03/06/18 6:19am
PawPaw pop-up Greenport

Guests at the Jan. 13 8:30 p.m. seating of a PawPaw pop-up at Bruce & Son Greenport. (Credit: David Benthal)

About an hour before the start of a recent PawPaw pop-up, I pulled up a stool at a Greenport bar and confessed to a friend the anxiety I was feeling.

Far from a picky eater, I knew I was about to consume a meal I’d surely savor. As the time grew closer, however, the idea that I was about to eat a nine-course tasting menu prepared by a chef known for experimentation, with absolutely no say over what I’d be eating, was starting to scare me a bit. (more…)

03/22/16 6:11am
Taylor Knapp pours a cup of black locust tea for Jessica Melendez of Southold.

Taylor Knapp pours a cup of black locust tea for Jessica Melendez of Southold at a PawPaw pop-up dinner last June.

Last year, we included the PawPaw pop-up dinners among the coolest things to happen on the North Fork.

Now being planned for two seatings on Saturday nights and costing $10 less per plate, PawPaw is even cooler in 2016.  (more…)

06/17/15 6:47am
Taylor Knapp pours a cup of black locust tea for Jessica Melendez of Southold.

Taylor Knapp pours a cup of black locust tea for Jessica Melendez of Southold.

When served the first course at Greenport pop-up restaurant PawPaw — three slices of cured, smoked carrot “salami” just slightly larger than a nickel — one might wonder if the ensuing meal will be able to fill a rumbling belly.

But by the 16th course and fourth dessert of a dinner that includes tastes like Long Island duck tongue and a mushroom-filled chocolate éclair, a diner might find their waistband cinching their midsection like a 19th-century corset. (more…)

01/09/15 1:28pm
Aldo Maiorana inside his Greenport coffee shop on Thursday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Aldo Maiorana inside his Greenport coffee shop on Thursday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Chef Taylor Knapp has left First and South restaurant in Greenport and will soon host a weekly pop-up restaurant under the name “PawPaw” at nearby Aldo’s Cafe.

The first dinner will be held on Monday, Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, at the Front Street coffee shop, according to owner Aldo Maiorana and Knapp. That event is already completely booked. (more…)

09/13/13 8:00am
Courtesy photo by Katelyn Luce | Peconic Escargot co-owners Taylor Knapp and Sean Nethercott on the acre of land in Cutchogue they hope to lease from Peconic Land Trust in order to raise snails.

Courtesy photo by Katelyn Luce | Peconic Escargot co-owners Taylor Knapp and Sean Nethercott on the acre of land in Cutchogue they hope to lease from Peconic Land Trust in order to raise snails.

He hails from “meat and potato country,” but Greenport chef Taylor Knapp, who grew up just outside Indianapolis, says sampling unusual cuisine wasn’t atypical for his family.

“I think my grandfather had a lot of influence in my food interests,” Mr. Knapp, 25, said last week while on the deck at Greenport’s First & South restaurant, where he’s executive chef. “He was an adventurous eater and taught his grandkids to be the same way.” (more…)