NFRES August 2020

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EAST END EATS

The Summer of Outdoor Dining DINING OUTSIDE CAN BE AN EXERCISE IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, TOO BY HANNAH SELINGER

A LURE CHOWDER HOUSE & OYSTER-IA

lobster roll with a tarragon-based aioli; and a

With a sprawling patio that

some of the options.

roasted half chicken with cipollini onions are just

backs up to a marina, practically nothing says summer like A

CLAUDIO’S WATERFRONT

Lure Chowder House & Oyster-

The century-old Claudio’s is now open for the

ia, in Southold. Lauded chef

season, serving up seafood and fun in Greenport.

Tom Schaudel is responsible

The best view, of course, is right on the water. Food

for the smart, seafood-heavy

is casual (think lobster rolls, steamers, burgers, and

menu

features

fish tacos), and the water is visible from all sides;

regularly changing selections,

Claudio’s is basically a peninsula, jutting out on a

like

macadamia-coconut

pier from the Greenport dock. Al fresco dining after

crusted flounder, pan-seared

a spring without restaurants surely doesn’t get better

yellowfin

shrimp

than this. There is, after all, no finer backdrop than

bucatini with heirloom cherry

the bright blue horizon, especially at sunset. In this

tomatoes. Online menus change

restaurant, there is not a bad seat in the house.

here,

which

tuna,

and

frequently, so make sure to check for updated additions. American Beech

D

AMERICAN BEECH The intimate patio at American Beech, also in Greenport, might make you feel like you’re on

JEDEDIAH HAWKINS

Nantucket rather than in Greenport. The décor

exactly as it was in the summer of 2019,

This boutique hotel is surrounded by 22 acres of

is all nautical whites and grays, with shiplap and

but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it for

gardens, which guests can enjoy on their visit.

lantern lighting amplified by the natural outdoor

what it is. This summer is the summer of outdoor

During the day, the restaurant is offering seating

elements. The cozy summer environment is not the

appreciation — of truly seeing the forest (or, as it

on its lovely lawn, which offers a picture-perfect

best part, though; the food is. Fluke crudo, served

were, the beach) for the trees. The North Fork is

view of the farm. By night, guests can dine on the

with cherry puree and pickled fennel, on a recent

home to some of the most architecturally interesting

reservations-only patio. The space is evocative of

menu was superlative, but so was the local charred

restaurant interiors on all of Long Island, but eating

dining in the middle of an old English garden. The

asparagus, bathed in gribiche and made piquant

inside of restaurants is so last year. Still, you don’t have

fresh, produce-focused menu offers something

by pickled onion.

to search the inside to find architectural design that’s

for everyone: mussels with

worthy of a visit. These four North Fork restaurants

a lemongrass and coconut

prove that landscape architecture is just as important

broth; grilled branzino with

as interior design. Check them out this summer, while

wilted kale and cauliflower

the season of outdoor dining is upon us.

rice; a New England-style

“The intimate patio at American Beech, also in Greenport, might make you feel like you’re on Nantucket rather than in Greenport” 16

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Claudio’s Waterfront

Photo: Jake Rajs

ining in the summer of 2020 may not be