Here are a couple of spots worth seeking out this weekend:
From food reporter Erica Marcus
D’Latte, meet d’liquor. Frank Purita’s D’Latte Café has been producing Greenport’s best French pastry and Italian gelato for more than 15 years — as well as good old American muffins and scones, well-executed sandwiches and soups. But it’s always been a grab-and-go spot whose seating, outside, was entirely weather dependent. Now Purita has moved the café into the adjoining space (which has housed, among other Purita ventures, Biere Bar and Restaurant and the short-lived D’Latte Too, a collaboration with Tom Schaudel). Not only is there now all-weather seating for 14, but also a dozen beers on tap (including Southampton Publick House IPA and Double White) and six wines (including a chardonnay and a grüner veltliner from One Woman Wines, owned by Purita’s wife, Claudia). There’s also a limited bar — no mixed drinks but you’re welcome to a shot of Knob Creek. The idea, according to Purita, is to emulate the Italian neighborhood bar, where patrons get their cappuccinos in the morning, their espressos in the afternoon, their aperitifs before and their digestifs after dinner.
For now, hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, but they may shorten as the season progresses. Call first.
218 Main Rd., Greenport, 631-477-6738
From restaurant critic Melissa McCart
Thin-sliced beef heart, anticuchos, is incredibly savory and surprisingly addictive at La Candela Bistro in Hicksville. Served with yucca and corn ($14), it’s the kind of dish that warrants a visit to this festive, family-run Peruvian spot. The whole or half chicken is near-perfect with juicy meat and papery, crisp, well-seasoned skin — served with sides that are perfectly fine (salad, beans and fries for $11 to $36). Chaufa, Chinese Peruvian fried rice could serve as a to-go order for an unorthodox breakfast, dressed with a poached egg.
600 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Hicksville, 516-342-9165