One of the great simple pleasures of traveling abroad is stumbling across a restaurant frequented by locals, followed closely by bathing in gelato and loudly explaining why everything in America is better. Replicate that feeling with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of inventive new-American cuisine and drinks at Bistro 72 at Hotel Indigo East End in Riverhead.
Bistro 72 refreshes hungry Long Island tongues with its wide-ranging menu and local and organic ingredient-injected works of dinner art. Start with a chef’s choice soup, which sees adept Chef Lia Fallon use her roulette wheel to decide on a spoonable starter ($6 half/$9 full). To keep taste buds from going on strike, diners can try one of the wildly varying dinner choices, such as the Indigo lobster roll, which has tail and claw meat, veggies, and a citrus-tarragon cream on a grilled potato bun ($18 half/$32 full). Fish and chips come together to create a delicious dish from two otherwise inedible objects ($16 half/$28 full) , and a bacon-and-onion-laced Kobe burger ($16, served with choice of cheese and fingerling frites) improves on Ben Franklin’s best meat-based invention.
Bistro 72's relaxed, elegant atmosphere contributes to comfortable dining and makes it much easier to bring up awkward topics with your fellow eaters. The restaurant also features fireside and poolside dining, letting you choose which classic Greek element to pair with your hearty meal.
Inside Bistro 72’s lofty dining room, the crosshatching of wicker-backed chairs echoes lined wooden floors and the stripes that deck the boxy, woven chandeliers—the geometric designs creating a pleasing symmetry. This attention to detail and design extends to Chef Joey Cormier's seasonal menu, which pairs local meats and organic produce with exotic sauces. Situated inside Hotel Indigo, the restaurant also lends guests the option to lounge poolside beneath stone porticoes in the warmer months, or dine by the dining room fireplace in the winter.
1830 W Main St.
Riverhead, New York 11901Get Directions