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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Enjoy the Off-season in Martha’s Vineyard


2. Where to Eat

The Art Cliff Diner's long lines disappear once summer ends.  

See and be seen at the upscale American bistro Alchemy (71 Main St., Edgartown; 508-627-9999), whose large windows offer curious passersby a glimpse inside the stylish dining room. Sip a cocktail at the downstairs bar (try the New Orleans–inspired, Peychaud’s bitters-infused French Quarter, $13) before heading up to a booth on the quieter second floor for seasonal fare like butternut squash ravioli ($16), and year-round favorites like the tangy Jonah crab salad ($17).

Join islanders who like to warm up by the fire at Newes From America Pub, housed inside one of the Vineyard’s oldest buildings (the 1742-constructed Kelley House), and whose walls still contain ballasts from the original settlers’ ships. Straightforward pub fare like fish and chips ($14) and bangers and mash ($15) is best enjoyed accompanied by a five-glass sampler rack ($13.50) of the pub’s mostly New England ales.

Give the Black Dog a rest and head to the somewhat quirkier Art Cliff Diner (39 Beach Rd., Vineyard Haven; 508-693-1224), Vineyard Haven’s version of the traditional roadside diner, complete with retro signs on the walls and frequent coffee refills. The vibe is laid-back but lunch hour can get a little jammed, so your best bet is to show up around 11 a.m. for a leisurely brunch of black bean crepes ($8), blueberry pancakes ($9), or crab cake eggs Benedict ($10.50).

Published on Oct 12, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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