Last night marked the first dinner at Greenport’s newest restaurant, North Fork Oyster Co. The restaurant takes over the 19th century horse barn once occupied by Cinnamon Tree, Jacob’s and, most recently, Bay & Main.
NoFoOyCo’s executive chef is Richard Lanza, who had been cooking around the corner at Greenport’s Farmhouse (which closed earlier this year). Lanza has also cooked at Nico at the Gatsby Mansion in Islip and Passionfish Westhampton Beach (now closed). His menu is heavy on the fish, with a particular emphasis on oysters — a couple of varieties every day, including Greenport’s very own Widow’s Hole oysters.
Other local specialties include Aldo’s coffee, Satur Farm produce, local wines, local beer on tap and as much fish from local boats as Lanza can get.
The 140-seat restaurant is impressive to look at, with a large dining room, separate bar / lounge and a vast yellow-canopied patio.
North Fork Oyster Co. is at 300 Main Street (Stirling Square), Greenport, 631-477-6840.