Sunday, January 10, 2010

North Fork Table and Inn

Henry and I took a drive over to the north fork last night for an early dinner at North Fork Table and Inn owned by Gerry Hayden and Claudia Fleming. We had our choice of a 5:30 or 9:00 reservation since even in freezing cold weather at a summer beach resort in January the North Fork Table is jam packed on a Saturday night. And, for good reason. We had an over-the-top deliciously prepared local and sustainable meal with equally good wines to pair with the food. Awesome service too!

Despite trying to moderate the calorie intake, HA!, we shared the terrine of Long Island duck and pheasant which was served with crisp toasts lathered in truffle butter. We both savored every bite as we sipped the delicious and memorable North Fork Borghese Vineyard's 2006 Pinot Noir (Cutchogue, NY). Light, dry, and reminiscent of a French Burgundy.

For dinner I had two local and hard-harvested sea scallops served on a bed of local sweet potato and vanilla bean puree, really tiny and very tasty baby Brussels spouts and lardons of smoked bacon. Our waitress suggested a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, Palmer Vineyards 2008, Aquebogue, NY). A Sauv. Blanc with personality. Light, citrusy, and quite yummy. Good choice.

Henry enjoyed the "Cervena" venison which was definitely not local -- it's from New Zealand -- but it was delicious. Tender medallions of rare venison served with Applewood bacon and roasted red beets cooked in a red wine sauce. Cervena venison is pasture raised, grass- and hay- fed and only grown in NZ. It seems to be the venison of choice at top New York retailers and restaurants. For a list of where to buy in NYC click here.

We finished the meal with a gingery, fruity (think really good Christmas dried fruit cake) and delicious Gingerbread Trifle with marscarpone mousse (Claudia Fleming the pastry chef was at Gramercy Tavern and winner of the 2000 James Beard Award before opening North Fork Table and Inn).

North Fork Table and Inn is in the "un-Hamptons" fork of the East End and smack in the middle of wine country. Its dining room is "charming country" (the inn was built in 1790 back in the day when there were over 500 whaling ships in Sag Harbor and Long Island was part of Connecticut) which makes for a lovely setting to showcase their mostly local food.

During the summer, you can make reservations up to a month in advance. Well worth it.

North Fork Table & Inn
57225 Main Road
Southold NY
631-765-0177

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