Not too long ago, Chinese takeout was the extent of Asian food on the North Fork. Not anymore. Now we’ve got Japanese, Korean and all sorts of Asian fusion. When you’re craving something other than classic American, New American, Greek, Italian, or Latin, here’s a roundup of the North Fork’s best spots for Asian fare.
1. China Kitchen
China Kitchen in Greenport is a classic take out joint. It’s far from fancy, but the food is good. There are a few tables and chairs if you want to eat in, but the ambiance is much better across the street in the park. You can see the staff cook the food behind the counter, and the service is fast, if not always that friendly. I’m partial to the sesame chicken, vegetable lo mein, vegetable egg foo young, moo shu pork, and spare ribs.
For a step up, head to Jan’s in Mattituck, next to the movie theater. There’s more seating, and the decor is a bit more well kept. If you stay, you’ll get your dishes served on real plates, but the free water and tea is self-serve in styrofoam cups. Again, not fancy, but delicious. The beef with eggplant is highly recommended.
Sakura has a location in Riverhead as well as in Greenport. Both spots serve decent sushi, tempura, hibachi, and other Japanese fare. You can get take out as well as stay and get wait service in both locations. There are a few outside tables in Greenport, right on Front Street, which can be nice on a summer day. Special rolls like the Las Vegas roll (salmon, crab and cream cheese deep fried) are fun and tasty. Check out the specials and try the uni (sea urchin) if it’s available and you’re adventurous.
4. Tony’s Asian Fusion
Tony’s Asian Fusion has locations in Mattituck, Westhampton and Hampton Bays. The large menu of Japanese, Chinese and Thai dishes can be overwhelming, but at least there’s something for everyone. Simple meals of dumplings and hand rolls never disappoint.
5. Industry Standard
Industry Standard in Greenport takes fusion to another level. Chef Greg Ling changes the menu weekly, and it contains a rotating hodge-podge of American, Chinese, Korean, Middle Eastern, Italian, Latin American, and Vietnamese influences. The Korean Fried Chicken (KFC) rice bowl, Spring Vegetable Yakiudon, Pho and Pork Belly Garlic Noodles are standouts.
6. Stirling Sake
Stirling Sake, also in Greenport, is the place to go for high end Japanese food. With a changing menu featuring local seafood and produce, the restaurant also features an extensive sake list as well as local beer and wines. The sushi and sashimi is fresh and beautiful, sometimes freshly caught locally by the chefs themselves, with interesting and rare additions like squid and fluke. On a chilly night, the Tonkotsu Ramen is fortifying and filling, especially paired with an appetizer of local roasted vegetables in season.