Recent Stories: Food

Mark Segal
January 9, 2018
It’s always happy hour at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack for police officers and first responders who present their current badges or other identification to the bartender on duty. Perks include $5 shots, $6.25 garbage fries, $5.50 nachos, $6 wings, and beer and wine specials. The 1770 House in East Hampton is offering several dining deals through April 19. From Sundays through Thursdays, except holidays, a $35 three-course prix fixe menu will be available, as will $9 wine and $5 beer selections.

1770 House Specials

The 1770 House in East Hampton is offering several dining deals through April 19. From Sundays through Thursdays, except holidays, a $35 three-course prix fixe menu will be available, as will $9 wine and $5 beer selections. In addition, every Thursday the downstairs tavern will feature dishes priced at $17.70, among them turkey chili, chicken Parmigiana, and fish and chips, as well as its year-round standbys, meatloaf and a classic hamburger. 

Joanne Pilgrim
January 2, 2018
Over near Three Mile Harbor, the Blend, the new restaurant opened by the chef and owner of Michael’s, is serving dinner from 5 to 9 nightly. Nick and Toni’s restaurant in East Hampton has teamed up with the Golden Eagle Studio, a nearby neighbor on North Main Street, to initiate a series of dinners with featured artists who will discuss an art-related topic, give a demonstration, or teach an art class at the studio before joining the group for dinner at the restaurant.

Dinner and an Artist

Nick and Toni’s restaurant in East Hampton has teamed up with the Golden Eagle Studio, a nearby neighbor on North Main Street, to initiate a series of dinners with featured artists who will discuss an art-related topic, give a demonstration, or teach an art class at the studio before joining the group for dinner at the restaurant. 

Called A Night Out With, the series will start on Wednesday with Paton Miller, a painter whose works have been exhibited worldwide. The art session begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a two-course dinner. Reservations are a must and can be made online at goldeneagleart.com. The cost is $75 per person, which includes tax and tip. 

Joanne Pilgrim
December 26, 2017
Holiday dining at the 1770 House in East Hampton this weekend will include a four-course prix fixe tasting menu at $110 per person, plus tax and gratuity. In Sag Harbor, Lulu Kitchen and Bar will host a New Year’s Eve celebration that includes an early, 5:30 p.m., seating and a later second seating at 8 that comes with a glass of champagne, party favors, and a four-course prix fixe.

The Mercado Mexican restaurant in Bridgehampton is offering a bonus gift card, in $10 or $20 denominations, to those who purchase a gift card for the restaurant for others. The offer is good through Tuesday. Beginning in January, Mercado will offer a free birthday entree to those who become its Facebook friends, as well as a three-course taco meal on Sunday nights, served family style after 5 p.m. 

 

New Year’s Eve Options

Laura Donnelly
December 20, 2017
Homemade holiday gifts are often the best and most economical. They show that you made some effort, and it’s something your children can join in on. I mean, who doesn’t have fun melting chocolate, crushing candy canes, and licking the spatula and bowl?

Homemade holiday gifts are often the best and most economical. They show that you made some effort, and it’s something your children can join in on. I mean, who doesn’t have fun melting chocolate, crushing candy canes, and licking the spatula and bowl?

Jennifer Landes
December 20, 2017
For those who would rather dine out on Christmas Day, Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor will offer a traditional three-course dinner. The Highway Restaurant and Bar in East Hampton will serve an a la carte menu with holiday specials on Christmas Eve.

Other Christmas Options

Although many prefer dining in on Christmas Day, who wants the hassle and cleanup the night before? Christmas Eve has become a popular night for restaurants, and in addition to some of the special menus previously announced, comes Highway Restaurant and Bar in East Hampton. The cozy boite will serve an a la carte menu with holiday specials. These include balontine of foie gras with sauterne jelly and brioche; seafood eschabeche with local calamari, lobster, scallop, and shrimp, and braised lamb shank with pomme puree, grilled broccolini, and chippolini onion.

Laura Donnelly
December 13, 2017
When I found out that my friend Justin Spring, author of “The Gourmands’ Way,” was going on a book-signing tour through San Francisco, then to Carmel to his sister and brother-in-law’s winery and tasting room in Carmel Valley, I asked if I could tag along.

When I found out that my friend Justin Spring, author of “The Gourmands’ Way,” was going on a book-signing tour through San Francisco, then to Carmel to his sister and brother-in-law’s winery and tasting room in Carmel Valley, I asked if I could tag along. 

Reason number one: I was born in Carmel and was long overdue for a visit to my hometown. Reason number two: There was to be a dinner in his honor at Chez Panisse in Berkeley on Dec. 4, with a Richard Olney-inspired menu. Scratch that, traveling with Justin was reason number one.

Joanne Pilgrim
December 13, 2017
The restaurant at the 1770 House named one of “100 Best" by Open Table; Art of Eating's holiday menus; new specials and discounts

‘Tis a good season for those looking for daily restaurant specials or a fresh prix fixe menu.

At Tutto Il Giorno on Nugent Street in Southampton, Monday night is deemed “date night,” with any appetizer paired with any pasta dish offered at $29. A $36 prix fixe on Thursday and Sunday nights includes an appetizer, pasta or other entree, and a choice of dessert. 

A three-course menu at Almond on Main Street in Bridgehampton, which specializes in locally sourced ingredients, is $32.50 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays until 7 p.m., and all night on Wednesdays. Vegetarian options abound at Almond on “Meatless Monday” nights. 

Laura Donnelly
December 5, 2017
The "REAL Rowdy burger" goes up against a new plant-based version that promises the full beef experience, including juices, and tastes "damn good," according to our reviewer.

When I was assigned to do a story on the Impossible Burger, now being served at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton, I organized my posse for the adventure. “Just don’t make me eat the fake burger,” one of my guests said. “I want the REAL Rowdy burger!” Understood. Just what exactly is the Impossible Burger? It is a combination of heme, water, textured wheat protein, potato protein, and coconut oil. And what is heme? In blood, heme lives in a protein called hemoglobin; in muscle, it’s myoglobin. In soy roots, it is leghemoglobin.

Joanne Pilgrim
December 5, 2017
Local Food News

New at Babette’s

New dishes have been added to the menu at Babette’s in East Hampton, where the dishes focus on healthy ingredients. They include the Babette’s house-made vegan burger, with selected fixings; “Rita’s Quesadilla,” featuring organic barbecue tofu, broccoli, white cheddar, jalapeno, and salsa on a whole wheat torilla, and turkey meatballs with fire-roasted tomato sauce, shisito peppers, crisp garbanzo beans, and feta cheese with grilled country bread. Local bay scallops are also a choice for lunch or dinner dishes. Winter hours at Babette’s are Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

 

Joanne Pilgrim
November 30, 2017
Cocktails at Baker House; impossible burgers at Rowdy Hall, Greek prix fixe at Elaia; and more this week

At the Baker House 1650 in East Hampton, Tad Carducci, an award-winning mixologist, will be on hand for Cocktails & Conversation on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. Mr. Carducci of the Tippling Bros. mixologist group, a co-author of two Tippling Bros. books, will demonstrate how to make holiday cocktails and have copies of his books available for purchase. Tickets are limited and cost $50. They can be reserved by calling the Baker House or purchased online at bakerhouse1650.com. 

The event is being co-sponsored by the Domaine Franey wine and spirits shop in East Hampton.

 

Impossible Burger

Jennifer Landes
November 22, 2017
Some last-minute ideas for Thanksgiving dinner include the Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton, where a four-course prix fixe meal is being served up for $85, $40 for children under 12, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. In Southampton, Tutto Il Giorno will also be open on Thanksgiving with a prix fixe menu for $65 that includes a choice of baby kale Caesar salad or a baby artichoke appetizer, wild mushroom tortelli or roasted turkey pastilla as an entree, and carmelized pear crostata or pumpkin semifreddo for dessert.

For Procrastinators

Just decided to come out east at the last minute and have no plans or food in the house for the holiday? Maybe the Bumpuses’ dogs ate your turkey as it was cooling on the kitchen table?

Some last-minute ideas for Thanksgiving dinner include the Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton, where a four-course prix fixe meal is being served up for $85, $40 for children under 12, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The restaurant also offers a nightly prix fixe for $37 from 5:30 to 9 from Sunday to Thursday and Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Kids and dogs are welcome at the sunroom brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bar’s nightly happy hour includes $10 cocktails and snacks by the fire from 4 to 7 p.m. 

Star Staff
November 22, 2017
In addition to food, the Springs Tavern also serves up music. Tomorrow, a special tribute to the Allman Brothers will feature Andy Aledort, Bosco Michne, Rich Rosch, and Roy DeJesus at 9 p.m. There will be no cover charge.

In addition to food, the Springs Tavern also serves up music. Tomorrow, a special tribute to the Allman Brothers will feature Andy Aledort, Bosco Michne, Rich Rosch, and Roy DeJesus at 9 p.m. There will be no cover charge.

Mr. Aledort, a blues-rock guitarist, performs with his band the Groove Kings regularly in the area and has recorded several albums. He appears on the “Dickey Betts and Great Southern: 30 Years of Southern Rock” DVD.

The restaurant has also announced a new “first responder Thursday,” when police and fire officials with identification will receive 25 percent off their entire order.

Joanne Pilgrim
November 20, 2017
With a husband who is a chef, Patty Sales cannot generally be found cooking. But baking is a different story.

With a husband who is a chef, Patty Sales cannot generally be found cooking. But baking is a different story.

The namesake of a grassroots East Hampton business, Cousin Patty’s Cookies, she grew up with a wooden spoon and mixing bowl at hand. “It’s very relaxing,” she said on a recent rainy day, perfect for baking. 

Jennifer Landes
November 16, 2017
Townline BBQ in Sagaponack is offering happy hour specials with its live music on Friday nights this season. Inlet Seafood in Montauk will close for the season after its lunch service on Nov. 26. It will continue to operate until then Friday through Sunday, opening at noon.

It is sad to say, but even one of the seasonal restaurant holdouts will be closing its doors for winter soon. Inlet Seafood in Montauk will close for the season after its lunch service on Nov. 26. It will continue to operate until then Friday through Sunday, opening at noon.

No Turkey Talkathon

Wondering what to serve your vegan and vegetarian friends and relatives at Thanksgiving? Julie and Dan Resnick of Amagansett and the website Feedfeed.com will be joining Rachel and Andy Berliner of Amy’s Kitchen for a Twitter chat today with the hashtag #NoTurkeyTalkathon at 4 p.m. 

Laura Donnelly
November 16, 2017
In the late 1970s and early ’80s I worked for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. Every year around this time, our beloved “All Things Considered” host Susan Stamberg would share her mother’s recipe, Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish, with her listeners. “Mama” Stamberg got credit for this wildly popular concoction until the true inventor, Craig Claiborne, gently reminded Susan that it was his recipe from a 1959 New York Times column. In 1993, Mr. Claiborne told Mrs. Stamberg: “I am simply delighted. We have gotten more mileage, you and I, out of that recipe than almost anything I’ve printed.”

In the late 1970s and early ’80s I worked for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. Every year around this time, our beloved “All Things Considered” host Susan Stamberg would share her mother’s recipe, Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish, with her listeners. “Mama” Stamberg got credit for this wildly popular concoction until the true inventor, Craig Claiborne, gently reminded Susan that it was his recipe from a 1959 New York Times column. In 1993, Mr. Claiborne told Mrs. Stamberg: “I am simply delighted. We have gotten more mileage, you and I, out of that recipe than almost anything I’ve printed.”

Joanne Pilgrim
November 9, 2017
Bridgehampton Inn has a constantly evolving menu, with new selections offered every two weeks based on local market ingredients. Brian Szostak, the chef, would be happy to hear from farmers and boutique growers about fresh, available items. O’Murphy’s restaurant and pub at the Tipperary Inn in Montauk has a $24.95 dinner special Sundays through Thursdays starting at 5 p.m. It includes soup or salad of the day, a selected entree, coffee, and dessert.

Reservations are being taken for a Nov. 18 dinner described as a “culinary ethnobotanical adventure.” The chefs, Jeff Purrazzi from JK Chef Collection, Adam Kelinson from Around the Fire, and other South Fork chefs who will help out, will present six courses: Montauk oysters, wood-fired seed bread with charcuterie and “fall ferments,” Clambake Nation chowder with white pine broth and scallops, and a local whole-roasted pig served with polenta, beans, and squash. Dessert, tea, and coffee will also be served.

The dinner is a benefit for the Project Most after-school program and will include a silent auction. It will take place at Scoville Hall in Amagansett starting at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $75, and reservations can be made at eventbrite.com. 

Laura Donnelly
November 9, 2017
I love Bloody Marys but seldom drink them. They seem to be kind of a meal in a glass, thick and spicy with bits and bobs of horseradish, a celery stick, perhaps an olive on a toothpick, like watered down cocktail sauce with booze in it.

I love Bloody Marys but seldom drink them. They seem to be kind of a meal in a glass, thick and spicy with bits and bobs of horseradish, a celery stick, perhaps an olive on a toothpick, like watered down cocktail sauce with booze in it.

Joanne Pilgrim
November 2, 2017
The Springs Tavern will offer half-priced bottles of wine with the purchase of a dinner entree on Wednesdays from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Babette’s in East Hampton is open daily except for Wednesdays, serving breakfast and lunch until 4 p.m., as well as dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.

At Babette’s

Babette’s in East Hampton is open daily except for Wednesdays, serving breakfast and lunch until 4 p.m., as well as dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. The restaurant, which focuses on “clean food,” including specials for both herbivores and carnivores, is distributing Local Love cards good for a 15-percent discount. Veggie burgers have been put back on the menu. 

 

Winter Farm Share

Laura Donnelly
October 31, 2017
Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a celebration that originated with the Aztecs of central Mexico thousands of years ago. These are not days of mourning the passing of friends and family, they are celebrations of their lives, and the rituals that accompany these holidays are to welcome them back for a day.

Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a celebration that originated with the Aztecs of central Mexico thousands of years ago. Nov. 1 is the Day of the Innocents, or Dia de los Inocentes, or Dia de los Angelitos, Day of the Little Angels, that is, children. Nov. 2 is for celebrating deceased adults. These are not days of mourning the passing of friends and family, they are celebrations of their lives, and the rituals that accompany these holidays are to welcome them back for a day.

Joanne Pilgrim
October 26, 2017
La Fondita in Amagansett will celebrate Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead, with traditional food specials Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 3. Reasons to visit Nick and Toni’s restaurant in East Hampton this fall: three prix fixe specials to choose from, wood-oven pizzas, and “social hour” at the bar.

Does the seasonal change have you craving heartier food and drink? At Townline BBQ in Sagaponack, there’s an option all rolled into one. Called the Hail Mary (a version of a Bloody Mary) and served in and on a glass, this meal-in-a-drink starts with a Bloody Mary. The drink is then topped with a piece of Townline’s barbecue brisket, a St. Louis rib, a hush puppy, a pickle, and an olive. It costs $15.

 

Prix Fixe, Pizza

Reasons to visit Nick and Toni’s restaurant in East Hampton this fall: three prix fixe specials to choose from, wood-oven pizzas, and “social hour” at the bar.

Joanne Pilgrim
October 19, 2017
Tonight’s the night for a dinner at Almond in Bridgehampton featuring spirits from Widow Jane, a Brooklyn distillery, and pork from a pig raised at Root ’n’ Roost Farm in Livingston Manor, N.Y. Stefanie Sacks, a “culinary nutritionist,” will present a series of workshops with instructions for “meatless Mondays” beginning next week at a private residence in Bridgehampton. The 5:30 to 8 p.m. sessions, suitable for adults as well as children ages 10 and up, will begin with a brief discussion followed by hands-on cooking instruction.

Microgreens Tour, Tasting

Slow Food East End is taking reservations for a Nov. 2 tour and tasting at Good Water Farms in Bridgehampton, which produces microgreens and has just released “The Microgreens Cookbook: A Good Water Farms Odyssey.” Brendan Davison, the farm’s owner, will lead the tasting and tour and provide each visitor with a box of microgreens to take home. Small bites made by Megan Huylo, the chef at East Hampton’s Bhumi Farms, will be served. 

Reservations for the 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. event are limited and can be made at the Slow Food East End website by Oct. 31. The cost is $65.

 

Fall at Lulu

Laura Donnelly
October 19, 2017
In summertime you can get away with slicing up a watermelon, dropping some berries in a bowl, or stopping at a farm stand for a fruit pie, and voila, dessert is done. But this time of year don’t you want to make a little more effort with a homemade dessert?

In summertime you can get away with slicing up a watermelon, dropping some berries in a bowl, or stopping at a farm stand for a fruit pie, and voila, dessert is done. But this time of year don’t you want to make a little more effort with a homemade dessert? The following three cakes are so easy and so good, you are going to cut them out and keep them forever. They are fast, fruity, and foolproof!

Joanne Pilgrim
October 12, 2017
Coast Kitchen restaurant at the Montauk Yacht Club has a $29.95 (plus tax and tip) three-course prix fixe special for fall, served daily from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Getting through the first workdays of the week might become easier with a Tuesday night visit to Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett, which is hosting Taco Tuesdays. Diners can choose among three different tacos, served with chips and salsa to start, topped with radish, cilantro, and queso fresco, and accompanied by rice and beans.

Bourbon and Pork

Dishes made with pork from a heritage-breed pig raised at the Root ’n’ Roost Farm upstate, paired with New York-made bourbon and rye from Widow Jane, will be the centerpiece of a meal at Almond in Bridgehampton next Thursday. Reservations are being taken for the $70 dinner, which will begin at 7 p.m.

 

Champagne Weekend

Laura Donnelly
October 12, 2017
The weather may still be disconcertingly balmy, but the farm stands and supermarkets and nurseries are all letting us know it’s fall! Hank’s Pumpkintown is up and running and busy as ever. The folks at John’s Drive-In in Montauk are cranking out their delicious pumpkin ice cream. There are pumpkin lattes, pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin ales.

The weather may still be disconcertingly balmy, but the farm stands and supermarkets and nurseries are all letting us know it’s fall! Hank’s Pumpkintown is up and running and busy as ever. The folks at John’s Drive-In in Montauk are cranking out their delicious pumpkin ice cream. There are pumpkin lattes, pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin ales. There are caramel apple kits at King Kullen and corn mazes everywhere. I kid you not, I spied Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Swirl bread (limited time only!) at the Sag Harbor I.G.A. The Pepperidge Farm website exhorts you to “Wake up to swirls and swirls of yummy morning magic!” Goodness gracious, almost gave me flashbacks to 1969.