Coolest northforker stories of 2017: Greenport restaurant scene grows

Every year a surprisingly large number of restaurateurs and artisanal food companies launch North Fork ventures.

From a gleaming Soundfront restaurant headed by a James Beard Award-winning chef to a local sports bar serving quality pub food, 2017 was no exception — especially in Greenport.

New eateries this year include The Halyard, Barba Bianca, Andy’s, PORT and The Olive Branch Café.

“We really just wanted to open a place in Greenport where a family with young children can sit down and enjoy a good meal together,” Andy’s co-owner Doug Roberts told us when the restaurant opened in July. It’s named after its other partner, Andy Harbin, one of Southold Town’s best-known bartenders.

At Barba Bianca, located at the former home of Scrimshaw, underutilized North Fork seafood like whelk, eel and mantis shrimp were the stars of the show. The eatery, headed by chef Frank DeCarlo of wood-fired cooking pioneer restaurant Peasant, has since closed for the season.

The Sound View, a longtime Soundfront hotel and restaurant, was purchased by a Manhattan-based hotel firm in 2016. A year later, it was renovated and reborn, with a restaurant renamed The Halyard.

Turkish and Mediterranean food are now officially on the menu in Greenport since The Olive Branch Café opened in August. The café, which occupies three storefronts along Front Street, offers sit-down and takeout options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Port is an offshoot of Shelter Island’s SALT, which specializes in casual waterfront dining. There you will find steamed clams, lobster rolls and burgers, which you can
enjoy while overlooking the North Ferry and Greenport Harbor.

These new spots bring Greenport’s restaurant tally to more than two dozen establishments.