Recent Stories: Food

Laura Donnelly
June 15, 2017
It shouldn’t have come as a surprise that dining at the new Cove Hollow Tavern, in its infancy at the time of our visit, was a seamless, professional, and delicious experience. The reason it shouldn’t have been a surprise is that this new restaurant in East Hampton is brought to you by the fine folks of Vine Street Cafe on Shelter Island.

Cove Hollow Tavern
85 Montauk Highway
East Hampton
631-527-7131
Dinner Thursday through Monday

It shouldn’t have come as a surprise that dining at the new Cove Hollow Tavern, in its infancy at the time of our visit, was a seamless, professional, and delicious experience. The reason it shouldn’t have been a surprise is that this new restaurant in East Hampton is brought to you by the fine folks of Vine Street Cafe on Shelter Island.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 15, 2017
Tuesday night is now country night at the Springs Tavern. Besides a light bar menu, with $5 hot dogs, pizza slices, and more, there will be live music by the Spaghetti Westerners at 9 p.m. The Bridgehampton Inn will serve small bites, wine, and beer at a reception this evening from 5 to 7 to celebrate “Sea Rakes,” an exhibit of photographs by Lindsay Morris that will be on view throughout the summer.

Amagansett Less Marvelous

After 15 years in business, the Mary’s Marvelous store in Amagansett has closed. Mary Schoenlein, the owner of the shop and another in East Hampton, announced the intention to close the store some time ago, and it was shuttered this week. In a note to customers, Ms. Schoenlein thanked them for their support and said it was with “sadness and regret” that she and her staff were leaving Amagansett. The shop, which serves prepared foods, pastries, takeout sandwiches, salads, and more, coffee and tea, etc., will continue to do business on Newtown Lane in East Hampton.

 

At East Hampton Point

Joanne Pilgrim
June 8, 2017
Ice cream lovers should head down to Smokin’ Wolf, the takeout barbecue shop on Pantigo Road in East Hampton. The shop has reopened its ice cream freezer for the summer. The folks from the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton have opened the Squeezery, a juice and coffee bar by day and bar bar by night, on Amagansett’s Main Street.

The Oreya restaurant has reopened at the Capri hotel in Southampton and is now accompanied by the Oreya Lounge. The restaurant, overseen by Greg Grossman, its chef and owner, serves a Med­iterranean-inspired menu and has been redesigned, with the inclusion of the outdoor lounge, cocktail bar, and pool. New dishes on the menu this year include sumac-cured hamachi crudo, wood-fired lamb tenderloin, foie gras hummus, and beet salt-baked red snapper.

 

At the Maidstone

Laura Donnelly
June 8, 2017
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Thanks to the generosity, wisdom, and hard work of Margaret de Cuevas, the Peconic Land Trust, and those coolest-of-cool “lady farmers” Amanda Merrow and Katie Baldwin, the former Amagansett Farmers Market has reopened as Amber Waves Farm Market, and the gals now own the nine acres behind it.

Amber Waves Farm Market
367 Main Street, Amagansett
Open seven days, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Thanks to the generosity, wisdom, and hard work of Margaret de Cuevas, the Peconic Land Trust, and those coolest-of-cool “lady farmers” Amanda Merrow and Katie Baldwin, the former Amagansett Farmers Market has reopened as Amber Waves Farm Market, and the gals now own the nine acres behind it.

Laura Donnelly
June 1, 2017
Everyone loves cookies. Cookies are so good they have their own monster. No other food has a monster, does it? Does lasagna have a monster? Cheetos? No, only cookies.

Everyone loves cookies. Cookies are so good they have their own monster. No other food has a monster, does it? Does lasagna have a monster? Cheetos? No, only cookies.

Cookie Monster, who came out of the brilliant mind of Jim Henson in 1966, started life in commercials for snack foods and IBM. By the time “Sesame Street” first aired in 1969, he had become a blue, furry, clumsy creature whose grammar was atrocious and appetite for cookies insatiable. The cookies for the show were made of rice cakes, which were painted and dotted with a glue gun to look like that ultimate cookie, the chocolate chip. Real cookies would have messed up the puppet costume.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 1, 2017
Robert Sieber, the new executive chef at the Surf Lodge in Montauk, is making some changes to the menu, which includes dishes such as sea urchin linguine, fluke ceviche, crispy prawns, and fish tacos. The South Fork’s easternmost farmers market starts up for the season next Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Montauk green, and will continue weekly through the summer.

The South Fork’s easternmost farmers market starts up for the season next Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Montauk green, and will continue weekly through the summer. In September, market day will change to Fridays. Thirty-five vendors are participating this year, offering fish and shellfish, fresh vegetables, olive oils, flowers, sea salt, pasta, bread, honey, baked goods, chicken burgers, dairy and meat products, condiments and preserves, sauerkraut, pickles, and more. The market is organized by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce, which donates proceeds to the Montauk Food Pantry. Last year, $8,705 was donated. 

 

At Union Cantina

Isabel Carmichael
June 1, 2017
Carissa Waechter’s new shop in East Hampton is the inevitable culmination of something she has been cooking up for quite a while. Carissa’s Breads have been popular at South Fork farmers markets, and now she will bake and sell not only breads but also cakes, pastries, croissants, and pies and jams made with fruit from local farms.

Carissa Waechter’s new shop in East Hampton is the inevitable culmination of something she has been cooking up for quite a while. Carissa’s Breads have been popular at South Fork farmers markets, and now she will bake and sell not only breads but also cakes, pastries, croissants, and pies and jams made with fruit from local farms.

“I’m really excited to have people come in and have the experience of the smells and bubbling sounds of the loaves baking,” she said as she recently surveyed the finishing touches on the shop, which is off Newtown Lane in the former space of East Hampton Gourmet. 

Jennifer Landes
May 25, 2017
A new Greek restaurant called Calissa will open on Montauk Highway in Water Mill this weekend, taking over the space occupied a few years back by Trata East and a slew of short-lived followers.

A new Greek restaurant called Calissa will open on Montauk Highway in Water Mill this weekend, taking over the space occupied a few years back by  Trata East and a slew of short-lived followers.

Laura Donnelly
May 25, 2017
Lulu Kitchen and Bar opened on Sag Harbor’s Main Street a few weeks ago and I like it very much.

Lulu Kitchen and Bar
126 Main Street
Sag Harbor
631-725-0900
Seven days

Lulu Kitchen and Bar opened on Sag Harbor’s Main Street a few weeks ago and I like it very much. 

It is big and beautiful with an open kitchen, a wood-burning oven, and a trellised patio in the back. The space has always had a long, narrow railroad car feel to it but now it has graduated from the Acela to the Orient Express. It has rustic wood floors, exposed brick walls, skylights, and lots of smoky mirrors. There are banquettes, comfortable leather chairs, and a long zinc bar.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 25, 2017
At East Hampton Point, which opens this holiday weekend, Craig Atwood, who served as the restaurant’s chef from 2008 to 2010, has returned this year and revamped the menu. Dan’s Taste of Summer culinary events begin this weekend with Dan’s Rosé Soirée on Sunday at the Southampton Arts Center on Job’s Lane from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be more than 30 types of rosé to taste, and food from top chefs and restaurants including Baron’s Cove, Loaves and Fishes, and the East Pole.

A new evening farmers market will open next Thursday and take place weekly from 5 to 8 p.m. on the grounds of Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton. 

The farmers market at the Hayground School on Mitchell Lane in Bridgehampton opens tomorrow and can be visited weekly through Sept. 1 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. 

Now Open

Laura Donnelly
May 18, 2017
Here is the latest roundup of local celebrity cookbooks.

Here is the latest roundup of local celebrity cookbooks. One of them “Living Clearly,” is more of a healthy lifestyle with yoga instruction book by Hilaria Baldwin, the wife of the actor Alec Baldwin. Another is titled “Food Swings” and is by Jessica Seinfeld, philanthropist and wife of the comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 16, 2017
A new evening farmers market will begin June 1 on the grounds of Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton and take place weekly from 5 to 8 p.m. through August. More than 50 rosé wines from Provence, Sancerre, California, Italy, Oregon, Corsica, Spain, Washington State, and other locations will be available for tasting at a spring preview at Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m.

All kinds of fresh produce are coming into season, and farm stands and farmers markets are reopening for the year to sell the bounty. 

Laura Donnelly
May 11, 2017
A few years ago I decided that the greatest gift I have ever received came into this world on Aug. 13, 1987, at 2:30 p.m., eight pounds, six ounces, 21 inches of Adrian William Taylor, sound of wind and limb. So now we celebrate Mother’s Day by me cooking for him.

Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days and in many ways around the world.  In Thailand, it is celebrated on Aug. 12, the birthday of Queen Sirikit. Shrines are built, fireworks go off, and children present their mothers with garlands of jasmine flowers, which represent maternal love.

Jennifer Landes
May 11, 2017
For decades, serious foodies have been coming to the East End to partake of the simple pleasures of its summer produce and seafood. Later, they showed up at harvest time for its wine tastings and fine restaurants. More recently, they have left the city to live here year round and produce their own organic food products, such as heirloom wheat, honey, beer, distilled spirits, and fermented vegetables.

For decades, serious foodies have been coming to the East End to partake of the simple pleasures of its summer produce and seafood. Later, they showed up at harvest time for its wine tastings and fine restaurants.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 11, 2017
Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits will have a spring rosé preview from 2 to 5 p.m. on May 20. More than 50 rosé wines will be available for tasting. Round Swamp Farm markets are reopening for the season on Friday, May 19. Both the East Hampton farm market on Three Mile Harbor Road and the Bridgehampton market behind Main Street will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If Mother’s Day calls for a meal out on Sunday, our local restaurants will be offering some celebratory deals. 

At Nick and Toni’s in East Hampton, there will be both brunch and dinner a la carte specials on Mother’s Day. Brunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner service will begin at 6. 

May 9, 2017
With a number of vendors ready to go, the East Hampton Farmers Market will open two weeks early this year, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. on Friday.

With a number of vendors already raring to go, the East Hampton Farmers Market will open two weeks early this year, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. on Friday.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 4, 2017
Union Cantina in Southampton will celebrate the Mexican fifth of May holiday by offering free passed hors d’oeuvres during a 4 to 7 p.m. happy hour, along with a variety of drink specials, including a lineup of the restaurant’s new summer cocktails. Beginning today, Westlake Fish House in Montauk will be open weekly from Thursdays through Sundays, noon through dinnertime. They are serving brunch daily and sushi, as well as the regular menu.

The tide of restaurants reopening for the season continues to surge. Gosman’s, at the Montauk docks, reopens today and will serve lunch and dinner daily, except Tuesdays, until Memorial Day, when the schedule will run seven days a week.

Laura Donnelly
May 4, 2017
Vienna has a reputation for having the best desserts in the world, which is why a most thoughtful fellow invited me.

First of all, I have to admit that certain German words bring out the inner child in me, and that inner child is akin to Beavis and Butthead. Millennial boys will know what I mean. 

Joanne Pilgrim
April 27, 2017
Noah’s restaurant in Greenport will host a Slow Food East End dinner on Sunday focused on “slow fish,” or local and sustainable seafood. The event begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $110, $95 per person for Slow Food East End members. Advance reservations are required. Lulu Kitchen & Bar opens tomorrow in Sag Harbor, in the Main Street space once occupied by the Paradise and most recently by Doppio Artisan Bistro.

Lulu Kitchen & Bar opens tomorrow in Sag Harbor, in the Main Street space once occupied by the Paradise and most recently by Doppio Artisan Bistro. The restaurant is the newest offering from Marc Rowan, whose Montauk collection includes Arbor and Duryea’s Lobster Deck.

Laura Donnelly
April 27, 2017
A five-course dinner at Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton recently focused on dishes from the six countries covered by the president’s travel ban. They were accompanied by four wines and a vermouth from Channing Daughters Winery.

Mark Twain wrote, in “Innocents Abroad,” that “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” 

Joanne Pilgrim
April 20, 2017
Tonight is the night that Jennifer Pike of Pike Farms and Sybille van Kempen of the Loaves and Fishes food store will give a free talk at the East Hampton Library on the symbiotic relationship between local produce like that sold at the Pike Farms stand and the takeout food shop. Will Goldberg’s Bagels take over the Barnes Country Store space in Springs? We should know by this time next week.

By this time next week, we may know whether Goldberg’s Bagels is taking over the Barnes Country Store space in Springs. The owners of Barnes have closed up shop for good, and negotiations are reportedly taking place about Goldberg’s leasing the Springs-Fireplace Road site. 

Loire Valley Wines

Star Staff
April 13, 2017
Several restaurants on the South Fork are serving Easter dinner and brunches, including Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, Nick and Toni’s, the 1770 House, and Highway Restaurant and Bar in East Hampton. Highway's Chef also offered a recipe to try at home.

Several restaurants on the South Fork are serving Easter dinner and brunches, including Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, Nick and Toni’s, the 1770 House, and Highway Restaurant and Bar in East Hampton, which were highlighted in last week’s “News for Foodies” column.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 13, 2017
Jennifer Pike of Pike Farms and Sybille van Kempen of the Loaves and Fishes food store will discuss farm-to-table eating at a talk next Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the East Hampton Library, part of the library’s Tom Twomey discussion series. Tickets are on sale for this year’s Taste of Tuckahoe, a fund-raiser for the Tuckahoe School at which numerous chefs, food producers, vintners, and beer makers present their wares. It will take place at 230 Elm in Southampton on April 28 from 7 to 10 p.m., with a V.I.P. cocktail hour from 6 to 7 before the main event.

Bostwick’s Chowder House in East Hampton reopened last week for its 2017 season and will be serving lunch and dinner Thursdays through Sundays beginning at 11:30 a.m. until a bit later this spring.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 6, 2017
Ina Garten has a new instruction series in the works called “Cook Like a Pro.” It will premiere on the Food Network next month. Stuart’s Seafood Market in Amagansett will have gefilte fish and other Passover specialties this week and next. The shop will be closed on April 16 and reopen on April 18.

Opus One Winery Dinner

Sunday is the night for a wine dinner at Wolffer Kitchen in Sag Harbor featuring vintages from the Opus One winery of California, along with offerings from the Wolffer Estate of Sagaponack. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the dinner costs $257.25 per person, which includes tax and tip.

 

Trump Travel Dinner