News for Foodies: 05.17.12

Local Food News

    On Montauk’s Main Street, 668 the Gig Shack is serving lunch, with a menu including house-smoked pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, seared sea scallop sandwiches, and fish tacos. This year, the dinner menu includes a house-smoked rack of ribs served with cornbread and slaw, a char-grilled Angus rib-eye steak with fresh chimichurri, yellowfin tuna steaks, and tuna tartare taquitos.

“American Meat”
    Nick and Toni’s restaurant in East Hampton will host a reception after a screening of the documentary “American Meat” at Guild Hall on Saturday.
    The reception, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., will include hors d’oeuvres made with locally sourced and naturally raised meat, prepared by Nick and Toni’s executive chef, Joseph Realmuto, and served with local wines from Bedell Cellars and the Wolffer Estate Vineyard and craft beers from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company.
    In addition to the movie ticket cost, the reception will be $25 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at

More New Zealand Wine
    At a wine dinner at Fresno restaurant in East Hampton last week, Gretchen Menser, the chef, paired wines from several New Zealand wineries with fluke crudo, as a starter, grilled prawns, short ribs, and flourless chocolate cake.
    South Pacific Wines hosted the dinner, which began with a tasting of seven wines from the Crossroads winery, two from Curious Cove, both of which are in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, and one selection each from Mana NZ, a Martinborough winery, and Crown Range of Central Otago, New Zealand.

Happy at Andrra
    Andrra, new this season in the space at Harbor Marina in Springs where the Boathouse was for the last couple of years, is welcoming neighbors with a locals’ happy hour on Mondays from 3 to 8 p.m. Those who buy an appetizer will receive a free drink. Joe Kastrati will be the guest bartender. Also at Andrra, during a Sunset Sunday happy hour beginning at 4:30 each weekend, there will be music by Telly Karoussos, a singer and songwriter.

New Eateries
    Nammos Estiatorio will open this summer at 136 Main Street in South­ampton, which most recently housed Nello Summertime, and, back in the day, the Post House. Emmanouil Aslanoglou, the chef, will prepare the restaurant’s Greek and Mediterranean specialties and offer charcoal-grilled whole fish entrees. The restaurant will become a lounge on the weekends.
    Beaumarchais opens tomorrow night at 44 Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton. An eastern branch of the restaurant of the same name in Manhattan’s meatpacking district, it will serve dinner for now, and then brunch as well beginning Memorial Day weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, the restaurant will have a “Beau brunch” with international D.J.s from 2 to 6 p.m.
    The Hamptons Players Club, a restaurant and lounge with a polo and equestrian theme, will open next weekend in the Montauk Highway, East Hampton, spot where the Beachhouse has been. Hector Diaz, the chef, who has cooked at the Forge in Miami and at Tsunami in Palm Beach, will prepare modern American cuisine, including specialties from a wood-burning oven. An outdoor beer garden will have its own menu. At night, a V.I.P. lounge will be open for cocktails as well as private dining and events.