If you’re looking to get away for a weekend or even for a day, look as far as Greenport. Yes, it is a ways out on the North Fork but it is definitely worth the trip and, as an added bonus, there are plenty of great stops along the way. Greenport has such a unique feel for a Long Island town. It is an historic working seaport that gives the distinct impression of being both a great hometown to live in, as well as a resort town. As one local puts it, “it is a harmonious combination of full time and weekend residents.” Between the restaurants, unique shops, galleries and community cultural events, Greenport is a small town with lots to offer.
You will not lack for variety with your restaurant choices in this village. If you are looking for prime water front dining, the best spot on the North Fork is Soundview Restaurant. The seafood is delicious and the view is spectacular. Soundview is also a great spot for a party or wedding with the Long Island Sound as an awesome backdrop. Porto Bello, set in Sterling Harbor, is also a nice choice for fine Italian dining on the water. The newest “it” place in Greenport is Noah’s. With a raw bar and specializing in seafood inspired small plates, the menu is original and interesting. The ambiance is clean and crisp with a beach feel, and the crowd (there definitely is a crowd) is cool; ready to enjoy a night out. Noah’s is quickly becoming everyone’s new favorite hot spot. Wine lovers will definitely appreciate VINe Wine and Café. The beautiful interior has a Napa
Valley feel and the outside patio is the perfect place to enjoy a wine sampling on a warm afternoon. The cuisine is meant to highlight the wine pairings and features local North Fork seafood, produce and cheeses. The wine list changes weekly with over 50 wines to choose from, available by the taste, glass or bottle. Whether you are looking to learn a little bit or just relax with your favorite glass of vino, you are in for a treat. To select some fine cheeses to have with your wine or to just grab a light bite and a coffee, you’ll want to hit Bruce’s Café and Cheese Emporium. And, of course, anyone looking for a laid back party spot with a simple seafood menu, great specialty drinks and live music is in the mood for Claudio’s Clam Bar. It’s a Greenport staple and always guarantees a good time.
The North Fork is known for its wine but Greenport Harbor Brewing Company is throwing beer into the mix. Located in an old 1890’s restored carriage house, this craft brewery has its own tasting room where patrons can sample the brews. They also distribute to local restaurants, bars and beer stores, primarily throughout eastern Long Island and the city. Head Brewer DJ Swanson explains they have three full time, year round selections always on tap – Harbor Ale, Disorient IPA, and Black Duck Porter. They just introduced their new seasonal summer which is a golden ale infused with orange blossom honey. The brewery is open Tuesday through Saturday in the summer, or give it a try the next time you are out at a local pub!
Greenport’s downtown is thriving with eclectic shops and boutiques with everything including clothing and accessories, antiques, and home furnishings. Some notable spots to hit include Duo Boutique and Impulse Boutique. Beall and Bell is one of several antique gems and Sweet Indulgences is a store for everyone with a selection of old fashioned candies as well as gifts and jewelry. The unique Clawflowers combines exotic flowers and plants with a gallery featuring paintings and photography.
Art has become a very prominent part of Greenport culture as seen by the many galleries in the village featuring works of both local artists as well as world renowned artists. Art aficionados will love exploring the variety of works in Artists Gallery, deCordova Gallery, Fiedler Gallery, and Gallery M, to name a few. Also, new to the area is Greenport Art and Design, a paint-your-own pottery studio, boutique and gallery. A great activity to do with a friend or with your kids, you can paint a piece of pottery of your choosing to pick up after it’s been glazed and fired. Those looking for a special way to enjoy a night on the town will appreciate Gallery Walks held on Saturday evenings once a month in the summer and fall from 6 to 9pm. Galleries host special talks and refreshments and shops and restaurants stay open late.
The people of Greenport take great pride in their community and there is always something going on in the village, many events taking place in Mitchell Park. A constant attraction is the antique carousel for kids of all ages. The park hosts Dances in the Park every Monday night featuring local Long Island bands and Shakespeare in the Park which will be held on August 6th through the 8th featuring Julius Caesar. Mitchell Park is also home to an outdoor ice skating rink in the winter months.
The charm of this village is undeniable. A destination with a relaxed and fun community feel with highlights of the arts, culture, and excellent dining is waiting to be discovered. You are guaranteed to enjoy your time spent in Greenport.