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…)