Long Island's Greenport Offers Plentiful, Fine Seaside Cuisine
From oysters to wine, Long Island's seaside village of Greenport has a lot to offer in a getaway that's not far away. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
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There's a reason they call it the North "Fork" of Long Island. There, chef Alex Algieri truly lives off the land.
"I just don’t buy food that I don’t grow, or I don’t know who grows it, and I’m just not comfortable buying food in the supermarket," says Algieri.
An avid hunter, fisherman and farmer, Algieri brings that sensibility to the kitchen at the North Fork Oyster Company, a year-old seafood restaurant in the seaside village of Greenport, Long Island.
Any way you slice it, NFOC (www.northforkoystercompany.com) is the hot table of the moment.
"We are buying almost all of our fish direct from the people that are catching it, and almost all of our vegetables, given the seasonality of everything, almost everything is local," says Algieri.
NFOC keeps it local right down to the tap, importing beer from the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company (www.harborbrewing.com) just steps away. Located in a former firehouse, visitors can sample eight beers for $8.
The restaurant drizzles olive oil on its dishes from Vines and Branches (www.vinesandbranches.net), a specialty shop on Main Street, where customers can taste test some very creative flavors.
The North Fork Wine Trail, lined with 50 or so wineries, includes the boutique-style McCall's, whose award-winning merlots are poured at NFOC. Inside McCall's tasting room in Cutchogue, visitors can drop in for a flight of wine, sipping within the walls of an old potato barn and stable. For more information, visit www.mccallwines.com.
Located on Long Island Sound, Greenport is about 90 miles east of New York City and the last stop on the Long Island Rail Road. Visitors can make a night of it at a variety of accommodations, such as family-friendly Cliffside Condos where I stayed on a media visit, or a selection of B&B’s and area motels. See details at www.greenportvillage.com.