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Petulant Wino in Aquebogue, a new eclectic American eatery from Tom Schaudel with his daughter Courtney Schaudel. (Randee Daddona)
Petulant Wino in Aquebogue, a new eclectic American eatery from Tom Schaudel with his daughter Courtney Schaudel. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

We’re counting down the top coolest stories of 2014 on northforker.com. Today we name the best thing to happen on the North Fork last year.

Coming in at number 1 is the opening of Petulant Wino in Aquebogue.

Taking over the building that formerly housed Comtesse Thérèse Bistro, the much-anticipated Petulant Wino restaurant opened to great acclaim in June.

Chef and restaurateur Tom Schaudel continued his outstanding North Fork track record with this superb new eatery on Main Road in Aquebogue, which he owns with his daughter Courtney and the restaurant’s chef, Lenny Campanelli.

While the cozy atmosphere of the 19th-century farmhouse-turned-restaurant is certainly a draw, it’s the food that has earned Petulant Wino its reputation as the hottest North Fork eatery of 2014.

Small plates dominate Petulant Wino’s menu, which features all-local beers and a wine list that is 50 percent Long Island wine. If you go, we recommend trying the grilled cheese with braised short ribs and capping the evening off with a piece of warm fig cake. You’ll thank us later.

We also love how versatile this dining spot is. It’s great for a multi-course birthday dinner or if you’re just in the mood for an after-work cocktail and cheese platter.

Petulant Wino received a coveted “excellent” rating from New York Times food critic Joanne Starkey in July.

Previously:

10. North Fork Designer Show House

9. Southold Farm + Cellar Opens

8. Little Creek Market opens

7.  Orange is the New Black films in Riverhead

6. Riverhead Farmers Market opens

5. Rolling in Dough owner is on a roll

4. New businesses on Love Lane

3. Macari is best in state

2. Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. opens in Peconic

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