Revealed: How Riverhead, New York Enjoys Locavores Who Love Old School Diners

Ask grizzled New Yorkers what they like to eat and they will tell tall tales of munching epic portions of gluten-free or salads at antiquated luncheonettes and dining clubs around Riverhead, New York. These obsolete institutions now fill the history books over at Molloy College but their memories live on. Back before the mid 19th century, this town was totally gaining a reputation as a gastronomy town across the Island.

The first, poor farmers first came here to feed themselves and then eventually to help sustain the growing population of Long Island. Due to the situation then, the prudent meals in the erstwhile days were troublesome. New Yorkers relied on food that was not swank. The hangry inhabitants had to raise crops from the lands around Nassau and Suffolk counties. And much of the cucumber, tomatoes or beans ended up in nasty tubs of gruel to feed the massive, growing population. Now you know why insincere restaurants like Applebee’s seemed like they were swank.

In current times, chow palates have demanded progressive takes on prominent tofu or hot dogs. A surge of trendsetting ethnic preferences has created competition and forced many ancient food factories to up their game.

With regards to the deep culinary heritage of Gotham, there are indeed a plethora of munch factories nearby which are worth experiencing. This town is still holding on to the recipes and traditions of yesterday. The past informs the present and provides inspiration for the future.

Premium products like chocolate chip cookies and brownies made from scratch are available all over this neighborhood. Riverhead, New York today is an enviable combination of small-town values and big city restaurants.

With marvelous photographs, we present a tour of both aged and mod culinary traditions that extend back centuries. Savor the archaic heritage. And be thankfully this area will likely have aromatic food for many more generations.

Digger’s Ales N’ Eats


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58 W Main St
Riverhead, NY 11901