Riverhead’s latest restaurant opens its doors on Pulaski Street

Tom Drake

The restaurant resurgence continues in Riverhead with Monday’s opening of the new Pulaski Street Grille.

After 26 years in Aquebogue, former Meeting House Creek Inn owner Tom Drake has made the move to Polish Town. 

“I never would have left Aquebogue, but my lease was up,” Drake explained. “I looked all over the East End and I kept coming back to this spot. I think Riverhead is up and coming, there’s a couple new restaurants in town, so why not?”

Pulaski Street Grille will open at the site of the former Doc’s Tavern, where renovation has been underway since the fall.

The new space is split between two dining rooms accommodating up to 90 people, down from 165 at the Meeting House. A large bar serving local craft beer — including Long Ireland, Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. and more — greets patrons as they walk in.

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