The Preston House & Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Riverhead opposite the Long Island Aquarium, recently celebrated their one year anniversary. The restaurant and hotel opened its doors on Valentine’s Day in 2018 and continues to be a favorite dining destination, especially for those who appreciate a unique historic backdrop reminiscent of the gilded age paired with hearty, locally focused fare.
Anchored together with their five-story boutique hotel, The Preston House is ideal for a weekend getaway for Long Island locals and visitors to the region for the first time. The property is perfectly situated at the mouth of both the North and South Forks.
For this particular winter visit, the menu focused on cozy, seafood dishes and ‘land’ specialties with an emphasis on abundant, seasonal vegetables with a multitude of textures. To start, we had the tuna tartare special and Pan Seared Judith Point Calamari: watermelon radishes, fat green olives, sweet chili jelly ($16).
Our entrees were the Shinnecock Sea Scallops: smashed cauliflower, roasted fennel & leeks, watercress, chervil velouté ($36); and Crescent Farm Duck Confit: farrotto, herbed artichokes, house made chutney ($36). The creamy smashed cauliflower paired with the pan seared scallops creates such a comforting pairing, and the house made chutney is outstanding. Chef Matthew ‘Matty’ Boudreau is always on point, and he has a very calm, pleasant demeanor if you ever meet/met him. It is apparent instantaneously that plenty of care went into crafting this menu.
For dessert, we each split the Burnt Basque Cheesecake: organic meyer lemon curd ($12). A dessert I would not usually order, though I am glad I did as it was highly recommended by the team. Chef outdid himself here; the refreshing essence of lemon in each bite was developed out of his travels to Spain. In fact, most of his dishes entwine travel with local ingredients.
Come in for East End Restaurant Week. Restaurant Week takes place March 31-April 7. Final seating on April 7th is at 7pm. The restaurant is also popular for private events, including in their downstairs wine cellar and lounge.
A prix fixe menu is available every evening except Saturday. Dinner is currently served six days a week (closed Tuesdays), lunch is served Wednesday-Fridays, and brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays.
https://theprestonhouseandhotel.com // 631-775-1550