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Taste North Fork this weekend

A potato-and-onion-crusted fluke served with sugar snap peas

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This weekend, it will be time to Taste North Fork.

The promotion includes a free North Fork shuttle via Hampton Jitney with stops in Riverhead, Jamesport, Mattituck, Cutchogue, Southold and Greenport. The Cross Sound Ferry and the Long Island Rail Road are offering extended schedules.

Twenty wineries and vineyards plus restaurants, inns and hotels are participating in the event, which...

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The Riverhead Project, with new chef Lia Fallon, is one of Long Island's best restaurants

theRIVERHEADPROJECT, in a building that once housed a

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theRIVERHEADPROJECT is the best restaurant in town, under new chef Lia Fallon.

Fallon, who joined the Riverhead spot after a star turn at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport, prepares terrific New American dishes in the converted, low-slung, "Mad Men"-era bank building.

Her fare balances the streamlined and sharp with the homey and inviting. Try the crisp and sweet shrimp-and-crab...

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A new beer 'project' in Riverhead

The Riverhead Project, on East Main Street in

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The stylish New American restaurant, in a former bank building on Main Street, starts a Wednesday series of beer-themed events beginning tomorrow. The first: a family-style, multi-course dinner from executive chef Lia Fallon that will be paired with craft beers.

Cost: $40 per person, plus tax and tip. Rocky Point Artisan Brewers hosts tomorrow's...

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Athens Grill benefit in Riverhead

The Suffolk Theater reopened on Main Street in

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Riverhead is once again coming together to support John Mantzopoulos, whose Main Street restaurant, Athens Grill, was destroyed in a fire on June 28. A week after the fire, Dennis McDermott hosted a benefit barbecue at his nearby restaurant, the Riverhead Project. And on Saturday, July 27, the Suffolk Theater — just across the street from the shuttered eatery — will hold another fundraiser with...

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Riverhead fire shutters Athens Grill

This is the dining room of Athens Grill

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Athens Grill, a Riverhead Greek restaurant devoted to local produce and fish, was destroyed on Friday night after a grease fire broke out in its kitchen. The fire occurred during dinner, but everyone in the restaurant was safely evacuated; no one was hurt.

The Riverhead dining community is coming together on owner John Mantzopoulos’ behalf. On Sunday, July 7, from 2 to 5 p.m., there will be...

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Joe's Crab Shack cracks open in Riverhead

Bucket of snow crab, Joe's Crab Shack

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Joe’s Crab Shack, a Houston-based seafood chain, just opened in Riverhead, taking over the former home of Boulder Creek Steakhouse. This follows last winter’s entrance of a Joe’s Crab Shack in Oceanside.

On the menu: a bucket of shrimp with Old Bay seasoning (12 for $8.59 or 18 for $11.49), blackened redfish ($13.99), a chipotle bacon cheeseburger ($9.89) a bucket of crab — choose among snow...

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The Riverhead Project: Chef changes

Roy Wohlars, executive chef at South Edison restaurant

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Greg Ling, who had been executive chef at the Riverhead Project since it opened in May 2011 (and earned three stars from Newsday's Peter Gianotti), has left the restaurant. Taking over for Ling is Roy Wohlars who was, until recently, executive chef at South Edison in Montauk. According to owner Dennis McDermott, Wohlars will introduce a new seafood-focused menu in the next few weeks.


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Food trucks coming to Tanger, Riverhead

The Morris Grilled Cheese truck will be at

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A small fleet of food trucks will be descending upon the Tanger Outlet Center in Riverhead  this Saturday; find them in the parking lot of Tanger One from noon to 5 p. m. The event, part of Tanger’s “Great Taste, Great Style” home and garden weekend was organized by local food and wine magazine Edible East End, which is calling it the “Taste of the East End Food Truck Derby.”


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New chef at Stonewalls in Riverhead

Stonewalls in Riverhead

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Kyle Strong Romeo is the new executive chef at Stonewalls restaurant, situated at The Woods at Cherry Creek golf course in Riverhead.

He succeeds Guy Peuch, who established the restaurant a decade ago.  Peuch (shown above in the Stonewalls dining room), a veteran French chef who also starred at the former Inn on the Harbor in Cold Spring Harbor, has retired.

Romeo's Long Island...

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Blue Agave brings Tex-Mex to Riverhead

Blue Agave Mexican Grill, located behind Haiku in

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Facing onto a Riverhead municipal parking lot that's behind the Japanese restaurant Haiku, you'll find a little Tex-Mex cafe called Blue Agave Mexican Grill. As it turns out, both Blue Agave and Haiku share ownership with Hy Ting, a venerable Chinese restaurant nearby.

Late one recent afternoon, after catching sight of a Blue Agave sign outside Haiku, I headed around back to check out the...

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