FIVE NEW DISHES TO TRY THIS SPRING
With so many new dining options on the North Fork, the thought of making the right menu choice might make your head spin. We went straight to the source and asked chefs which dishes they’d recommend ordering at their restaurants.
Ellen’s on Front
The Dish: Buttermilk-Brined Double-Fried Duck Wings With Homemade Chow Chow
About the Dish: Chow Chow is a southern condiment made with diced pickled vegetables like green tomatoes and bell peppers.
“The Double-Fried Buttermilk-Brined Duck Wings are an elevated twist on the traditional buffalo wing and Korean fried chicken — which is fried twice for crispiness — and I think it’s going to be a great dish to share at the table,” said owner and chef Jenni Werts. “Instead of chicken, we’re using local Long Island duck and pairing it with Chow Chow. The pickled veggies pair perfectly with the crispy duck — just top it off with a local North Fork beer or glass of white wine for the ultimate summer dinner.”
Ellen’s on Front is expected to open soon at 38 Front St., Greenport
Halyard at Sound View
The Dish: Chilled Asparagus Salad
About the Dish: Local asparagus are first grilled and seasoned with olive oil, then chilled and dotted with a truffled egg yolk mousse. The asparagus is then topped off with a chilled organic, local soft-boiled hen egg with spring herbs like watercress, chervil, miner’s lettuce and parsley to finish.
“The dish was inspired by a classic asparagus and hollandaise, but I wanted a variation that could be served chilled,” said executive chef Stephan Bogardus. “The truffle mousse is something I picked up from working under Thomas Keller at The French Laundry earlier this year, with the truffle being utilized for its unique, earthy flavor and to set a luxurious tone to the dish.”
Halyard at Sound View is located at 58775 County Road 48, Greenport
The Dish: North Fork Farm Fresh Vegetable Tasting
About the Dish: A presentation of mashed Long Island potatoes, smashed carrots, shaved local zucchini, mushroom risotto cake, fresh mozzarella with grilled tomato and an olive oil drizzle.
“This dish is a crowd-pleaser, especially for the health-minded foodies,” said co-owner Carol Wendelken. “We feel good about supporting our family-owned business and the farming community.”
North Tavern is located at 2028 North Country Road, Wading River
North Fork Table & Inn
The Dish: Spring Asparagus
About the Dish: Local asparagus with a Feisty Acres Farm quail egg, green garlic emulsion and toasted pistachios.
“I came to the North Fork in the winter, when things were pretty dormant, so it’s exciting to witness the spring season here and everything it offers,” said executive chef Brian Wilson. “The dish is a celebration of spring and new green growth. We focus on seasonal offerings at the North Fork Table & Inn, and asparagus — along with green garlic — are just a few of the many beautiful items available in spring. We also want to use as many local products as possible, so the asparagus, garlic and quail eggs are all from local purveyors.”
North Fork Table & Inn is located at 57225 Main Road, Southold
The Dish: The Northforker
About the Dish: Pizza made with housemade mozzarella, mascarpone, kale, red onion, garlic, pine nuts, Pecorino Romano, basil and extra virgin olive oil.
“The Northforker is one of our specialty Neapolitan pizzas, baked for 60 to 90 seconds in our imported wood-fired Stefano Ferrara oven,” said owner and chef Jeffrey Marrone. “The Northforker is a harmonious union of flavors and textures.”
Pizza Rita is located at 55 Middle Road, Mattituck