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Get to know Moriches

Moriches, which takes its name from an early Native American landowner, is a hamlet in Suffolk County, set between Mastic and Center Moriches. At 2.3 square miles, the coastal hamlet is tiny, and sometimes is referred to as Long Island’s best-kept secret. Its northern border is nearly a straight line that follows Sunrise Highway/Route 27. Head toward the south, though, and the hamlet is touched by water on three sides, as if the sea had sharply carved long creeks and deep inlets into the land. Much of Moriches is less than a mile wide, so it’s difficult not to be near the water, whether in the sparkling condos that look more like townhouses, modest split-level homes, or $1.5 million estates surrounded by private docks that reach into the bay.

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Moriches Commerce & Culture

Services and dining are found along Montauk Highway, which rises and falls west to east, cutting Moriches roughly in half. You can score a haircut at Monti’s Barbershop or a treatment at the Luna Mesa Day Spa and browse for antiques at Barntique Village. Dining options are limited, but if you favor Greek cuisine, you’re set. Greek Bites Grill & Café has the real thing: that flavorful chicken lemon soup called avgolemono, as well as authentic dips and pastitsio. The Moriches Bay Diner is all about comfort food with a seafood bent, along with Greek and Italian specialties: baked clams, fried calamari, souvlaki, and linguini with clam sauce.