Summer has arrived on the North Fork, and while classic spots and things to do are aplenty, there are some new things to check out this season including hotels, restaurants and beachside entertainment. Here’s the scoop on some fresh spots to try.
The Shoals in Southold is a new waterfront hotel featuring boat slips available for each of its 20 suites — but even if you don’t have a vessel of your own, guests can access area waters and waterside locations via a vintage charterboat that can shuttle you as far as Shelter Island and Sag Harbor. The Shoals also offers things to do on-site, such as a Wednesday oyster-powered happy hour (“Shuck Truck” food truck), and a lounge where piano music plays. The dockside area also sports firepits perfectly placed for sunset drinks — and everything is open to both guests and the general public alike, so all can come through and enjoy the amenities. Nightly rates start at $475.
INFO 61600 Main Rd., Southold; 631-765-5121, theshoalsnorthfork.com
"The Settees” at Sound View
With a beach location on the Sound, this resort has created "The Settees," beach seating that can be customized for as many as five people at a time. Guests will get a menu upon check-in and can choose food and drink to enjoy while sitting in the area. The Sound View beach experience will also include the return of its Low Tide Beach Bar (through Labor Day), an alfresco spot to grab cocktails and chill in beach chairs and more outdoor food options are available by the pool at the venue’s “Jack’s Shack” restaurant. Rates start at $500.
INFO 58775 CR-48, Greenport; 631-477-1910, soundviewgreenport.com
“The Beach Club” at Duryea’s Orient Point
Duryea’s “The Beach Club” will be open Fridays through Sundays, starting June 25, featuring chic open-air lounge seating and cabanas installed along the sandy shore near the eatery (able to seat groups of 6-10). Patrons can look forward to Mediterranean cuisine served from a combo food truck and oyster bar. Wine and cocktail pitchers will also be at the ready, and a rotating roster of DJs will spin every weekend. The restaurant also has a marina with transient boat slips able to handle vessels as large as 75-feet. Minimum spend starts at $75 for up to three people.
INFO 40200 Main Rd., Orient Point; 631-323-2424, duryeas.com
The ARC Room
The ARC (short for “Anna and Rosanna’s Concept,” after founders Anna Dubin and Rosanna Fiedler) is an upscale lifestyle shop that opened in May that specializes in women’s clothing, accessories, jewelry and items curated by its founders. Current brands carried include Sara Cristina Swim, Just Bee Queen, Moma’s Eye and Castaner.
INFO 407 Main St., Greenport; thearcroomgreenport.com
The Gallery Cafe at the Gallery Hotel
The newly opened Gallery Cafe at the Gallery Hotel has a menu inspired by Mediterranean cuisines, and is intended to be flavor-strong and on the healthier side. It's open Fridays through Sundays for breakfast, brunch and lunch (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), with dishes such as shakshuka, crisp French toast and the "Heavenly Egg Nest" (slow-cooked eggs, avocado, red pepper, mint butter, garlic yogurt sauce and sourdough bread). Guests can choose between indoor and garden seating.
INFO 437 Main St., Greenport; 631-477-4000, gallerycafeny.com
Red Velvet Cupcakery
The mobile truck officially launched in May and this Riverhead-based business (also known as “Red Velvet at Your Door”) uses a dessert truck to deliver its baked goods such as cookies, brownies, cupcakes and ice cream sandwiches (using locally-sourced handmade ice cream), to private homes, businesses and other locations. Red Velvet Cupcakery also hosts special events like weddings, birthdays and other occasions. The truck ventures out to do drop-ins at places like area beaches and breweries on the East End (check their social media to see where they'll be this season).
INFO 631-875-7116; redvelvet-cupcakery.com