10/28/16 6:03am
Paumanok Vineyards wine tasting

Wine tasting at Paumanok Vineyards in Aquebogue. If you live further west, a trip to Paumanok can cut down on driving time. (Credit: Chris Lisinski, file photo)

If you’ve been anywhere near the East End over the past month — on a weekend, anyway — you’ve seen it. You’ve sat in it. You’ve been frustrated by it.


Traffic is just a fact of life during pumpkin-picking season. You have to feel for the locals who more or less can’t leave their homes on weekends. I’m not sure what can be done, but someone a whole lot smarter than me should come up with a plan. And blaming local wineries isn’t a plan.

I’ll be honest; I don’t visit wineries this time of year unless I can take a day off from work midweek or can set up an appointment after work. Wine tasting is supposed to be a fun, relaxing activity. Sitting in traffic as I watch families carrying a dozen pumpkins, a hay bale and some cornstalks across Sound Avenue — often disregarding traffic at their own peril — isn’t either of those things.

But if you want to hit the wine trail or even go pumpkin picking yourself this weekend, here are some tips that I share with anyone who will listen. (more…)

10/28/16 6:01am
Crazy Beans Greenport

Pumpkin pie pancakes from Crazy Beans in Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Judging from the line snaking out the door of Crazy Beans Sunday morning, this column might be completely unnecessary. You all appear very much aware of this new Greenport eatery.

Located at the longtime Front Street home of the former Coronet diner, Crazy Beans is suddenly the hottest spot in town for eggs, bakey and North Fork Roasting Co. java.

Nonetheless, it is still this week’s northforker pick for a meal. Instead of the paninis and sandwiches we regularly select at lunchtime, we suggest getting up early this week. (more…)

10/28/16 6:00am
Celebrate Halloween on the North Fork. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Celebrate Halloween on the North Fork. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Looking for something to do on the North Fork this weekend? Northforker has you covered.

Here are five events set for this weekend. As always, visit northforker.com/events for additional happenings.


10/28/16 5:59am


Whether you’re looking for unique tchotchkes to decorate the mantel or are on the hunt for vintage clothing, you’re in luck. Here are a few scheduled North Fork yard and tag sales for Friday, October 28, Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30.

Find a sale nearby as listed in the classifieds section of the October 27 edition of the Riverhead News-Review and The Suffolk Times.

10/27/16 6:01am
Touch of Venice Cutchogue

The dining room at Touch of Venice in Cutchogue, which we recommend visiting during Long Island Restaurant Week. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Long Island Restaurant Week kicks off this weekend at dozens of restaurants across Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The $27.95 prix fixe deals run from Sunday, Oct. 30, to Sunday, Nov. 6 — except Saturday, when some restaurants only offer the deal until 7 p.m.

Don’t know where to dine this time? Here are four suggestions to try on the East End.