Grant Parpan is the content director for Times Review Partners, a division of Times Review Media Group in Mattituck.
Grant joined the Times Review staff in 2006 as a reporter and has covered nearly every beat in the newsroom.
He currently writes about lifestyle and business content, including writing about the North Fork food, wine and arts scenes for northforker.com.
Grant began his career in 2003 as a reporter and editor at The Signal, a daily newspaper in Santa Clarita, California.
In his career, he has won dozens of awards from the New York Press Association, the Associated Press, the National Newspaper Association and the Press Club of Long Island.
Clockwise from top left: Noah’s; The Frisky Oyster; Petulant Wino and Jamesport Manor Inn.
Editor’s Note: The following post, first published in 2016, continues to be among our most-read posts each year as visitors to the North Fork search for restaurants to try. In the three years since, some great eateries have come and gone — and the Times has stopped publishing reviews of Long Island restaurants — but it remains a fun read. So with that in mind, we’ve updated it once again to cut out restaurants that are no longer open. As stated below, not all the information in the reviews is current as menus and personnel have also changed over the years.
One of my favorite experiences reading The New York Times is stumbling across a review of a North Fork restaurant. Whether it’s a food critic’s take on one of my favorite places to eat or a dining spot I’ve never tried, it’s always a welcome sight to see a local place critiqued in the section.
Last summer, I set out to see just how many restaurants in our coverage area — from Wading River to Orient, including a ferry ride to Shelter Island — The Gray Lady has visited over the years. It was a fascinating trip through local dining history. (more…)
Deciding on who makes the best wings on the North Fork is no easy task.
It ultimately comes down to the type of wings you crave, I suppose. Phil’s, for example, has a char-grilled take on Buffalo wings that’s hard not to like. If it’s something a little different you desire, the Crescent Farm duck wings at American Beech will not disappoint.
But when I think of wings in Riverhead or Southold towns, there’s one place that leaps to mind as a true classic, a legendary haunt for fried chicken, and that’s Spicy’s BBQ in Riverhead. (more…)