Wine Press: The Riverhead Project is a ‘place you should try’

12/20/2011 11:26 AM |
Dennis McDermott

SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | The Riverhead Project owner Dennis mcDermott in The Vault, the basement of his restaurant, where private parties can be held in an area that once was a bank vault.

I think I found my new “special occasion” dining spot.

Although it has been more than six months since downtown’s The Riverhead Project opened its doors on Maple Avenue, it wasn’t until Saturday that I had my first meal there. I make no exaggeration when I say I was blown away.

As someone who is skeptical of anything that is liked by most people (what can I say, I’m a curmudgeon), I approached The Riverhead Project with an eyebrow raised. After being honored by the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce, lauded by every politician in town and receiving a glowing review by the New York Times, I wondered if the place could live up to that much hype.

But from the moment I entered to the time I left, everything was actually perfect.