Recent Stories: Food

Laura Donnelly
November 23, 2016
It is especially hard to write a review of a place that you wanted to like, thought you should like, and hoped to like, but it ends up being a rather expensive disappointment. Such was the case with Tauk at Trail’s End.

Tauk at Trail’s End
63 South Euclid Avenue
Montauk
631-238-5527
Dinner, 5 p.m.
Lunch, Saturday and Sunday, noon. Closed Wednesday

Joanne Pilgrim
November 23, 2016
The Amagansett Farmers Market will host a Buy Local, Give Local holiday market on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase comestibles made by Anke’s Fit Bakery, Bonac Bees, Browder’s Birds, Peconic River Preserves, and the Amagansett Sea Salt Co. For a Thanksgiving alternative, Momi Ramen will be open today from 5 to 10 p.m. Tomorrow, the restaurant will serve from noon to 11 p.m.

Feel like a field trip? The Greenport Shellabration, a fund-raiser for the Cornell Cooperative Extension marine program, will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 4. 

Joanne Pilgrim
November 19, 2016
This is your last chance to dine at Café Max in East Hampton.The restaurant is to close after Nov. 26 after 25 years in business. Till then, however, there is a $22, three-course prix fixe dinner offered all night, all week. Winter farm shares at Quail Hill Farm are available, and will provide the holders with items such as root vegetables, fresh greens, herbs, winter squash, carrots, garlic, dried beans, and wheatberries from Friday, Nov. 18, until February.

To Honor Veterans

In conjunction with Veterans Day tomorrow, Rowdy Hall is offering a 15 percent discount to servicemen and servicewomen who dine in the East Hampton restaurant tomorrow. Military ID is required. Rowdy Hall serves lunch and dinner seven days a week. 

 

Wine Knowledge

Joanne Pilgrim
November 17, 2016
Babette’s restaurant in East Hampton is offering a $21.95 prix fixe dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sundays. Need ideas for Thanksgiving celebrations? The Highway Restaurant and Bar in East Hampton can provide all the side dishes and desserts needed. All you to do is prepare the turkey. The Scarpetta Beach restaurant at Gurney’s in Montauk will be serving a four-course Thanksgiving prix fixe next Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. A children’s menu will be offered, as will activities for children between noon and 4 p.m., allowing parents to sit back and enjoy a holiday respite.

What’s on foodies’ minds this week? It’s likely that big holiday centered on a feast that’s coming up next Thursday. 

What? Thanksgiving already, you ask? Yes, and here’s one more option in case you haven’t made plans.

Laura Donnelly
November 17, 2016
The first Thanksgiving of 1621 was simply referred to as a harvest celebration. An Englishman named Edward Winslow described it in a letter to a “loving, and old friend”: “I never in my life remember a more seasonable year, than we have here enjoyed — for fish and fowl we have a great abundance, fresh cod in the summer — our bay full of lobsters, all the springtime the earth sendeth forth naturally good salad herbs: Here are grapes, white and red, very sweet and strong also.”

The first Thanksgiving of 1621 was simply referred to as a harvest celebration. An Englishman named Edward Winslow described it in a letter to a “loving, and old friend”:

Laura Donnelly
November 10, 2016
The poet Walt Whitman was a frequent visitor to Greenport because his sister Mary Elizabeth Van Nostrand lived there. He described it as a “handsome situation” that was “unsurpassed for health.” He must have been eating a lot of oysters!

The poet Walt Whitman was a frequent visitor to Greenport because his sister Mary Elizabeth Van Nostrand lived there. He described it as a “handsome situation” that was “unsurpassed for health.” He must have been eating a lot of oysters!

Joanne Pilgrim
November 3, 2016
Elizabeth Yastrzemski, a baker and floral and garden designer, will lead a workshop on the making of beach plum jelly next Thursday night at 6 at the Rogers Mansion in Southampton. Those interested can register by calling the museum. The cost is $35, or $25 for museum members. Rowdy Hall in East Hampton has reintroduced its dinner-and-a-movie special. Sunday through Wednesday, a beef or turkey burger can be ordered along with a voucher for the East Hampton Cinema, for $22.

Montauk does not shut down after Labor Day, or even Columbus Day, contrary to the belief of some. The Clam and Chowder House at Salivar’s has decided to stay open for November, and maybe even December, depending on business. 

Laura Donnelly
November 2, 2016
It’s easy to write about essential kitchen tools, but it’s more fun to talk about the nonessential, the unnecessary, the frivolous, and ridiculous.

It’s easy to write about essential kitchen tools, but it’s more fun to talk about the nonessential, the unnecessary, the frivolous, and ridiculous. Did you know there are tools and gadgets made for Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, herb preservation, making Southern sweet tea, and so on?

Joanne Pilgrim
October 27, 2016
Head down to La Fondita, the Mexican take-out shop in Amagansett, for Dia de los Muertos. The Day of the dead menu will include pork, chicken, or chile and cheese tamales, chiles en nogada (poblano peppers stuffed with meat or cheese), churros (fried cinnamon-y pastries), and champurrado, a warm chocolate beverage. The special event will be celebrated tomorrow through Sunday. Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor will mark Halloween weekend with a live music lineup every night from tomorrow through Monday, and specials on nibbles including clams casino, oysters on the half shell, pretzel bites with dipping sauce or melted beer cheddar, sliders, smoked white bean dip with bread and crudités, fries, and a cheese plate.

Restaurant Week

Laura Donnelly
October 27, 2016
I first learned about Long Island cheese pumpkins about 23 years ago. I was working as a pastry chef somewhere out here, and it was that time of year, the time of year that I would have to crank out many, many pumpkin pies. So I started working on my supply list: industrial quantities of Libby’s canned pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, lotsa eggs. And then the head chef presented me with a crate full of pretty, pale, squat pumpkins, a variety I had never seen before.

I first learned about Long Island cheese pumpkins about 23 years ago. I was working as a pastry chef somewhere out here, and it was that time of year, the time of year that I would have to crank out many, many pumpkin pies. So I started working on my supply list: industrial quantities of Libby’s canned pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, lotsa eggs.

Joanne Pilgrim
October 20, 2016
A Sunday-night prix fixe at Babette’s restaurant on Newtown Lane in East Hampton, will be offered from 5 to 9 p.m. The cost is $19.95 and features a choice of turkey meatballs, barbecue tofu, steamed edamame, and crisp goat cheese dumplings, among other items, for starters, followed by entrees such as chicken mole enchiladas, vegetable pad thai, roast chicken, salads, and Atlantic cod. Dessert is included as well. On Saturday at Baron’s Cove restaurant in Sag Harbor, Matty Boudreau, the chef, will serve up a menu in honor of Oktoberfest from 1 to 5 p.m. Bratwurst, sausages, grilled corn, German-style pretzels, apple cider, seasonal brews, and more will be offered.

Oktoberfest

On Saturday at Baron’s Cove restaurant in Sag Harbor, Matty Boudreau, the chef, will serve up a menu in honor of Oktoberfest from 1 to 5 p.m. Bratwurst, sausages, grilled corn, German-style pretzels, apple cider, seasonal brews, and more will be offered. 

Laura Donnelly
October 20, 2016
Is there a food or food product that you remember from your childhood with great fondness? Have you ever revisited that food in the hopes that the taste satisfaction would match your memory of it? Did it?

Is there a food or food product that you remember from your childhood with great fondness? Have you ever revisited that food in the hopes that the taste satisfaction would match your memory of it? Did it?

It is a scientific fact that our taste memory is our strongest, stronger than sight, sound, and smell.

Joanne Pilgrim
October 13, 2016
The fall menu at Baron’s Cove restaurant in Sag Harbor includes dishes based on locally sourced ingredients, such as scallops with spaghetti squash from the Milk Pail farm, roasted North Fork fennel and radishes with brown butter vinaigrette, parsnip soup, and cauliflower beignets with a spicy carrot dipping sauce. Maude Muto, the owner and chef at Hampton Herbivore, and a member of the team at the Wellness Foundation of East Hampton, will demonstrate how to make a delicious plant-based dessert at a potluck dinner on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton.

Maude Muto, the owner and chef at Hampton Herbivore, and a member of the team at the Wellness Foundation of East Hampton, will demonstrate how to make a delicious plant-based dessert at a potluck dinner on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton.

Laura Donnelly
October 11, 2016
Apples are the Everyman of fruit. They are inexpensive, available year round, and readily accessible. Delicious on their own, they are exceptionally versatile in sweet or savory recipes.

Apples are the Everyman of fruit. They are inexpensive, available year round, and readily accessible. Even airports and gas stations sell apples. Besides being delicious on their own, they are exceptionally versatile. They can be used in savory recipes as well as sweet.

Joanne Pilgrim
October 6, 2016
The locals are gathering at Momi Ramen in East Hampton on Wednesday for locals night. From 5 to 10 p.m., Sapporo draft beer is two-for-one, and free snacks will be served at the bar. Baron’s Cove restaurant in Sag Harbor is open year round, and on Saturday will have a fall festival from 1 to 8 p.m. featuring barbecue brisket, ribs, beer-can chicken, and smoked striped bass, along with sliders, burgers, and hot dogs.

Holiday Fare

For those hosting meals or get-togethers to mark the Jewish holidays, Art of Eating in Amagansett is offering catered menu items for breakfast and other meals. Orders for Yom Kippur must be placed by Sunday. The choices include a smoked fish platter, salads, salmon — smoked, lox, and poached and roasted — and noodle pudding. 

Laura Donnelly
October 4, 2016
A warren of small rooms has been opened up and lightened. The floors and trim are dark, the walls off-white, and there are a few hints that this location was, in fact, once a service station, such as the old-fashioned bell hose outside that gives a little “ding ding” when you drive over it.

Service Station
100 Montauk Highway
East Hampton
631-267-5603

Jennifer Landes
September 29, 2016
As early adopters of the Slow Food movement, East End foodies may find the WLIW21 Metrofocus feature on the movement and its adherents old news. Yet to many around the region, the coverage of the East End’s farmers, chefs, and schoolyard gardens may prove edifying.

As early adopters of the Slow Food movement, East End foodies may find the WLIW21 Metrofocus feature on the movement and its adherents old news.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 29, 2016
You can “come to the table.” by joining the East End’s Slow Food chapter. Members can participate in Slow Food dinners and other events that highlight the role of local agriculture and locally grown food. A three-course prix fixe at the Living Room restaurant in East Hampton, at c/o the Maidstone inn, has dropped in price to $35, from $49.

Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton will kick off its next series of artists and writers nights with an appearance on Tuesday by Iris Smyles, the author, most recently, of “Dating Tips for the Unemployed.”

Joanne Pilgrim
September 22, 2016
You'll flip for flapjacks!. Pancakes will be served at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor following a talk on Saturday at 5 p.m. by Craig Carlson, the author of a memoir, “Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France.” At Momi Ramen in East Hampton, a bar menu offered on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 to 10 p.m. includes oshinko (Japanese pickled vegetables) and eda­mame for $5; two types of gyoza, a Japanese-style dumpling, for $8, and kara-age, fried items, for $8.

The Southampton Publick House, settled in at its relatively new Job’s Lane location, is serving Sunday brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. A $16 prix fixe includes pancakes, French toast, eggs Benedict, huevos rancheros, quiche, omelets, and steak and eggs, along with coffee or tea. 

Laura Donnelly
September 22, 2016
Your mind may already be turning to pumpkins and apples this time of year (or mush, depending on how busy your summer was), but it’s time to get to work. If you want to save some of the glorious corn, tomatoes, herbs, and more to enjoy throughout the winter, you need to get cracking.

Your mind may already be turning to pumpkins and apples this time of year (or mush, depending on how busy your summer was), but it’s time to get to work. If you want to save some of the glorious corn, tomatoes, herbs, and more to enjoy throughout the winter, you need to get cracking. 

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.