News for Foodies: 05.10.12

Local Food News

    Restaurants are gearing up for the season, with a host of Mother’s Day specials this weekend.
    Andrra, a new restaurant which has opened near the Harbor Marina on Three Mile Harbor where the Boathouse was last year, will serve brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $30 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
    Among the starters will be Mediterranean seafood chowder, baked clams, and fried calamari. Entrees will include soft-shell crabs with avocado brown butter, herb-crusted roasted flounder, burgers, and a lobster roll. The regular dinner menu will be available from 5 to 11 p.m.
    Sami Krasniqi is a partner and the executive chef at Andrra, whose menu has a “Mediterranean seafood and chops” concept. His partners are Noti Krasniqi and Rich Silver. The restaurant has been renovated and redecorated. Lunch hours will be added during the summer, as will a lounge with late night entertainment.
    Also on Three Mile Harbor, East Hampton Point is opening for the season this weekend, and will start the season serving dinner on Friday and Saturday, with a three-course prix fixe for $35 offered between 5:30 and 6:30. On Mother’s Day, it will have a buffet brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. costing $55 for adults and $35 for kids.
    At Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett, Mother’s Day will bring a choice of two prix fixes: a two-course menu for $22 on an appetizer and entrée; for $25 dessert is included. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m.

Eating With Mom
    Other choices for Mother’s Day include Muse in the Harbor in Sag Harbor, where a brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and moms will be given a complimentary mimosa. Dinner, from 5:30 to 10, will include the eatery’s $28.95 prix fixe.
    Also in Sag Harbor, Phao, a Thai restaurant, will feature a 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. holiday special on Sunday, with a $24.95 prix fixe and a half-price special on a shiraz from Australia for $22 called First Drop Mother’s Milk. The first 24 moms to dine will receive a long-stemmed red rose, and from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Kenneth Morsch will perform love songs.
    At the Living Room in East Hampton, a three-course Mother’s Day special will include a glass of prosecco for all and a rose for mothers. At $65 a person, it will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Mother’s Day at Harbor Bistro, which has just reopened in its picturesque spot on Three Mile Harbor, will bring a brunch buffet, for $29 per adult or $17 for kids under 12. Bloody Marys, mimosas, and bellinis will be $6. Beginning at 3 p.m., the bistro will serve a three-course prix fixe for $39, with entrees such as Mongolian barbecue ribs, lobster bundles, filet mignon, rack of lamb, and fresh fish. A children’s menu will also be available. Reservations have been suggested.
    At the Harbor Grill, its sister restaurant just down Three Mile Harbor Road, a family-friendly Sunday brunch will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at $19.95 for moms and dads, and $10.95 for kids under 12. Beginning at noon, mimosas and Bloody Marys will cost only $3.  Starting at 3 p.m., the Harbor Grill will serve a three-course dinner for $29.95. The menu will include baked clams, shrimp cocktail, a one-pound lobster, leg of lamb, salmon, steak, shrimp scampi, and chicken. A children’s menu will also be offered. Reservations have been requested.
    Michaels’ at Maidstone, which is near Maidstone Park, will serve a buffet-style meal from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday for mothers and families, at a cost of $35 per person. Reservations have been requested.

More Options for Mom
    Cafe Max in East Hampton will serve a Mother’s Day dinner on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m. A three-course special, for $30, or $20 for kids 13 and younger, will include a choice of appetizers such as soup, salad, spring roll, or shrimp cocktail, followed by roast prime rib, grilled fish (including salmon), penne with chicken sausage, chicken Francaise, and, for an extra fee, leg of lamb. Dessert is included.
    At Nick & Toni’s on North Main Street in East Hampton, a Mother’s Day brunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m., with dinner specials beginning at 6. Among the special entrees will be lobster ravioli with sweet pea butter and grilled king salmon.
    At Pierre’s in Bridgehampton, a Mother’s Day brunch will be served all day on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The menu is on the restaurant’s Web site, Reservations have been suggested.
    At Almond, also in that hamlet, mothers who come to brunch — between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. — will receive a free mimosa or Bloody Mary. The brunch will include eggs, sandwiches, salads, and French toast, among other offerings. Dinner will be served, a la carte, on Sunday.

Moms in Montauk
    Montauk will have plenty of choices for dining out at the Point on Sunday.  The Harvest restaurant and East by Northeast will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. on Mother’s Day.
    The Surfside Inn, overlooking the ocean on Old Montauk Highway, has reopened for the season and is serving dinner nightly as well as lunch on Saturday and Sunday. For Mother’s Day, there will be a four-course special.
    The Hideaway will also have Mother’s Day specials. Gosman’s Dock will be open on Sunday, with Mother’s Day specials offered, and the Gulf Coast Kitchen at the Montauk Yacht Club will have a holiday buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $38.95 per adult. The cost for children 4 to 12 will be $17.95, with those under 4 free.
    The Shagwong will also have a special Mother’s Day menu. At Gurney’s Inn,  a Mother’s Day buffet will be from noon to 4 p.m. for $33.95 per person, or $19.95 for kids 12 and under. It will include not only standard brunch fare, but a Viennese dessert table.
    Also serving something special for Mother’s Day will be Manucci’s, on West Lake Drive, from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.
On Napeague, moms who stop in for a meal at the Lobster Roll on Sunday will get a complimentary mimosa.

Now Open
    Also on the Napeague stretch, Banzai Burger will reopen for the season on May 25. The burger and sushi restaurant is owned by Alex Duff and Steve Kasuba, who have added some new items to the menu and updated the decor.
    South Edison restaurant in Montauk reopened for the season last Thursday. New this season to the seafood-centric menu is expanded happy hour fare, with items such as local pickled vegetables and lobster salad sliders. Todd Mitgang, the executive chef, and Roy Wohlars, as sous-chef, continue in the kitchen.
    South Edison will be open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday through May and into June. Reservations can be made online at www.southedison. com/reservations.
    Also in Montauk, the Backyard Restaurant at Solé East reopens tomorrow night with its Mediterranean-influenced menu. It will serve dinner on Thursday through Sunday, and lunch on weekends. This weekend, breakfast will be served on Saturday and Sunday.
    Reopening next Thursday, and marking its quarter-century anniversary, is Dave’s Grill, at the Montauk docks.

Edible Gifts
    Edible gifts for moms can be found at Lucy’s Whey in East Hampton. Along with its selection of cheeses and things to go with them, the shop has put together a Mother’s Day gift box, with a round of coupole, a goat’s milk cheese, espresso chocolate-chip shortbread, and red raspberry jam. The gift box costs $50.
    Another option is a cheese of the month subscription, which can be ordered in three, six, or 12-month versions.

Slow Food Event
    Slow Food East End will host a potluck lunch as a fund-raiser, along with a tour of Mecox Dairy Farm, on June 2 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Art Ludlow, the owner and master cheesemaker, will give a guided tour, explaining the process of cheese-making, from start to finish. Afterward, there will be a cheese and wine tasting, with Wolffer Estate Vineyard wines. Lunch will be outdoors in the field. The rain date is June 9.
    A limited number of tickets will be sold, so those interested have been advised to reserve early. Attendees will be asked to bring a dish that serves 6 to 8 people. Reservations may be made by e-mailing The cost is $18 for Slow Food members, $22 for nonmembers, and $10 for children. The proceeds will go to Slow Food’s East End Education Fund.
    Meanwhile, the Wolffer Estate’s Hidden Cellar Society, a wine club geared for those ages 21 to 35, will have a tasting on Wednesday at the Corkbuzz Wine Studio in New York City. Laura Maniec, a sommelier, will discuss  new Wolffer releases, which will be paired with hors d’oeuvres.
    Admission is $40 and reservations can be made by sending an e-mail to

Memorable Bread
    Keith Kouris, the owner of the Blue Duck Bakery, will present “Memorable Breads for Everyday Cooks” at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton on Wednesday at noon. He will demonstrate how to prepare some of the breads sold at the Blue Duck Bakery cafe. Reservations are a must, and can be made by calling the library or at

Cooking Class
    Peter Ambrose, a chef, caterer, and owner of the Hampton Seafood Company on Race Lane in East Hampton, will conduct a cooking class at the Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor next Thursday. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., he will prepare samples from his takeout and catering menus. The $30 admission will include tastes of items such as fish tacos, pulled pork, salads, and wine. Tickets may be bought at the door, although advance reservations have been suggested, as space is limited, and may be made by calling the church.