News for Foodies - 06.09.11

Taste Top New Zealand Wine
    Andrew Harris and Sally Richardson of Montauk, the owners of Stonecrop, a 20-acre vineyard in Martinborough, New Zealand, will be on hand at a tasting of their sauvignon blanc and pinot noir wines at Domaine Franey Wines and Spirits on Montauk Highway in East Hampton on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.  The vineyard’s handcrafted wines have received international accolades, including a recent New York Times rating of the Stonecrop pinot noir as New Zealand’s number-two pinot noir.

Lovely Lobsters
    Gosman’s Topside and Inlet Cafe is luring lobster lovers with a $10 steamed Montauk lobster on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights between 5 and 8 p.m. An alternative is the eatery’s three-course prix fixe for $18, which includes a number of choices, including sushi.

Three Courses, $30
    Nick and Toni’s restaurant in East Hampton is offering a “create your own” prix fixe on Mondays, Tuesdays, and  Wednesdays. Diners may choose an antipasti or “primi,” a second course, and a dessert for $30. Pizzas are not included, and there is a supplemental charge for some items. For those looking for Nick and Toni’s wood-oven-baked pizzas, the a la carte pizza menu is available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

At East Hampton Point
    The new chef at East Hampton Point, Patrick Fromm, is serving up some specials every week. The $29, three-course prix fixe, which is offered on Mondays through Thursdays, comes with a complimentary glass of wine on Monday evenings. Tuesday is taco night, with a $19 special that includes seafood tacos with grilled or fried shrimp, or swordfish, and a margarita or Corona beer for $19. On Wednesday, chef Fromm creates a traditional clambake. For $38, diners may choose chowder or salad to start, followed by lobster, mussels, king crab, and corn. Thursdays bring surf and turf night: filet mignon and grilled shrimp served with sautéed spinach or corn, for $34.

Nightly Harvest
    The Harvest in Montauk, now open nightly, offers a $19 prix fixe from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
    East by Northeast in Montauk, also open now every night of the week, presents a prix fixe on Sundays through Fridays between 5 and 7 p.m., and serves a Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pierre’s Valet
    Pierre’s restaurant in Bridgehampton is relieving diners of the burden of finding a parking place with a free valet parking service in front of the restaurant on weekends. 
    Summer specials on Pierre’s menu at present are lobster salad, tuna steaks, and tuna tartare. At lunchtime, tuna nicoise is offered.

Prime Rib
    The Harbor Grill on Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton, a sister restaurant to Harbor Bistro, has a $22.95 prime rib dinner on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 4 p.m. It includes the soup or salad of the day, a thick slice of prime rib served with baked potato, horseradish sour cream, and vegetables of the day.
    Harbor Grill is a good choice for early birds, as it serves dinner every night beginning at 4.

Summer’s Muse
    Summer items have been added to the menu at Muse Restaurant and Aquatic Lounge in Water Mill. Among them are a watermelon, arugula, feta cheese, and toasted pine nut salad, and appetizers such as mini lobster rolls, scallops with Caribbean jerk spices served with a banana mint relish and banana hummus, and tuna “ménage a trios,” which is tuna served three ways.
    New dinner entrees include chicken and waffles — herb chicken confit with caramelized sweet onion served on crisp waffle squares, Swordfish Oscar, a dish of lightly breaded pan-fried local swordfish with grilled asparagus, crab salad topped with horseradish hollandaise, and toasted almonds, and Atlantic salmon scaloppine served South of the Border style, with bean and avocado salad, grilled artichoke salsa, and baby arugula gazpacho salad.
    Muse is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 5:30 to 10 p.m., and offers a three-course $29.95 prix fixe all night on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and until 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, except on holiday weekends. There is an outdoor lounge for drinks.

The Unhampton
    Cafe Max in East Hampton, which is proud to call itself the “Unhampton,” has a June special of steak and fries for $19 on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesday, and Thursdays. Other specials at the restaurant include three courses for $24 on Mondays and Wednesdays, two courses for $23 on Thursdays and Sundays, an early bird special of Fridays, with two courses for $23 from 5:30 to 5:55 p.m., and a 20-percent discount for Saturday diners who come at 5:30 p.m. sharp. Takeout orders of a la carte dishes are given a 10-percent discount. 
    Cafe Max is closed on Tuesdays.