Thursday, July 14, 2011
Patch contributor C.R. Kahme went to the newly refurbished Lobster Roll Restaurant in Riverhead last week and reviewed a meal and the restaurant's ambiance with some friends.
Ambiance: Last Saturday was a perfect day for trying out the new garden dining experience at the Lobster Roll Northside in Riverhead. The new garden will eventually obscure the traffic from busy Sound Avenue — a great plus. At the time of our visit there had been a temporary tent placed where umbrella-ed tables will sit in the future and live music will fill the air to help diminish the sound of cars passing. This spot typifies the North Fork and is the perfect venue for an afternoon of dining on local pleasures — starting with the lobster roll that gave the place its name.
Bedecked in a floral welcome, the steps to the restaurant open to a display of wonderful salads and desserts, encouraging diners to save room at the end of the meal. Fred Terry Sr. originated the restaurant with its sister establishment in the Hamptons and his daughter Dana Bordsen manages this North Fork version. There are a number of shops in the vicinity to entertain including the Gingerbread University, K & L Savannah Gifts, Baiting Hollow Bakery and Sweet Shop and the Cellar Door.
Lobster bisque ($7.50), lobster slider ($8.95), lobster roll ($22.99), mixed grilled vegetable wrap ($12.95), Manhattan clam chowder ($ 6.50), crispy fish and chip roll ($12.95), Kentucky Derby pie ($8), panna cotta topped with strawberries ($5)
The Lobster bisque is a specialty of the house and absolutely delicious, although there was a skim on the top indicating it sat for a while. The Manhattan clam chowder was full of soft clams and veggies. The lobster slider was a far better buy than the famed lobster roll, but the plate was jam-packed with great potato salad and cole slaw. The fish and vegetable wrap were both tasty and beckon the diner to return. The desserts were out of this world. A delicate panna cotta with fresh local strawberries was a hit and the Kentucky pie was a tempting diversion from standard fare.
The diners: Joan and Mike Furst enjoyed the ambience and the repast with me and my husband, Warren, and marveled that they had never been to visit throughout their many years here on the North Fork. I was disappointed that they chose to serve water in plastic, but our server K.J. was efficient and upbeat and the coordination of the wait staff was professional. Joan and Mike remarked that they would be back even though they thought it was a bit pricey. We all wandered through the shops when the lunch was finished and indulged our senses. All in all, this is a great place for an afternoon outing.
The Lobster Roll Northside is located at 3225 Sound Avenue in Riverhead. Call 631-369-3039.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Ahmad Ali and Friends Town of Islip 2011 Free Summer Concert Series at Gull Haven Golf Course Friday 7:30 PM Ahmad Ali and Friends have been wowing audiences throughout Long Island by performing classics from Sinatra, Motown, Blues, Smooth Jazz, and Pop Classics. Concert location: Carlton Ave., in Central Islip, North of Southern State Pkwy. In Case of Rain concert will move to The Theatre at Town Hall West, 401 Main Street. Islip
Saturday, February 12, 2011
LI Winterfest Jazz on the Vine 2011: Ahmad Ali
- Event Date(s)
- Saturday, February 26 at 4:30 PM.
- Location Sherwood House Vineyards
- Between route 48 and Elijah's Lane
- Mattituck, NY 11952-1709
- Phone: 631-727-0900
- Website: http://liwinterfest.com
- Description: LI Winterfest Jazz on the Vine 2011: Ahmad Ali
Performance by Ahmad Ali, admission includes a glass of wine, Winterfest runs through March 20,