Jedediah Hawkins Inn is surrounded by farms and orchards for pumpkin and apple picking as well as hay rides and corn mazes. Enjoy also sipping apple cider and tasting the delicious apple and pumpkin pies. Bring the family and stop by our restaurant afterwards for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 am and dinner from 5 pm.
Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm, Aquebogue 631-722-3467
Updated July 8, 2015 11:24 AM
By PETER M. GIANOTTI, ERICA MARCUS AND JOAN REMINICK
The lobster is Long Island’s king of crustaceans and year-round marine mascot. Come summer, Homarus americanus takes on a still greater role: the centerpiece of numerous specials at restaurants in Nassau and Suffolk. You’ll find lobsters pristinely steamed or broiled, butter-poached or stuffed, starring in a clambake or atop a plate of pasta or in a sushi roll, and doubtless in whatever the chef’s next burst of imagination will allow.
Here are several spots where you may, to borrow a familiar phrase, get crackin’.
Jedediah Hawkins Inn, Jamesport: The handsome grounds of this meticulously restored, Italianate-Victorian landmark inn are the perfect setting for a lazy, lobster-filled afternoon. Enjoy the house’s traditional clambake, which stars lobster, clams and mussels all steamed in lobster broth with local corn on the cob and new potatoes. Available Sunday nights, starting at 4 p.m. Price: $35.
Eric’s Italian Bistro, Mineola: The lunch or dinner lobster specials at Eric’s Italian Bistro include steamed twin lobsters with marinara sauce, a 1 1/2-pound lobster fra diavolo, stuffed lobster accented with garlic and Cognac, lobster ravioli and broiled Brazilian lobster tails. A salad, soup or shrimp-and-shiitake mushroom risotto are the appetizer selections. Available daily through the summer, depending on supply. Price: $32.95
Nautilus Cafe, Freeport: Many lobster specials involve a “chicken” lobster (1 to 1 1/4 pounds) surrounded by a lot of other shellfish and vegetables. But according to Brian Crofton, chef-owner of Nautilus Cafe, “a chix is an appetizer.” Nautilus’ special consists of a 2- to 2 1/4-pound bruiser. The lobsters come from Jordan Lobster Farms in Island Park, and Crofton orders mostly females, which have wider tails and contain roe. Each lobster comes with a choice of Caesar or a mixed-green salad or soup. Available Mondays for lunch and dinner. Price: $37
Jewel, Melville: The lobster special at Tom Schaudel’s opulent eatery is all about choices: You can tackle a steamed 2-pounder, or eschew the lobster crackers in favor of a fork to enjoy fettuccine with lobster or butter-poached lobster with mushroom risotto. Chopsticks (or your fingers) are the right tools for an option from Jewel’s sushi bar, the Be-Ju lobster roll with lobster, crab, avocado, cucumber and soy paper. Precede the lobster with a choice of Long Island fish chowder or Caesar salad; follow it with caramel-Nutella cake or strawberry cheesecake. Available Fridays for dinner. Price: $45
Fatfish Wine Bar and Bistro, Bay Shore: With its serene, canal-side location, Fatfish is one of Long Island’s prettiest summer dining spots. On Mondays, you can also enjoy the beautiful sight of a 1 1/2-pound steamed Maine lobster. The meal starts with a grilled vegetable salad, and the lobster is accompanied by mussels in red or white sauce, roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables (usually corn on the cob). Price: $32
The Patio, Freeport: True to its name, much of this restaurant sprawls over a patio overlooking the marina’s bobbing boats. On Wednesday nights, chef Alex Algieri offers two lobster specials. The first includes soup, salad and unlimited pots containing a 1 1/4-pound lobster, clams, mussels, potatoes and corn. The second includes soup and salad and a 1 3/4-pound lobster stuffed with shrimp and crab, accompanied by grilled corn and house frites. To go with everything: live music. Price: $29.95
Peter’s Clam Bar, Island Park: Now celebrating its 75th anniversary, this recently refurbished seafood restaurant offers its Tuesday lobster special at dinner only. You may get cracking in the dining room or dining patio, overlooking the water. Included in the deal are a 1 1/2-pound lobster with two sides, usually potato and asparagus. Price: $19.95
Harbor Mist, Cold Spring Harbor: Harbor Mist’s gracious second-story dining room has a stunning water view, especially in the evenings when the sun sets over the bobbing boats in Cold Spring Harbor. The restaurant offers its lobster special every day except Friday and Saturday: a large (at least 1 3/4 pounds) steamed lobster preceded by soup or salad and followed by dessert. Price: $45
Louie’s Oyster Bar and Grille, Port Washington: Two 1 1/4-pound lobsters are preceded by either Louie’s excellent New England clam chowder or a house salad accompanied by mussels, clams, corn on the cob and a baked potato. Follow up with Key lime pie or ice cream. Enjoy it all in one of Louie’s classic oyster bar dining rooms or on the outdoor deck overlooking Manhasset Bay. Available Mondays and Tuesdays for dinner, and sometimes lunch. Price: $39
We’re happy to be offering Artisanal premium cheese plates from our shop by the pond, curated by Artisanal’s fromagier. Enjoy them on our lawn, porch or by the firepit with a glass of your favorite North Fork wine. (Saturday and Sundays from noon to 7 pm.
These three plates are offered now but they will be rotating:
artisanal new world collection Goat Camembert (Goat, NYS), St. Stephens (Cow, NYS) Cheddar 2-year (Cow, VT) Ballston Blue (Cow, NYS)
artisanal old world collection Robiola Due Latti (Cow/Goat, Italy), Devon Oake (Cow, England)
Tomme Fermiere D’Alsace (Cow, France), Gruyere (Cow, Switzerland)
artisanal old & new world collection Grassias (Cow/Goat, USA-Texas), Garrotxa – (Goat, Spain), Ubriaco Di Raboso – (Cow, Italy), Uplands – (Cow, USA-Wisconsin)
We’ll be serving them with specialty honey, chutney, nuts and freshly baked baguettes. Come in to our shop for a taste of gourmet products!
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Inducted into ‘Hall of Fame’ of Five-time Certificate of Excellence Winners on the World’s Largest Travel Site
Jedediah Hawkins Inn has been recognized as a TriAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honor those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.
Being awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row and inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ is a true source of pride for the entire team at Jedediah Hawkins Inn and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor.
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More than 900 signatures back Jedediah Hawkins in online petition
An online petition to “Save Jedediah Hawkins Inn” now has more than 900 signatures in support of allowing outdoor events at the historic structure on South Jamesport Avenue.
The Inn, built in 1863, is once again before the Riverhead Town Zoning Board of Appeals seeking permission to have outdoor catered events, something it has done annually since 2008. Indoor catered events are permitted, but outdoors events are not, which is why the ZBA variance is needed.
The prior ZBA approvals have limited the number of outdoor events to four per month, and imposed 125 person limits, banned parking on the road, required noise meter monitoring and enacted a 9:30 p.m. curfew. The approvals also have only been good for one year.
ZBA members last month indicated they may reach a verdict Thursday in Town Hall. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.
At the two hearings held earlier this year, some neighbors have complained about loud music from the outdoor events. Pam Hunt, a representative for the Inn, says it has hosted only two outdoor events under tents last year and has had only one noise complaint in the past four years.
Ms. Hunt said the Inn also complied with all the conditions the ZBA put on its prior approvals. She said the restaurant cannot survive without outdoor events and that it’s difficult for people to book weddings at the Inn without knowing more than a year in advance if the Inn can have outdoor events.
“I have become tired of the small group of people who claim to represent the community,” Ms. Hunt said by email Tuesday. “I am a member of this community and I know so many people who love the Inn. So I decided to convince the owner of the inn to post a petition to show support for saving the Inn from economic ruin. In less than a week, we received over 850 signatures and over 300 comments, all positive. I am sending the Board the link to the petition so they can read it before the meeting. I am hopeful that such an outpouring of support will help to ameliorate the damage done by the four or five people who continue to try to close the Inn down for no apparent reason.”
Bill Welsh, who lives across the street from the Inn, said at the April 23 hearing that his main problem is with amplified music coming from the Inn at outdoor events.
Georgette Keller, a former president of the Jamesport-South Jamesport Civic Association, said the Inn was reluctant to give up amplified music during meetings with then-proprietor Keith Luce in prior years to resolve the problem, and there have not been any such meeting since.
At the last hearing on April 23, ZBA members said they’d like to see some information proving the Inn is in bad shape financially and they said they feel Inn owner Lia Polites should address the board herself, instead of sending a representative. Ms. Hunt said Ms. Polites does not like to speak in public.
Ms. Hunt said the Inn went into foreclosure in 2010 and Ms. Polites bought out the mortgage to keep the bank from taking it.
The petition, on a web site called iPetitions.com, asks people to sign it, post comments, write letters to the ZBA and come to the meeting on May 14 to show their support for the Inn.