Destination: Long Island, New York’s North Fork

Farm-to-table food, fresh-caught seafood and a vibrant wine community make the NoFo an irresistible summer oasis.
The vineyards of McCall Wines; Photo by Alex Ferrone

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On your trip in, stop at Woodside Orchards for a growler of crisp, complex hard cider made by, among others, Rob Koch and his wife Kelly Urbanik. She’s the Napa Valley-born winemaker at Macari Vineyards in Mattituck, another must-visit. Don’t miss her Dos Aguas white blend.

Housed in an Instagram-ready building that epitomizes North Fork’s chic rural charm, The Winemaker Studio and Provisions & Ingredients are owned by Winemaker Anthony Nappa and his wife Sarah, a chef. (Nappa is also the winemaker at Raphael.) On one side is the tasting room for Nappa’s eponymous, artisanal wine. On the other, Sarah whips up gourmet sandwiches and the best espresso in the area.

In Southold, Sparkling Pointe uses the traditional méthode champenoise to put the fizz in top-shelf sparklers. Its Blanc de Blancs will instantly elevate your lobster roll game.

Southold Farm + Cellar pushes the envelope, from its cutting-edge labels to its recent release of carbonic wine. Try the 2013 Damn the Torpedoes, a fizzy red blend.

Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue makes some of the finest wines in the region, including a Merlot that was served at the 2009 presidential inauguration.

The taps at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company flow with small-batch brews like its silky Black Duck Porter and Oyster Stout.

Pictured clockwise, left to right: Southold Farm + Cellars, The Frisky Oyster, The Winemaker StudioEAT

The North Fork Table & Inn is one of the best restaurants in Long Island, but its sometimes-mobile food truck is just as inspiring. Don’t miss the chorizo-chili hot dog.

With more than 60 wineries in the North Fork, there’s lots of hungry workers at lunchtime. You’ll find many refueling at Rotisserie in Southold, an authentic Mexican spot known for homemade tortillas. Tip: Order the amazing fries. As one regular put it “Fries? Siempre.”

Go full-on locavore at chic and modern Noah’s, where the wine list is stacked with hometown favorites.

The famed Frisky Oyster’s signature Oysters Friskafella (with garlic-spinach, chipotle and parm aioli) are definitely worthy of the hype, but don’t overlook its fresh-caught local O’s that come drizzled with sublime serrano pepper honey mignonette.

Published on June 9, 2015


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