Recent Stories: Food

Jamie Bufalino
May 10, 2018
Mother's Day Specials from all over; whiskey and BBQ at Townline, Janet Jennings at Golden Eagle, and more

Mother’s Day Specials

For Mother’s Day on Sunday, the Harbor Bistro in East Hampton will serve a brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The buffet items will include made-to-order omelettes, blueberry pancakes, eggs Benedict, broiled fluke, and prime rib. There will also be a raw bar. The cost is $40 for adults and $20 for children, plus tax and gratuity.

Navy Beach in Montauk will offer a three-course prix fixe lunch menu from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The featured dishes include clam and corn chowder, tortilla salad, and crispy skate with baby kale, marble potatoes, and a remoulade. Moms will receive a complimentary Bloody Mary or mimosa with their meals. The cost is $48 per person, plus tax and gratuity. 

Laura Donnelly
May 10, 2018
Seasons by the Sea Tracking the Fleeting and Elusive Ramp

Ramp Chimichurri

Go ahead and make pesto with ramps but I would suggest stretching them with other greens like spinach, watercress, or parsley. They are also good simply grilled alongside asparagus with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Here is a recipe for chimichurri, try this on grilled meats or vegetables.

 

1 bunch ramps (about 10-12)

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

 

Separate leaves from bulbs and chop both coarsely. Put bulbs in food processor and blend until minced. Add rest of ingredients and puree until smooth.

 

Ramp Butter

Taylor K. Vecsey
May 7, 2018
The snack food giant that produces Oreo cookies, among other household names, said it will purchase Tate's Bake Shop, a company started in Southampton by Kathleen King, for approximately $500 million, in a deal that will close later this summer.

The snack food giant that produces Oreo cookies, among other household names, announced plans to purchase Tate's Bake Shop, a company started in Southampton by Kathleen King, for approximately $500 million.

On Monday, Mondelēz International said it had reached an agreement with the Riverside Company, a global private equity firm, and other shareholders, including Ms. King to acquire the company, best known for its thin-and-crispy cookies. Tate's baked goods are distributed across the country and sold online.

The deal is expected to close this summer.

Jamie Bufalino
May 1, 2018
Gosman’s is back; Almond dabbles in duck and rosé; new restaurants in East Hampton and Montauk; Cinco de Mayo, and more.

New on the Scene

The Quiet Clam 2.0, a seafood-centric restaurant, opened on Saturday in the East Hampton location formerly occupied by Service Station. The restaurant’s name references an earlier eatery at the spot, the Quiet Clam, which operated there for many years before the space became Nichols in the late 1990s. According to the Facebook page for the Quiet Clam 2.0, the restaurant will be open year round for lunch and dinner, and serve brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Word is that it’s run by the family that ran the original Quiet Clam, but calls and messages to the restaurant had not been returned as of Monday.

Laura Donnelly
May 1, 2018
Derby Day is also an excuse to polish the silver julep cups, whip up some burgoo, hot browns, and Derby pie, and muddle some spearmint in bourbon in preparation for that most deadly of cocktails, the mint julep.

Saturday is the 144th Kentucky Derby, a.k.a. Run for the Roses, dubbed “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” I love horses and I love the Kentucky Derby. I start to study the field about a week ahead of the race, which is pointless for a novice like me, because as Charlie Whittingham, a trainer, once said “racehorses are like strawberries, they can go bad overnight.” 

Between the time I wrote this, the time you pick up your paper, and the post time (6:34 p.m. Saturday) everything will have changed.

Jamie Bufalino
April 26, 2018
The featured speaker at Wednesday’s A Night Out With event — a collaboration between the Golden Eagle Studio and Nick and Toni’s restaurant in East Hampton — will be Jane Martin, a multimedia artist. Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits will hold a workshop focusing on rosés on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The class will introduce students to rosés produced outside of the Provence region of France, the area most associated with the wine. Advance registration is by calling the store.

The Clam Bar at Napeague is open for the season but on a weather-dependent basis. Customers are encouraged to call the restaurant before heading out. 

Rosé Soiree

Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits will hold a workshop focusing on rosés on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The class will introduce students to rosés produced outside of the Provence region of France, the area most associated with the wine. Advance registration is by calling the store. 

Long Island Restaurant Week

Star Staff
April 24, 2018
After nine years, the Hayground School in Bridgehampton announced Monday there will no longer be a Friday afternoon farmers market on its grounds.

There will be one less farmers market to frequent this summer.

After nine years, the Hayground School in Bridgehampton has announced that it will no longer hold a Friday afternoon farmers market on its grounds.

"We reached this extraordinarily tough conclusion in the face of a dwindling number of vendors," Tony Hitchock, the school's treasurer, wrote in a press release. The decision was reinforced by the departure of the school's market manager, Ella Engel-Snow.

Jamie Bufalino
April 17, 2018
Long Island Restaurant Week; Lulu Kitchen plans to reopen in May; Taste of Tuckahoe; new seasonal openings, and more

Update on Lulu

Lulu Kitchen and Bar in Sag Harbor, which has been closed in the aftermath of a fire in its ductwork on April 12, is planning to reopen in early May. 

 

Another Restaurant Week

Long Island Restaurant Week will begin on Sunday and continue through April 29. Participating restaurants on the East End and beyond will offer three-course prix fixe menus for $28.95 per person. Local restaurants offering the deal will include Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, Wolffer Kitchen in Sag Harbor and Amagansett, Page at 63 Main in Sag Harbor, and Le Charlot and Union Cantina in Southampton. A full list of participating restaurants elsewhere on the Island is on the Long Island Restaurant Week website.

Laura Donnelly
April 10, 2018
A random, pull-a-name-out-of-a-hat survey of South Fork breakfast options from basic to extravagant

Do you eat breakfast? Do you believe the expression “it’s the most important meal of the day”? It kind of is and kind of isn’t.

My brothers and I were lucky growing up. Our mother squeezed fresh orange juice for us every day and we usually had a hot cereal like oatmeal, Wheatena, or Maypo. What the heck is Maypo? Apparently it is an instant maple flavored oatmeal. We were allowed to have the occasional sugary boxed cereal, but this was rare.

Jamie Bufalino
April 10, 2018
Magic mushrooms; restaurant week continues; "The Fisherman's Wife"; Paton Miller speaks at Almond, Barbara Thomas at Golden Eagle and Nick and Tonis, and more

For months, boarded-up windows have prevented passers-by in pizza withdrawal from taking a peek at the emerging restaurant that will replace the beloved Conca D’Oro in Sag Harbor. Michael Cinque and his business partner, Laurent Tourondel, who own LT Burger, purchased the restaurant last July and have been in construction mode for most of this year. When asked about a grand opening date for the space, Mr. Cinque would only narrow things down to “when it’s done,” but promised, “it’s going to be amazing.”

 

Restaurant Week Continues

Jamie Bufalino
April 3, 2018
EMP Summer House, the East Hampton outpost of Manhattan’s Eleven Madison Park restaurant, will return to its Pantigo Road location for another season starting on May 25. Reservations for American Express cardholders will open on May 1.

EMP Summer House, the East Hampton outpost of Manhattan’s Eleven Madison Park restaurant, will return to its 341 Pantigo Road location for another season starting on May 25. The restaurant will once again offer both indoor and outdoor dining, feature a seafood-centric menu, and accept reservations from American Express cardholders only. 

Last year, Will Guidara and Daniel Humm, the owners of Eleven Madison Park, which has earned three Michelin stars, launched the EMP pop-up to provide a place for their staffers to work during the renovation of the flagship space. The success of the venture convinced the duo to return. They also have plans to open an EMP Winter House in Aspen, Colo., in December.

Jamie Bufalino
April 3, 2018
East End Restaurant Week; Sense Memory wine class; Bostwick's is back; Brunch at Springs Tavern, and more

Restaurant Week

East End Restaurant Week will begin on Sunday and continue through April 15. Participating restaurants, including Fresno, the 1770 House, and Nick and Toni’s in East Hampton, will be offering a three-course prix fixe menu for $28.95 per person. In Sag Harbor, Lulu Kitchen and Bar and the Bell and Anchor will be participating, as will Union Cantina and Shippy’s Pumpernickels Restaurant East in Southampton. The deal may only be offered until 7 p.m. on some nights. 

Bostwick’s Is Back

Bostwick’s Chowder House in East Hampton will reopen for the 2018 season today. In the weeks leading up to summer, the restaurant will be open Thursdays through Sundays starting at 11:30 a.m.

Jamie Bufalino
March 27, 2018
East Hampton Point, the resort complex known for its expansive views of Three Mile Harbor, will lease out its restaurant for the 2018 and 2019 summer seasons to Moby's, a restaurant that found success with two previous local pop-ups.

East Hampton Point, the resort complex known for its expansive views of Three Mile Harbor, will lease out its restaurant for the 2018 and 2019 summer seasons. Last week, Michael Capoferri, the resort's general manager, wrote a letter to vendors and clients announcing that Moby's, a restaurant that found success with two previous local pop-ups, would be taking over the space.

Lincoln Pilcher, one of the restaurateurs behind Moby's, said that he and his business partner, Nick Hatsatouris, had heard through real estate contacts that the East Hampton Point space was available and decided the site's waterfront locale, which includes a marina, would be perfectly suited to the next iteration of Moby's.

Jamie Bufalino
March 27, 2018
More restaurants offering Easter and Passover specials; Spring chicken and beer dinner at Almond; Sam’s Beverage Place will donate 10 percent of Monday's sales to Autism Speaks.

Passover and Easter Dining 

Nick and Toni’s in East Hampton will offer Easter and Passover specials this weekend. Tomorrow and Saturday, the Passover dinner menu will include an appetizer of matzo gnocchi in a vegetable chicken broth for $14, and an entree of citrus-braised short ribs for $36. The Easter Sunday specials will include spring pea agnolotti for $19 and a grilled boneless lamb loin for $42, available on both the brunch and dinner menus.

The Passover specials at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton will include matzo ball soup for $12 and a red-wine-braised brisket for $28, available both tomorrow and Saturday evenings. 

Laura Donnelly
March 27, 2018
I woke up the other morning dreaming of pineapple upside-down cake. Who makes that kind of dessert anymore?

I woke up the other morning dreaming of pineapple upside-down cake. Who makes that kind of dessert anymore? How about angel food cake, that light, bright white, airy confection that you have to hang upside down on the neck of a bottle to cool after baking?

I used to make these retro, nostalgic desserts at the Laundry restaurant in East Hampton 20-something years ago, along with lemon pudding cakes and sticky toffee date cakes. They were the calf’s liver and onions of the dessert menu, something people just weren’t used to seeing anymore, but had an occasional craving for. At least the sticky toffee date cake lives on on many local restaurant menus, and in one of the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks.

Jamie Bufalino
March 20, 2018
Specials for the holidays; a sauerkraut workshop; Leslie O' Brock at Golden Eagle

For Passover and Easter 

The Art of Eating in Bridgehampton is offering special catering menus for the upcoming religious holidays. The prepared main dishes for Passover include slow-braised brisket with roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables, and a whole grilled, boneless salmon stuffed with leeks, citrus, fennel, and grapes. The Easter main dishes include a boneless rosemary-mint-basil-crusted leg of lamb, and a brown sugar glazed Nueske ham. Orders must be placed 72 hours in advance.

Stuart’s Seafood Market in Amagansett is offering Passover specialties including gefilte fish, kosher noodle kugel, brisket, chopped liver, and matzo ball soup. Advance orders are recommended. 

This Week at the Eagle

Jamie Bufalino
March 20, 2018
For those looking forward to having a summer filled with fresh produce from an East End farm, now is the time to sign up for a community-supported agriculture program, or C.S.A.

For those looking forward to having a summer filled with fresh produce from an East End farm, now is the time to sign up for a community-supported agriculture program, or C.S.A. 

Jamie Bufalino
March 13, 2018
March Madness specials at Townline BBQ; St. Paddy's Day deals; Sammy's Restaurant reopens, and more

Stefanie Sacks, a culinary nutritionist and the author of “What the Fork are You Eating?”, will hold a series of workshops in the coming weeks at Sang Lee Farms in Peconic. 

On Tuesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Ms. Sacks will teach a cooking class that focuses on making one-pot meals such as butternut minestrone, Indian spiced potatoes with lentils, and vegetable paella. On March 27 at 6 p.m., she will lead a group discussion on ways to make healthy food choices. Another cooking class will take place on April 10 at 5:30 p.m., during which Ms. Sacks will teach participants how to create innovative salads. Tickets, which are $125 per person for the cooking classes and $25 for the discussion group, can be purchased on the farm’s website.

 

Laura Donnelly
March 13, 2018
I’ve been noticing lately that almost every day, week, or month is National This or National That Day, usually food-related, and frequently, junk-food-related.

I’ve been noticing lately, well, actually, for the last couple of years, that almost every day, week, or month is National This or National That Day, usually food-related, and even more frequently, junk-food-related. Potato Chip Day, Frozen Food Month, Peanut Butter Week, Tater Tot Day, and so on. Where did all these seemingly ambiguous and arbitrary “holidays” come from?

Jamie Bufalino
March 6, 2018
Darlene Charneco at Golden Eagle and Nick & Toni's; Taylor Berry at Almond; Rosé tasting at The Baker House 1650; Moveable Feast Benefit

Dine and Discuss

Almond in Bridgehampton will hold an Artists and Writers Night on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Taylor Berry, the owner of Harbor Books in Sag Harbor, will be the host of the evening, which features a family style three-course dinner. The cost is $45 per person and includes a glass of wine or craft beer, plus tax but not gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the restaurant. 

Wine Tasting

Laura Donnelly
March 6, 2018
We may delude ourselves into thinking winter is over and the early nights of hearty stews and creamy soups are done. Of course we would be wrong, but the promise of warmer and longer days is in the air, like a premature spring fever.

As I scribble this, snow is flurrying (think winter), a northeaster just passed through (think fall), and the snowdrops and crocuses are up (think spring)!

Daylight saving time begins Sunday, and even Easter is coming early this year.

We may delude ourselves into thinking winter is over and the early nights of hearty stews and creamy soups are done. Of course we would be wrong, but the promise of warmer and longer days is in the air, like a premature spring fever.

What kind of foods do we like to eat this time of year? I am still roasting whole chickens and assembling rich vegetable gratins, but the thought of lightening things up is becoming more appealing.

Jamie Bufalino
February 27, 2018
Empty Bowls Sunday; Jane Martin is this week's A Night Out With event; Townline BBQ will offer happy hour specials on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Soup Fest

The annual Empty Bowls soup sampling extravaganza will take place on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett. More than 30 local chefs and restaurants will participate in this year’s event. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 13 and under. Kids under 5 get in free. Participants, who are encouraged to take their own bowls, will be allowed an unlimited number of refills. Proceeds will benefit Project Most, the nonprofit that provides after-school programs for students at the Springs School and John M. Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton. 

 

Domestic Wines

Jamie Bufalino
February 20, 2018
East End farmers, winemakers, micro-brewers, and chefs will convene to share their insights into our regional food culture at the Peconic Land Trust’s fifth annual spring lecture series. Laura Donnelly, The Star’s food columnist, will moderate the talks, which will take place at Bridge Gardens, on Mitchell Lane in Bridgehampton, beginning at 2 p.m. on March 4, a Sunday, and then continuing on intermittent Sunday afternoons through the end of April. Tickets are $30 for each lecture or $100 for the full series.

East End farmers, winemakers, micro-brewers, and chefs will convene to share their insights into our regional food culture at the Peconic Land Trust’s fifth annual spring lecture series. Laura Donnelly, The Star’s food columnist, will moderate the talks, which will take place at Bridge Gardens, on Mitchell Lane in Bridgehampton, beginning at 2 p.m. on March 4, a Sunday, and then continuing on intermittent Sunday afternoons through the end of April. Tickets are $30 for each lecture or $100 for the full series.

Jamie Bufalino
February 20, 2018
Park Place Wines and Liquors in East Hampton will offer the next in its free Discovery Wednesday classes on Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m. Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett is teaming up with the Montauk Brewing Company to present a five-course, five-beer dinner on Sunday evening beginning at 6.

Beer Banquet

Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett is teaming up with the Montauk Brewing Company to present a five-course, five-beer dinner on Sunday evening beginning at 6. Menu items include short ribs braised in a double India pale ale and veal stock, and pork and beans made with pork belly that has been braised with Arrowhead red ale. The cost of the dinner is $75 per person. Reservations are required.

 

Trivia Night