Written by Aaron Mattson
Shopping on the East End this Black Friday
While Thanksgiving is for family and endless plates of food, Black Friday is for burning off those calories. But, you might as well enjoy the cardio and arm workouts as you swipe plastic. Check out shopping on the east end this Black Friday. Plus there is more to do than just shop. So why not make a weekend out of it. You could holiday shop at the best locations on the east end then spend a relaxing night at the luxurious Hotel Indigo. But first, before you hit the stores, Hotel Indigo has the perfect Black Friday survival guide along with the best locations for shopping on the east end.
Hotel Indigo’s Black Friday Must-Go Locations
1. Tanger Outlets
The Tanger Outlets, located in Riverhead, have over 160 name-brand outlet stores. With all those shops, just think about the amount of sales there will be. From Calvin Klein to Coach and Nike to Nine West, the Tanger Outlets has exactly what you need for everyone on your shopping list. Tanger also has a vast selection of restaurants to refuel while you’re shopping (if you’re not still stuffed from the turkey). Shopping on the East End this Black Friday doesn’t get any easier than this!
2. New Stores on Old Country Road!
Riverhead has three new stores just in time for this holiday season! The Saber Riverhead Shopping Center is now home to Dick’s Sporting Goods, Five Below and The Christmas Tree Shop. These stores are welcoming the holidays to Riverhead. All three are the farthest east store locations on Long Island. The Christmas Tree Shop even has extended holiday hours! These stores have everything that you need for holiday shopping, including the ever important gift wrapping and bows
3. Quaint Village Boutiques in Greenport
Why not make a weekend out of it, and stop into Greenport to check out some amazing boutiques! Find those rare gifts for that special someone this holiday season with handmade and personalized presents. Get the gifts brand stores can’t provide with authentic leather, dairy farms, hand-painted ceramics and one-of-a-kind jewelry and clothes. The scenic waterfront town will put you in the holiday spirit. You could even enjoy one of the many restaurants Greenport houses. Make an adventure out of it!
4. Farmers Markets
Treat yourself! After all of that holiday shopping you sure do deserve an award. Luckily, shopping on the East End includes freshly grown and homemade delicacies from farmers markets. Snack on some jam and crackers while your holiday shopping finds wait in the car. Pick up some food before the season ends! Some farmers markets may even have some left over pies from Thanksgiving! Make sure you check out the Riverhead Farmers’ Market this Saturday!
5. Hotel Indigo & Bistro 72
Shopping on the East End this Black Friday may seem like a lot of work, but that can be fixed with a little rest and relaxation. Whether you live near or far enjoy a night at Hotel Indigo after all the holiday shopping. End the day with some Long Island wine at Bistro 72 and the next day unwind with a massage! Happy shopping, from Hotel Indigo!
Written by Aaron Mattson
Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and the team at Hotel Indigo East End couldn’t be more excited! As we all know, the holiday season is a wonderful opportunity for the East End to show off everything our area has to offer, as evidenced by last weekend’s Taste North Fork!
We’re looking forward to another year of delicious, festive dishes courtesy of our very own Chef James, who has hand-crafted a prix fixe Thanksgiving Menu for all of our guests at Bistro 72. Join us this Thanksgiving for a feast that will delight your taste buds—all for only $29!
Bistro 72’s Traditional Thanksgiving Prix Fixe Menu
STARTERS (please select one)
Corn Chowder – roasted corn, potatoes
Beet Salad – red & yellow beets, goat cheese mousse, chopped pistachio, pomegranate reduction
Bistro 72 Salad – organic greens, candied walnuts, blueberries, shaved red onion, poppy vinaigrette, goat cheese crostini
TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING DINNER
Sliced Roast Turkey – breast meat with homemade gravy
Sweet Potato Mash
DESSERTS (please select one)
Caramel Apple Cobbler ala Mode – granny smith apples, hard cider caramel, butter crunch top, cinnamon ice cream
Pumpkin Pie – whipped cream
Flourless Chocolate Gateau – whipped cream, mint, grand marnier-infused raspberry coulis
Please note that gratuity is not included, and that this cannot be combined with other offers, discounts, or packages. Also, we’re offering a children’s option for $9, which includes an entrée, kid’s drink, and ice cream dessert.
We recommend pairing our Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with either of these fabulous Long Island Wines: the One Woman Chardonnay ($12/glass, $47/bottle) or the Bedell Cellars Cabernet Franc ($11/glass, $42/bottle). Last, but certainly not least, a reminder that all items on this menu contain locally grown ingredients!
If you can’t make it to Bistro 72 this Thanksgiving, we understand, but we’ll definitely miss you! To bring a bit of Bistro 72 to your home-cooked Thanksgiving meal, here’s Chef James’ homemade stuffing recipe that’ll have all your guests coming back for seconds!
Chef James’ Homemade Stuffing Recipe
- 1 pound loaf of French baguette bread cut into cubes
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 1 large carrot diced
- 5 stalked celery, diced
- ¼ cup of diced cooked breakfast sausage (no casing)
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- ¼ cup dried currents
- 8 oz sliced baby portabella mushrooms
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 3 cups low-sodium chicken or turkey broth
- 6 sage leaves, finely chopped
- 4 sprigs thyme, just the leaves, chopped
- 1 sprig rosemary, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
- At least one day in advance, cut the bread into cubes. Arrange on a baking sheet and allow to sit, uncovered, to dry out. Stale, dried out bread works the best!
- On the day you’re going to make the stuffing, preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the tray of bread in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the bread starts to brown.
- Meanwhile, melt 5 tablespoons butter in a large, non-stick skillet. Sauté the onion and celery until soft and tender.
- When the bread is toasted, transfer it to a large bowl. Add in the onion and celery mixture, all of the chopped up herbs, 3/4 teaspoon each of salt and black pepper, and 1 large egg, lightly beaten.
- Add in 3 cups of low-sodium chicken or turkey broth and stir to combine.
- Spray a large 3-quart casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Transfer the stuffing mixture into the casserole dish. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove the foil and bake for 10-20 minutes longer, or until the top of the stuffing starts to brown.
- Serve immediately. Serves 8-10.
Whether you’re dining with us at Bistro 72 or enjoying a Thanksgiving meal at home, we hope you have a very happy holiday, full of friends, family, and laughter. To book a reservation your Thanksgiving dinner at Bistro 72, please call us at (631) 369-3325!
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Written by Lisi Powers
With Taste North Fork fast approaching, we thought, “What better a time to put one of our favorite East End breweries in the spotlight than now?” When you come out to stay at Hotel Indigo East End this weekend to experience all that Taste North Fork has to offer, be sure to venture all the way out to Greenport to visit our friends at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.!
The story begins as a simple dream brewed up by a couple of broke college kids who just wanted to be able to drink beer without paying for it. The idea was that if they owned a brewery, they wouldn’t have to buy beer anymore—simple enough. As time went on, they dabbled in better beer and wound up consumed by the craft. After going out into the world and doing their own things for a while, the two wound up reconvening and discussed making that dream from their college days a reality.
It seemed like the stars just happened to align for the beer brewing hopefuls; with the economy in shambles in 2008, they were able to purchase an old firehouse that was up for sale in the Village of Greenport. The building required boatloads of work, most of which they did on their own with the help of some great friends and family.
With their brewhouse still in a state of complete disarray, they somehow convinced DJ Swanson to come onboard as their head brewer. “I have to give him credit; with two small children, he was as stupid as we were,” John told Brew By Bike in an interview.
“My four-year-old daughter turned out to be the smartest one,” DJ continued, “She said, ‘Dad, that doesn’t look like a brewery.’”
The crew at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. have persevered through their uphill battle, and they’ve been shipping beer to over 200 places across Long Island and New York City since 2009. They’ve given all of us on the East End something to be supremely proud of, and their brews have been raved about by all the big beer and food blogs/papers, including the Village Voice and TimeOut NY.
You can visit Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. in the Greenport Loop of the Taste North Fork shuttle service, making stops in Peconic and Greenport/Orient! Check Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. out on Facebook for updates on all the cool things they’ve got going on out there!