Modern Snack Bar
628 Main Rd. Aquebogue, NY 631-722-3655
In operation for more than 60 years, this roadside diner serves lunch and dinner.Hours: Tues-Thurs: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun: noon-9 p.m.; Mon: closed. Credit cards: Accepted
There may be no more diverse lunch crowd on the North Fork than the one streaming into Modern Snack Bar. Tables are pushed together to accommodate generations of farming families. Couples who have been ordering the lobster salad for more than half a century rub elbows with recently transplanted foodies and road-tripping hipsters.
Long before there were farm-to-table restaurants or wineries on the North Fork, there was the Modern Snack Bar, and little has changed since it opened in 1950. The decor, heavy on jauntily lettered signs ("It's cool & fresh! Shrimp Salad Plate"), retains its mid-20th century charm, the waitresses are seasoned professionals and the menu features such throwbacks as sauerbraten, chicken potpie and meat loaf.
What has kept the restaurant from ossifying into a culinary museum is that much of the food is excellent.
The buttery-smooth mashed turnips are world class, as are old-fashioned vegetable side dishes such as coleslaw and braised cabbage. Also recommended: Long Island duckling, fried Peconic scallops and, in season, soft-shell crabs, delicately breaded and lightly fried. (One crab is $15.95 at lunch; two are $22.95.) Even a comparatively avant-garde grilled duck breast is juicy and full of flavor.
Homemade pies are less delicious than picturesque (particularly the towering lemon meringue), but the toasted almond cake, a sort of Yankee take on tiramisu, is a winner.
Modern Snack Bar - great home cooking on the North Fork
Since 1950, the Modern Snack Bar has been a North Fork landmark for great home cooking. The Wittmeier family began their restaurant with a simple premise: to serve good food at a reasonable price to their "family" of patrons. Don't let our name fool you. From a humble beginning of short orders and milk shakes, the Modern Snack Bar has grown in size and popularity through the years. We still have great burgers and sandwiches. Today, our menu includes such East End favorites as Roast L.I. Duck, Fresh Flounder, and our famous Lobster Salad. Specials of the Day include Roast Loin of Pork, Chicken Pot Pie, and Shrimp Parmesan, just to name a few. Whether you're having lunch or dinner, there is something for everyone on our menu. Bring the whole family. Complement your meal with a glass of local wine or ice cold draft beer. Do you love turnips? Our famous mashed turnips are available by the pint or quart. And don't forget to take home a fresh baked pie. We are located nearby such popular East End attractions as the Tanger Outlet, Downtown Riverhead, Atlantis Aquarium, and the Hamptons. If you are planning a trip to or from New England via the Cross Sound Ferry, or just want to tour the North Fork's vineyards & farmstands, include a stop at the Snack Bar for a great lunch or dinner.