09/23/19 11:56am

The Pierce the Ale is North Fork Brewing Co.’s flagship beer. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

Pumpkin pickers have even more reason to visit Schmitt’s Family Farm in Riverhead.

For the first three weekends in October, the Sound Avenue farm stand is offering local brews from North Fork Brewing Co. in addition to its u-pick pumpkin field and one-acre corn maze. (more…)

09/20/19 5:55am

R|Evolution hosted a sneak-peek opening event Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Tanger Outlet Center in Riverhead. (Courtesy photo)

A new Tanger Outlets pop-up shop is promising a different kind of retail experience that brings to life products once only available online.

R|Evolution is bringing digital-based direct-to-consumer brands together under one roof for nine months at the Riverhead outlet center. The 2,500-square-foot space allows customers who typically have to shop online for the participating products, an opportunity to peruse a brick-and-mortar storefront lined with displays and knowledgeable associates. READ

08/26/19 5:55am

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The Dish: Crescent Farm Duck Confit

Chef Matty Boudreau
The Preston House & Hotel, Riverhead


Chef Boudreau’s Crescent Farm duck confit is served with farrotto, artichokes, bok choy and house-made chutney. Rich and decadent, but balanced and clean, this dish is one of the menu’s staples.


Duck has a perfect meat-to-fat ratio. The Long Island duck cooks in a bath of its own rendered juices and fat until fork-tender, then the skin is crisped in a cast-iron pan. The chutney is a trifecta of sweet, spicy and tart, which complement the duck. The farrotto absorbs the juice from the duck and the chutney. It is then mixed with tangy artichokes and clean baby bok choy.


Inspired by the first time he traveled to Paris and ate at Michelin-starred restaurant Alain Ducasse, chef Boudreau recalls consuming duck confit, calling it his “first piece of heaven.” When Boudreau settled on Long Island, he was thrilled to have local birds and has been making this dish for 20 years. He still looks forward to prepping it every time.

Pairs well with …

Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf’s Chateau Rayas from the Rhône region of France. Locally, try it with Wölffer Estate’s The Grapes of Roth Merlot 2010.

08/23/19 6:00am

Mustafa and Deniz Gulsen with their children, Sudenaz and Mustafa, and Deniz’s sister, Demet Bozatli (top right), and the family dog, Bella. (The Gulsen’s eldest son Yunushan also works at the restaurant.)

Asked about the many praises heaped upon his restaurant, Turkuaz Grill owner Mustafa Gulsen rattles off a handful of honorary designations the listicle-friendly restaurant has received over the years.

“Let’s see, there’s ‘hidden gem,’ ” he says, “[best] under the umbrella [dining], on the waterfront …”

The list goes on.

Of all the titles given to the Turkish restaurant over the years, though, there’s one that’s most special to the staff: a family business. (more…)

08/13/19 6:00am

A hungry crowd lines up outside NY Strip. (Credit: Elizabeth Wagner)

It was a foodie’s delight. The two-day Famous Food Festival, presented by King O’Rourke Automotive Group of Smithtown at Tanger Outlet Center in Riverhead, featured more than 50 food vendors, craft beer and a wine garden, plus chef demonstrations and free samples. (more…)