Shelter Island

This past weekend we took an adventure to Shelter Island with our friends Kendall, Wilson and Chelsea.  We went mainly to check out Vine Street Cafe, but were happy to take a detour around the island and window shop some of the spectacular homes.  We learned the difference between a Widow's Walk and a Captain's Walk (well, we learned that there is none) and took in some beautiful views.  It's a little tricky to get to Shelter Island, though, because you need to get on a ferry.  But it's pretty drama-free. You just drive your car straight on for a quick boat ride that was beautiful in the early evening and a little disconcerting in the pitch black.  

Vine Street Cafe is my new favorite meal in the Hamptons, I think.  Sit outside if you can.  The inside is very noisy but the outdoor area is peaceful and private, but lively.  With five people, we ordered pretty much everything on the menu that looked good and shared it all.  We started with salads and seafood (the crispy calamari salad was a standout) and followed it with a half order of each pasta on the menu.  Next time I'd have a full order of the bolognese all to myself.  For entrees we tried the daily special, Crispy Duck Confit (my favorite!) and the 22 oz. Chateaubriand, which was plenty to feed five (despite the house recommendation to split it between two).  The southern gals were disappointed by the cheddar grits, but we all agreed that the side of snap peas was divine.

When it came to dessert, I got greedy and made sure we had two orders of profiteroles so that I could eat one all by myself.  But the sticky toffee cake and the strawberry rhubarb crisp were also delicious.

I was so full when we left that I took a nap on the way home!


Vine Street Cafe
41 South Ferry Road
Shelter Island, NY 11964