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…)

03/25/19 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…)

03/23/19 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…)

03/21/19 5:47am

Underground Training owner Katie Peters enjoys a hot drink at the Orient Country Store. (Credit: David Benthal)

Our readers’ enthusiastic response to the March women’s issue of Northforker magazine has been overwhelming. The eight women featured are all community builders — even if that’s not exactly what they set out to be or what we aimed to capture in their profiles. (more…)