Recent Stories: Food

Joanne Pilgrim
October 12, 2017
Coast Kitchen restaurant at the Montauk Yacht Club has a $29.95 (plus tax and tip) three-course prix fixe special for fall, served daily from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Getting through the first workdays of the week might become easier with a Tuesday night visit to Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett, which is hosting Taco Tuesdays. Diners can choose among three different tacos, served with chips and salsa to start, topped with radish, cilantro, and queso fresco, and accompanied by rice and beans.

Bourbon and Pork

Dishes made with pork from a heritage-breed pig raised at the Root ’n’ Roost Farm upstate, paired with New York-made bourbon and rye from Widow Jane, will be the centerpiece of a meal at Almond in Bridgehampton next Thursday. Reservations are being taken for the $70 dinner, which will begin at 7 p.m.

 

Champagne Weekend

Laura Donnelly
October 12, 2017
The weather may still be disconcertingly balmy, but the farm stands and supermarkets and nurseries are all letting us know it’s fall! Hank’s Pumpkintown is up and running and busy as ever. The folks at John’s Drive-In in Montauk are cranking out their delicious pumpkin ice cream. There are pumpkin lattes, pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin ales.

The weather may still be disconcertingly balmy, but the farm stands and supermarkets and nurseries are all letting us know it’s fall! Hank’s Pumpkintown is up and running and busy as ever. The folks at John’s Drive-In in Montauk are cranking out their delicious pumpkin ice cream. There are pumpkin lattes, pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin ales. There are caramel apple kits at King Kullen and corn mazes everywhere. I kid you not, I spied Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Swirl bread (limited time only!) at the Sag Harbor I.G.A. The Pepperidge Farm website exhorts you to “Wake up to swirls and swirls of yummy morning magic!” Goodness gracious, almost gave me flashbacks to 1969.

Laura Donnelly
October 5, 2017
So you’re in Southampton for the Hamptons International Film Festival, going from the Southampton Cinema to the Southampton Arts Center, and you’re really hungry and want to grab a bit to eat between films. Where to go? Luckily, there are quite a few options, from the simplicity of a healthy smoothie or salad from the Village Gourmet Cheese Shop to the quiet opulence of Sant Ambroeus.

Job’s Lane Gastro Pub 
(and others . . .)

10 Windmill Lane
Southampton
631-287-8703
Daily from 11:30 a.m.

So you’re in Southampton for the Hamptons International Film Festival, going from the Southampton Cinema to the Southampton Arts Center, and you’re really hungry and want to grab a bit to eat between films. Where to go? Luckily, there are quite a few options, from the simplicity of a healthy smoothie or salad from the Village Gourmet Cheese Shop to the quiet opulence of Sant Ambroeus.

Here are some of your choices, all within blocks of the Southampton Cinema at 43 Hill Street. 

Joanne Pilgrim
October 5, 2017
A dinner with a theme of “chef, farmer, and winemaker” will be served later this month at the James Beard House by Michael Rozzi, the chef at 1770 House in East Hampton, along with Michael Cohen, the restaurant’s wine director. The theme pays homage to the teamwork behind the success of the restaurant, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

Chef, Farmer, Winemaker

A dinner with a theme of “chef, farmer, and winemaker” will be served later this month at the James Beard House by Michael Rozzi, the chef at 1770 House in East Hampton, along with Michael Cohen, the restaurant’s wine director. The theme pays homage to the teamwork behind the success of the restaurant, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary. 

The anniversary celebration dinner will take place on Oct. 26 at the James Beard House at 167 West 12th Street in Manhattan. Tickets are $175, or $135 for James Beard Foundation members, and reservations can be made through the foundation.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 28, 2017
Luis D’Loera, the owner and chef at Michael’s restaurant in Springs, is set to open a new restaurant next month, The Blend at Three Mile Harbor, in the space on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton formerly occupied by the Harbor Grill. The restaurant will feature local ingredients, made in-house and influenced by the dishes of northern Italy, southern France, and the Mediterranean. This week’s Oktoberfest offering at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton, available today through Sunday, is sauerbraten with braised red cabbage and turnip-potato puree, along with Black Forest ice cream bombe for dessert.

For Football Season

Yes, it’s that time again, and Townline BBQ in Sagaponack will mark the season with specials at the bar during football games and at happy hour. Offered on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. and all day on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays will be cocktail deals, bargain beer and wine, and edibles such as “garbage fries” (French fries with cheese sauce, chili, sour cream, and jalapenos), nachos, wings, and a “Happier Meal,” featuring a cheeseburger or hot dog, fries, and a beer for $9. Free popcorn and peanuts, too.

 

New Restaurant

Laura Donnelly
September 28, 2017
This year is the 25th anniversary of the Hamptons International Film Festival, which runs from next Thursday through Oct. 9. Congratulations, HIFF!

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Hamptons International Film Festival, which runs from next Thursday through Oct. 9. Congratulations, HIFF!

Laura Donnelly
September 21, 2017
When it comes to our attention that a food establishment has not only survived, but thrived, for more than 20 years on the East End, that is worth noting and celebrating. Such is the case with the Hampton Chutney Company, based in Amagansett Square, with two more locations in New York City and one soon to open in Los Angeles.

When it comes to our attention that a food establishment has not only survived, but thrived, for more than 20 years on the East End, that is worth noting and celebrating. Such is the case with the Hampton Chutney Company, based in Amagansett Square, with two more locations in New York City and one soon to open in Los Angeles.

The founders, Isabel and Gary MacGurn, met in 1987 in Ganeshpuri, India, when both were cooking at an ashram. They were unloading coconuts when a bag of them fell on Isabel’s head. Gary came to the rescue, and they became good friends and nothing more for the next seven years. They traveled in different directions of the world and finally began dating in 1992.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 21, 2017
Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton will restart its Artists and Writers Night series on Tuesday at 7 p.m. with Allie Wist as the presenting artist. Ms. Wist, the associate art director at Saveur magazine and a recent graduate of New York University’s food studies master’s program, is an artist, art director, and photographer whose work is anchored in food culture and food systems. Sunday brunch is back at Nick and Toni’s. The weekly menu, served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will be a la carte, and will include specialty brunch cocktails.

Art of Eating Catering, now based in Bridgehampton, is offering a special catering to-go menu in recognition of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The menu, which is subject to change, includes smoked fish, tuna, egg, and whitefish salads with bagels and cream cheese, dips, potato pancakes, chopped liver, gefilte fish, vegetable kugel, and main courses such as roasted local organic chicken, herb-crusted fish, filet mignon, and whole roasted salmon along with a selection of sides. 

 

Springs Tavern Fall Specials

Carissa Katz
September 14, 2017
James Lubetkin, an amateur baker who lives in Amagansett, brought home four blue ribbons and a second-place prize for baking from the New York State Fair in Syracuse, and was among seven people chosen to compete for the fair’s culinary grand prize.

James Lubetkin, an amateur baker who lives in Amagansett, brought home four blue ribbons and a second-place prize for baking from the New York State Fair in Syracuse, and was among seven people chosen to compete for the fair’s culinary grand prize.

Mr. Lubetkin, who entered 10 of the baking competitions, won top honors in the creative apple pie, vintage cake, quick bread, and pastry categories and second in the heritage cookie category. The pie, a French apple Breton, was also the top-rated apple pie in the state by judges at the fair, which ran from Aug. 23 through Sept. 4. 

Joanne Pilgrim
September 14, 2017
Rowdy Hall in East Hampton will kick off its Oktoberfest celebration with a traditional festival from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The restaurant and its courtyard will be transformed into a traditional German beer garden, with picnic tables outside and communal dining tables indoors. La Fondita, the Mexican takeout shop in Amagansett, will celebrate Mexican Independence Day by offering some specials tomorrow and Saturday.

Mexican Specials

La Fondita, the Mexican takeout shop in Amagansett, will celebrate Mexican Independence Day by offering some specials tomorrow and Saturday. They include chiles en nogada, a poblano pepper filled with cheese, walnut cream sauce, pomegranate seeds, rice, and refried beans; and tamales with pork, chicken, or cheese, served with rice and refried beans. La Fondita opens at 11:30 a.m., on a Wednesday-through-Sunday schedule. 

 

Oktoberfest Begins

Laura Donnelly
September 14, 2017
What happens when 13 chefs from 13 restaurants around the country come to Montauk to fish for striped bass, fluke, and bluefish, and then form three teams, prepare their catch-paired side dishes, and compete to win in their category? Crazy good food, that’s what happens!

What happens when 13 chefs from 13 restaurants around the country come to Montauk to fish for striped bass, fluke, and bluefish, and then form three teams, prepare their catch-paired side dishes, and compete to win in their category? Crazy good food, that’s what happens!

On Sept. 6, Navy Beach in Montauk sponsored a chefs’ team-building event for the Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurant group, with profits going to benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation. Additional food and drinks were donated by Amber Waves Farm, the Montauk Brewing Company, and Paumanok Winery. Rudi Bonicelli, a co-founder (with Sean Barrett) of Dock to Dish Montauk, made sure these landlubbers caught enough fish for the event. 

Joanne Pilgrim
September 7, 2017
Many of the favorite East End seasonal places will remain open through September, or even beyond, providing those who eschew the heavy crowds a chance to partake. Another end-of-season focus for some foodies is the gleaning program organized by the Amagansett Food Institute, which mobilizes volunteers to collect excess produce from farm fields that would otherwise go to waste. The yield is donated to food pantries here.

As this issue of The Star comes out, no doubt restaurateurs all over the East End are taking a deep breath, having navigated another summer season. But don’t forget, some of the favorite seasonal places will remain open through September, or even beyond, providing those who eschew the heavy crowds a chance to partake.

The seafood specialties offered by Gosman’s Dock, at the end of West Lake Drive in Montauk, include grilled Block Island swordfish served with orzo salad, almond pesto, and lemon-mint vinaigrette; Gosman’s surf and turf, with a steak filet and lobster tail served with potato and vegetable; blackened yellowfin tuna steak, and, of course, lobsters served a variety of ways. 

Laura Donnelly
September 7, 2017
Corn and tomatoes will be plentiful into October, but the locally famous treasures you should be enjoying right now are melons. The East End has long been famous for outstanding musk melons, cantaloupes, and watermelons.

Corn and tomatoes will be plentiful into October, but the locally famous treasures you should be enjoying right now are melons. The East End has long been famous for outstanding cantaloupes. Growing up, I remember hearing that Carl Yastrzemski’s family in Bridgehampton grew the best around. Why is our area so favorable for growing melons? They thrive in sandy soil and appreciate long, warm, sunny days.

Laura Donnelly
August 31, 2017
As we near the end of the summer season (waaaaaah!), I have been reflecting on how many really very good restaurants opened this year. The new Wolffer Kitchen in Amagansett is most certainly one of them.

Wolffer Kitchen
4 Amagansett Square
Amagansett
631-267-2764
Summer hours: Dinner, seven days; brunch, Saturday and Sunday

As we near the end of the summer season (waaaaaah!), I have been reflecting on how many really very good restaurants opened this year. The new Wolffer Kitchen in Amagansett is most certainly one of them. 

This sister restaurant to the one in Sag Harbor has moved into what was the Meeting House. The Meeting House was very good, but the expanse of white tile and hard surfaces made it a most noisy place to dine.

Joanne Pilgrim
August 31, 2017
On Wednesday at Navy Beach restaurant in Montauk, a Hook ’Em and Cook ’Em dinner will also serve as a competition among 14 chefs from Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurant locations across the country. Tickets are on sale for the 11th annual North Fork Foodie Tour, an opportunity to visit 20 sites and get a glimpse behind the scenes at farms, wineries, and other places that produce local artisanal foods and beverages.

Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett will hold its annual Great Tomato Taste-Off on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the farm. The farm has been growing old favorite varieties of tomatoes along with some new ones — 42 types in all, including cherry, paste, and standard tomatoes in all shapes, sizes, and colors — and those who attend will be able to sample and rate the tomatoes. 

Volunteers are being sought for help harvesting tomatoes and setting up tomorrow, as well as for the event on Saturday; those who can lend a hand have been asked to contact Jane at urbecoart@aol.com

Restaurant Cookout

Laura Donnelly
August 24, 2017
Dinner nightlyBistro Eté is a little jewel. It is the kind of place I’m not sure I want to share with you because it is tiny and charming and the food is a delicious mash-up of French, Middle Eastern, and Greek . . . oh, let’s just call it Mediterranean cuisine.

Bistro Eté
760 Montauk Highway
Water Mill
631-500-9085

Bistro Eté is a little jewel. It is the kind of place I’m not sure I want to share with you because it is tiny and charming and the food is a delicious mash-up of French, Middle Eastern, and Greek . . . oh, let’s just call it Mediterranean cuisine. 

This newish restaurant is where Muse once was, tucked into that most bizarro of commercial real estate wastelands, the cluster of white, usually empty, buildings in Water Mill.

Joanne Pilgrim
August 24, 2017
Tickets are on sale at $100 each for a “hook ’em and cook ’em” event at Navy Beach restaurant in Montauk on Sept. 6. Fourteen chefs from Barcelona Wine Bar locations nationwide will spend a day fishing for fluke, striped bass, and bluefish and then prepare a meal from their catch.

Tickets are on sale at $100 each for a “hook ’em and cook ’em” event at Navy Beach restaurant in Montauk on Sept. 6. Fourteen chefs from Barcelona Wine Bar locations nationwide will spend a day fishing for fluke, striped bass, and bluefish and then prepare a meal from their catch. The main dish will be served along with vegetables from Amagansett’s Amber Waves Farm, seafood from Dock to Dish, beer from the Montauk Brewing Company, and Paumanok Vineyards wine. Diners will be asked to vote for their favorite course. 

A portion of the proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation. Tickets can be reserved on Eventbrite.

Joanne Pilgrim
August 17, 2017
A chance to learn Chinese cooking with Karen Lee, the author of five cookbooks and a caterer and cooking teacher based in New York City, is coming up in Amagansett, where Ms. Lee will teach a session on Aug. 27 at a private residence. Sammy’s Restaurant and Bar in Montauk has opened a new grab-and-go window for Hawaiian poke bowls, raw fish (typically tuna) that is cubed and tossed with seasonings and blended into a bowl of greens and other ingredients.

Those looking for a way to toast the solar eclipse can find a special cocktail at the Coast Kitchen at the Montauk Yacht Club on Monday. The $13 cocktail, which consists of vodka, lemonade, and a Chambord float, will be available that day only.

 

Poke, Man, Go

Sammy’s Restaurant and Bar in Montauk has opened a new grab-and-go window for Hawaiian poke bowls, raw fish (typically tuna) that is cubed and tossed with seasonings and blended into a bowl of greens and other ingredients.

Laura Donnelly
August 17, 2017
Walking through the Sag Harbor Farmers Market the other day, I decided to try some of the more peculiar and obscure vegetables. There were some bright yellow striped globes nestled in with the heirloom tomatoes and squash, so I assumed they were some kind of unusual hybrid squash. Turns out they are lemon cucumbers, one of the more ancient varieties. When cut into, the flesh is bright white and the seedy part is pale lime green. Beautiful!

Walking through the Sag Harbor Farmers Market the other day, I decided to try some of the more peculiar and obscure vegetables. There were some bright yellow striped globes nestled in with the heirloom tomatoes and squash, so I assumed they were some kind of unusual hybrid squash. Turns out they are lemon cucumbers, one of the more ancient varieties. When cut into, the flesh is bright white and the seedy part is pale lime green. Beautiful!

Isabel Carmichael
August 10, 2017
Imagine a farm that starts at 85 feet across, narrows to 50 feet, and goes back far enough to fill a total of 1.4 acres. Sort of like an extra-skinny railroad flat in New York City, or a much attenuated flag-lot oasis.

Imagine a farm that starts at 85 feet across, narrows to 50 feet, and goes back far enough to fill a total of 1.4 acres. Sort of like an extra-skinny railroad flat in New York City, or a much attenuated flag-lot oasis. 

That is what Darryl and Pamela Glennon’s Spring Close Farms Nursery and Farm Stand in East Hampton is like. At the front, just inside the fence from a shaded parking area, is a koi pond, then the farm stand itself, where the couple sell all sorts of things they grow in their long ribbon, some in large containers and pots, some in hay bales and straw bales, and then, at the back, fields.

Joanne Pilgrim
August 10, 2017
Fresh local oysters will be served paired with wine during a tour of the shellfish hatcheries at the Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center in Southold on Friday, Aug. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Slow Food East End chapter has a potluck dinner planned for next Thursday at Myron and Susan Levine’s residence in Sag Harbor. Reservations are required and can be made at slowfoodeastend.org

The Slow Food East End chapter has a potluck dinner planned for next Thursday at Myron and Susan Levine’s residence in Sag Harbor. Reservations are required and can be made at slowfoodeastend.org. The event is open to both members and nonmembers, with a $15 or $20 per person fee, respectively. Attendees are also expected to provide a dish made from seasonal local ingredients and large enough to serve six to eight people. Additional details are avail­­able on the website. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
August 10, 2017
SagTown Coffee reopened on Main Street this week, bigger and better than before the fire that destroyed it and several other businesses, including the Sag Harbor Cinema, nearly eight months ago.

SagTown Coffee reopened on Main Street this week, bigger and better than before the fire that destroyed it and several other businesses, including the Sag Harbor Cinema, nearly eight months ago.

 “We did it,” said Shane Dyckman, who started the business in 2012. He quietly opened its doors over the weekend. “We finished construction at midnight on Friday and opened Saturday at 6.”

Mr. Dyckman, a volunteer with the Sag Harbor Fire Department, was among those who responded on the morning of Dec. 16, when a fire broke out in the building next door to his coffee shop. While the building was not destroyed, his shop was so damaged that it had to be gutted.

Laura Donnelly
August 3, 2017
Everything about our recent meal at Elaia Estiatorio in Bridgehampton was a delight. From the simple but elegant renovation of the space at 95 School Street to the food to the dinnerware to the friendly staff, the evening was everything one could hope for.

Elaia Estiatorio
95 School Street
Bridgehampton
631-613-6469
Dinner nightly, closed Mondays

Everything about our recent meal at Elaia Estiatorio in Bridgehampton was a delight. From the simple but elegant renovation of the space at 95 School Street to the food to the dinnerware to the friendly staff, the evening was everything one could hope for.

Virginia Breen
August 3, 2017
The families of the Organic Krush founders — Fran Paniccia, James Tchinnis, and Michelle Walrath — have played an important role in what they do and the food they offer at their shops in Woodbury, Lake Success, and now Amagansett.

The families of the Organic Krush founders — Fran Paniccia, James Tchinnis, and Michelle Walrath — have played an important role in what they do and the food they offer at their shops in Woodbury, Lake Success, and now Amagansett.