News for Foodies: 12.29.16

Local Food News

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.

At Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett, chef specials will be offered from 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and $5 glasses of prosecco will be available all day on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. A New Year’s Eve party will feature $5 blood orange champagne cocktails, half-price bottles of prosecco, and a 10-foot projector playing music videos all night long, until the ball-drop at midnight is shown on TVs throughout the restaurant. 

 

Tasting Menu

The 1770 House will serve a $110 holiday four-course tasting menu from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. For a first course, diners can choose from ceviche or meat dishes such as Wagyu beef with caviar, fluke tartare, and cured Scottish salmon. Second-course choices could include crab chowder, winter truffle risotto, and seared Montauk sea scallops. Sample entree choices are roasted rack of lamb, braised veal cheek, seared tuna steak, or duck breast. The chef will choose the fourth course, and there will be an optional cheese course for an extra fee. 

On New Year’s Day, beginning at 5 p.m., dinner will be served a la carte in the 1770 House dining room, and in the downstairs tavern, where chicken parmigiana, lamb and chickpea curry, and Korean barbecue Berkshire ribs will be added to the classic tavern choices of burgers and meatloaf.

 

Party at Almond

A New Year’s Eve prix fixe dinner at Almond in Bridgehampton will include four courses created with local ingredients. Service will begin at 9 p.m., and guests will receive party favors and a glass of champagne for a toast. The cost is $105 per person plus tax and gratuity. The menu, subject to change, includes appetizer choices such as Peconic Bay scallop hash, spicy tuna tartare, house-cured wild boar prosciutto, and shrimp cocktail, followed by chestnut soup and a choice of duck, surf and turf with lobster ravioli and braised short ribs, and roast salmon as entrees. 

Almond will offer a la carte dining, including a choice among holiday specials, earlier in the evening, prior to the prix fixe dinner, and bar snacks and specialty cocktails will be served at the bar. 

 

Gatsby Style

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. Dinner — a three-course prix fixe for $95 per person plus tax and tip — will be served from 5 to 10 p.m., with the after-party, with dancing, going until 1 a.m. The menu includes a choice of curried butternut squash soup, farro salad, kale Caesar salad, baked oysters, scallop crudo, or crispy braised veal followed by entree choices of filet mignon, poached lobster, roasted halibut, kale and mushroom lasagna, and duck breast. A glass of champagne will be included as well. 

 

At Rowdy

At Rowdy Hall in East Hampton, the New Year’s specials will begin at lunchtime on Saturday, with potato leek soup, a short rib grilled cheese special, and an omelette with smoked trout and crème fraiche added to the menu. Dinner specials will include a smoked trout salad, a rack of lamb entree, and chocolate tart for dessert. On the first day of 2017, Rowdy will be open for lunch but closed for dinner, serving “hair of the dog soup” along with a special of a poached egg with hollandaise sauce served with Balsam Farms sweet potato and brisket hash.

 

Nick and Toni’s

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. Sample menu items for Saturday night include Peconic Bay scallop salad, a wood-grilled veal chop, and a chocolate and champagne Napolean for dessert. A special brunch entree will be lobster benedict with crispy prosciutto.

 

Mexican in 2017

All-day specials at La Fondita in Amagansett on New Year’s Day include chilaquiles, lamb consommé, tacos with steamed lamb, tripe soup, and barbacoa de borrego, or steamed chile-rubbed lamb served with beans, rice, salad, tortillas, and avocado salsa.

 

New Year’s at Pierre’s

Dinner reservations are being taken at Pierre’s in Bridgehampton for seating between 8:30 and 10 p.m., with a three-course prix fixe to be served for $135 per person. After dinner, patrons can retire to the restaurant’s upstairs lounge. The menu will include appetizers such as lobster bisque, vegetable terrine, chicken soup en croute with curry and coconut milk, lobster risotto, and oysters on the half shell. Among the entree choices will be Chilean sea bass, Maine lobster fricasee flambé, mixed seafood, veal tenderloin, beef filet, and rack of lamb. The dessert course will bring a choice of French meringue with raspberry ice cream, coconut custard, and chestnut mousseline, or ice cream.