Recently, North-Forks had a fantastic dinner at tRP, The Riverhead Project . For those who haven’t been there, it’s a study in repurposed space. A former bank, the Riverhead Project has made full use of those bones. The former teller windows are now private banquettes, the vault is still in place in the basement for private parties.
The vibe is very swanky. In the bar area, you immediately get the feeling that you’re awaiting the arrival of your friends, Frank, Sammy, and Dean for a cocktail. There’s a long gas fireplace that separates the bar from restaurant seating and the feeling of swank doesn’t dissipate, even if you choose the outdoor seating.
The wait staff are all meticulously trained. Their water filtration system allows them to give you home-bottled flat or sparkling water and it is rare to find an empty bottle as they are regularly snatched and replaced lest you feel thirst. The menu is concise yet covers ground for all palates, from the vegetarian to the strict carnivore and comes out of the kitchen cooked to perfection and elegantly plated.
They serve beer, wine, and their custom cocktails, with a healthy mix of local and worldly labels.
Each week there is a themed event night: The Wine Project, The Movie Project, The Book Project. It’s just as exciting as it sounds, food and beverages paired to cinema, book discussions, or a wine pairing. These events don’t take over the restaurant, but occupy a long table that allows the restaurant to function as normal while this goes on. They’re fun and well curated and definitely worth experiencing at least once.