10/16/19 6:00am

Credit: Farm Country Kitchen

As the seasons change and we begin to enter the cooler months there’s just one thing we’re not ready to give up: dining and imbibing al fresco.

Borrowed from Italians, the phrase “al fresco” means “in the cool air,” and while cool air can be refreshing, having a fire pit or outdoor fireplace nearby makes the outdoor experience all the cozier.

Here are our five picks for venues across the North Fork offering outdoor warmth. (more…)

01/19/18 6:02am

Cozy up around one of Pure North Fork’s three fireplaces. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

In the summer, there’s no second-guessing an evening out to your favorite North Fork restaurant. But January’s frigid weather often swings the pendulum in the opposite direction — staying underneath a blanket sounds oh so tempting.

But at several North Fork restaurants there’s good reason to leave the nest. The reward for braving cold NoFo nights at these restaurants is satisfying meals, local vintages and craft cocktails made even better by the warmth of a fireplace. (more…)

01/28/16 11:47am
Local vegetable flat bread pizza, a vegan dish from Bistro 72, gets the thumbs up from us. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Local vegetable flat bread pizza, a vegan dish from Bistro 72, gets the thumbs up from us. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Getting a good meal is nearly effortless on the North Fork, where inventive menus abound and local ingredients proliferate. It’s decidedly more complicated to find suitable — not to mention tasty — fare if you are a vegan.

And while someone who doesn’t eat animal products (aside from meat, that includes eggs and dairy) can never go wrong by ordering a salad, vegans deserve options.   (more…)

10/28/15 6:00am
Chef Marco Pellegrini in the kitchen at Caci North Fork. The restaurant is offering a $27.95 price fixe during restaurant week. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Chef Marco Pellegrini in the kitchen at Caci North Fork. The restaurant is offering a $27.95 price fixe during restaurant week. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

We here at northforker look forward to Long Island Restaurant Week with the same anticipation of a kid counting down until Christmas.

That’s because it’s a chance to support local businesses, save some money and experience something great.

The $27.95 prix fixe deals run from Sunday, Nov. 1, to Sunday, Nov. 8, at participating restaurants, with the exception of Saturday, when some restaurants will only offer the deal until 7 p.m.

Visit LongIslandRestaurantWeek.com for a complete list of participating restaurants across the East End, Suffolk and Nassau counties.

Here are our five picks for a night out on the North Fork. (more…)

03/27/15 11:33am
Credit: Vera Chinese file photo

Credit: Vera Chinese file photo

It will be a gala for gourmands, a fete for foodies and a bash for beer lovers in Riverhead next month.

Hotel Indigo East End is hosting an evening of local craft beer tastings, pickle and chocolate samplings, all the chili and corn chowder your belly can take and more for the first East End Craft Beer Festival. (more…)