Our readers share their picks for Best of the North Fork in food and drink

If the results of our readers’ choice poll for Best of the North Fork is any indication, our readers like to start their days off in Mattituck with breakfast at Love Lane Kitchen or a sweet treat at nearby North Fork Doughnut Co.

When they’re feeling healthy, they might head a bit farther east for a juice at The Giving Room in Southold or to pick up produce at Sang Lee Farms in Peconic.

The Best of the North Fork results are in and we’re happy to report our readers have great taste.

For the month of July we asked readers to vote in 58 categories, choosing from our staff choices for Best of the North Fork winners in food, wine, outdoors and more. All told, several thousand votes were cast in the inaugural Reader’s Choice contest.

Voting in some of the categories was close. Take for example Best Date Spot, in which American Beech in Greenport narrowly outpaced its equally impressive neighbor The Frisky Oyster.

Best Deli was another close matchup, with Ammirati’s in Mattituck finishing a handful of votes ahead of the nearby Wendy’s Deli. It’s likely no surprise both places, which maintain a particularly friendly rivalry, fared well in the contest. Just like it’s no shocker Southold Fish Market handily claimed a pair of readers’ choice awards for Best Seafood Spot and Best Lobster Roll.

Charlie Manwaring of Southold Fish Market has plenty to smile about after claiming two Readers Choice Awards in our first annual Best of the North Fork listings. (Credit: David Benthal)

The Main Road market and restaurant wasn’t the only double “Best Of” winner. Hellenic Snack Bar and Restaurant in East Marion was the top vote getter for both Best Family Restaurant and Best Mainstay; Lucharitos in Greenport and its younger sibling Little Lucharitos in Aquebogue won for Best Mexican and Latin Food and Best Takeout Spot, respectively; Lombardi’s Love Lane Market in Mattituck claimed top honors for Best Market and Best Caterer; and North Fork Table and Inn bested the competition for Best Special Occasion Restaurant and Best Food Truck.

Of course the awards didn’t just recognize the best in food and one local restaurant showed they serve up both good eats and drinks. That would be New Suffolk’s Legends, which our readers selected for Best Wings and Best Sports Bar.

The drink categories produced a wide variety of Readers’ Choice selections. Brix & Rye in Greenport was voted Best Cocktail Spot a short walk away from Claudio’s Waterfront, the Best Place to Grab a Drink.

Our readers also selected Macari Vineyards in Mattituck as Best Winery and Croteaux Vineyards in Southold for Best Tasting Room. Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. claimed bragging rights for Best Brewery and North Fork Roasting Company was Best Coffee House.

Below is the complete list of readers’ choice poll winners for our “eat and drink” categories. Check back Wednesday for the “live and breathe” selections.

Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck was voted Best Breakfast and Brunch Spot. Credit: David Benthal


Best Breakfast and Brunch Spot: Love Lane Kitchen, Mattituck

Best Deli: Ammirati’s of Love Lane, Mattituck

Best Date Spot: American Beech, Greenport

Best Takeout Spot: Little Lucharitos, Aquebogue

Best Mainstay: Hellenic Snack Bar and Restaurant, East Marion

Best for Healthy Eating: The Giving Room, Southold

Best Market: Lombardi’s Love Lane Market, Mattituck

Best Special Occasion Restaurant: North Fork Table and Inn, Southold

Best Seafood Spot: Southold Fish Market, Southold

Best Waterfront Dining: The Halyard, Greenport

Best Family Restaurant: Hellenic Snack Bar and Restaurant, East Marion

Best Chef: Noah Schwartz, Noah’s, Greenport

Best Food Truck: North Fork Food Truck, Southold

Best Farm Stand: Sang Lee Farms, Peconic

Best Caterer: Lombardi’s Love Lane Market, Mattituck

Best Mexican and Latin Food: Lucharitos, Greenport

Best Asian Food: Tony’s Fusion North, Mattituck

Best Italian Food: Il Giardino by John Gambino, Aquebogue

Best Pies: Briermere Farms, Riverhead

Best Ice Cream Spot: Magic Fountain, Mattituck

Best Sweets & Treats: North Fork Doughnut Co., Mattituck

Best Bagels: Goldberg’s Famous Bagels, locations in Jamesport, Mattituck and Greenport

Best Gourmet Pizza: 1943 Pizza Bar, Greenport

Best Burger: Barrow Food House, Aquebogue

Best Wings: Legends, New Suffolk

Best Lobster Roll: Southold Fish Market, Southold

Macari vineyards was voted Best Winery by our readers. Courtesy Photo


Best Winery: Macari Vineyards, Mattituck

Best Tasting Room: Croteaux Vineyards, Southold

Best Brewery: Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., Greenport and Peconic

Best Spirits: LIV Long Island Spirits, Baiting Hollow

Best Cocktail Spot: Brix & Rye, Greenport

Best Sports Bar: Legends, New Suffolk

Best Place to Grab a Drink: Claudio’s Waterfront, Greenport

Best Tea or Coffee House: North Fork Roasting Company, Southold

Best Winemaker: Kareem Massoud, Paumanok and Palmer Vineyards, both in Aquebogue