Why You Should Plan a Tasty Weekend in Outer Cape Cod

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Lucy Nieboer
A fried clam sandwich and fries from Catch of the Day
The outlying towns of Cape Cod are an environment far removed from New York City. There are trees instead of skyscrapers, calm instead of chaos, the lazy chirp of crickets in place of car horns. While the Outer Cape (anything above the elbow) may seem too rugged trip for the civilized city slicker, especially when it comes to food, fear not -- there's no reason to stock up on a weekend's worth of bland sandwich makings from the Hyannis Trader Joe's before departing the Lower Cape. Throughout Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, and Orleans -- the five towns that dot the great expanse of National Seashore -- there are plenty of places where you can get a taste of the traditional and the innovative, the country cooking and the New England refinement that define Cape Cod.

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Go Drink on a Boat Before Your Summer Is Really Over

Categories: Summer Fridays

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The Honorable William Wall
We've been trying to get you to go out of town all summer via our Summer Fridays series, and this weekend, we bet the city will be quiet. If you'll be around, check out our staycation suggestions, and consider another staycation idea -- drinking on a boat.

This is about the time of year when the city gets the end-of-summer sads, and we all lament the coming end of beach weather, patio drinking, and a relatively lax workload. Perhaps it's particularly poignant this year, since the glorious weather we've had in August means we're not all thirsting for the chilly reprieve of fall.

It's not over yet, though, and if you need a little pick-me-up to remind you that there are still warm days ahead, consider a little boat drinking.

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There's More to New Haven's Dining Scene Than the Pizza

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All photos by Adam Robb
The coal oven at the original Frank Pepe's on New Haven's Wooster Street.
In less time than it takes to watch, regret, then forget The Skulls, you can ride Metro-North to Union Station and explore New Haven's culinary secrets beyond the Gog and Magog of cheeseburger and clam pie giants Louis' Lunch and Frank Pepe's. Instead make a pact with your palate to discover the gas station harboring a gourmet steakhouse truck and a national bakery chain's unmarked test kitchen, hiding in plain sight on Chapel Street. Then, after dark, pursue mashed potato pies in a nightclub pool hall, the best cocktails between New York and Boston, and after-hours pastrami sandwiches, no password required.

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How to Properly Eat and Drink Your Way Through Long Island Wine Country

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Courtesy Claudio's
Seeking seafood? The North Fork has plenty to offer.
The North Fork of Long Island isn't just about bachelorette parties frolicking through the vineyards in search of men. For the connoisseur interested in a pairing that doesn't involve Tinder, the rural region known fondly as "Wine Country" offers so much more than a handful of crushed grapes.

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Take a Bridge & Tunnel Staycation Across the Hudson in Jersey City & Hoboken

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All photos by Adam Robb
Find fresh mozzarella from Hoboken's Tony Boloney's at Van Vorst Farmers' Market.
Slip under the Hudson this weekend and you'll find that panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline are the least-enticing attraction between the cheese dives and art galleries, beer gardens and farmers' markets thriving atop every PATH stop. From the retro ethnic flavors surrounding Journal Square's Mana Contemporary to uptown Hoboken's food truck-laden Pier 13, a swipe of your MetroCard offers access to some of the region's best-kept culinary secrets.

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Here Are a Few Edible Reasons to Explore Port Chester, Greenwich, and Stamford

Categories: Summer Fridays

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All photos by Adam Robb
Fried-to-order churros and iced lattes by the jar at Stamford's Lorca cafe
Fork in the Road thinks you should get out of town this summer, even if it's only for a day. In this Summer Fridays series, we're covering the best spots to eat in popular day trip locations. See more Summer Fridays ideas in our archives.

Port Chester is more than that town The Strokes played the weekend before Governors Ball -- it's also a walkable gateway into the wealth of southern Connecticut's dining scene, home to a tourable local craft distillery, and an outpost of Mario Batali's Otto, under the more WASP-friendly moniker Tarry Lodge. It's exactly the kind of overlooked town Billy Joel and Steve Buscemi should talk about in those vague ubiquitous commercials promoting New York summer tourism -- except they don't, which means more honeycomb vodka and meatball pizza for you.

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Where to Eat, Drink, and Debate the Birthplace of the Ice Cream Sundae in Ithaca

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All photos by Caryn Ganeles
Fork in the Road thinks you should get out of town this summer, even if it's only for a day. In this Summer Fridays series, we're covering the best spots to eat in popular day trip locations. See more Summer Fridays ideas in our archives.

Known for its two major universities, deep gorges, and progressive politics, Ithaca, New York, is a short four hour car ride from New York City, making it a good spot for a weekend getaway. Believe it or not, Ithaca also has more restaurants per capita than NYC, and Mayor Svante Myrick wants you to try them. "It's more than just quantity -- it's quality," says Myrick. "We have world class chefs from all over the world and -- because we are surrounded by farms -- we have access to fresh local ingredients. That's why so many Ithacans eat out so often. We support our restaurants because of their quality, and that patronage has caused the scene to boom."

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How to Have a Tasty NYC Staycation

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One way to spend your NYC staycation -- eating spicy noodles on a charming patio at Biang!
Summers empty out our fair city on the weekends, and why wouldn't that be the case? Dozens of picturesque beaches and towns are a short train ride away. But there's an advantage to staying in the Big Apple on Saturdays, Sundays, and even, yes, summer Fridays: It's easier to get coveted reservations that'll be impossible again once school's back in session. Take one weekend this year and explore New York like a tourist (well, sort of -- you don't have to go to Times Square or anything) -- and eat like a champ while you're at it.

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Spend Your Summer Days Eating and Drinking in Northern Fairfield County, Connecticut

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Courtesy Two Roads Brewery/Facebook
Two Roads Brewery taproom in Stratford is a perfect destination to head to on a Friday night.
Fork in the Road thinks you should get out of town this summer, even if it's only for a day. In this Summer Fridays series, we're covering the best spots to eat in popular day trip locations. See more Summer Fridays ideas in our archives.

New Yorkers don't have the same love/hate relationship with Connecticut as they do New Jersey, and our neighbors to the northeast provide good reason to cross state lines and play tourist for a day. From seafood-heavy Stamford perched off the Long Island Sound to farm-to-table restaurants scattered throughout the countryside, there are a number of reasons to head north on 95.

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Where to Eat and Drink in Long Beach, Just a Quick Train Ride From the City

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Fork in the Road thinks you should get out of town this summer, even if it's only for a day. In this Summer Fridays series, we're covering the best spots to eat in popular day trip locations. See more Summer Fridays ideas in our archives.

New Yorkers who bemoan the tourists who stand, agape, blocking the flow of foot traffic on busy sidewalks might want to check themselves before they visit Long Beach. On a recent Sunday, three fresh-off-the-LIRR city girls were seen standing stock-still on the boardwalk, apparently baffled by the seaside vista, until they were sternly warned to get out of the bike path. But not to worry -- this is a friendly and tight-knit community, and it will welcome visitors with sun, sand, and a developing food scene. $22 gets you round trip tickets from Penn Station and a beach pass; from there, there's plenty of culinary exploring to do once you've gotten a suitable tan.

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