"Excellent Bison, fresh fish and inventive specials ... an enjoyable experience all around."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Tweed's, at 17 East Main Street, (631)208-3151, is a homey, historic charmer. Situated in the John Sullivan Hotel (circa 1896), it has the original pressed-tin ceiling, Victorian chandeliers, stained glass, a stunning mahogany-and-marble bar, photographs of turn-of-the-century Riverhead and on the wall, the huge head of the last bison shot by Teddy Roosevelt.
If either the bluefish or fluke is offered, go for it. Also giving evidence of the restaurant's efforts to use local ingredients were the Aquebogue duck served two ways (leg confit and pan-seared breast slices), the Long Island clam chowder (clear broth with lots of vegetables) and the even better creamy New England version, also made from local clams."
"...Tweeds Restaurant & Buffalo Bar, located in the JJ Sullivan Hotel in Riverhead. Upon entering you're immediately drawn to the giant stuffed buffalo head on wall. It's huge!!! They've got a small bar with seating for at least half a dozen and about a dozen and a half tables scattered throughout. In the rear lies a fireplace and there's an outdoor seating area along the rear entrance that can be nicely utilized during the warmer weather. And then there's the Buffalo head, said to be the last one shot by Teddy Roosevelt,
They've got 4 beers on tap. 3 of them are Blue Point (Oatmeal Stout, Pale Ale & Toasted Lager) and 1 is a Southampton (the Steam). Previously, the Southampton Yorkshire Pub Ale had been on and they've also seen some of the more fun seasonals including the Pumpkin Ale (I gave them a 4.5 on selection because they only carry very local breweries on draft and they're good damn beers).
They've got a most incredible food menu here. Steaks, Tuna, Duckling, and their specialty, Bison, prepared in a variety of ways. Bison kebabs, Bison burgers, a Bison reuben sandwich, Bison ribeye, and on and on. I had the Long Island chowder (it's a clear broth) and the Bison filet which was just absolutely amazing. They've got a solid collection of over 50 wines and they pride themselves on use of local food specialties and wines (there are a dozen vineyards on the north fork, who knew??)
Service was friendly and attentive. I just sat talking with the bartender and chef for a good while. Guess what? The owner has a farm 2 miles North of the bar out near the Long Island Sound with 90 head of Bison on it. I drove out the next morning to see it for myself. 90 head of Bison on a farm on the North fork, east end Long Island..."