News for Foodies: 04.18.13

Local Food News
Drum-shaded and nautical flush-mounted lamps provide a modern feel to a refreshed interior of Nick and Toni’s restaurant in East Hampton just in time for the new season. John Musnicki

Highway Diner al Fresco
    At the Highway Diner in East Hampton, the outdoor patio is now open. Added to the restaurant’s daily menu are two specials that have proven to be among the most popular — crawfish etouffee, and grilled yellowfin tuna with grilled eggplant, curried yogurt dressing, and arugula salad.

Stuart’s All Week
    Stuart’s Seafood Market in Amagansett will be open seven days a week beginning Tuesday.

New in Sag
    The next venture for Jeff Resnick, the restaurateur behind Sen and Phao, will reportedly be an American bistro called the Cuddy. It will take the Main Street space that Phao has occupied.

Food Truck Derby
    Edible East End magazine is sponsoring a food truck derby on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. in the parking lot at the Tanger One mall in Riverhead, as a part of Tanger’s Great Taste, Great Style Home and Garden Weekend.
    A Taste of the East End will feature vendors such as the Long Island Oyster Company, with its rolling oyster bar, and East Hampton’s own Silver Spoon Specialties, which is hoping to become one of the regular food truck vendors at a Montauk beach this summer. Other food trucks will include a grilled cheese vendor and Korilla BBQ, featuring Korean tacos, burritos, and bowls, and a couple of ice cream trucks. Beverage choices at Tanger will include Peconic Bay Winery selections and Hampton Coffee Company roasts.

Laotian Cuisine Demo
    Those interested in attending a cooking demonstration and tasting of Laotian cuisine, to be held at the Montauk Library on May 4, must sign up at the library by Wednesday. The event will be presented by Penn Hongthong, a Laotian chef, from 1 to 3 p.m. and will cost $5.

Perennials Return
    Two perennial restaurants will be open again this weekend, while two others will begin a second season. The Harbor Bistro heads into its eighth season tonight, and will again be offering two prix fixe deals. A $29 special featuring a choice of three courses, or two courses with a glass of wine, will be offered Thursday to Sunday between 5 and 6 p.m., as well as all night at the bar, and a $19 menu will change nightly, featuring a choice of soup or salad, a pasta, fish, or meat entree, and a dessert. There will be live music at the Bistro on Friday at 6 p.m.
    Bostwick’s, in its second location on Montauk Highway in East Hampton, also opens tonight and will be serving up its seafood specialties and more, and Andrra, the restaurant that opened last year in the former Bostwick’s location on Three Mile Harbor, will reopen for the season tomorrow.
    In Montauk, Swallow East, on the docks at West Lake Drive, will also reopen tonight for the season.
    A longtime favorite, the Clam Bar on Napeague, which has passed the three-decade mark, will now be open Fridays through Sundays beginning at noon. The days and hours will expand on May 1. Besides clams on the half shell, the Clam Bar serves chowders, lobster rolls,