08/23/17 6:10am

A lobster roll from PORT in Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Anyone familiar with the North Fork restaurant scene knows the tried and true spots that make excellent lobster rolls.

Claudio’s serves a famous one. Southold Fish Market and its version are included in almost every roundup of places to eat on the North Fork. Heck, the man who is sometimes credited with INVENTING the sandwich ran a restaurant here called “The Lobster Roll” until earlier this year.

So, when I kept hearing about the standout lobster roll at newcomer PORT Waterfront Bar & Grill, the recently opened waterfront eatery on Greenport’s Third Street, it piqued my interest. (more…)

10/28/16 6:01am
Crazy Beans Greenport

Pumpkin pie pancakes from Crazy Beans in Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Judging from the line snaking out the door of Crazy Beans Sunday morning, this column might be completely unnecessary. You all appear very much aware of this new Greenport eatery.

Located at the longtime Front Street home of the former Coronet diner, Crazy Beans is suddenly the hottest spot in town for eggs, bakey and North Fork Roasting Co. java.

Nonetheless, it is still this week’s northforker pick for a meal. Instead of the paninis and sandwiches we regularly select at lunchtime, we suggest getting up early this week. (more…)

08/26/16 6:00am
The Fork and Anchor crispy chicken sandwich. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The Fork and Anchor crispy chicken sandwich. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Earlier this week, I dropped by East Marion’s Fork and Anchor, which is hands down one of my favorite stops for grab-and-go sandwiches.

As usual, I opted for an email receipt. The proof of purchase was detailed: crispy chicken with Sriracha mayo on sourdough with lettuce, tomato and American cheese.

Our executive editor, Grant Parpan, who has been forwarded all my emails since before I embarked on 12 weeks of maternity leave in May (and who also happens to be my husband), received the receipt, too. His response consisted of just one word:

“UGH.” (more…)

08/18/16 6:03am
The North Fork Food Truck parked outside 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue in 2014. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file photo)

The North Fork Food Truck parked outside 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue in 2014. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file photo)

Somehow we have been writing this column about lunch on the North Fork for more than two years and have never mentioned the North Fork Food Truck.

I don’t really have an answer as to why, considering it’s the best grab-and-go lunch spot — not only on the North Fork, but all of Suffolk County. Probably Long Island, too. (more…)

05/13/16 6:13am
Two empanadas with salsa verde sauce (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Two empanadas with salsa verde sauce (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

I was afraid Goodfood would be jam-packed this week after The New York Times wrote about the empanada and baked goods eatery on Mattituck’s Pike Street in a recent story on North Fork-loving Brooklynites.

But luckily the weekdays are still relatively calm on the North Fork, and Goodfood — one of my go-to spots for a midday meal — was still pleasantly calm and free of city dwellers when I stopped in earlier this week.

The market and specialty food store, which opened last June, makes it into my lunch rotation about once a week for two reasons. First, it is located near northforker’s Mattituck office. But second, and more importantly, outside of a traditional deli, it’s one of the few places you can still get a really delicious lunch for under $10.


Goodfood also serves North Fork Roasting Co. coffee, which has proven indispensable in making it through a North Fork work week since it debuted in February 2015.

I’m a creature of habit, so I usually order the Gula Gula empanada meal, which includes two empanadas of your choosing and a side ($8.95). I almost always go for a ham and cheese empanada, a pulled pork empanada and the yummy couscous salad with olives, diced cucumber and feta cheese.

Make sure you don’t leave without a side of chimichurri sauce.

I’ve been a big fan of co-owner Luchi Masliah’s empanadas, stuffed with all sorts of tasty treats like chicken, vegetables and even bison, since first sampling them at the Riverhead Indoor Farmer’s Market in winter 2015. We’re thankful to now have them available every day in Mattituck (you can also purchase them frozen).

Cap it off with a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie made by Masliah’s business partner, Allison Katz ($1.35.)

Goodfood is located at 535A Pike Street in Mattituck, (631) 298-7599.

Vera Chinese


North Fork Shack

Southold Fish Market


Digger’s Ales and Eats


Pace’s Dockside

The Cheese Emporium by Bruce and Son

The Rotisserie and Smokehouse of Southold