The highly anticipated farm-to-table restaurant Barrow Food House is opening in Aquebogue today.
American Beech executive chef Kyle Romeo and his wife, Amanda Falcone, a former North Fork Table & Inn staffer, are serving up a brunch- and lunch-focused menu.
All the dishes are made from scratch, and sourced primarily from their family’s Cedar Grove Farm right around the corner from the Main Road restaurant. Expect an elevated, yet casual menu of sandwiches, such as the Barrow Breakfast (house-cured bacon or sausage, two fried eggs, hollandaise and crispy shallots on brioche) in addition to salads and hearty dishes that incorporate local fish.
Takeout will be a major focus. “The concept is to be very mobile,” Falcone said in the June issue of northforker magazine.
The couple, which purchased the 1850s farmhouse four years ago and reside at the home, said transforming it into a farm-fresh restaurant was always in the cards.
“We want to share our food passions with our customers,” Romeo said.
Little Oak at Jamesport Vineyards
Little Oak bistro opened at Jamesport Vineyards last week, making it the first North Fork winery with an on-site restaurant. Serving up a hand-crafted, wood-fired pizzas and small bites such as charred shishito peppers and wood-roasted meatballs, Little Oak’s menu is sourced locally when possible.
In years past, Jamesport Vineyards offered guests flatbreads and oysters from its outside bar, but the new, fully operational kitchen with outdoor seating allows the Main Road winery to expand the menu and provide guests a complete wine and dine experience.
“That is so much different than a regular tasting,” owner Ron Goerler Jr. previously told the Wine Press.
Jamesport Vineyards is located at 1216 Main Road, Jamesport
Ellen’s on Front
New American restaurant Ellen’s on Front opened in Greenport earlier this month. Owner and chef Jennie Werts, who is also behind the popular seasonal pop-up Jennie’s at Drossos, took over the former Salamander’s space in Greenport in February, slowly transforming it into her own.
The menu starts with what’s fresh and local, and infuses those ingredients with global influences for new takes on classic comfort food. Expect dishes such as lobster hush puppies, Greenport clam chowda (a mix between a Manhattan and New England style) and sweet-tea brined fried chicken.
“It is not high-concept food; the goal is ‘food for everyone,’” Werts’ brother and business partner Andrew previously told northforker. “We want it to be an inviting space.”
Italian take-out spot Maroni Southold is open on Main Street.
The popular Northport restaurant started serving its grab-and-go favorites in late June out of its Southold outpost, the former Jeni’s Main Street Grill.
Their signature take out item, served in enamel heat-at-home pots, is filled with Italian specialties such as penne alla vodka and chicken milanese. The pot is yours to keep.
“We are going to focus more out here on the take-out portion of what we do in Northport,” owner Maria Maroni told northforker in November. “We really want to serve the year-round community and we see a need for it here.”
For now, the back deck pick-up window is open Fridays and Saturdays. It’s cash or check only.
Maroni Southold is located at 54195 Main Road, Southold.
In winery news…
Hip, hip rosé. More than a year after its Southold tasting room was forced to close, Croteaux Vineyards is getting a fresh start under new ownership. Read the full story on The Suffolk Times.