Where to Eat and Drink on the North Fork
Find out where to stay, where to eat and which wineries are tops for tasting in the North Fork of Long Island.
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Welcome to the North Fork
Where to Stay
Where to Eat Dinner
Where to Eat Lunch or Brunch
Snacks and Provisions
Not Wine: Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.
Peconic Location: 42155 Main Road, Peconic, NY 11958; Greenport Location: 234 Carpenter Street, Greenport, NY 11944
If you’ve entered wine overload and grapes just aren’t cutting it, head to Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. Visit the original location in Greenport for a tasting of what’s on draft, or head to their new Peconic outpost for a full tour of the operation. They’re sure to have Harbor Ale, Black Duck Porter and more for sipping. On weekends, the Greenport brewery plays host to a rotating cast of food trucks, and in the evenings it features live music.
36225 Main Road, Cutchogue, NY 11935
One of the flagship vineyards of the North Fork, Bedell has a tasting room that not only is picturesque and inviting, but also features beautiful outdoor space for sipping a tasting or attending one of their many special-event dinners. The tasting-menu options include the estate flight ($15) and the premium flight ($20) and feature everything from sparkling rosé to Malbec and even Viognier. The vineyard itself is certified sustainable and composts grape seeds, skins and vine casings as fertilizer for next year's crops. Past visitors include President Obama and the first lady — in fact, a Bedell wine was featured at the 2013 inaugural dinner.
Lieb Cellars Tasting Room and Bridge Lane
Lieb Cellars Tasting Room: 13050 Oregon Road, Cutchogue, NY 11935; Bridge Lane Tasting Room: 35 Cox Neck Road, Mattituck, NY 11952
Lieb Cellars Tasting Room sits among 84 acres of vines and consists of an indoor rustic-chic tasting bar, a private library room and a furnished front deck where you can taste their elegant red, white and sparkling wines. The cellar offers four different flights, ranging in price from $12 to $20. For a more casual wine tasting environment, Bridge Lane, produced by Lieb Cellars, showcases young, fresh, fruit-forward wines that are meant to be enjoyed right away. In a modern and youthful environment, you can taste eight different wines for $12, along with local food trucks’ provisions. The grapes themselves are grown at one of Lieb's four vineyards, which total 85 acres. If you're feeling a different fruit, Lieb Cellars also produces Rumor Mill Hard Cider, made from locally grown apples.
One Woman Wines
5195 Old North Road, Southold, NY 11971
It doesn’t get more adorable than the tiny tasting room at this vineyard run by Claudia Purita, where much of the vineyard was hand-planted and each vine has been meticulously tended to by Claudia’s exacting touch. Wines to taste include Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, and the first and only Grüner Veltliner grown and produced on Long Island. Purita was raised on a farm in Calabria, Italy, and has had experience working with wine grapes her entire life — this vineyard is literally her returning "to her roots." During the summer, the vineyard hosts a free weekly Tasting Under the Stars event, where guests can come to the vineyard and enjoy an outdoor film, bonfire and telescope viewings (no outside alcohol permitted).
39750 County Road 48, Southold, NY 11971
This new tasting room and facility was completed in the summer of 2010 and is dedicated to the exclusive production of méthode champenoise sparkling wines. The wines are sustainably grown on three vineyard sites comprising 40 acres within the North Fork of Long Island American Viticultural Area. You can sit, relax and enjoy table service inside the elegant Tasting House or the VIP Bubble Lounge, or outside on the Terrace and great lawn overlooking exquisite views of the vineyard. A variety of tasting packages are available for groups up to 24, starting at $12 per person for the bottle service package. If you're looking for a more active interaction with the wine, take the Unraveling Méthode Champenoise Experience tour, where you explore the vineyard, Crush Pad, Tank Room and Cellar, and learn about process secrets ($50 per person).
The Old Field
59600 Main Road, Southold, NY 11971
On the east end of Southold village, "The Old Field" was referenced in Southold records as early as 1660. Now the owners of the 100-year-old family farm are proud of their vineyard that’s hand-harvested and pruned to keep the tractor out of the vineyards. They also use organic sprays whenever possible. On the weekends in the summer, you can taste wines by the bay at the end of the property with the winemaker-owner (reservations required). Try the 2012 Blush de Noir, with an adorable puppy label; $1 will be donated to Kent Animal Shelter for each bottle sold. The vineyard itself served as the backdrop for the 2010 romantic dramedy The Romantics, starring Katie Holmes and Anna Paquin. Private tastings are $12 per person and include a tasting of four still wines. Opt for a tour (choose from historical or sustainability-focused) at $20 per person, which includes a tasting of five still wines.