After reading Newsday's article about Antares Cafe, I thought I would check out one of the places that's helping Northfork to become a dining destination. After reading this description, "Confit of Long Island duck is rich and right, with slightly crispy skin. The bird's nest is a warming puree of turnips of lemony green beans. Tender, house-smoked chicken breasts with zesty black olives, cubed bacon and vegetables, are fittingly presented in earthenware," I was dialing the phone number to make a reservation. I was lucky to get in before he closed for the winter (rumor is chef Matt Murphy is at Jedediah's shaking up the kitchen).
I was pleasantly surprised at the welcoming atmosphere the place it exudes. It's causal atmosphere and sophisticated entrees have me hooked on the restaurant. The staff is equally warm and friendly. The backdrop filled with boats has me yearning to go back in the summer where I'll eat outside and take in the lively atmosphere...even in December I enjoyed taking in all the sites.
I ordered the Long Island Island duck, which a friend also gave high recommendations for, and it lived up to the all the hype and then some. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Who would have ever thought that tucked away by a boating dock is come of the juiciest duck perfectly complimented by its sides. Flavours explode in your mouth.
Antares Cafe definitely gets two thumbs up. I left North Fork a little more curious what other dining gems may lie in the sleepy town. I might have to check out what Mr. Murphy is up to over at Jedediah's in Jamesport until Antares Cafe opens back up.
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