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Jedediah Hawkins Inn offers two restaurants, both serving farm-to-table organic fare, some of it grown right in its own garden. If you’re looking for understated elegance, head to the ground-floor restaurant Jedediah Hawkins, a dining option that offers a menu prepped with local bounty such as duck breast served with apple and cauliflower puree or the pappardelle made with local bay scallops. An extensive wine list provides a variety of both local and international selections. Weather permitting, dine on the porch and take in the expansive view of the farmland flanking the inn’s scenic backyard. The décor of the dining area is a mash up of classic and contemporary ideals. The soft color palette and beach-inspired paintings by local artist Max Moran offer a modern flair while the ornate mirror sitting atop the stately white marble mantel (both original to the property) is a nod to the traditional.
If you’re feeling a bit more playful, head downstairs to the Long Island hotel’s Speakeasy, a dimly lit, quirky space in the basement where original fieldstone covers the walls and brick reclaimed from around the property line the floor. The menu offers typical pub fare, but with a sophisticated twist (see: hamburgers on top of brioche buns and pot pie made with short ribs and gorgonzola cheese). You can also find fascinating libations here, such as wine from a keg and local potato vodka. While down in The Speakeasy, check out the odd passageway under the stairs and ponder Jedediah Hawkins’ line of business — some speculate he was a gunrunner or part of the Underground Railroad — while you play Jenga or watch TV. Notice the peep holes in the door leading out of The Speakeasy; they’re a fun touch to the scene.