818 Fort Salonga Road W., Northport, NY 11768
(631) 651 - 5001
DescriptionThe 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. Four stone steps lead to the double-door entry. There is a long ramp beginning at the right end of the building as well.
The floor is wood. There is a full-height counter, tables and banquettes. Space is tight.
A single, handicapped-accessible restroom is located to the rear of the counter. It is a bit tight to get to and somewhat tight inside.
There is some outdoor seating out front.
- Number of handicapped spaces: several are located in the rear parking lot
Surface of lot: paved, but uneven
Terrain: a bit uneven
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: 4 stone steps to entrance
Width of aisles: space is tight
Places to sit: tables, banquettes, and full-height bar
Location of restrooms: to rear of counter
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 efficients
I had heard about The Purple Elephant, but had never been there. After an appointment in Northport, this was the perfet spot for a late lunch. Located in the Brittania Yachting Center on Route 25A, its sign can be seen from the road. There is some parking in front, but most of the parking is behind the building. Four stone steps are direly in front of the entrance. If you need the ramp, it begins at the right end of the building and works its way to the double-door entrance. As we walked up the steps, past the large purple elepnhant out front, we noticed some outdoor tables. We found out from the lovely hostess that they are building a large, outdoor dining deck at the rear that will accommodate more and have marina views.
We entered this cozy, casual venue with intersting decor, including vintage 45 records, a working fireplace and elephants. There are wooden floors, tables, banquettes, and a full-height counter, all tucked into a relatively small space. Navigation is a bit tight, but after our lunch, I can say that, if you can manage, it is definitely worth it. The website says that they “…serve healthy and sustainable Latin inspired dishes and drinks. ” The diverse menu had many vegan and vegetarian items as well as ones for meat lovers. After our lunch we could see why it is “…among Long Island’s leading restaurants for vegans, vegetarians and meat lovers alike…” (website) Our server was friendly and efficient, and our food was delicious!
Right now, there is a handicapped-accessible, single-occupancy restroom to the rear of the counter. Although it does have a handrail, it is a bit tight. I was told that a new, larger, handicapped-accessible restroom will soon be ready, along with the deck. I look forward to seeing both.
As always, we at Destination Accessible, advise you to visit a venue’s website, www.destinationaccessible.com, when planning a trip, to “know before you go.”
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