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Cocktail Lounge and Wine Bar at Greenport’s Boutique Hotel, this is The Merchant’s Wife

Cocktail Lounge and Wine Bar at Greenport’s Boutique Hotel, this is The Merchant’s Wife

If you’re a local Manhattan-ite, there’s one place in this amazing destination called Greenport that will have you feeling like you’ve taken a staycation, AWAY from home. The newest boutique hotel in town, The Menhaden, has one hell of a restaurant and bar to swing by for an early drink, a killer dinner, or even a nightcap before you snuggle your way back to bed in your room upstairs. And the best part is, I’ve had the pleasure of putting together the cocktail program!

Open for dinner Thursday through Sunday from 4pm-11pm and brunch weekends from 10am-2pm, there’s plenty for you and your party to indulge in before partaking in the local festivities!

“The Merchant’s Wife lounge offers small plates consisting of local and fresh ingredients with a full bar and extensive wine list. The moody decor and low slung seating is the perfect spot to meet friends for a bite or a drink before heading out on the town. We offer dinner and weekend brunch and have seasonal outdoor seating.”

  • The Menhaden

Let’s get into some food and cocktails!

The dinner menu, as mentioned above, consists of small plates designed to be shared by all to enjoy rather than each individual keeping the goodness all to themselves!

Here are some of my favorite options to tickle your fancy;

Farmers Market Crudite

  • Locally grown herbs and veggies
  • Whipped Burrata
  • Heirloom Carrot Hummus
  • Charred Eggplant

This is an awesome dish at the beginning of your night to get an up close and personal taste of the local vegetables that Greenport locals put so much time into growing.

Salumi Board

  • Truffled Lardo
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Grilled Bread

Absolutely nothing gets me going like a fresh board of charcuterie and this one will definitely do the trick! All of the meats and cheeses come in at the highest quality.

Pasta Nera

  • Thick Bucatini
  • Locally Sourced Olive Oil
  • Toasted Capers & Garlic
  • Anchovy Breadcrumbs

I’m Italian and pasta is typically a must on my plate when I go out to eat. All I have to say is….come in and try this masterpiece. If you think you like pasta too, this is the one for you.

Seared Sea Scallop

  • Minted Pea Salad
  • Organic Greek Yogurt
  • Salsa Verde

My absolute favorite dish on the menu and I say this as my own opinion but I do believe these are the BEST scallops served in all of Greenport. Take my word for it and come by for a dish, you’ll be asking for more!

You think I forgot about the cocktails?!

Starting from left to right;

  1. Menhaden Mule
    • Ketel One Vodka
    • Fresh Lime
    • Chai-Tea Infused Syrup
    • Locally Sourced Mint Leaves
    • Fevertree Ginger Beer
  2. Merchant’s Wife Spritz
    • Blossom Meadow Farms Organic Strawberry Jam
    • Aperol
    • Campari
    • Chamomile Infused Honey
    • Sparkling Pointe Brut Champagne
  3. Coco-Rita
    • Casamigos Reposado Tequila
    • Fresh Lime
    • Thai Coconut Milk
    • Coconut-flake Infused Syrup
  4. Gin Mist
    • Nolet’s Gin
    • Fresh Lemon
    • Locally Sourced Lavender By The Bay Infused Honey
    • Croteaux Sparkling Rose
  5. Merchant’s Mistress
    • Makers Mark Bourbon
    • Peach Puree
    • Fresh Lemon
    • Thyme Infused Syrup
    • Pinot Noir Float
  6. Lychee Paloma
    • Del Maguey Mezcal
    • Fresh Lime
    • Lychee Puree
    • White Grapefruit
    • Simple Syrup
    • Chili-Salt


I don’t know about you but if you can’t find something worth trying off of this list, I can literally guarantee to make you something suited to your taste buds!

On top of that, I do a daily special! Keep up with the Instagram stories to find out what they are at the link here: @barandbowtie

I bet you’re curious about brunch too after seeing all of these amazing delicacies!

Let’s……DIVE IN!

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

  • Candied Pistachios
  • Lemon Zest
  • Local Berries

A really fun twist on a classic breakfast dish that you will definitely appreciate!

Breakfast Pizza

  • Asparagus
  • Fontina Cheese
  • Caramelized Onions
  • Country Ham
  • Hollandaise Sauce
  • Over Easy Egg

Easily the best dish off the menu worth sharing for you and your friends that will feed your stomach everything it needs to get ready for a nice day in the sun!

Farmer’s Market Sandwich

  • Locally Sourced Eggs
  • Country Ham
  • Catapano Swiss Cheese
  • Homemade Tomato Jam

Everyone likes a good sandwich and this is one worth the bite! Using only local ingredients, you’ll see why the Northfork is known for its farms!

Tuna Tartare Tacos

  • Jalapeno Slaw
  • Sriracha Mayo
  • Avocado Crema
  • Corn Tortillas

Raw meat or fish anytime of the day is always at the top of my list and this is nothing short of spectacular!

What’s brunch without a few pick-me-ups after a night of drinking?

See Also

Brunch Bloody

  • Tito’s Vodka
  • San Marzano Tomato Juice
  • Fresh Lime Juice
  • Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Worcestershire
  • Horseradish
  • Balsamic Glaze
  • Greenport Fire Hot Sauce

Morning Detox

  • Hendrick’s Gin
  • Muddled Cucumber
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Chamomile Honey
  • Elderflower Liqueur
  • Muddled Local Basil

There are many more brunch cocktails to try! The only questions is, when will you be stopping by?

And that’s all folks!

Let’s get some thank you’s and sponsors out of the way before I close out of here!

None of this would’ve been possible without the owners, Dan and Kristen Pennessi for venturing out and opening their own boutique establishment and I can’t be more appreciative to share my own product through their lens and work in such a beautiful place that you, your friends and family can call their home away from home!

Thank you to Read McKendree for the amazing shots of the bar right above and for situating an amazing view for the site and their many publications! @readmckendree

Thank you Kara Hoblin for the UGH-MAZING art masterpiece that is seen surrounding the walls within the lounge! If you couldn’t tell, it’s all 100% hand painted and there’s nothing more special than a one-of-a-kind piece done by one of Greenport’s finest! @karabellaa

Cheers to you all and cheers to Greenport!

I cannot WAIT to see you stop in for a bite and a cocktail in the very near future!

Until next time,

“10/10 would recommend, Yancy……OUT!”

The Menhaden



207 Front Street, Greenport NY 11944

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