Greenport restaurants: 15 favorites
On LI's North Fork, Greenport is a great destination for the adorable small towns you pass along the drive there and the great restaurants awaiting once you arrive.
It's a town filled with options for every meal. Here are 15 favorites, picked by Peter M. Gianotti, Erica Marcus and Joan Reminick.
1943 Pizza Bar(Credit: 1943 Pizza Bar)
After driving his Rolling in Dough pizza truck around LI for four years, this summer pizzaiolo Matt Michel opened 1943 Pizza Bar to serve pies (made in wood-burning brick oven) with dozens of toppings, including caramelized onions, pulled pork, fresh cracked egg and “curiously good” buttery mashed potatoes.
Aldo's(Credit: Randee Daddona)
On Front Street, Aldo's is a coffee roaster and bakery in shop that draws people from all over for coffee, biscotti, scones, gift baskets and more.
Bière Bar & Restaurant(Credit: Randee Daddona)
The local joint for brews from Belgium and other sudsy staples, Biere is also a go-to for pots of steamed mussels in assorted preparations.
Billy’s by the Bay(Credit: Ian J. Stark)
The casual Billy's by the Bay prepares plenty of shellfish, from steamers and oysters Rockefeller to oyster tacos and lobsters up to 4 pounds. Lobster rolls, hot or cold, are available. And if you’re on patrol for Cajun-spiced flounder, Billy’s has it.
Blue Canoe Oyster Bar(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)
One of the prettiest spots in the village, Blue Canoe Oyster Bar overlooks the harbor and Shelter Island beyond.
The Cheese Emporium & Cafe(Credit: Newsday)
The Cheese Emporium & Cafe by Bruce & Son (Scott Bollman, picture, is the "Son" part of the equation) serves a full menu of breakfast and lunch items and baked goods.
Claudio's(Credit: Newsday / Peter Gianotti)
Easily is the best-known restaurant in Greenport, Claudio's, which opened in 1870, serves a stellar lobster roll that's also available in a BLT version.
Coronet(Credit: Newsday / Peter Gianotti)
Sink into a turquoise booth at longtimer Coronet and order like it's 1949 (the year it opened). The waffles (pictured) are good, as are the egg creams, BLTs, turkey clubs and other luncheonette standards. It's cash only, but the air conditioning is modern enough.
D'latte Cafe(Credit: Doug Young)
At D'Latte Cafe, owner Frank Purita displays his mastery of culinary arts: classic French pastry (try the croissants and Key lime tarts), fresh Italian gelato, good-old American muffins and scones, well-executed sandwiches and near-legendary soups.
First and South(Credit: Doug Young)
Open for brunch and dinner, with a happy hour in between, the refreshing, comfortable First and South emphasizes local produce and wines. Try the accurately described "really good burger" or South Street chowder (with smoked cod, applewood bacon, potatoes and clams), and boost the fine, hand-cut fries with house-made ketchup, black-garlic aioli, farmhouse Cheddar and herbs, or bay salt and vinegar.
Lucharito's(Credit: Randee Daddona)
Situated in the heart of downtown, the colorful Lucharito's has table service as well as a Mexican wrestler theme. There's lots of family appeal in its affordable Mexican menu, with such choices as shrimp tacos (soft or hard corn or flour), six varieties of nachos, Mexican pizza (with beans, cheese and more on a crispy tortilla), turkey chili and roast pork topped with pineapple.
Noah's(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Dine indoors or alfresco at Noah's, chef Noah Schwartz's namesake restaurant serving “tastes,” small plates, full plates and items from the raw bar with a local emphasis. The tastes, including the crab-stuffed deviled eggs (pictured) can be addictive; also excellent are a warm lobster roll, meaty jumbo lump crab cake, red-crab taco and Kobe beef burger.
Porto Bello(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick )
A resident of Brewer Stirling Harbor Marina, Porto Bello offers water views (including outdoor seating options) and emphasizes seafood and Italian-American favorites. Selections range from fried calamari and steamed mussels to rigatoni Bolognese, chicken marsala and zuppa de pesce with shrimp, clams, mussels and calamari.
Salamander's on Front(Credit: Doug Young)
Once a little takeout shop, Salamander’s now occupies a bi-level space with plenty of shelf space for specialty items (pastas, condiments, teas) as well as seating for diners to enjoy variety of fresh salads, pot pies (including lobster), burgers, kebabs and first-rate fried chicken (pictured).
Scrimshaw(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Situated on a wharf, Scrimshaw refers to Greenport's history. The delightful food includes Long Island Crescent Farm duck breast (pictured, with cherry sauce and sweet potato chips drizzled with truffle oil), fish chowder, butter-poached lobster, a duck confit spring roll and coriander-and-cumin-crusted pork.