04/13/15 1:03pm
04/13/2015 1:03 PM
Scott Leventhal and Sarah Phillips at First and South restaurant in Greenport on Thursday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Scott Leventhal and Sarah Phillips at First and South restaurant in Greenport on Thursday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Veteran chef Scott Leventhal has taken over the kitchen at First & South in Greenport.

He replaces Taylor Knapp, who has left to focus on his snail farm Peconic Escargot and his popup restaurant PawPaw.

Mr. Leventhal has recently worked for the New Orleans-based catering company Southern Hospitality. He has also worked at Norwood Club and Tolani Eatery and Wine in New York City and has worked in Puerto Rico. He also has extensive experience on Fire Island.

He began in his role at First & South at 100 South Street last month.

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07/23/14 3:00pm
07/23/2014 3:00 PM
The menu at Goldberg's Famous Bagels in Mattituck, which opens Thursday, July 24, features a variety of breakfast foods, sandwiches and salads. (Credit: Rachel Young)

The menu at Goldberg’s Famous Bagels in Mattituck, which opens Thursday, features a variety of breakfast foods, sandwiches and salads. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Breakfast sandwich enthusiasts, tomorrow is the day you’ve been waiting for: Goldberg’s Famous Bagels will open its doors at 6 a.m. Thursday at Mattituck Plaza, the franchise’s owner said. (more…)

05/02/14 3:00pm
05/02/2014 3:00 PM
CJ's American Grill owners, from left: Joanne Richards, Chris Richards and Sal Malguarnera, with Bobby Bugdin, restaurant principal, and manager Sandra Bilotti. Barbaraellen Koch photo.

CJ’s American Grill owners, from left: Joanne Richards, Chris Richards and Sal Malguarnera, with Bobby Bugdin, restaurant principal, and manager Sandra Bilotti. Barbaraellen Koch photo.

CJ’s American Grill, a new farm-to-table restaurant located in Mattituck Plaza, will celebrate a soft opening at noon Wednesday, co-owner Chris Richards said.

A Grand Opening will follow soon after at an undetermined date. (more…)

03/17/14 2:07pm
03/17/2014 2:07 PM


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02/04/14 6:12pm
02/04/2014 6:12 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Server Rebekah Desimone behind the counter at Michelangelo’s Pizzeria in Mattituck Feb. 4.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Server Rebekah DeSimone behind the counter at Michelangelo’s Pizzeria in Mattituck Feb. 4.

Southold native Rebekah DeSimone has worked the counter at Michelangelo’s Pizzeria in Mattituck for the past five years, cheerfully serving up slices to the North Fork’s hungry denizens. (more…)

01/09/14 9:00am
01/09/2014 9:00 AM

022113i_MailMess_AC26Build it and they will come. Reading about the recent closings of local restaurants, boutique stores, etc., when are “they” (shop owners) going to get it?

There is a great need for affordable places to eat and shop. The local people would support you year round. Think of the locals, not just summer people.

We need neighbor-friendly, family-style restaurants where you don’t need to take out a mortgage to afford to go out and eat!

Build it and we will come, year round!

10/04/13 11:20am
10/04/2013 11:20 AM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Country Corner Cafe owner Kelly Hunstein, center, with her two children: daughter Katie, left, and Ryan, right.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Country Corner Cafe owner Kelly Hunstein, center, with her two children: daughter Katie, left, and Ryan, right.

The owner of Bonnie Jean’s has sold the Southold restaurant back to its original owner, which will reopen today as Country Corner Café.

Originally opened in 1997 by Kelly Hunstein, Country Corner Café was sold in November 2010 to Jennilee Morris, a chef and entrepreneur who reopened the restaurant as Bonnie Jean’s. Ms. Morris sold the business back to Ms. Hunstein late last month.

“We are looking forward to seeing familiar faces and serving the community,” Ms. Hunstein said.

She said offerings at Country Corner Café have been expanded from the original menu and now include things like a vegetarian section and Panini sandwiches. The restaurant’s ice cream parlor will be redesigned and ice cream cakes will be available for purchase on-site.

Pablo Toribio, who was executive chef at Country Corner Café before it closed three years ago, will return in that role, Ms. Hunstein added.

Ms. Morris cited exhaustion as the main reason she decided to sell the restaurant back to Ms. Hunstein. As the owner of Bonnie Jean’s, she also served as the eatery’s executive chef and operated a catering business, Grace and Grit, out of the restaurant.

“I wasn’t having fun anymore,” Ms. Morris said. “I sacrificed a lot and decided that I wanted a break.”

Before she opened Bonnie Jean’s, Ms. Morris was general manager at Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck. In 2010, she co-founded Long Island Coffee Roasters with Gregory Heinz. Earlier this year, Ms. Morris said, she walked away from the latter business because it was “too much.”

As far as future business ventures go, Ms. Morris said she is currently weighing a “couple opportunities” but plans to lay low for the moment.

“I’m not sure what my next move is,” she said. “I do love the North Fork and certainly want to continue to be a part of the future of it.

It feels great to hand the torch back to the Hunsteins,” she said. “They ran a wonderful and successful business for 13 years before I took over and I hope the community will continue to support them.”

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02/01/13 2:00pm
02/01/2013 2:00 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  Legends bartender Jonathan Polistena behind the bar Wednesday afternoon. Legends

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Legends bartender Jonathan Polistena behind the bar Wednesday afternoon. Legends has 23 TVs to watch the Super Bowl.

There may not be a local team in this year’s Super Bowl, but local bars and restaurants are still gearing up for the big game with a bevy of drink and food specials along with a lot of giveaways. Here’s a rundown of some of the best places to watch San Francisco take on Baltimore:

Legends, New Suffolk

Address: 835 1st Street (631) 734-5123

Number of TVs: 23

Specials: Free halftime buffet – Wing assortment, St. Louis ribs, beef kabobs and more.

Elbow Room Too, Laurel

1085 Franklinville Road (631) 298-3262

Number of TVs: 4

Specials: $5 burgers. Beer specials. Free hero for the game and T-shirt giveaways.

Elbow East, Southold

Address: 50 North Sea Drive (631) 765-1203

Number of TVs: 6

Specials: $1 off drinks (happy hour prices) all day. Free halftime buffet — hero, salads, and snacks.

Four Doors Down, Mattituck

Address: 10560 Main Road (631) 298-8311

Number of TVs: 8

Specials: $3 Pabst Blue Ribbon cans and $2 bud 55 select bottles. Drink specials on Bloody Mary and mimosas. 25-cent wings all day and a free halftime buffet. Touchdown shots, T-shirts, keychains and giveaways.

Front Street Station, Greenport

Address: 212 Front Street (631) 477-8724

Number of TVs: 9

Specials: Annual Field Goal Kicking Contest at 1 p.m. Three $100 gift certificates to Front Street Station will be awarded to the top male, female, and child kicker. Lots of giveaways. Well drink specials, $3 beer specials. Free halftime buffet — wings, Rigatoni alla vodka, potato skins, mussels, and baked clams.

Lucharitos, Greenport

119 Main St (631) 477-6666

Number of TVs: 2

Specials: $2 Bud light all day and half price Sangria. All you can drink Sangria from 1-5 for $20. Free halftime buffet and an arm wrestling competition with cash prize.

Sophie’s, Southold

730 Main Bayview Rd (631) 765-5700

Number of TVs: 4

Specials: Drink specials and buffet at half-time.

Digger’s, Riverhead

Address: 58 West Main Street (631) 369-3200

Number of TVs: 9

Specials: No frills, just fun and football. $2 Coors Light and $4 Corona drafts. Special football menu with tailgating food, like 50-cent wings.

Cliff’s Elbow Room, Riverhead

Address: 1549 Main Rd (631) 722-3292

Number of TVs: 4

Specials: $2.50 Coors Light drafts. Free halftime buffet — including wings. T-shirt giveaways, hats and more.

The All-Star, Riverhead

96 Main Road (631) 998-3565

Number of TVs: 135-square-foot HD TV wall, 20 other 55-inch HD TVs, projectors on bowing lanes.

Specials: Starting at 7 p.m. Bud light specials and Coors Light beer bucket specials. Buffet packages. Super Bowl bingo with cash prizes.

Cody’s BBQ & Grill, Riverhead

65 E Main St. (631) 284-9520

Number of TVs: 10

Specials: Two-for-one Bud, Bud light, PBRs, wine and well drinks. Fifty-cent wings.

J&R Steakhouse, Calverton

4362 New York 25 (631) 727-7218

Number of TVs: 82-inch TV and 8 other TVs

Specials: $44.99 open bar kickoff until the game ends, including appetizer soup or salad, entrée, coffee and dessert. Call for reservations.

Phil’s, Wading River

Address: 1856 Wading River Manor Road (631) 929-0508

Number of TVs: 50 with two 70-inch screens

Specials: $2.50 Bud, Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Light drafts. Half-price appetizers. Ticket Giveaways at half-time: TVs, Kegerator, cooler couch and more.

Editor’s Note: Restaurants and bars listed are Times/Review advertisers.

12/08/12 8:00am
12/08/2012 8:00 AM
Shellbration, Greenport Village, Long Island festval

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Noah Schwartz, chef and co-owner of Noah’s Restaurant in Greenport, prepares one of the dishes he plans to serve this weekend.

Local winemakers and restaurateurs are poised to come together this weekend to celebrate Greenport Village and the seafood so bountiful in North Fork waters.

It’s called the Shellabration and participants can treat their taste buds to tapas-sized culinary masterpieces from 11 of Greenport’s leading chefs, several of whom will serve more than one dish. They’ll also offer wine pairings from local vineyards to accompany their dishes. All proceeds will go to charity.

This inaugural Shellabration will benefit both Greenport’s roller rink restoration project and SPAT (Southold Project in Aquaculture Training), a donation-reliant arm of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program.

Participants must purchase a $10 wristband, available at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, where they can enjoy a free beer and raw bar tasting and get a map of participating village restaurants. Food and wine will be served from noon to 5 p.m. on Dec. 8 and 9.

“This is a great sort of morale booster because the restaurants had to reach out and partner with a vineyard,” said Deborah Pittorino of Cuvée Wine Bar on Front Street. “It’s helping strengthen relationships between our businesses to work in a collaborative manner to get people out there to explore the village in the wintertime.”

Ms. Pittorino said another plus is the benefit will help support “two very worthy causes.”

“SPAT is really an amazing program,” she said. “For many years our shellfish were disappearing and Cornell developed this program to teach people how to cultivate their own oysters. It’s a grass roots movement teaching people how to care for all nature, land and aquatic.”

Cuvée will serve two dishes, perhaps three, that will be paired with wines from Raphael Vineyards in Peconic.

“We’re going to be serving cups of New England clam chowder with local clams paired with Raphael’s Chardeaux, a chardonnay blend, and our signature dish, oysters cuvée, flash-fried oysters on a bed of spinach with truffled beurre blanc, which will be paired with Raphael’s sauvignon blanc,” said Ms. Pittorino.

Getting creative with his dish, chef Scott Bollman at Bruce’s Cheese Emporium said his shop is literally pairing with Osprey’s Dominion. His dish, a Peconic Bay scallop salad to be served with the winery’s unwooded 2010 chardonnay, which is fermented in steel barrels, will resemble an osprey’s nest.

“The marriage of local ingredients is what makes this such a great event,” Mr. Bollman said. “Hopefully it will bring a good amount of people out to Greenport.”

Winemaker Kareem Massoud at Paumanok Vineyards said matching local seafood dishes with local wines is a “natural fit” for an aquaculture festival.

“Light crisp wines with good acidity is the perfect description for what you want to have with shellfish,” Mr. Massoud said. “I think everyone wants to see the Peconic Bay scallop return to its glory days, so we’re happy to help support that effort and if it also helps support the local economy in a slow time, it’s a win-win situation.”

Chef and co-owner Noah Schwartz of Noah’s, also on Front Street, said restaurateurs all support the restoration of the roller rink in the American Legion building on lower Third Street.

“We’re all for the skating rink getting back in action,” Mr. Schwartz said.

At presstime, other restaurants taking part in Shellabration were Biere, Butta Cakes, First and South, Frisky Oyster, Front Street Station, North Fork Oyster Company. Scrimshaw and Vines & Branches. Other wines will be provided by Castello di Borghese, Lieb, Macari, One Woman, Peconic Bay, Shinn and Sparkling Pointe.

American Legion post commander Craig Richter said the group is excited to put the incoming donations from the Shellabration to use at the rink.

“We’ve just about completed the exterior of the building and over the winter we’re going to put in all-new Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant bathrooms, a kitchen and a new floor,” Mr. Richter said. “It’s going to take us a while, but we’re getting closer all the time.”

Kim Tetrault, the aquaculture specialist who heads up the SPAT program, said the program is always thankful for donations and the event is important to reaching one of the group’s goals.

“Our organization promotes the roles that both environmental groups and aquaculture play in the bays and our local community and we want people to come on board with what’s special about the North and South forks,” Mr. Tetrault said. “The Shellabration is exactly that; it’s celebrating everyone coming together to celebrate the fare that is offered here. All of these groups coming together to celebrate, raise awareness and keep our heritage and way of life going. That’s almost more important than the donation.”

For more information, visit shellabration.li.

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