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The lobster cannelloni, Mediterranean trio and key lime pie from last year’s manu at Fortino’s Tavern in Greenport (credit: Felicia LaLomia).

New restaurants, new locations, new names, new menus. The restaurants in Greenport are alive and well. With the official start of summer just a few weeks away, the North Fork is opening back up, and Greenport is no exception. Here’s the latest on the dining scene.

A new menu at Anker

This seafood-heavy restaurant with gorgeous top floor views of the bay just had its opening weekend over Memorial Day. With it, North Fork Seafood opened a kiosk in the front portion of the restaurant, a mini-seafood market where you can buy fresh fish and prepared food to go. Anker also has some menu changes. Downstairs will have a market menu with simple seafood-focused dishes, and upstairs will have a shareable menu launching July 4th that will rotate five to six dishes. Chef Axel Irizarry is collaborating with local chef and cookbook author Will Horowitz on some upcoming menu items as well.

Anker reopened this Memorial Day weekend. (Photo Credit: David Benthal)

47 Front St, Greenport

Swiss-themed Alpina opens its doors

This new addition to the Green Hill Hospitality group replaces Industry Standard. Set to open on June 20, the Swiss and Italian restaurant “is very near and dear to the Mueller family” that owns the restaurant group, said Brendan Spiro, general manager of Green Hill Hospitality. “They hail from Switzerland, and what we wanted to do is build some of their DNA into a food and beverage establishment.” The food will be all Alpine flavors, he said, focusing on homemade pastas and rustic dishes like quail. Wine will be a major focus as the restaurant will have a huge wine bar stocked with many natural and biodynamic wines. “We will have the largest natural Swiss selection of wines available in the U.S.” Spiro said.

45 Front St, Greenport

Fortino’s Tavern returns to Preston’s Dock

After some talk of Barba Bianca returning, we’ve officially heard that Fortino’s Tavern will be taking over the Preston’s Dock space for their second year. “We’re looking to purchase the lease this year and start going full time,” owner Michael Fortino said during a village Planning Board meeting in May. Last year’s pop-up menu featured a rotating list of specials including scallops Rockefeller, a lemongrass chicken banh mi and Mediterranean trio served with toasted cashew skordalia, grilled eggplant hummus and lemon cucumber tzatziki.

Owners and husband and wife team Mike and Nikki Fortino in front of Fortino’s Tavern in 2020. (Photo Credit: Felicia LaLomia)

102 Main St, Greenport

Three Fourteen reopens and expands its offerings

This pop-up bar, run by the same management as the Gallery Hotel, served up creative cocktails in 2019 and is slated to reopen as a full restaurant this summer after a hiatus in 2020. The menu will be spearheaded by chef Jose “Cheo” Avila of KonTiki.

314 Main St, Greenport

A new pitmaster and even more music at Green Hill Kitchen

Unlike its sister restaurant Anker, this Greenport favorite stays open year round. But with the high season in full swing, they have some changes. First, a new pitmaster — Tim Coughlan — is now heading the kitchen. He makes the move from Southold catering company and pop-up spot Grace & Grit. In addition to hosting guest pitmasters and Saturday pig roasts in its backyard garden, GHK will be bolstering its music program by hosting an open mic night every Thursday and bringing in musicians from all genres on the weekends in their upstairs area. “The big idea is to get enough music that the community associates the venue with a qualitative music program,” Spiro said.

The Q’bano sandwich from Green Hill Kitchen. (Photo Credit: Lianne Alcon)

48 Front St, Greenport

The inaugural summer season for new spot Pearl

Although this restaurant has been open for a few months, it is still one of the newest spots in town. Serving up menu items like fried burrata and peppers, smoked fish spread, braised short ribs meatballs and thrice-cooked fries (yes, thrice!), this restaurant is a must-try. The interior is modern and cozy, with callbacks to the 1920s.

409 Main St, Greenport