News for Foodies: 04.17.14

Local Food News
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Easter Sunday
    Numerous restaurants will offer special meals for Easter Sunday.

    At the Harbor Bistro on Three Mile Harbor, which opens tonight for the 2014 season, a $45 prix fixe will be served along with a complimentary glass of wine, sparkling wine, or Kir Royale. Sample prix fixe dishes, which are subject to change, include, for starters, shellfish bisque, warm burrata and prosciutto, and watermelon and feta salad. Entree choices may include organic chicken breast, chimichurri grilled beef short ribs, miso-glazed sea scallops, and leg of lamb. Dessert is also included. The price excludes tax and gratuity.

    At the Bistro’s sister restaurant, Harbor Grill, Easter specials will be offered in addition to the a la carte menu. They include caprese salad, herb-roasted leg of lamb, slow-roasted prime rib, steamed lobster, and lump crab-crusted swordfish.

    At Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton, Easter Sunday specials will be on offer at brunch and dinner. Spring pea soup, house-cured salmon, lamb chops, and ricotta cheesecake are among the selections.

    Cafe Max, also in East Hampton, will serve a three-course Easter dinner beginning at 1 p.m., at $30 for adults and $20 for children under 13. Appetizers include Napeague cherrystone clams, spring rolls, shrimp cocktail, mushroom soup, and salads, while entrees will be leg of lamb, chicken Milanese, pappardelle Bolognese, salmon, veal medallions, and Montauk cod. There will be a choice of several desserts.

    At the Living Room restaurant at c/o the Maidstone inn in East Hampton, brunch and dinner will be served on Sunday from the a la carte menus as well as an Easter special, available all day for $52. It will feature traditional Swedish herring, garlic and rosemary-marinated roasted lamb, and vanilla ice cream served with warm raspberries, mint, and toasted almonds. 

    Out in Montauk, Easter will be celebrated at Manucci’s with a three-course prix fixe for $32.95, with roast half duck, filet mignon, broiled fluke, rack of lamb, or frutti di mare as entrees, along with a choice of soup or salad and dessert. A children’s menu will also be available, as will some items from the regular menu. Service will be from 3 to 8 p.m.  Reservations have been recommended.

    At Sammy’s there will be a $29.95 prix fixe all day on Easter, and the regular menu will also be available.

    Inlet Seafood will be serving dinner from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations would be appreciated.

    The Gulf Coast Kitchen at the Montauk Yacht Club will have an Easter buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Serving stations will offer roast turkey, prime rib, pastas, eggs and omelettes, and seafood. Pan-seared striped bass, roasted spiral ham, antipasto, salads, rice, and vegetables will also be served, along with dessert from a chocolate fondue fountain and a Viennese dessert table. The cost is $42 a person, $17.95 for kids ages 4 to 12. Those under 4 may eat for free.

    At Almond in Bridgehampton, an Easter brunch menu will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $30 a person. It will include biscuits and jam, appetizers such as roasted asparagus and hot and cold Brussels sprouts in a Caesar-style salad, English pea and mint soup with Maine crab, and house-made granola. The main dish choices will be grilled lamb chops, sausage and eggs, duck confit hash, and buttermilk waffles. Rhubarb ginger crisp will be served with vanilla ice cream for dessert.

    At Fresh Hamptons in Bridgehampton, specials such as Yukon potato gnocchi with mushrooms and mascarpone cream, roasted lamb, and steamed asparagus will be offered on the Easter holiday. The regular a la carte and brunch menus will also be available.

Spring Ahead
    The Clam Bar on Napeague has opened for the season. From noon to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, weather permitting, visitors can order favorites from the roadside spot such as lobster rolls, fried clams, chowders, and grilled tuna.

    The Harvest on Fort Pond in Montauk is now open Wednesday through Sunday. It will serve from 2 to 8 p.m. on Easter Sunday.
    East by Northeast, or ENE, is also open for the season and has a new executive chef, Alexander Y. Williamson. ENE is serving dinner nightly, except for Thursdays, and will also offer Easter meals from 2 to 8 p.m. A new sushi bar will be opening there soon.

At Gurney’s
    At Gurney’s Inn, changes are afoot under new ownership. Jennifer LeRoy, who took over her father’s, Warner LeRoy’s, Manhattan restaurants, Tavern on the Green and the Russian Tea Room, upon his death, has been tapped to create several dining spots at the hotel, as well as a retail bakery.