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  • The beauty of the restaurant Yama Q in Bridgehampton is that it doesn’t need a review by me or anyone, good or bad. It doesn’t need to have a tattooed, surfer-celebrity chef profile in Hamptons magazine. You won’t read about Beth and Howard Stern slurping miso soup and chomping on burdock salad on Page Six of the New York Post. Nor is it likely that as the Kardashians cut a visible and terrifying swath through our charming villages this summer they will ever cross the threshold of Yama Q. Yama Q is pure and quaint, virtuous, quiet, and fine.

  • Harlow East
    1 Long Wharf
    Sag Harbor
    Tuesday to Sunday

    Harlow East is a pop-up restaurant on Long Wharf in Sag Harbor, where B. Smith’s resided for many years. It is a huge space, close to 400 seats indoors and out.

  • Red Stixs
    1020 Montauk Highway
    Water Mill
    Open weekdays, 6-10 p.m.,
    weekends, 6 p.m.-2 a.m.

  • Clam and Chowder House
    At Salivar’s Dock

    470 West Lake Drive
    Lunch and dinner, Thursday
    through Monday, noon-4 p.m.
    and 5-10 p.m.

  • Doppio East
    126 Main Street
    Sag Harbor

    I dined at Doppio East in Sag Harbor the other night. It had been open only a week so far, and though this is a bit early to review a restaurant, sometimes we feel that if you are open for business and charging for your product, you are fair game. But I assure you, I did take into account the newness of this establishment.

  • Debbie’s Broiled Bluefish
    It seems only appropriate that the recipes given today come from local sources. This first recipe is from the Seafood Shop and was published in “Fresh From the Farm” by Susan Meisel and Nathalie Sann. Super fresh bluefish is a wonderful thing.

    Serves five to six.

    2 lbs bluefish fillets, about 1 inch thick
    Salt and freshly ground pepper
    1/4 cup mayonnaise
    Lemon wedges

    Preheat the broiler. Wash and pat dry the fillets

  • Visiting local farmers markets is one of my favorite pastimes. Sometimes I only have time to cut a quick swath through them. Shiitakes from David Falkowski, a nice piece of striped bass from Alex Fausto of the Seafood Shop, and perhaps some blossoms from Keith Pierpont. If I can hit two farmers markets over the weekend, I’ve got enough bounty to last through the week.

  • Bay Kitchen Bar
    39 Gann Road
    East Hampton
    Lunch and dinner, seven days

         There are few greater pleasures than enjoying a water view, slurping some local oysters and clams, and sipping a light, mineraly Muscadet. Now, how about if that view is one of the prettiest of Three Mile Harbor (at the end of Gann Road), your oysters are a mere $1 each, and your glass of wine is $5? I say gaze and slurp and sip away!

  • Avocado Pear Smoothie
        This recipe is from a Martha Stewart website.
        Serves four.
    1 ripe avocado, peeled, pit removed
    1/2 cup silken tofu
    1 cup pear juice
    2 Tbsp. honey
    1/2 tsp. vanilla
    2 cups ice

        Puree until smooth, drink.

    Green Smoothie
        Get on the kale bandwagon with this green smoothie. If you don’t care for the broccoli, add a handful of spinach instead.

  •     My son’s friend Omar came to visit the other day and presented me with a plastic cup of green stuff. “I got this smoothie at _____. It cost $20!” The green stuff was starting to turn grayish and separate in the cup. I politely took a sip and wished the nice young man had saved his $20. It tasted awful.
    Juices and smoothies have become so popular, it seems that as soon as people exit their spinning or yoga classes they have purple or green beverages attached to their hands, expensive purple or green beverages! Are they worth it?

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  • The following is excerpted from Laura Donnelly's restaurant review in this week's Star. More ideas for meals on the go can be found in the Star's Restaurant Guide:

    It's Columbus Day weekend AND the Hamptons International Film Festival is on the East End so I know all of you ladies and gentlemen and black-clad cinephiles want to know where to eat. With movies being shown in 6 locations from Southampton to Montauk your dining options are plentiful.