Port Jefferson Village...A Hometown Feel

Head North for the hometown feel of "down Port."

By Mark T. Freeley, Esq. (Open Post)January 19, 2013 at 11:10pm

It seems like every week I find myself in Port Jeff village taking advantage of the small town America experience. My favorite place is Centennial Park, where I can go for a long walk (depending on the tide) with my dog all the way to Pirate's Cove. Harborfront Park behind the skating rink at the Village Center offers great views of the sound if you are not looking to walk that far. The Starbucks in the village is one of the few with the Clover machine which brews your favorite fresh ground coffee bean one cup at a time, and it's a comfortable place to steal a few minutes to yourself. You can visit "John" at the classic Down Port Barber Shop on Historic East Main street for the best haircut around. If you need to pick up something for your dog, you can walk over to Fetch Doggy Boutique & Bakery instead of going to the big box pet stores. If you're hungry, there are plenty of great places to eat. My favorite restaurant is Ruvo, where I always seem to have the perfect dinner. For lunch, my son and I like to go to Tiger Lily cafe where the Turkey Chili is primo. If burgers are your thing, Gourmet Burger Bistro is hard to beat. As for breakfast, Toast is the place to go, just ask anyone. You can have a local handcrafted draft at Port Jeff Brewing Company or even a hand rolled cigar at Polanco Handmade Cigars. On Sunday mornings there is even a Farmer's Market in the parking lot next to Lainie's Way. There is really something for everyone, and the Village has events and things to do throughout the year. So instead of hitting the usual 347 traffic, take a turn and head north to go "down Port," for that hometown feel.