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Old Fields

318 Wynn Lane Port Jefferson , NY 631-476-8640

The new Old Fields restaurant stands out in

The new Old Fields restaurant stands out in downtown Port Jefferson. Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

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Type:

Burgers, Gastro-pub, American

Price range:

$$$ (Expensive)

Description:

In a downtown rife with restaurants, the new Old Fields immediately stands out. This is a dining room for everyone, whether you're coming for a burger or filet mignon, a pumpkin spice martini or a chocolate malted. Every day, Old Fields is full of good feeling and often excellent food.

Hours:

Open daily for dinner, from 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, from 4 p.m. Sunday. Lunch on Saturday, brunch on Sunday.

Ambience:

Very Good

Service:

Excellent

Credit cards:

Accepted

Notable dishes:

Davey Gravey burger, macaroni and cheese, braised pork belly

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Rich, crisp, jerked pork belly is served with

Rich, crisp, jerked pork belly is served with carrot daikon slaw and peanut-lime vinaigrette at Old Fields Restaurant in Port Jefferson. Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Old Fields is a Greenlawn landmark. It's about to become one in Port Jefferson.

In a downtown rife with restaurants, the new Old Fields immediately stands out. This is a dining room for everyone, whether you're coming for a burger or filet mignon, a pumpkin spice martini or a chocolate malted.

The gastropub opens in the space occupied for a decade by Pace's Steak House. Owner David Tunney runs a warm, welcoming, exposed-brick establishment that already feels like a neighborhood mainstay on weekdays and definitely is a noisy, festive destination on weekends. Every day, Old Fields is full of good feeling and often excellent food.

Corporate chef David Rothstein oversees the two Old Fields; Erica Carries is the executive chef in Port Jefferson.

Their fare starts with a generous serving of shrimp atop smoked-Cheddar grits and buttermilk-fried "popcorn" chicken ready for a honey-mustard dip. The obligatory chicken wings are plump and crunchy. Onion soup gratinée braces you for autumn. A peach-and-arugula salad, ample and tasty, is a refreshing summer farewell. Likewise, a salad of heirloom tomatoes.

Anytime, try the rich, braised pork belly with chipotle-spiked corn pudding; or the lush macaroni and cheese, fueled with Taleggio, fontina and Parmesan. You're better off with blue cheese instead of Brie in baked crostini. The spinach-and-artichoke dip improves on standard bar food. The crabcake needs its boost from spicy aioli.

Old Fields is a burger bastion. Focus on the Davey Gravey, a flavorful hamburger that arrives between two grilled-cheese sandwiches. If this glorious excess isn't sufficient, top the burger with a fried egg. You'll also be drawn to the savory ahi tuna sandwich, an inch-thick steak brushed with black-olive tapenade and basil aioli before it's crowned with pepperoncini.

The house's filet mignon benefits from a mushroom demi-glace and sauteed onions. Elemental alternatives: the bone-in rib eye and the marinated flat iron. "Dave's roasted chicken" arrives juicy and satisfying. So does the duck two ways, starring a seared breast and confit of leg, with a rhubarb-pomegranate reduction. On Sundays, fried chicken is served.

Roasted vegetable ravioli with tomato confit is a bit bland. There's a fish dish of the day. If you're lucky, it will be the Provençal-inspired seafood stew, with a hint of anise and precisely cooked shellfish and finfish.

A little ice cream soda materializes after the plates are cleared, maybe to cleanse your palate. One sip will make you order a large one for dessert. A scoop of vanilla ice cream enriches the outstanding bread pudding, which could feed a group.

The pudding alone merits landmark status, too.

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