818 Fort Salonga Road W., Northport, NY 11768
(631) 651 - 5001
The Purple Elephant is located at 818 Fort Salong Road W. (Route 25A), Northport, NY. There is some parking in front. More parking can be found behind the building. The rear parking area is gravel. Five stone steps lead to the double-door entry. There is a long ramp beginning at the right end of the building.
The floor is wood. There is a full-height counter, tables and banquettes. Space is a bit tight in the main dining area. The area to the right is roomier.
A single, "handicapped-accessible" restroom is located to the rear of the counter. It is a tight to get into and tight inside. There is a much larger, single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible restroom in the dining area on the right.
There is some outdoor seating out front and on the deck at the rear.
- Attraction Type: dining
Number of handicapped spaces: several are located in the rear parking lot
Location of handicapped spaces: out front
Surface of lot: paved, but uneven in front; gravel if you park in the back
Distance to venue: depends on where you have to park
Transportation to venue offered: na
Terrain: somewhat uneven
Places to rest: no benches out front
Paths and walkways: concrete ramp to entrance
Location of handicapped entrance: main entrance
Doors: double doors, small entryway, then single door
Number of floors: one
Ramps: ramp from right side of building to main entrance
Steps and staircases: 5 stone steps to entrance
Width of aisles: space is tight
Places to sit: tables, banquettes, and full-height bar
Location of restrooms: one restroom is in rear of counter; other restroom is in second dining area
Type of restroom: single-occupancy, handicapped accessible
Ease of entry and exit: at an angle, a bit tight to get inside
Baby changing station: no
Friendliness of staff: very friendly and efficient
We have always loved The Purple Elephant. This was our first visit back to the large, welcoming, purple elephant out front, since before Covid shut everything down. Because I am still not ready for indoor dining, we took the opportunity of a lovely April day to stop by for a late lunch on their lovely deck. The deck overlooks the marina and harbor beyond. The planked deck has been enlarged since our last visit and is quite lovely. One has to walk through the restaurant to access it. Although the inside is not spacious, it is doable, and I think, worth it. Tables and chairs are well-spaced, and heat lamps are there if needed. There are also several tables out front, facing the parking lot and Route 25.
Parking might be found out front where there are two handicapped-accessible spaces. Chances are that you will have to go around back and park in the large lot which also serves the marina. If you need to go around back, it might be best to drop passengers off because the parking is gravel. If the five colorful steps are a problem, there is a concrete ramp, which can easily be seen.
We have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed. Their “thoughtfully sourced Latin inspired dishes with many vegan options… (website) are always interesting and delicious! “They use the freshest and purest ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible.”(website) The staff is always gracious and helpful. Just as we expected, today was no different.
If you choose to sit inside, let’s just say it is cozy! There is a full-height counter, tables and banquettes in the main dining area. There is another area, to the back and right, which is more spacious, allowing for easier navigation and seating. This area is where the very spacious, single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible restroom is located. Their other restroom, located after the counter, in the main dining area, is tiny. My recommendation is to ask to be directed to the handicapped-accessible one.
We love this restaurant, and so do our adult children, who happen to be vegetarians. They also graciously accommodate our son who has many eating problems.
As always, we at Destination:Accessible, advise you to visit a venue’s website, http://www.thepurpleelephantny.com">www.thepurpleelephantny.com, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”
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