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The Modern Snack Bar Aquebogue NY – My Kinda Modern! Aquebogue, NY

Posted on: June 22, 2009

The latest in this installation of Suzanne Sullivan McGillicuddy’s Retro Roadmap Recommendations. I’m as smitten with that sign as you thought I’d be! Thanks so much for your additions to the map Suzanne, and readers, if you have places you want to recommend, send ’em along!


The Modern Snack Bar is located on the North Fork of Long Island just east of Riverhead. It’s a great stop if you are visiting the wineries, boating in the nearby Peconic Bay or pumpkin picking in the fall.

Despite the name, they have been offering much more than snacks since 1950.  They’re are not open in the winter, but when the doors are open for business you can get full meals with local themes like Long Island Duck or any comfort food usually found at a diner.

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When my mother lived in a small cottage nearby that was too small to host a dinner, my family had Thanksgiving dinner at the Modern Snack Bar (don’t plan on your own Thanksgiving there since they close for the actual holiday – we celebrated a bit early that year). They served all the usual fixin’s and it was delicious – best part of all – we didn’t have to do dishes!

The decor features homey wood paneling and the restaurant still has a counter with spinning stools and pies on display.  The darker decor reminded me of diners in New England – which are very different than most of the “shiny style” diners that you find on Long Island.  In fact, most of the North Fork feels very New Englandy in general. In between the wineries and beaches you will find many white churches, town greens and farm stands.

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  • dinerhotline

    You are certainly correct about the New England feel to the North Fork. I always felt it was more Cape Cod than New York! In fact that is what I liked about it. It felt like Cape Cod but wasn’t. That is a cool sign and I don’t know how I ignored it on past trips.

  • Just discovered your site.. LOVE IT! We eat at the Modern Snack Bar often. I too love their most excellent sign, especially when its glowing in its neon & bulb glory – one of the nicest ones on the Island. During the summer we ride our motorcycles out there in the evening to get pie. If you haven’t already… you MUST try their pies. MUST!

    Keep up the great work!

    • modbetty

      Oh I love pie indeed! I love it when I get the insider skinny from someone- thanks for the scoop, and the kind words!

  • ThomStride

    It’s Wednesday, June 21st and I heard that someone in Flint, Michigan was doing some marketing for you. Folks heard him yell, “Aloha Snackbar.”
    If I lived closer I’d stop by for a bit. Seems like a nice place.