BY HALEY BINN PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC STRIFFLER| August 26, 2010 |
Style & Beauty
GREENPORT IS A WELL-KNOWN destination for those looking to escape the South Fork. You can get there by boat, dock and eat great seafood on the water. But stay a little longer and you’ll discover a town full of artisans who are incredibly passionate about their craft. Be it home-roasted coffee beans, wedding cakes and truffles filled with local liquors, or exotic fare with spices imported from Bali and beyond, this former whaling town is sure to delight all your senses. With a trusted group of designers in tow, I set out for a day of shopping; we also wound up eating our way through town. There was so much to taste and buy that we didn’t even get a chance to ride the newly refurbished merry-go-round in the center of town. We can’t wait to return for more! (Watch video of our visit here.)
OUR ITINERARY 9:45 AM Meet on Ferry Road in North Haven for the Shelter Island South Ferry
10:30 Coffee and scone tasting at Aldo’s
11:00 Shopping at Gallery 429, Beall & Bell
12:30 PM Lunch at Salamander’s Bakery & General Store
1:00 Browse vintage furniture and antiques at The Clearing House
1:30 Dessert and truffles at Sacred Sweets
2:00 Stop at The Furniture Store Antiques
3:00 A quick bite at Bruce’s Cheese Emporium and Café
4:00 Swing through Triangle Sea Sales and The Doofpot
5:00Cocktails at Vine and 1SR
6:00 Catch the ferry back home
LOCAL EATERIES Aldo’s Our first stop of the day, Aldo made each of us a cup of his famous organic and home-roasted coffee. Next, “you start with the lips; you will never forget the first kiss,” he says about his homemade scones with crunchy edges that resemble lips. 105 Front St., 631-477-6300
Noah’s The newest restaurant in town serves small plates and has a raw bar. 136 Front St., 631-477-6720; chefnoahschwartz.com
Sacred Sweets At Miche Bacher’s sweets shop and tasting room, our favorite cookie was the vanilla ginger sable. 120 Front St., 631-477-6762; sacredsweets.com
Salamander’s Bakery & General Store Owner Claudia Helinski travels during the off-season and brings back exotic and foreign recipes and foodstuffs. Everything she serves up is so tasty and fresh, but she’s best known for her “famous and fabulous” fried chicken, which you can smell a block away. 414 First St., 631-477-3711
Sweet Indulgences The most amazing caramels, plus gourmet specialties, gifts and gems. 200 Main St., 631-477-8250; sweet-indulgences.com
Vine and 1SR Joe Watson, owner of Vine and First Street Restaurant, plays groovy tunes, keeps his establishments open year-round, serves the most exotic specialty Champagne cocktails and set up a street-front garden fi lled with fresh herbs that you can pick yourself for teas and mixed drinks. The wines represent Joe’s travels and are constantly in flux. 100 South St., 631-477-6238; vinewinebar.com
DID YOU KNOW?
There are more than 60 restaurants in Greenport—a town the size of Bridgehampton!
SHOPPING LIST Beall & Bell No trip is complete without stopping here for some amazing antique furniture. 430 Main St., 631-477-8239
Burton’s Bookstore An amazing selection, including a vast collection of children’s books. 43 Front St., 631-477-1161
Calypso St. Barth There’s more sale merchandise here than any other location. 15 Front St., 631-477- 2780; calypso-celle.com
The Clearing House Vintage furniture and clothing in an old ice warehouse. 414 First St., 631-477-6262; tchx.net
The Doofpot Imported ceramics and Murano glass. 302 Main St., 631-477-0344
The Furniture Store Antiques The best antique lace and linens; ask for Miz. 214 Front St., 631-477-2980
Gallery 429 Multiple antique vendors under one roof. 429 Main St., 631-477-3070
Lydia’s Antiques For stained glass. 215 Main St., 631-477-1414
Shearer Shop For antiques and folk art. 425 Main St., 631-477-1357
*Note that many stores are closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Every visit to Greenport should include a ride on the newly renovated carousel in Mitchell Park. You can paint your own pottery at Greenport Art & Design(117 Main St., 631-477-2380), work out at Stirling Yoga(308 Main St., 631-848-3913; stirlingyoga.com) or unwind with an alfresco mani-pedi or spa treatment at Special Effects(455 Main St., 631-477-2265; special-effects.com). Sign up for the 45-minute harbor tour on a solar-powered vessel (greenportlaunch.com) or a customized North Fork Experience tour that covers everything from biking and kayaking to cooking, fishing and glass blowing (thenorthforkexperience.com).