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Looking for decent food in Long Island Wine Country

Lucho | Nov 3, 2001 09:17 PM

Today I had my first excursion (maybe too late in the year) to the wineries of Long Island. Not That I love LI wine, but my secret hope was that a place close to the sea with a lively wine scene, might produce some great sea food. On my route through Jamesport, Cutchogue and Peconic nothing caught really my eye, but close to Greenport I saw a place called the Seafood Barge, that looked nice from the outside, and looked even better from the inside, with a great view to the Bay.
The menu should have warned me: too many adjectives describing the ingredients; too many ingredients mentioned. Any ways, it was a nice day and we were an optimistic and very hungry party.
So we ordered from the "specials of the day menu", and also ordered some of the recommended obscure LI wines.
The wine came first, and it should have warned us again. I'm no wine expert, but have been drinking here and there for many, many years, and harsh Pinot noirs and uncouth Merlots are not my favorite thing.
But we were hungry, and happy and the water tasted great so, with great patience we waited about an hour for our food.
Tough luck. Our rare tuna came overcooked to wooden dryness, we got a perfectly flavorless swordfish surrounded by tomatoes with the bland texture that nor even Denny's can provide in the graveyard shift, and the culprit of the delay, a breast of duck, look and taste was closer to the flavor of coal than to a decent bird.
Now, the real problem is that I want to go back to the north fork of Long Island. It is truly a beautiful place that gave us a lot of good vibes. But a long trip without the hope of great food at the end can be extremely frustrating. So, I ask again, dear brethren, does anybody know about a good place preferably seafood in Long Island Wine Country?

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