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New Hotel Set to Open in Greenport on Long Island’s North Fork

Greenport, LI harbor. Photo: Laura B. Weiss.

A new hotel–Bego Azair Hotel–may open any time now, at least that’s the word on the street in Greenport on Long Island’s North Fork.

“Maybe July 1,” said a worker putting what looked to be the finishing touches on the shingled Victorian building when asked about the expected opening date.

The renovated structure, located on Main Street just around the corner from the Greenport Brewery, is decked out in sunny yellow with green trim. No word on the rooms or pricing. It also looks like there will be retail going into the first floor space facing the street.

More info to come.  Send me tips about the Bego Azair Hotel.

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Best Birthday Cake in NY Area? Greenport’s Butta’ Cakes Delivers Again

Birthday Cake from Butta' Cakes. Photo: Laura B. Weiss

I loathe birthday cake—too sweet, to sticky-icky. But Butta’ Cake’s birthday cake is a thing of joy—no matter what age you’re turning.

(See my review of Butta’ Cakes luscious cupcakes)

For my hubby’s birthday, I ordered a chocolate cake with mocha icing. We’re big fans of the cupcakes from this small East End bakery located in Greenport, LI, but I wasn’t sure their baker could pull off a standard size cake.

What made this birthday cake so outstanding?

The icing: Not too sweet, but sinfully rich. And they must apply it with a fire hose. If you’re an icing freak, this is the birthday cake for you.

The cake: Usually, the cake layers in your run of the mill birthday cake are too dry and/or cloyingly sweet. Butta Cakes’ devil’s food layers are deeply chocolaty and moist.

They’ll do just about any frosting/cake combo you want. These birthday cakes are worth the trip. In fact, why not order one, then stop at on of the North Fork’s wineries for a little vino to top off your celebration?

What are your favorite bakeries for purchasing birthday cakes?

Butta’ Cakes
119 Main St.
Greenport, NY
631 477-6666
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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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Beer: New Brewery Set to Open in Greenport, LI

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On the North Fork of Long Island, a new type of tasting experience is in the works—and it isn’t happening at the area’s vineyards.

Beer drinkers, welcome to wine country.

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

Final touches are being added to the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, set to open in mid-June in the Long Island seaport village. On tap will be free tastings of three different types of suds—a pale ale, an IPA, and a porter.

Co-founders John Liegey, 45, and Richard Vandenburgh, 46, emphasize that their operation is not a brewpub, but a working brewery. Suds fans can watch the process of beer making at the brewery, which is situated in a renovated Greenport fire house.

“We’re the antithesis of Budweiser,” says the ruggedly handsome Vanderburgh, who along with co-owner Liegey, brims with enthusiasm for the craft of artisan beer production.

“We’re not commercially driven but the story of what beer could be,” he adds.

Initially, the brewery will be open for tastings from Thursdays through Sundays. Along with free tastings, the brewery will fill you your growler, too, for around $10-$14 per refill.

So what’s a microbrewery doing in wine country? I always thought wine—not beer—was what the North Fork of Long Island is all about.

Beer is “a complement not a conflict” to the wines grown in the area, insists Liegey.

On this sunny May day, I watched as the two men, friends since college, worked feverishly to complete the transformation of the boxy fire station into a brewery. The sound of hammers and saws filled the air, which smelled of sawdust and plaster.

Upstairs on the second floor is where the grain will be milled. On the first floor, loom three huge stainless steel fermenting tanks, each one holding 930 gallons. A glass partition will divide the viewing room from the space with the beer making activities. Vintage touches, like the original tin ceiling, will remain. (One reasons for the do-it-yourself initiative is that the partners closed on the building on Sept. 17—two days after Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. Money has been tighter than expected.)

The pair of beer makers, along with head brewer DJ Swanson, hope that local farmers will start growing hops for their operation. And, eventually, they want to sell Greenport Harbor Brewing Company beer to local restaurants and retailers.

But for now, it’s all about tasting the new beers.

It’s ” not a place that’s a drinking establishment,” Liegey emphasizes.  It’s “not unlike a farm stand: you look at the produce and say I’ll take that that looks good.”

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
234 Carpenter Street
631-477-6681
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