Recent Stories: Food

Laura Donnelly
February 16, 2017
I have been a fan of Tutto Il Giorno, now Dopo La Spiaggia (“after the beach”), in Sag Harbor for years. I don’t patronize it frequently because it is a wee bit expensive, but it is cozy and charming, with a view of Bay Street and the marina. Now Dopo La Spiaggia has opened at the old Laundry (later the Lodge and Race Lane) space in East Hampton.

Dopo La Spiaggia
31 Race Lane
East Hampton
631-658-9063
Dinner nightly 

Joanne Pilgrim
February 16, 2017
Red wines from southern France will be the focus at the next in a series of weekly wine classes at Park Place Wines and Liquors in East Hampton. The sessions — on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — are free, but reservations have been requested. Italian wines will be up next, on March 1. Reservations are a must for the first annual “whole animal, cured, pickled, fermented, and preserved things” beer dinner to be held at Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton on March 1.

Reservations are a must for the first annual “whole animal, cured, pickled, fermented, and preserved things” beer dinner to be held at Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton on March 1. Jeremy Blutstein, the chef at East by Northeast in Montauk, is teaming up with Almond’s chef, Jason Weiner, to create a five-course tasting menu.

Mark Segal
February 9, 2017
A product cannot get more local or artisanal than FoodFitness Granola Clusters, which Renée McCormack single-handedly makes and packages in the certified kitchen of her East Hampton house and delivers to some 20 fitness studios and specialty shops from East Hampton to Southampton.

A product cannot get more local or artisanal than FoodFitness Granola Clusters, which Renée McCormack single-handedly makes and packages in the certified kitchen of her East Hampton house and delivers to some 20 fitness studios and specialty shops from East Hampton to Southampton.

Joanne Pilgrim
February 9, 2017
Blood oranges will lend their flavor to the Valentine’s celebration at Almond in Bridgehampton on Tuesday. A $75 holiday menu will include Montauk pearl oysters, a winter salad, duck and foie gras ravioli, Peconic Bay scallops, and entree choices of North African-spiced rack of lamb or smoked and roasted salmon. Guests at the 1770 House in East Hampton can partake of a Valentine’s Day tasting menu that will include a dozen dishes in its four courses. A fifth, a cheese course, is optional.

Valentine’s Day is Tuesday, so that gives the whole weekend, and then some, to celebrate. 

At c/o the Maidstone inn in East Hampton, a three-course special will be offered from Saturday through Feb. 18 — from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 5:30 to 9:30 on Friday and Saturday. The price is $75 per person.

Joanne Pilgrim
February 1, 2017
At Almond in Bridgehampton, the next Artists and Writers Night on Tuesday at 7 will feature Scott and Megan Chaskey, both poets. A $45 fee for the evening includes a three-course family-style meal with a glass of craft beer or wine. A tip is included. Reservations are a must. Super Bowl Sunday this weekend will bring food and drink specials at Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett beginning at 6 p.m.

Super Bowl Sunday this weekend will bring food and drink specials at Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett beginning at 6 p.m. while the game is shown on five TVs and through a large projector. There will be free appetizers served during the game and giveaways each quarter, with a chance to win a smart TV. 

Artists and Writers Night

Laura Donnelly
February 1, 2017
It’s time for Super Bowl LI (that’s 51 for those of you who failed Roman numerals in school). The Atlanta Falcons vs. the New England Patriots! Brady vs. Ryan, chowdah vs. frogmore stew! Lady Gaga will be performing at the halftime show. Again.

It’s time for Super Bowl LI (that’s 51 for those of you who failed Roman numerals in school). The Atlanta Falcons vs. the New England Patriots! Brady vs. Ryan, chowdah vs. frogmore stew! Lady Gaga will be performing at the halftime show. Again.

Joanne Pilgrim
January 26, 2017
Slow Food East End will sponsor a pasta-making class on Feb. 9. Pierre Friedrichs, a chef and vice-president of the group, will lead the session at his own house, along with Laura Luciano, a food writer, photographer, and recipe developer for Edible East End whose blog, Out East Foodie, focuses on growing, cooking, and eating locally on the East End. The first-ever wintertime Long Island Restaurant Week lasts a few more days, through Sunday. A three-course prix fixe meal is being offered for $27.95 at more than 100 restaurants across the island, which are listed online at longislandrestaurantweek.com.

Restaurant Week

Laura Donnelly
January 26, 2017
If you are what you eat, then Donald Trump is a basket of, I mean, bucket of, deplorable K.F.C. chicken, washed down with Diet Coke. “If he had any class, he’d eat Popeye’s,” grumbled my gourmet offspring when he heard this revealing tidbit.

If you are what you eat, then Donald Trump is a basket of, I mean, bucket of, deplorable K.F.C. chicken, washed down with Diet Coke.   “If he had any class, he’d eat Popeye’s,” grumbled my gourmet offspring when he heard this revealing tidbit.

Joanne Pilgrim
January 19, 2017
The Shagwong of Montauk is offering a three-course early-bird menu for $19.95 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. A new chef, Darren Boyle, who cooked at Salt on Shelter Island will be presenting his new dishes. Word is that Vine Street Cafe on Shelter Island is planning a springtime opening of an East Hampton outpost in the Montauk Highway building long occupied by Cafe Max.

Two dining deals are available at the 1770 House in East Hampton from now through March. A weekday prix fixe in the dining room of the inn as well as in its downstairs tavern features three courses for $35, with choices from the a la carte menu. There are also selections of wine for $9 per glass and beers for $5. The special is offered Sundays through Thursdays, excluding holidays.

Laura Donnelly
January 19, 2017
Every time I travel I take copious notes, mostly about food and regional dishes, and wonder how I can adapt these discoveries once I get home. The similarities between Key West, Fla., and Montauk cannot be missed. They both claim the clever title of “a drinking town with a fishing problem,” and each calls itself “The End.”

Every time I travel I take copious notes, mostly about food and regional dishes, and wonder how I can adapt these discoveries once I get home.   The similarities between Key West, Fla., and Montauk cannot be missed.  They both claim the clever title of “a drinking town with a fishing problem,” and each calls itself “The End.” Key West, a.k.a

Mark Segal
January 19, 2017
“Small Works (Part Two),” an exhibition organized by Folioeast, an online gallery founded by Coco Myers to showcase the work of East End artists, will take place at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in Bridgehampton from Saturday through Jan. 30. An opening will be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. The RJD Gallery, which will reopen in its new space on Main Street in Bridgehampton in March, has issued an open call to artists for submissions to the eighth annual Hamptons Juried Art Show to benefit the Retreat. The show will open at the gallery on April 22.

AbEx Symposium

“Abstract Expressionism: Works on Paper,” a full-day symposium organized by the Clyfford Still Museum Research Center and the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, will take place at Stony Brook Manhattan on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Joanne Pilgrim
January 12, 2017
The new headquarters of Art of Eating Catering and Event Planning will be opening next month on Butter Lane. The move, according to a press release, will accommodate “a substantial growth in business” for the caterers. Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett is offering diners half-price bottles of wine with certain meals on Thursdays and Sundays.

If you haven’t yet made it to Zigmund’s, the bar and small-bites venue in Bridgehampton opened in mid-2016 by the restaurateurs behind Almond, this weekend will be the last chance to do so: It is closing after a karaoke night from 8 p.m. Sunday to 1 a.m. the next morning.

Laura Donnelly
January 12, 2017
I thought driving to Islip at 3 a.m. on Friday in a snowstorm was white-knuckle harrowing. Little did I know that several hours later I would have just missed dodging a bullet at the Fort Lauderdale airport.

I thought driving to Islip at 3 a.m. on Friday in a snowstorm was white-knuckle harrowing. Little did I know that several hours later I would have just missed dodging a bullet at the Fort Lauderdale airport.

Mark Segal
January 5, 2017
Workers on the autism spectrum rise to the occasion at South Fork Bakery, opened by a licensed speech and language therapist and family coach who has always loved to bake.

Shirley Ruch is a licensed Sag Harbor speech and language therapist and family coach who has always loved to bake. While there is nothing unusual about that, starting and managing South Fork Bakery while maintaining a private practice is another story. Especially a bakery that within five months of its launch in May had its products in 22 stores on the East End.

Joanne Pilgrim
January 5, 2017
Stave off cold-season boredom and ennui by dropping into Dopo La Spiaggia, an Italian eatery with a Sag Harbor location that recently opened another restaurant at the former Race Lane in East Hampton. The East Hampton Dopo is open nightly at 5:30 and for lunch and/or brunch on Saturday and Sunday. For a regular old night, or lunch, out, Service Station in East Hampton, which opened this year on Montauk Highway where Winston’s was, is open every day year round from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Wise East End winter warriors are likely already scheming, making some plans to add highlights to the coming weeks in order to stave off cold-season boredom and ennui. 

Joanne Pilgrim
December 29, 2016
Whether it’s celebrating the end of 2016 or the start of 2017, there are a number of options for those who want to go out, eat, and party. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at Nick and Toni’s in East Hampton will feature a la carte specials. The restaurant will be open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and for New Year’s Day brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The New Year’s Eve dinner party at the Living Room restaurant at c/o the Maidstone inn in East Hampton will have a Gatsby theme, with a “toast to new beginnings” at midnight.

Celebrate 2017

Whether it’s celebrating the end of 2016 or the start of 2017, there are a number of options for those who want to go out, eat, and party.

Joanne Pilgrim
December 22, 2016
Need some options for Christmas Eve? A la carte holiday specials for Christmas Eve at Red/Bar Brasserie in Southampton include grilled Montauk oysters, Hudson Valley foie gras, Maine lobster, smoked Long Island duck breast, angus rib steak, and cedar plank-roasted Scottish salmon. Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton will offer visitors a chance to both dine and to give, as a portion of the revenue from meals that night will be donated to the Pajama Program, which gives warm pjs and brand-new books to children in need. A la carte holiday specials will be on the menu through Dec. 31, based on availability, at Nick and Toni’s in East Hampton, which will serve dinner on Christmas Eve from 6 to 10 p.m. and be closed on Christmas.

Holiday Meals

December holidays are about many things, both secular and spiritual, but breaking bread together and enjoying a special meal is always a centerpiece.

Mark Segal
December 22, 2016
Even though the ground is hard, the trees are bare, and most farmers markets are closed for the winter, locally sourced and produced food items are still available for last-minute holiday gifts. The list of artisanal purveyors on the East End seems to grow every year, and one of the newest is Two Jammin’ Chicks.

Even though the ground is hard, the trees are bare, and most farmers markets are closed for the winter, locally sourced and produced food items are still available for last-minute holiday gifts. The list of artisanal purveyors on the East End seems to grow every year, and one of the newest is Two Jammin’ Chicks.

Joanne Pilgrim
December 15, 2016
Need a place for dinner Christmas Eve? Try the 1770 House in East Hampton. Michael Rozzi, the chef, will add some holiday dishes to the restaurant’s a la carte menu. An eight-course dinner paired with wine, whiskey, and sake will be presented tonight at Sen in Sag Harbor. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Park Place Wines and Liquors of East Hampton will host a pre-dinner wine tasting. Dinner will follow.

The owners of Mary’s Marvelous on Amagansett’s Main Street plan to close their shop in that hamlet once a new tenant can be found for the space. Mary Schoenlein opened her takeout food shop there in 2002. The East Hampton Mary’s Marvelous location, on Newtown Lane in the former Bucket’s Deli space, will remain open. 

 

December 15, 2016
Why in the world would you attempt a spectacular, complicated dessert when you’ve already got so much to do during this holiday season? Because it is an accomplishment, it shows how much you care about your friends and family, and sometimes it’s just cool to create a whopper of a showstopper!

Why in the world would you attempt a spectacular, complicated dessert when you’ve already got so much to do during this holiday season? Because it is an accomplishment, it shows how much you care about your friends and family, and sometimes it’s just cool to create a whopper of a showstopper!

Joanne Pilgrim
Mark Segal
December 8, 2016
a sake and wine dinner will be held next Thursday at Sen restaurant in Sag Harbor. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. with a complimentary wine tasting by Park Place Wine and Liquors of East Hampton. Barbecue and creativity go hand in hand on Monday nights at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack this month, with visits by Nikki Payne of the Salty Canvas, who will host paint parties from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday and Dec. 19.

Wintertime Market

Despite the season, fresh foods and items made by East End purveyors are not a thing of the past. All manner of produce, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, and other comestibles can be found at the Riverhead Farmers Market, an indoor affair that takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 117 East Main Street. 

Laura Donnelly
December 8, 2016
It began with the invitation that couldn’t be refused: “Would you and your friends like to come to Paris for Thanksgiving?” Hot diggity dog, yes, please!

It began with the invitation that couldn’t be refused: “Would you and your friends like to come to Paris for Thanksgiving?” Hot diggity dog, yes, please!

Mark Segal
December 1, 2016
How did a meatball from Staten Island with a 45-year pedigree wind up with a shrine to itself in Bridgehampton? The journey of Tony Meatball began in 1971, when Anthony and Joanne D’Andrea, first-generation Italians, opened the RoadHouse, a restaurant some three miles west of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

How did a meatball from Staten Island with a 45-year pedigree wind up with a shrine to itself in Bridgehampton?

Joanne Pilgrim
December 1, 2016
Wear your ugly holiday sweater to the tree-lighting party at Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor tomorrow at 7:15. There will be live music by the Lynn Blue Duo from 6 to 10 p.m. The next Artists and Writers Night at Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton gets underway at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, with a theme of “Protest Prose and Notes on Comfort.”

South Edison restaurant in Montauk will remain open through the winter months on Thursdays through Sundays. On Thursdays there will be an all-night happy hour, and from 5 to 9 p.m. a $25 prix fixe will be offered. On Sundays, brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. In addition, oysters will be served at half price.

 

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