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Riding high @ Grey Horse Tavern, Bayport

Linguine with clams at Grey Horse Tavern, Bayport

Linguine with clams at Grey Horse Tavern, Bayport Photo Credit: Newsday, 2011 / Joan Reminick

It was music, not food, that drew me and my bluegrass-loving guy to Grey Horse Tavern in Bayport. Although we could have simply gone for the show ($15, in an upstairs room), we couldn’t resist an opportunity to dine from chef Meredith Machemer’s farm-to-table menu, which stresses the local and organic.

We arrived early in the evening. Dinner began with warm, crusty onion rolls from an organic bakery in Bohemia. Then came a colorful “North Fork farm stand” salad ($7) with a perky merlot vinaigrette.

Very good linguine with clams ($20) was loaded with local littlenecks, kicked up with pancetta and just enough garlic. A special of lemon herb crumb-topped swordfish ($28) sat atop house made pappardelle in a lemony sauce with roasted local corn, heirloom cherry tomatoes and Swiss chard.

Lovely fish and vegetables; pappardelle a bit overcooked. Finally, a dessert special: tart, buttery Key lime icebox pie. Ideal.

Grey Horse Tavern is at 291 Bayport Ave., Bayport; 631-472-1868

Above, linguine with clams is served at Grey Horse Tavern.


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