While some of the best bars in NYC are indeed running red and white these days—just look at these cool new spins on the wine bar—if you’re looking to get outta town, look no further than these North Fork wineries. The Long Island stretch boasts a fruitful bunch of vineyards that are well worth the two-hour trip. Curious about what to hit up? We’ve got you covered. Just follow the map below.
North Fork wineries road trip
Best North Fork wineries
Your day of vino begins at this vineyard’s 19th-century tasting barn, which is just under two hours from the city. Drink your way through five tasting flights ($18 per person), and fortify for the afternoon with complimentary olives and cheese. (You’ll need it.) 1216 Main Rd, Jamesport (631-722-5256, jamesportwines.com). Parties of eight or more require a reservation.
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At this 500-acre waterfront respite, you’ll sip award-winning wines (five tastings for $20), and if you explore outside, you might spy some of the horses, Texas Longhorn cattle, ducks, rabbits and Spanish goats that call the family-owned farm home. 150 Bergen Ave, Mattituck (631-298-0100, macariwines.com). Parties of six or more require a reservation.
While a reservation is recommended for a spot in the swoonworthy early-20th-century farmhouse tasting room, walk-in guests can enjoy a bottle and a packed picnic on the outdoor pavilion. 36225 Main Rd, Cutchogue (631-734-7537, bedellcellars.com). Cannot accommodate parties of more than 10.
Only a stone’s throw from Bedell Cellars is this stunning farmyard cottage dating back to the 1800s. On warm days, opt to sit outdoors, surrounded by rose bushes, fig trees and gardens overlooking the mom-and-pop vineyard, as you savor flights of light wine ($15) or red ($18). 46005 Rte 25, Southold (631-655-9554, mattebellavineyards.com). Open June through October.
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Shinn Estate Vineyards and Farmhouse
End your day at farm-to-table restaurateurs Barbara Shinn and David Page’s vineyard and on-site bed-and-breakfast. Enjoy a self-guided tour with your tasting ($8) or bottle purchase ($14), and if you’re not ready to head back to the concrete jungle (or are too drunk to), consider booking a night’s stay in the 1880s homestead ($259 and up). 2000 Oregon Rd, Mattituck (631-804-0367, shinnestatevineyards.com)
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Sweet Polly is like that perfect girl in high school: undeniably beautiful and effortlessly cool, armed with brains to back it all up. At this Prospect Heights bar from Hungry Ghost owner Murat Uyaroglu, the tables are consistently packed with well-heeled Brooklynites; the space is stunning, with gilded tin ceilings and a lush garden wall, and the cocktail execution is fingertip-kissing good. And like with the school-days Polly of your past, there are plenty of times you’ll feel ignored, but just when you’re about to smack-talk her, she gives you an extra sample of beef jerky. ORDER THIS: Bartender–co-owner Bruno Dias’s cocktails highlight unusual ingredients, like green bell peppers, BBQ bitters and yogurt, that are sure to satiate curious palates. The Golden Eye ($13) is a standout: Stumptown cold brew is stirred with Icelandic vodka, herbal Italian amaro and chocolate bitters to create a rich, velvety, caffeine-blasted drink. The bar’s head turner, however, is the rosy Rocket Lunar ($13), which is set in a snifter topped with egg-white foam and a grilled dehydrated pineapple. Inside the cup, BBQ bitters curb the sweetness of the drink’s kalamansi syrup and aged cachaça, along with an added touch of cinnamon from tiki bitters. GOOD FOR: A grown-up date for that prospective S.O. who’s slightly out of your league. Everything is on point for romance: The ambience is sumptuous, the cocktails are unconventional, and the circular, candlelit tables are tailor-made for two. Plus, t
Venue says: “50/50 Dirty Martini on tap. Equal parts London dry gin and dry vermouth, with a touch of orange bitters. Served cold and quickly!”