04/05/19 5:55am

Craft’d is coming soon to downtown Riverhead. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

A new restaurant and bar is opening in downtown Riverhead with a name reflective of its menu offerings.

Craft’d is coming to the former Vines & Hops location on East Main Street this June. The 48-seat restaurant and bar will focus on craft cocktails and beer along with a soon-to-be finalized menu of bar food, small plates and entrées. (more…)

04/03/19 6:00am

The baby goats at Goodale Farms play on the wooden train in the outdoor pen. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

There is a checklist that’s ticked before we can officially call it spring on the North Fork.

Farm stands are announcing their season openings. Check.

Modern Snack Bar is gearing up to serve its irresistible lemon merengue pie. Check.

And baby goats are frolicking carefree at Goodale Farms in Riverhead. Double check.

Owner Hal Goodale introduced the first 30 kids to the outdoor visiting area late last week. The three-week-old white and brown goats got their first taste of the North Fork sunshine on a near 50-degree day Thursday. Goodale expects to have as many as 200 kids at the farm before the birthing season ends in late spring. (more…)

03/30/19 6:00am

Chris Wines tends to the animals on his family’s farm in Riverhead (Credit: David Benthal)

The North Fork is known for its independently owned vineyards, breweries and distilleries, but there’s a small-batch beverage you might be overlooking: milk. 

Ty Llwyd Farm in Riverhead is the North Fork’s only producer of raw, unpasteurized milk — known for its creamier taste and added health benefits. And like other local craft beverages, it’s got a loyal, almost cult-like following.  (more…)

02/28/19 5:49am

Lauri Spitz defines her own definition of strong. (Credit: David Benthal)

It was one of the biggest days of her life and Lauri Spitz was masking a familiar feeling.

As dozens of people poured into the newly expanded tasting room at Moustache Brewing Co. in Riverhead, which Spitz owns with her husband, Matt, she greeted them with the usual smile and a hug.  (more…)

02/13/19 12:10am

Farm Country Kitchen’s fire pits provide so much warmth, you’ll (almost) forget it’s winter. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

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Farm Country Kitchen in Riverhead has a reputation for great food and breathtaking views of the Peconic River. The lawn is packed with hungry diners come summer, but in the winter the restaurant offers another unique way for patrons to enjoy the outdoors. When the nights get longer and the temperatures colder, Farm Country Kitchen lights the fire pits on its outdoor patio. (more…)