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North Fork: Nello’s Owner to Open New Restaurant in Greenport

Is Greenport, on the North Fork of Long Island becoming unbearably gentrified?  You draw your own conclusions.

But one sign of the times is the looming presence of a North Fork version of Nello, the Upper East Side boite that’s home to the rich and hoping-to-be-rich. The Greenport eatery is to be called Seaweed and will be located in the white clapboard house at 314 Main Street that once housed restaurant Ile de Beauté.

Proprietor Nello Balan already has a beachead on the East End. He currently oversees Nello Summertimes, in Southamption, best known for its sky-high prices and glitterati clientele.

North Fork, LI farm stand

North Fork, LI farmstand.

Why is this epicenter of glitz dining locating in what’s still a low-key North Fork seaport village surrounded by farmland and vineyards? After all, Nello prices seem way beyond the day trippers and families with kids in tow who still make up most of Greenport’s tourist trade. The eatery’s New York menu features a $60 veal chop, a tad steep in these recessionary times. And the NY Times in 2005 called the prices at the Southamption place “obscene.”

For the Hamptons set, Nello Summertimes seems like a great fit. But will it work for Greenport?

The planned North For eatery, will be “different” than his other establishments, Balan insisted in a phone interview, adding that he wanted a place that’s  “accessible” to Greenporters, both natives and visitors alike. That includes “the rich and not very rich,”  he said. The prices for dishes on the “Mediterranean with Long Island hints” menu will “compare with everybody around there” who operates a restaurant, he said.

Across the street from the new establishment, Balan will also be in charge of the cafe in the new upscale hotel that’s taking shape this summer. It’s also set to open in May 2010.

For all his posh dining credentials, Balan appears to be trying to ease into the mellow Greenport groove.

“I love Greenport,” he said. “It’s very unspoied.  People are nice. This part of Long Island is very special.” He’s even looking for a house in the area.

And the Hamptons?

“In Southampton they live like they live in the city,” he sniffed, already assuming that North Fork ‘tude toward the more upscale crowd to the south.

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North Fork, LI: Greenport Brewery Opens

Photo:  Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.

Photo: Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.

Long Island beer lovers and visitors to the North Fork, take note: Greenport Harbor Brewing Company has opened for business.

Photo:  Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.

Photo: Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.

These are not suds for whimps; Greenport Harbor’s beer is very hoppy. But I especially loved the Summer Ale, which is light and fruity. Head Brewer DJ Swanson told me he injects honey into the summer brew after its filtered. That probably accounts for the slightly sweet taste. Other offerings include Harbor Ale, which is like an English pale ale, and a deep, rich IPA, with faint caramel notes.

You can bring your own growler or buy one at the brewery.

Prices:

  • Free tastes
  • Growler plus beer–$17
  • Growler refill–$12
  • Glases, 4 oz ($3.75) and pint ($6.00).

Hours: Friday-Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. While the Brewery isn’t officially open during the week, Swanson will fill up your growler if you stop by.

For more on Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, click here.

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
234 Carpenter Street
631-477-6681
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Best Cupcakes in New York Area? Greenport’s Butta’ Cakes Delivers Bliss

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Update: Butta’ Cakes Birthday Cakes: The Best in NY Area?

If you’re looking for a great cupcake–one of the best I’ve sampled–you’ll have to drive a couple of hours to Greenport on Long Island’s North Fork. There, you’ll find vineyards laced with vines just beginning to bud. But the sumptuous cupcakes at new Greenport Bakery Butta’ Cakes are more intoxicating than the local wines. In fact, for pure carb delight, I’d go with these cupcakes over a glass of North Fork vino any day of the week.

In Greenport, the charming seaport town on the spine of land that’s flanked by Peconic Bay and Long Island Sound, owner Marc LaMaina just opened up Butta’ Cakes on Main Street this past weekend. Now, the heavenly treats are rolling out of the new bake shop’s ovens.

Owner LaMaina spent the last several years working at a bakery in South Carolina, and his pastry chef, Christine Thompson, attends a local community college culinary school. At one point, she was a cake decorator for the bakery section of a supermarket. But this woman is much more than a grocery store baker.

One Butta’ Cakes cupcake I’ll come back for is composed of vanilla cake with Italian meringue butter cream frosting. Airy, yet rich the cake was the perfect complement to the luscious buttery frosting. Other combinations include Belgian chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream frosting, Guinness cake (yes, it’s made with the beer), and a luscious looking lemon cake topped with a lemon-vanilla frosting.

As we stepped outside the shop onto Main Street, three beefy guys were standing nearby, each one downing fistfuls of cupcakes. “Mmmm,” they sighed with each bite, rolling their eyes heavenward.

The cupcakes are priced at 2.75 each, with one dozen for $30.

LaMaina  says they’ll be offering up cookies soon. Breakfast is being planned as well, with selections consisting of  fresh croissants, danish and muffins. By summer, the bakery hopes to to offer a simple menu of egg sandwiches made on their  fresh baked bread. A cheese and dessert fondue menu will be on tap soon, from 7 pm-11 pm.

Butta’ Cakes
119 Main St.
Greenport, NY
631 477-6666

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