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The North Fork Table & Inn Restaurant, Southold

A world class restaurant in Long Island wine country.

On Main Road in Southold, opposite Old Field vineyard and due south of Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast is to be found one of the top restaurants on Long Island, and the New York area, the North Fork Table & Inn. Quite a few of my guests of late have been visiting the North Fork specifically to eat here; the restaurant has itself become a destination amongst lovers of good food. It is easy to understand why. Some friends and I took advantage of their prix fixe menu during last month’s Long Island Restaurant Week and were delighted as usual. Food, ambience and service left nothing to be desired.

And my friends, guests and I aren’t the only ones to be impressed. The Suffolk Times Review reported this week that The North Fork Table has just been given a score of 29 out of 30 in the recently published ‘Long Island Restaurant Survey’ 2011-2012 rankings. The survey included 901 restaurants reviewed by 6,217 diners.

The cuisine has been described as ‘dynamic American fare that is fully devoted to providing the highest standards in culinary excellence’. Inspired by homegrown organic produce, award winning North Fork artisanal cheeses, and the freshest of seafood (as is only possible when the fishing fleet docks less than a mile away on Southold and Peconic Bays), North Fork Table & Inn has all the attributes needed for drawing such a consistent crowd of admirers.

Add a wine list highlighted by many acclaimed and awarded Long Island wines, dining at the North Fork Table is an experience any restaurant patron and food aficionado is sure to enjoy as their reviews attest:

“A world-class gem on the North Fork. Food is exceptional: creative, local, beautifully presented. Service is outstanding: quiet, professional, unobtrusive, extremely knowledgeable. Ambiance is what you expect with food and service of this quality: simple, beautiful space, casual elegance, serene. And, in keeping with the setting and the ambiance, our birthday celebration was acknowledged without disturbing other diners. A truly beautiful experience.”

“Best food experience in my life. Excellent service!”

There are a variety of menu plans to choose from depending on what time of the day you are visiting the restaurant and  based on seasonal options. Some current menu choices are a $68 3-Course Prix Fixe menu and the Chef’s Tasting menu for about $30 more including wine paired with your dishes.

Menu options and opening hours

      Lunch is available in the restaurant on Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 2:30pm. You can check out the 2011

lunch service menu


lunch tasting menu


Dinner is served from 5:00pm until 10:00pm Friday and Saturday evenings and from 5:00pm until 9:00pm Sunday, Monday, and Thursday. These links will take you to a sample dinner menu and sample dinner tasting menu.  Children 12 and under can enjoy a 2-Course Prix Fixe meal for $28.

Visitors should plan ahead as reservations are commonly taken one month in advance during high season. I can usually find my guests a table however if I have a few days notice. The restaurant  is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Lunch Truck Service

Only the North Fork Table could come up with such gourmet food served from a truck. The best fast food stop I’ve ever come across, the lunch truck is open for service from 11:30 to 3:30 7 days a week. The ‘sublime stylings of Chefs Fleming and Hayden meet astounding, quick lunch convenience, head on’ with their lunch service menu.
If you don’t have time to come in and sit, but must eat on the move, this is a great option.
The North Fork Table is one of my top recommendations to guests when they ask for dining suggestions and I am delighted to have such a splendid culinary attraction as a neighbor; just remember to save room for breakfast!

I look forward to welcoming you to the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast and to enjoy the epicurean delights of beautiful Southold soon!

And my guests aren’t the only ones to be impressed. The Suffolk Times Review reported this week that The North Fork Table has just been given a score of 29 out of 30 in the recently published ‘Long Island Restaurant Survey’ 2011-2012 rankings. The survey included 901 restaurants reviewed by 6,217 diners.

Delectable Fare at The Frisky Oyster in Nearby Greenport

Favorite North Fork restaurant for locals and visitors alike The Frisky Oyster is one of my favorite places to eat in the local village of Greenport when I venture out of my own kitchen to eat the food prepared in someone else’s. I love to sit at the bar, where there is always a friendly and jovial crowd, or if in a quieter mood, tucked into one of the corner booths. I also love the Steak Frites (they take me back to Parisian Bistros I have known) the duck, prepared any way it comes, the fresh greens salads, and the barkeep makes a mean Cosmo!

Service is always excellent and consistent. Maybe having lived and worked in New York City for over 30 years has made me such a stickler for being properly served; it is almost as important to me as the food. I am very comfortable at The Frisky, as we locals call it, love the unobtrusive yet observant service, and am always sure to run into someone local I know; a sure sign of a great restaurant when it has such a following of loyal fans. Chef Robert Beaver who took over as owner just over a year ago has continued to grow the reputation for superior quality that the Frisky Oyster had built up over the last seven years under former owners Denis McDermott and Hank Tomashevski .  Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Robby developed his culinary skills by attending the renowned Culinary Institute of America, as well as receiving expert tutelage under celebrated chef Patrick O’Connell during his time at the five-star, Inn at Little Washington. During his time at the Inn he began a relationship with local farmers, enhancing his dishes by using the absolute freshest ingredients.

Farm-to-Table Cooking

Working closely with local food producers, Chef Robby became an advocate for sustainable fishing and farming, and for using those ingredients, the freshest, therefore most nutritious and tastiest in his kitchen. In 2008 his move to the North Fork, Long Island’s wine and farm country, gave him the opportunity to mesh his love for farm-to-table cooking with Eastern Long Island’s unique abundance of locally produced ingredients. Home to the world renowned and locally grown Long Island Duck, artisanal goat cheeses, organic vegetable and chicken farms, Peconic Bay Oysters and scallops and one of the finest most productive fisheries in the world, placed him in the perfect place to obtain the freshest ingredients needed for his craft.


The Frisky Oyster menu changes depending what is available on the local market and my guests who eat at the Frisky are never disappointed. ‘Oysters Friskafella’ are a much recommended favorite (alas, not for me as although I might like them, they don’t like me!). For information on opening hours scroll to the bottom of the page or click here for a printable menu. For readers not familiar with the area or the location of the restaurant in Greenport, please visit the Home page of my website and click on the area attractions tab in the navigation bar. There you will find maps for all local restaurants, including the Frisky Oyster as well as local wineries, vineyards and other places of interest. I look forward to hearing from you if you have any comments on my articles and to sharing more information on things to do and places to go on the North Fork. Meanwhile, enjoy your next meal at the Frisky, but save room for breakfast! I hope to welcome you the Shorecrest soon!

  • It is suggested to make reservations ahead of time.
  • Hours: Sun, Wed, Thu, 5pm – 10pm; Fri, Sat, 5pm – 11pm
  • Accepted Payments: Cash, Visa, American Express, MasterCard, Personal Check,
  • Food Options: Natural, Organic, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan
  • Services: Eat-in, Take-Out, Phone Orders, Catering
  • Menu: Available in PDF’s here.
  • Specialty Dishes: Local meats, produce, and seafood.
  • Free Parking
  • Private Events Catering
  • Neat Dress suggested


A Lure Oyster House & Oysteria in Southold

A ride along Route 25 through Southold takes visitors past the Port of Egypt Marina where a new restaurant is about to open in one of the best water front locations on Long Island, formerly home to the renowned Seafood Barge.  Named A Lure, the specialty will be ‘impeccably fresh fish’, which is always available from the Southold fishing fleet that has its base here. The restaurant is owned by three of the most well known and successful restaurateurs in New York; Tom Shaudel, Adam Lovett, and Jeff Uguill who also operate another very popular  local establishment, aMano, an Italian eatery, Oysteria and Wine bar in Mattituck.

Chef Jeff Uguil, who has served at Patagonia West in Westhampton Beach, Vespa in Manhattan, and Tequila Jack’s on Fire Island, will be moving from aMano to A Lure to help create the platform for displaying his culinary expertise. This elegant self-described “Chowder house and Clam Bar”, is certain to also have a relaxed and comfortable ‘down-home’ feel, catering to the boaters and sailors that dock here, as well as locals and tourists.

Waterside Elegance

Surrounded by the pristine waters and open skies of Southold Bay, this waterside eatery will feature a thirty foot bar as well as a wrap-around deck, providing visitors with a uniquely aesthetic experience with all the amenities of fine dining. Breathtaking views from floor to ceiling windows and al fresco options during warm weather offers seating for up to one-hundred diners on the deck. On cooler days the 85 seat wood lined indoor dining room with double sided fireplace is a welcome addition to the original building.

Local Fare with Creative Originality

The concept behind this North Fork waterfront restaurant is to provide their diners with homegrown produce from nearby farms and fresh caught local seafood. Menu items will include a raw bar as well pastas, lobster, and a limited selection of steaks. Live entertainment will soon make A Lure a local night scene that is hard to top.

A Lure is promoting its commitment to ‘eat local’ by promising to be one of the few restaurants in the area that will feature only Long Island wines. Specialty cocktails based on local farm grown fresh fruits will also be a regular feature of the A Lure bar.

The restaurant is set to open in late May, so keep checking in to our blog page for updates. Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast will be offering special mid week package stays featuring this and some of our other fine, and favorite, North Fork restaurants during high season.

We welcome your comments, reviews and news you might like to post here regarding happenings on the North Fork, and look forward to welcoming you to Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast soon!

Greenport Long Island New York, One of America’s Prettiest Towns

Although not officially established until 1837, Greenport was certainly already impressive with its untouched surroundings and its advantageous location above the Peconic Bay. In April of 2011, it was named as one of America’s Prettiest Towns by Forbes magazine. Its rather idyllic past and present is likely what drives its visitors to continue to return.

Growing Greenport

As it has grown it has also managed to retain its unpretentious attitude, small town feel, and a real slice of Americana. Although its nearby Manhattanites have brought with them more modern foods as well as the wine scene, Greenport should definitely be noted for its lovely summer cottages with beach or boating activities not more than a few minutes away. With top-notch dining such as the fare presented at The Frisky Oyster, Greenport is one of the towns nearby to Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast.

Greenport’s old-school looks may be deceiving to those who think that means that Greenport is behind the times. Although it boasts its own art galleries, coffee shops, and plenty of shopping for Shorecrest BnB visitors, its more welcome feel can be found in the nearby inns, lovely beaches, and a fishing heritage that caters a bit more to those who may prefer rest and relaxation in their travels as opposed to glitzy star-gazing.

Many of our past guest have expressed their delight at the welcome feel of nearby Greenport and many returning guest look forward to subsequent visits there. The next time you stay at Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast, ask us about Greenport, and we will be glad to let you know what other delights you may find in one of America’s Prettiest Towns.

Winterfest; Jazz on the Vine on Long Island’s North Fork

Winterfest, Long Island’s celebration of music and wine kicked off on Valentine’s Day weekend once again this year, with great success. The Festivities continue this weekend with music at Palmer, Castello Di Borghese, Martha Clara and Baiting Hollow Vineyards and Waters Crest Winery on Saturday. On Sunday Diliberto, Macari, Pellegrini and Raphael wineries will each be featuring musical events.

Winterfest continues through March 20th and a complete list of events and venues is listed below:




1:30 pm

Palmer VineyardsDida Pelled’s Trio

3 pm

Castello di BorgheseBakithi Kumalo

3 pm

Waters Crest WineryPearl Street Band

4:30 pm

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard - Champian Fulton

4:30 pm

Martha Clara Vineyards - Rare Groove Band

Rare Groove Band


2 pm

Diliberto Winery - Jody Sandhaus Duo

2 pm

Macari Vineyards - Don Miller & “Bass Station”

3:30 pm

Raphael - Matt Wilson Quartet

3:30 pm

Pellegrini Vineyards Bob Magnuson/Glenn Alexander

Don Miller

1 pm

Southampton Cultural CenterInside the “Out” Side of Jazz – FREE!
Discussion with Ed Green; Moderator Steve Watson:

“Ellington, Jazz, the Opposites – and You!”

3 pm

Laurel Lake VineyardsMonday Michiru

3 pm

Baiting Hollow Farm VineyardJanine DiNatale

4:30 pm

Sherwood House Vineyards - Ahmad Ali

4:30 pm

Martha Clara Vineyards - Groove Gumbo

2 pm

Raphael - Isaac Jaffe Quintet

2 pm

Bedell CellarsMatt Marshak

2 pm

Brecknock Hall, Greenport - Hot Club of the Hamptons

3:30 pm

Osprey’s Dominion – Vitaly Golovnev

3:30 pm

Jamesport Vineyard - MEM3 (Ernesto Cervini)


1:30 pm

RaphaelMorris Goldberg & OJOYO

3 pm

Waters Crest WineryOscar Penas Ethereal Ensemble

3 pm

Palmer Vineyards - Tim Siciliano Trio

4:30 pm

Osprey’s Dominion - Trevor Davison Quartet

4:30 pm

Martha Clara Vineyards – Benito Gonzalez


2 pm

Sherwood House VineyardsRay Anderson Duo

2 pm

Laurel Lake VineyardsBernal/Eckroth/Ennis

3:30 pm

Raphael - Alex Sipiagin

3:30 pm

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard - Tessa Souter

1 pm

Vail Leavitt Music Hall - Inside the “Out” Side of Jazz – FREE!
Discussion with Lara Pellegrinelli, Adam Schatz, Ken Druker. Moderator Bob Barta.
“Reaching the Audience: Jazz in the Digital Age”

3 pm

Baiting Hollow Farm VineyardShenole Latimer Trio

3 pm

Diliberto Winery - Jane Hastay & Peter Martin Weiss

4:30 pm

Clovis Point - Willie Williams

4:30 pm

Macari Vineyards – Nelson Riveros


2 pm

Pellegrini Vineyards – Shan Kenner & Raw Trio

2 pm

Sparkling Pointe - Susan Pereira & Sabor Brasil

3:30 pm

Jamesport VineyardMichael Jazz Trio

3:30 pm

Raphael - Jerry Costanzo Sextet

1:30 pm

Raphael - Bob Cunningham Trio

3 pm

Martha Clara Vineyards – Sabroso Latin Jazz Ensemble

3 pm

Palmer Vineyards - Steve Salerno Trio

4:30 pm

Macari Vineyards - Kelley Suttenfield

4:30 pm

Jamesport Vineyard – Iris Ornig Trio


2 pm

Bedell Cellars - Lauren Kinhan

2 pm

Sparkling Pointe - Beleza Sol

3:30 pm

Raphael - Mambo Loco

3:30 pm

Clovis Pointe - Marc Devine Trio

Valentine and Winterfest celebrations on North Fork, Long Island

Heart shaped rocks collected by family and guests found walking the Shorecrest Long Island Sound Beach

Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast is celebrating the weekend before Valentine’s day with great offers when you come to stay at the only BandB on the Long Island Sound. Choose from a free wine class or champagne picnic with a two night stay or discount on massage for one or two in our spa porch. We have packages which include dinner and a wine tour and always check our website for last minute cancellations when we offer a ‘Procrastinators special’. Visit our reservation calendar or call us at 631 765 1570 to plan your East End getaway.

Jazz on the Vine is the theme for this years Long Island Winterfest event which kicks off this weekend with the first of a three event series of one-hour talks presented by the East End Arts Council at locations in Greenport, Southampton and Riverhead.

The series launches at 1pm on Saturday February 12 at Brecknock Hall in Greenport with internationally renowned saxophonist David Liebman; author, scholar and pianist Dr. Lewis Porter and hosted by trombonist Ray Anderson. They will be discussing the recordings of John Coltrane in ‘Trane’s Travels: Giant Steps to Ascension’, and demonstrating musical examples by performing them in the elegant surroundings of Brecknock Hall.

Wineries throughout the North Fork will be hosting musical talent each weekend. Below is a calendar of the events taking place.  For maps of the locations visit the Area Attractions page of the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast web site and click on the Vineyards map page tab; to learn more about the musicians who will be performing visit the East End Arts Council musicians page for a complete list of performers and links to their own websites:

Saturday February 12th:

1.30pm – Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard – Nick Demopoulos Trio

3 pm – Bedell Cellars Jazz on the Half Shell

3pm – Laurel Lake Vineyards Carloz Jimenez

4.30pm – Sherwood House Vineyards  – Lobenstein Solerno

4.30pm – Raphael – David Liebman and Lewis Porter

Sunday February 13th

2pm – Castello di Borghese – David Amram Quartet

2pm – Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard – Dan Aran Trio

3.30pm – Osprey’s Dominion – Carl Burnett

3.30pm – Clovis Point – Julian Waterfall Pollack

Greenport Holiday Festival on Long Island’s North Fork

The holiday season in the historic maritime village of Greenport, just 5 minutes drive from Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast in Southold began Saturday, November 27th with the arrival of Santa and the lighting of the holiday tree in Mitchell Park. Every weekend through to the New Year events are scheduled in the village for children and adults, including the opportunity for shopping, great dining (such as Noah’s and The Frisky Oyster) plus concerts, house tours, films, and much more for your entertainment.

The season culminates with a bang – literally – on New Year’s Eve with a party and celebration at the carousel in Mitchell Park, the traditional raising of the anchor, and spectacular fireworks over Greenport Harbor. For a complete list of events you can visit the Greenport Holiday Festival website and for photographs and more pictures, the Suffolk Times on line newspaper has a comprehensive spread on Greenport and the festival activities this week. Parade photo by Katharine Schroeder/Suffolk Times Review

Fireworks over the Harbor in Greenport


Visitors to Greenport and the North Fork discover a treasure trove of delights for all appetites; gifts for everyone on your list; decorations and gift wraps; antique stores and museum shops. All the villages along the length of Rout 25, one of the two east to west roads from Riverhead to Orient Point offer their own unique holiday festivities.

Each year the Southold Historical Society hosts a candlelight tour of the Historic District in December to coincide with the North Fork Bed and Breakfast Associations Holiday House Tour; also in Southold is the Custer Institute Observatory, which is open every Saturday evening for star gazing or catching the latest meteor shower. Southold is famous for its dark skies and lack of light pollution and star gazing is a favorite of Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast or rental house guests from our beach on the Long Island Sound.

Speaking of things to do on the North Fork during the holidays and winter, we cannot forget to mention the wineries and vineyards. Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast is making its own wine this year with Lisa and Anthony Sannino of Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard on Peconic Lane in Cutchogue, the only custom wine making facility on the North Fork of Long Island. We are just printing up our first label and hope to have some bottles ready to serve and gift in time for Christmas this year. Shorecrest and the other members of the North Fork Bed and Breakfast Association (NFBBA) also offer to our guests an exclusive winery discount card, with special offers on purchases and complimentary tastings at over 20 wineries.

So come along and enjoy the festivities during the holiday season; we are open for visitors Christmas day and the week between Christmas and New Year, and every weekend throughout the winter. We look forward to welcoming you to Shorecrest soon.

Wishing you a very happy holiday season and healthy and Successful New Year


Innkeeper and Manager, Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast and Property Management

Greenport Holiday Festival on Long Island’s North Fork

Harvesting the North Fork – New York, Long Island’s Wine Country

Harvesting the grapes in the Sannino Vineyard

October is harvest time for grapes as well as apples and pumpkins here on the North Fork of Long Island. This year I decided to take part in the custom wine making program run by Lisa and Anthony Sannino at their Bella Vita vineyard in Cutchogue.  I want Shorecrest to have its own wine and a couple of other BnB owner friends, Mark and Liz Macnish of Andrew’s Legacy in Cutchogue and Leueen who owns Harbor Knoll in Greenport liked the idea too, so we purchased a barrel together. This is such a great idea! A barrel produces 23 cases, 12 bottles to a case, and is such a fun thing to do with friends or family.

Merlot grapes on the vine ready for picking.

The program is a hands on experience, from harvesting the grapes in the Sannino’s own vineyard and learning all about viticulture as we go, through all the processes involved in creating a bottle of wine:  picking, crushing and pressing the grapes,  through the fermentation process  and then blending and bottling.

Two weeks ago, at the end of September and right before a storm was due to come through I went out with some other ‘winemakers in training’ to pick Merlot grapes. The harvest is early this year on the East End of Long Island due to the long hot summer, starting with some 75 degree days in April and ninety degree days in June. Grapes do well in this weather and the sugar content is high. That is how Anthony knows when the grapes are ready to harvest; he measures the sugar content and crushes a few bunches to taste the juice. So delicious, and that is before it became wine! Also delicious was the al fresco lunch that Lisa, with the help of Anthony’s mom and dad, served on their farm house’s porch in the vineyard, but I get ahead of myself.

Underdeveloped grapes are found higher on the vine in more shade

The seed of an unripe grape is green, and reddish in a ripe grape.

The morning for our grape picking experience was perfect; not too hot or chilly, and started with coffee and breakfast on the wrap around deck. I’d already served breakfast to my guests but was glad of an extra ‘cuppa Joe’ before we went off into the vineyard with our pruners and collection baskets to pick the ripe bunches of grapes. I learned where to cut and which ones not to choose. The seed of a ripe grape is reddish and green if it is not yet ripe.

There are also several diseases that can afflict grapes especially fungi and these were to be avoided. The fungus that we saw a little of that day was BotrytisAs an avid gardener, I had yet to meet a fungal disease that I could like, but Botrytis I learned is not all bad.  The fungus gives rise to two different kinds of infections on grapes. The first, grey rot, is the result of consistently wet or humid conditions, and typically results in the loss of the affected bunches. The second, noble rot, occurs when drier conditions follow wetter, and can result in distinctive sweet dessert wines, such as Sauternes. This summer, with such consistently hot weather the few bunches that were infected were of the ‘noble’ kind but as we were picking merlot and not grapes for sweet wines, we had to discard those.

What not to pick - Botrytis blight at 3 o'clock!

We were also careful to avoid the under ripe grapes that were higher on the vine and shaded by more leaves. The grapes we wanted all grow at the lowest level of the vine and were hanging down in giant lush clumps.

We picked for several hours and when our bins were full and also the stomachs of us field hands (after eating as much fresh baked pizza, pulled pork, salad, chicken and pasta as we could, paired of course with equally delicious Bella Vita wine) we headed off to help with the ‘crush’. The baskets of grapes were loaded onto trucks for transportation to the winery where they were weighed, Anthony taking careful notes all along, and then processed through a machine that de-stems them before shooting the crushed up pulp and skins into giant bins ready to begin the first part of the fermentation process.

More on this in the next article, but if this interests you enough to think you would like to make your own wine and enjoy a wonderful North Fork experience in the process, contact me at the Shorecrest for a special discount on a barrel of wine when you are my guest . I will also be putting together special packages over the winter and spring that will include Friday night dinners with your weekend stay at the BnB, wine appreciation classes with food pairing, and guided tours with a customized itinerary based on what there is going on at the time, for my guests. Larger groups might consider renting one of my private water front houses that sleep from 6-8 people and also accept children and in some cases pets. To see more details please visit the Shorecrest Property Management website.

My website now includes a page with maps of all the wineries, restaurants and other amenities in the area. Check my ‘Area Attractions’ page before planning your trip to see all there is to do in this unique part of Long Island.

So keep checking into the blog for updates on how the wine making process is going as well as other events and happenings at the Shorecrest BnB on the North Fork of Long Island’s fabulous East End!

Two weeks ago, at the end of September and right before a storm was due to come through I went out with some other ‘winemakers in training’ to pick Merlot grapes. The harvest is early this year on the East End of Long Island due to the long hot summer, starting with some 75 degree days in April and ninety degree days in June. Grapes do well in this weather and the sugar content is high. That is how Anthony knows when the grapes are ready to harvest; he measures the sugar content and crushes a few bunches to taste the juice. So delicious, and that is before it became wine! Also delicious was the al fresco lunch that Lisa, with the help of Anthony’s mom and dad, served on their farm house’s porch in the vineyard, but I get ahead of myself.