Main in Sag Harbor, the Island’s only aquaponic restaurant, recently announced that it will remain open all year. The restaurant raises herbs, microgreens and other provisions in water that is fertilized by fish. Diners who want to view this process should seek seats in the greenhouse along the perimeter.

North Fork Table and Noah’s Get Rolling
There was a time when food trucks were rough-at-the-edges affairs—informal snack bars on wheels. But now the big boys are rolling onto the scene. Two Island heavyweights: The North Fork Table and Inn in Southold and Noah’s in Greenport are both going mobile. Noah’s on the Road is at select weekend events and private parties, and the North Fork Table is road tripping four days a week.

PJ Clarke’s to Open LI Location
The first PJ Clarke’s was founded in the 1880s and stood proud through two world wars, a Great Depression and right into the Internet age. Now the legendary tavern is opening an outpost at 8289 Jericho Tpke in Woodbury to accompany those already dispensing beer and cheer in several NY locations as well as Brazil and Washington DC. An official ribbon cutting had not been announced as of this writing, but sources say the mahogany bar and marble-topped seafood station will be open some time in November.

Photos Courtesy of PJ Clarke’s

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