Port Jefferson Village...A Hometown Feel

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

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'e 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.

 Mark T. Freeley, Esq. - www.NorthShoreInjuryLawyer.com

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Mark T. Freeley, Esq. January 20, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Hi Rich, hopefully we can just agree that Port Jeff is a great little village and leave it at that. I actually wrote this while drinking my Clover coffee in the Starbucks, and thought that I would just remind people about Port Jeff. I honestly hope that you never need my services. However, I doubt that you will ever see Celino or Barnes writing about how much they enjoy Port Jeff, because they are from Buffalo.
mary ann January 20, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Back in the 50's, I spent two weeks every summer in Rocky Point. For a child from Queens, it was heavenly! A great treat would be when my aunt and uncle would take us kidsto Port Jeff for a ride on the ferry. Sometimes, on a rainy day he would drop us off to see a movie (yes the theatre is still there!). I was always in love with that town. Years later, when I was married and living on Long Island, my husband's job moved to Southbury, Connecticut. We would take the ferry many times and the town would look so quaint and beautiful pulling into port. We vowed to move back! After 19 years of living in the woods it is heaven here! We came back 5 years ago and spend so much time in Port Jeff. Lots of walks and ship watching! Great restaurants (and ice cream!), shops....people. There's always something going on in the summer! We truly enjoy living in the area. What a great place to be!
Annie Gurl January 24, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Totally agree! The summer concerts in the park are fabulous! I love living here!
LivingSmall January 24, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Thank you, Mark Freeley, for taking the time to point out all the wonderful, small, locally-owned shops in Port Jeff Village. While it is unfortunate that your very pleasant post was conceived in a national chain coffee shop, it points out the one thing which PJV is missing -- a local coffee house which features local musicians, poets and artists. Small, locally-owned businesses have a vested interest in our communities and our frequenting them returns our money back to the community as opposed to it being siphoned off to other states or countries. Mr. Dernister, like many of us, you shuold appreciate your neighbors (as well as tourists) who visit the area and keep local businesses thriving. Would you prefer that it wind up looking like lower Port?


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