News for Foodies: 04.10.14

Local Food News

Hello Again, Spring
    The expanding list of restaurants reopening for the season rings a few more death knells for the extended winter.

    Bostwick’s reopens tonight for its 22nd season. The seafood spot on Pantigo Road in East Hampton will be serving lunch and dinner beginning at 11:30 a.m. Thursdays through Sundays. There will be fresh local seafood and daily blackboard specials, and seating is available next to a cozy fireplace. Favorites that remain on the menu include a blackened fish taco, clam roll, seafood pasta, and crab-stuffed flounder.

    Up on Three Mile Harbor, in the space that Bostwick’s formerly occupied for years, followed by the short-lived Andrra, Bay Kitchen and Bar, a new offering this year, opens next Thursday. It will also be seafood-centric.

    Next Thursday also brings the welcome reopening of the Harbor Bistro, in its waterfront spot along Three Mile Harbor Road. The Harbor Bistro’s chef, Damien O’Donnell, is a competitor on the Food Network’s new series “Kitchen Casino,” which premiered this week. On each episode, four chefs take on casino-themed cooking challenges in an attempt to win a $30,000 jackpot.

More Openings
    In Montauk, 668 the Gig Shack will kick off its season with specials all weekend, from tomorrow through Sunday between 5:30 and 10 p.m. A four-course prix fixe will be offered for $42, plus tax and gratuity, and feature starter choices such as spicy tuna tartare taquitos, Montauk Beach Stew, and a pretzel-crusted “steak pop.” Entree choices include organic chicken thigh, sesame-seared yellowfin tuna steak, curried vegetable pilaf, house-smoked Hawaiian-style baby back ribs, and pasta dishes. A pasta course will be followed by dessert.

    At the Coast in Montauk, which is open Thursday through Saturday beginning at 5 p.m., a spring prix fixe is available all night on Thursday and between 5 and 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday for $20. The sushi bar reopens next Thursday, and Sunday hours will be added on April 27.

    The Coast is now a member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program, and will be serving only seafood that meets sustainability standards. Also new this year at the restaurant is a customer loyalty reward program. Those who register will receive a free appetizer or sushi roll after three visits, and each time at the restaurant their names will be entered into a drawing for a monthly $50 gift certificate giveaway.

Another Chef on TV
    George Hirsch is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his first public television series with new episodes of “George Hirsch Lifestyle” featuring local culinary sites. The program, which airs on Sundays at 2:30 p.m. on WLIW 21, starts with an episode on comfort foods, including a visit to Townline BBQ in Sagaponack.

    Among the future East Hampton Town locations on the show are the 1770 House, Rowdy Hall, Villa Italian Specialties, the Montauk Brewing Company, and the East Hampton and Montauk farmers markets.

Stuart’s Seafood
    Stuart’s Seafood in Amagansett is now open seven days a week.