03/26/19 6:05am

A sneak preview of our April cover. (Photo by David Benthal)

Dear readers:

Next week will be April, a month for new beginnings. It’s a time to shed the extra layers of clothing, to start working in the yard again and to breathe fresh North Fork air.

In this same space last year, I called April one big giant to-do list. While errands can be so daunting in the cold winter months, they begin to feel good again this time of year.

This idea of new beginnings is resonant in the April issue of our magazine, which will begin hitting newsstands this week. (more…)

03/26/19 5:59am

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This Cutchogue estate may be a new build, but it’s an instant classic.

“A buyer who understands that quality finishes and timeless taste outlive short-term design trends would be a perfect fit for this home,” said listing agent Deborah Kusa of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.  “This is a home for the ‘dynasty buyer’ who has classic, refined tastes and one who really values an investment in something substantial. This kind of home you pass on to the next generation.” (more…)

03/25/19 6:06am

The view from Southold Town Beach is beautiful in the spring.

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This is a magical time of year on the North Fork. The first fresh produce of the season is being stocked at local farm stands (hello, asparagus!) and nature trails are coming into bloom. There is also still a slight crispiness in the air, and these events give every opportunity to spring forward. (more…)

03/24/19 6:10am

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Salvatore D’Elia founded Del Fiore Italian Pork Store in Patchogue with family members nearly 50 years ago.

Three years later, he expanded with his Italian market in Rocky Point, where he can still be seen today working alongside his wife and two daughters, who now manage the family business. (more…)

03/24/19 5:55am

The atrium room at Page at 63 Main in Sag Harbor. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

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It’s a chilly mid-March afternoon in Sag Harbor. Hungry patrons bundled in winter coats pass bare trees as they make their way into Page at 63 Main to enjoy a fresh salad unlike any other they can get on the East End this time of year. (more…)

03/23/19 6:10am
Best restaurants on the North Fork

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.

Unfortunately, the Paper of Record decided to stop covering the Long Island dining scene last year.

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…)