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The Riverhead Project, with new chef Lia Fallon, is one of Long Island's best restaurants
theRIVERHEADPROJECT is the best restaurant in town, under new chef Lia Fallon.
Fallon, who joined the Riverhead spot after a star turn at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport, prepares terrific New American dishes in the converted, low-slung, "Mad Men"-era bank building.
Her fare balances the streamlined and sharp with the homey and inviting. Try the crisp and sweet shrimp-and-crab fritters; the snappy kale salad with a smoked paprika vinaigrette; or just snack on fried olives, addictive with lemon aioli.
Then sample the fried chicken, with pineapple-cabbage slaw, grilled avocado and a sweet tangerine reduction. Or enjoy her take on bibimbap, the Korean staple here with vegetables, chile-garlic sauce and a fried egg.
This restaurant is a treat.
theRIVERHEADPROJECT, 300 E. Main St., Riverhead; 631-284-9300.