08/23/17 6:10am

A lobster roll from PORT in Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Anyone familiar with the North Fork restaurant scene knows the tried and true spots that make excellent lobster rolls.

Claudio’s serves a famous one. Southold Fish Market and its version are included in almost every roundup of places to eat on the North Fork. Heck, the man who is sometimes credited with INVENTING the sandwich ran a restaurant here called “The Lobster Roll” until earlier this year.

So, when I kept hearing about the standout lobster roll at newcomer PORT Waterfront Bar & Grill, the recently opened waterfront eatery on Greenport’s Third Street, it piqued my interest. (more…)

08/23/17 6:00am

A scene from the 2015 Palmer Vineyards Harvest Kickoff party. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

North Fork wine grapes will soon be ripe for the picking — which means it’s time to party at Palmer.

Palmer Vineyards will once again offer live music, local beer and its own wines at discounted rates during the  “Harvest Kickoff Party” festival this weekend. (more…)

08/22/17 10:56am

File photo: The scene at the first North Fork TV Festival in Greenport. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

The North Fork TV Festival, a three-day event in September at the Greenport Theatre on Front Street, announced its lineup of television show premieres, awards and guests, who will include actor Chris Noth of “Law and Order” and “Sex and the City” and Cat Greenleaf, host of “Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf.”

The second-year festival begins Sept. 7.
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08/22/17 6:02am

The brand new Southold Farm + Cellar tasting room. (Credit: Regan Meador courtesy)

On Friday, Southold Farm + Cellar’s second day back in business after more than a year, co-owner and winemaker Regan Meador tells me he has just killed five scorpions. They commonly crawl along his 62-acre property and can range in size from the diameter of a quarter to the length of a human palm, he says.

“We’re in a whole new world out here,” he says.

Indeed they are. (more…)

08/22/17 6:01am

This cozy cottage with water views is listed at $1,850,000. (Credit: Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty)

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This summer cottage in Riverhead sits atop a bluff along Long Island Sound and offers water views from all rooms.

Homeowners can access the beach with private steps on their property leading down to the sand. There one can kayak or canoe in the water, with a place nearby to store boats, said listing agent Maryann Iacono of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty. (more…)

08/21/17 9:44am

Heirloom tomatoes from Sang Lee Farms. (Credit: @amandaverdino Instagram)

We love seeing the North Fork through your lens.

Here are some of our favorite NoFo Instagram shots from this perfect summer weekend, when we tried to make the most of the season as it starts to wind down.

Follow @northforker1 on Twitter and @The_northforker on Instagram, and use #northforker to share your photos with us. (more…)

08/21/17 6:01am
Beach plums freshly picked from the beach (All pictures by Monique Singh-Roy)

Beach plums freshly picked from the beach (All pictures by Monique Singh-Roy)

This story was originally published in October 2016. We are reposting it in anticipation of beach plum season.

Beach plums aren’t typically found in supermarkets, but the fruit — which looks more like supersized blueberry or grape than a plum — makes some of the most flavorful jam I’ve ever tasted.

Since Colonial times, and likely before, the wild fruit, which grows on the North and South forks, has been harvested to make preserves, jams and jellies. According to Cornell University, which undertook a nearly 20-year project to establish the beach plum as a commercial crop, it’s native to the Northeastern U.S. (more…)