Recent Stories: Food

Laura Donnelly
September 15, 2016
There is something about a small, cozy restaurant that creates an atmosphere of jollity and camaraderie. Estia’s Little Kitchen is such a place.

Estia’s Little Kitchen
1615 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike
Sag Harbor
631-725-1045
Monday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 
and 5-9 p.m.

Christopher Walsh
September 15, 2016
It took longer than anticipated, but last month a 1977 Citroen H van rolled into the Kirk Park Beach parking lot in Montauk and Bex Waffles was open for business.

It took longer than anticipated, but last month a 1977 Citroen H van rolled into the Kirk Park Beach parking lot in Montauk and Bex Waffles was open for business. 

Joanne Pilgrim
September 15, 2016
Get rowdy at the eighth annual Oktoberfest at Rowdy Hall restaurant in East Hampton from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Hayground School Farmer’s Market will remain open through the end of September. Its hours are 3 to 6 p.m. on Fridays and it takes place on the school grounds at Mitchell Lane in Bridgehampton.

Jason Weiner, the chef and owner at Almond in Bridgehampton, the new Zigmund’s bar, also in that hamlet, and several New York City restaurants, will help kick off this season’s international brunch series at the Watermill Center. At noon on Sunday, Mr. Weiner will present a family-style meal centered on seasonal farm-fresh ingredients. A menu can be seen at watermillcenter.org.

Laura Donnelly
September 8, 2016
It’s that time of year. Perhaps you are sending a daughter or son off to college, or in my case, helping a son set up his first singleton apartment. Hopefully, by now, you have taught your offspring one of the most important life skills: how to cook for his or herself. If you haven’t, woe be to those children, for they will be eating Domino’s pizza and Subway sandwiches and bagels from the cafeteria.

It’s that time of year. Perhaps you are sending a daughter or son off to college, or in my case, helping a son set up his first singleton apartment. Hopefully, by now, you have taught your offspring one of the most important life skills: how to cook for his or herself.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 8, 2016
Explore the foodie world of the North Fork with the 10th annual North Fork Foodie Tour on Sunday from the Agricultural Center in Southold. Participating locations include Deep Roots Farm, Lavender by the Bay, Macari Wines, 8 Hands Farm, and the North Fork Roasting Company. At “Garden to Table: Eating for Wellness,” a program on Saturday at Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton, Rick Bogusch, the garden manager, will lead a trip to the site’s vegetable garden to harvest fresh vegetables, and will demonstrate how to create a delicious salad from them, which will be shared.

At “Garden to Table: Eating for Wellness,” a program on Saturday at Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton, Rick Bogusch, the garden manager, will lead a trip to the site’s vegetable garden to harvest fresh vegetables, and will demonstrate how to create a delicious salad from them, which will be shared.

Laura Donnelly
September 1, 2016
Sometimes reviewing restaurants is fun and swell and delicious and sometimes it is a chore and a bore and requires a good supply of Bromo-Seltzer. (That’s old-school lingo for antacids.) Reviewing restaurants when our season is in full cry requires the driving skills of Mario Andretti, the military acumen of Gen. George Patton, and the stamina of an illegally fortified Lance Armstrong.

Zigmund’s
203 Bridgehampton-
Sag Harbor Turnpike
Bridgehampton
631-919-5340
Daily from 5 p.m. 

Joanne Pilgrim
September 1, 2016
Zigmund’s Bar is revving up to be an off-season regular with live music events and a nightly happy hour from 5:30 p.m. till sunset, featuring $5 specials of rosé, beer, and lamb chops. The Living Room restaurant at c/o the Maidstone inn on East Hampton’s Main Street is taking reservations for two upcoming special dinners. On Sept. 15, wines from the Frank Family Vineyards in California will be served with dishes designed to complement the selections. Swedish cuisine will take center stage at the Living Room on Sept. 29, with a five-course tasting menu reflecting the heritage of the inn’s proprietors to be served for $95 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Not much is brand-new on the restaurant scene this time of year as established businesses and new-this-summer eateries sprint toward the end of the busiest time of year. Come Labor Day, or Columbus Day, the fate of some of the start-ups will be clear, and those hunkering down for fall and winter business will begin to revamp menus and specials and such.

 

Joanne Pilgrim
August 25, 2016
The whole family can have fun at pizza night at Amber Waves Farm behind the Amagansett Farmers market on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7. The cost is $35 per person, or $25 for members of CMEE or the Amber Waves C.S.A. program. Space is limited, and preregistration is required with CMEE. Vicki’s Veggies in Amagansett is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with a celebration tomorrow from 3 to 6 p.m. which will include refreshments and other activities.

The East End’s restaurants are in end-of-summer mode, just getting through the busy season, so breaking news on that front is slim. But there are a few upcoming events for which foodies might like to line up tickets.

Laura Donnelly
August 25, 2016
When eggplants were taken from India to England long ago, they were considered an ornamental plant. They are the only major vegetable of the nightshade family (tomatoes, squash, tobacco, peppers, potatoes) that came from the Old World. According to Harold McGee in his book “On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen,” “an early ancestor may have floated from Africa to India or Southeast Asia where it was domesticated.” Eggplant was being eaten in Italy by the 15th century and in France by the 18th.

When eggplants were taken from India to England long ago, they were considered an ornamental plant. They are the only major vegetable of the nightshade family (tomatoes, squash, tobacco, peppers, potatoes) that came from the Old World.

Joanne Pilgrim
August 18, 2016
Dan’s Harvest East End will be held at the McCall Vineyard and Ranch in Cutchogue on Saturday. Geoffrey Zakarian, a chef who has appeared on the Food Network’s “Chopped” and “The Kitchen,” along with his newest show, “Cooks vs. Cons,” will be the host. Tickets are on sale for Gala in the Garden, a Sept. 10 benefit at Estia’s Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor that will be hosted by Colin Ambrose, the eatery’s owner and chef, and his wife, Jessica Ambrose.

Gala Benefit

Tickets are on sale for Gala in the Garden, a Sept. 10 benefit at Estia’s Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor that will be hosted by Colin Ambrose, the eatery’s owner and chef, and his wife, Jessica Ambrose. 

Laura Donnelly
August 11, 2016
First of all, I have to tell you I am not a food snob. I am not even a gourmet, more like a gourmand. I enjoy a chile con queso made with Velveeta “cheese” as much as fresh sea urchin gonads. Yes, uni are gonads, not roe. That being said, we approached Grey Lady East in Montauk with open minds and hearty appetites.

Grey Lady East
440 West Lake Drive
Montauk
631-483-5803
Dinner nightly

Joanne Pilgrim
August 11, 2016
Hayground School in Bridgehampton will host the Great Food Truck Derby on Friday, Aug. 19. More than a dozen trucks featuring a wide range of cuisine and beverage choices circle up from 4 to 7 p.m. Don't miss this roundup! Al Goldberg, a leader of the Slow Food East End group and a fisherman and chef, will host his third annual clambake and “snail supper” at his East Hampton residence on Aug. 28.

Foodies, get out your calendars. There are a number of upcoming events, and  the time is now to secure reservations or tickets.

 

Shuko East

Laura Donnelly
August 4, 2016
This review is dedicated to Freddy the fly, the musca domestica, who died valiantly trying to escape from the glutinous, candied apple syrup of our “hot and numbing crispy beef.” Sorry, Freddy, there was no escape from that quicksand of a sauce.

Jue Lan Club
268 Elm Street
Southampton
631-353-3610
Wednesday through Monday, 
5 p.m.-midnight

Joanne Pilgrim
August 3, 2016
Brioche-style doughnuts are made fresh throughout the day at Grindstone Coffee and Donuts on Sag Harbor’s Main Street. Varieties include blueberry lemon, chocolate with toffee popcorn, and peanut butter mousse with chocolate. Roman Roth, the winemaker at the Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, will present a preview taste of the winery’s Christian’s Cuvée 2013 at a barbecue dinner on Wednesday night.

With the Olympics set to begin in Rio, Townline BBQ in Sagaponack will be serving a Brazilian-inspired cocktail, the watermelon caipirinha, beginning tomorrow. During happy hour the cocktail will be half price, at $6. Olympic events will be shown on the Townline TV throughout the games. Those restaurants in East Hampton with the same ownership will also serve Olympic-themed cocktails.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 28, 2016
Jonathan Glynn will host a Slow Food East End August potluck “snail social” dinner at his residence in Sag Harbor on Aug. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. Reservations can be made on the Slow Food East End website. the Amagansett Food Institute will partner with Around the Fire Catering for a session on Wednesday on “living pizza” that will result in dough made from sourdough starter.

Manna Restaurant and Bar in Water Mill is offering a $30 lunch prix fixe on weekdays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Among the menu choices, which are subject to change, are, for appetizers, a choice among eggplant with sheep ricotta, mozzarella, and basil, Mediterranean crabcake with zucchini noodles, and a Manna salad with arugula, black kale, beets, onions, and chicken or shrimp.

Laura Donnelly
July 28, 2016
Although I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of big fat beefsteak tomatoes and sweet white corn at the farm stands, there are plenty of interesting fruits and vegetables available right now. Actually, tomatoes and corn are starting to come in from the North Fork, so have at it. You know what to do with them.

Although I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of big fat beefsteak tomatoes and sweet white corn at the farm stands, there are plenty of interesting fruits and vegetables available right now. Actually, tomatoes and corn are starting to come in from the North Fork, so have at it. You know what to do with them.

Mark Segal
July 21, 2016
When Michael Cohen was 15, growing up outside of Philadelphia in Cheltenham, Pa., his father told him and his brother it was time to get summer jobs. “My brother went to work in a pet store, because he was interested in fish and reptiles,” Mr. Cohen recalled one sunny afternoon in the garden of East Hampton’s 1770 House. “I said I’m going to work at a restaurant as a busboy. I found a job at a really swanky restaurant, and I got the bug. I’ve had a passion for wine and hospitality ever since.”

When Michael Cohen was 15, growing up outside Philadelphia in Cheltenham, Pa., his father told him and his brother it was time to get summer jobs. “My brother went to work in a pet store, because he was interested in fish and reptiles,” Mr. Cohen recalled one sunny afternoon in the garden of East Hampton’s 1770 House.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 21, 2016
Some big food events of the summer are almost here. Dan’s Taste of Summer’s GrillHampton, a Taste of Two Forks, and the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs and Champagne, are among the many exciting happenings.

Several of the summer’s big food events are on the horizon. 

Laura Donnelly
July 21, 2016
The Hamptons Greek Festival was held last weekend in Southampton at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons.

The Hamptons Greek Festival was held last weekend in Southampton at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons. It was scorchingly hot when I went on Sunday, so hot that Tony the Pony was kept in his cool, shady trailer. Nobody wants to mount a furry animal on a day like that.

Christopher Walsh
July 19, 2016
Previously housed in a 1970s Shasta trailer parked at Bhumi Farms in East Hampton, Caravan, a purveyor of prepared foods of genuinely local provenance, opened down the road at 137 Main Street in Amagansett just in time for the July 4 weekend.

Previously housed in a 1970s Shasta trailer parked at Bhumi Farms in East Hampton, Caravan, a purveyor of prepared foods of genuinely local provenance, opened down the road at 137 Main Street in Amagansett just in time for the July 4 weekend.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 14, 2016
Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett will be the site of the Peconic Land Trust’s annual outdoor supper. The event will be held on Aug. 7 at 4 p.m. Slow Food East End has organized a summertime potluck “snail supper” to be held on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Judith Axelrod’s house along the bay in Sag Harbor.

East Hampton Point will serve a special tasting menu dinner on Saturday,  paired with front-row seats to the midsummer pyrotechnics show from Fireworks by Grucci that will go off after dusk over Three Mile Harbor. Five courses of French-inspired dishes by the restaurant’s chef, Thomas Rougey, will cost $125, or $195 if paired with wine.

Laura Donnelly
July 7, 2016
Gone are the days of tenderloin of rabbit, white tablecloths, and a $60,000 winking snowy owl art installation by the bar. Goodbye Tom Colicchio, hello Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Goodbye lobster mushroom gnocchi, hello . . . hamburgers and spaghetti? Whaaaat?

Topping Rose House

1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton

631-537-0870

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days

Joanne Pilgrim
July 7, 2016
Rustle up some good food at Rick’s Crabby Cowboy Cafe on East Lake Drive in Montauk. The new brunch offerings include dishes such as eggs benedict, asparagus and caramelized onion omelette, lobster asparagus frittata, brioche French toast, and more. Open Minded Organics has a new farm stand on Butter Lane in Bridgehampton. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Waterfront Brunch

Laura Donnelly
June 30, 2016
Twenty years ago, on the fourth of July, Breadzilla opened its doors. Well, it was about to open its doors, but the owners realized 20 minutes before that they forgot to get screen door handles. So Brad Thompson, co-owner, co-chef, and friendly ex-husband of Nancy Hollister, co-owner, co-chef, and friendly ex-wife, grabbed a drill and some nails and some forks and spoons he found in the basement and .created some bent utensil door handles. They remain in place today as just another quirky and charming element to this bakery and takeout shop.

Twenty years ago, on the fourth of July, Breadzilla opened its doors. Well, it was about to open its doors, but the owners realized 20 minutes before that they forgot to get screen door handles.