If you are looking for a fun, affordable, laid-back spot to eat lunch while taking a break from the usual burgers and fries, The North Fork Shack is your place to be. Located on Country Road 48 in Southold, this new eatery was open just a couple of months ago by owners, Sami Sabil and Ryan Flatley. The idea for The North Fork Shack was born out of their successful catering business, Creative Courses Catering. Their catering company does it all: luncheons, sunset weddings, cocktail parties, benefits for local charities, and more. The company was founded about eight years ago when they both started at the North Fork Table & Inn.
The Shack’s menu focuses on local seafood bites including clam chowder, ceviches, fish sandwiches, tacos, and tostadas. During my visit, I had the pleasure of trying several of their popular dishes, and sat down with Sabil to discuss the menu and what to expect from The North Fork Shack this summer.
Menu items I tasted include:
- Local Fish Ceviche [Fluke] with Taro Root ($12.95)
- Vegetable Spring Rolls with Thai-Chili sauce ($5.25)
- Local Fish Sandwich: with tomato, arugula & Old Bay aioli ($11.95)
- Pulled Lamb on pita with cucumber yogurt sauce, charmoula/pickled veggies ($12.25)
- Pulled Chicken Taco & Marinated Skirt Steak Tostada: served on soft or hard corn tortilla
with pickled red onion, chipotle cabbage slaw, avocado & quest fresco ($3.50)
Everything on the menu was excellent; my two favorites were the Local Fish Sandwich and the Pulled Lamb on pita. My suggestion for the pita is top it with less arugula, revealing more of the pulled lamb. The fish sandwich was crispy and flaky, served on a sesame bun, and I really enjoyed the cole slaw on the side.
“We wanted the food to have a beach, laid-back feel, and the food to be very approachable price and taste wise,” says Sabil. “We intend to change the menu every two months.” Specials rotate every three days to a week.
The North Fork Shack works closely with Sang Lee Farms in Peconic, and Southold Fish Market.
Ryan Flatley’s wife is Rachel Flatley, the Pastry Chef for Honest Restaurants including Nick and Toni’s and Rowdy Hall. She bakes a variety of cupcakes and cookies daily that are sold at The North Fork Shack including Marshmallow and Pistachio cupcakes ($250-$3/each). The flavors change regularly.
The North Fork Shack is open Wednesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner 11:30am-9pm. Gluten-free menu options are available.
http://www.thenorthforkshack.com // 631-876-5566