04/26/17 6:01am
Little Creek Oyster Farm and Market in Greenport recently landed on a Zagat list of six restaurants worth the drive from New York City. (Credit: Little Creek Oysters, courtesy)

Little Creek Oyster Farm and Market in Greenport recently landed on a Zagat list of six restaurants worth the drive from New York City. (Credit: Little Creek Oysters, courtesy)

Little Creek Oysters in Greenport is worth the drive for day-tripping city dwellers.

So says Zagat in a post titled “Day Trip: 6 Restaurants Worth the Drive from NYC” published on April 14. (more…)

04/24/17 6:03am
The tasting room at Kontokosta Winery . (Credit: Randee Daddona)

The tasting room at Kontokosta Winery. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Choosing the exact coordinates for Kontokosta Winery’s tasting room was no arbitrary decision.

To find them, brothers and business owners Michael and Constantine Kontokosta set out on the Greenport property one day with a yardstick, some duct tape and a ladder in search of the perfect sightline to the bluff at the edge of their 62-acre property.

“We’d put the ladder down. Step up a few rungs and say, ‘Nope. It’s got to come over a few feet,’ ” said Michael Kontokosta, who also has the added surveying advantage of being 6-foot-4.

It took about an hour and quite a bit of bickering, but the brothers finally pinpointed what would be the center of the stately yet modern structure.

“We said, OK, everything starts from this point,” he said.

When asked if he thinks he made the correct decision, he doesn’t even pause: “I know we got it right.” (more…)

04/21/17 6:01am
Credit: Madison Fender

A man on a bike in Ninh Binh, Vietnam. (Credit: Madison Fender)

Greenport photographer and northforker contributor Madison Fender will show off photographs from her recent trek through Southeast Asia in an exhibit at Industry Standard this month.

There will be a kickoff party at the restaurant on Tuesday, April 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. The photos will remain on display for one month. The party is open to the public and is free to attend. (more…)

04/20/17 6:00am

Greenport has nearly two dozen restaurants to keep tourists coming back summer after summer and a handful that keep locals fed year round. But only one, Salamander’s on Front, is known specifically for its famous fried chicken.

2017 marks 25 years of business in the harborfront village for Salamander’s owner Claudia Helinski. She has operated three different businesses under the Salamander’s name since 1992, with the current incarnation located at 38 Front St.

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04/19/17 10:08am
Long Island Wine Press

Matt Michel of 1943 Pizza Bar. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Great pizza is the holy grail for countless Americans, so it’s not surprising that the wood-fired pies from Rolling in Dough, Southold restaurateur Matthew Michel’s aptly named food truck, quickly amassed an East End following when the business was featured in a 2009 Vogue magazine spread.

“The issue came out in August and I started getting a bunch of Hamptons parties,” said Michel, who is 33 and grew up in West Haven, Conn. “Since then, it’s really taken off.”

In less than a decade, Rolling in Dough, which operates from a retrofitted 1943 K-6 International Harvester truck, has developed a loyal base of East End customers who tend to book parties a year in advance. Demand is so high, in fact, that Michel recently purchased a second truck, which he hopes will be operational by early June. (more…)