For decades, Greenport has been a dining destination, which is evident in a mainstay restaurant like Claudio’s, modern classics like Noah’s and the Frisky Oyster and even recent favorites Lucharitos and American Beech.
But 2019 showed that Greenport’s restaurant boom has not yet reached its peak.
There are now more than 40 places to eat in Greenport and this year saw the opening of a handful of new places to try. Jennie Werts, the chef behind the popular seasonal pop-up Jennie’s at Drossos, opened Ellen’s on Front at the former Salamander’s space this summer, serving up American comfort food with Asian and Latin influences. Also new in 2019 was The Merchant’s Wife, which opened at the new Menhaden Hotel and has received positive word of mouth for its small-plates focused menu.
This year also saw the vision for the Green Hill properties come into focus as Anker, a high-end seafood spot, opened in place of the former Deep Water Bar and Grille on Front Street. Anker and its two affiliated neighboring restaurants — Green Hill Kitchen and Industry Standard — should also benefit from the addition of a new executive chef in Matty Boudreau, who has brought his signature barbecue to the menu at Green Hill.
Those restaurants weren’t the only dining spots in Greenport to benefit from a new chef. The most notable move was at The Halyard, which brought in acclaimed local chef Stephan Bogardus, formerly of North Fork Table & Inn.
Even old faithful Claudio’s saw renovations and a renewed focus on quality with the addition of Pizzeria Baccano to its complex of restaurants and the hiring of celebrity chef Franklin Becker as culinary director.