Recent Stories: Food

Jon M. Diat
February 6, 2018
For those who demand the freshest, most sustainable seafood, and partake in the increasingly popular and expanding Montauk-headquartered Dock to Dish community-supported fishery program, keeping an eye on your seafood order is a simple mouse click away.

It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your shipments of iced-down, black sea bass are? Or perhaps you want to check on the status of the longline boat that is catching your carton of golden tilefish from the 500-foot depths of the Hudson Canyon, located about 80 miles south of Montauk? For those who demand the freshest, most sustainable seafood, and partake in the increasingly popular and expanding Montauk-headquartered Dock to Dish community-supported fishery program, keeping an eye on your seafood order is a simple mouse click away. 

Jamie Bufalino
February 6, 2018
Elaia Estiatorio, a Greek restaurant in Bridgehampton, will offer a three-course prix fixe menu for $32 per person on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Fred Bollaci, the author of the “The Restaurant Diet: How to Eat Out Every Night and Still Lose Weight,” will be at BookHampton in East Hampton on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Fred Bollaci, the author of the “The Restaurant Diet: How to Eat Out Every Night and Still Lose Weight,” will be at BookHampton in East Hampton on Saturday at 4 p.m. Mr. Bollaci, who is a lawyer, sommelier, columnist for the journal Appetite, and a self-proclaimed compulsive eater who has lost 150 pounds (down from 330), will discuss how to make the best menu choices at a restaurant. The book dissects the menus of local restaurants such as 1770 House, Red/Bar Brasserie, and 75 Main. Advance registration for the free event can be done on the BookHampton website. 

 

Valentine’s Day

Jennifer Landes
February 5, 2018
Il Mulino, a high-end New York City Italian restaurant chain, will open an outpost in East Hampton, which should open before the high season starts in late May.

It's only February, but harbingers of spring are already apparent around the South Fork. The latest is a sign at the old Osteria Salina, on the border of Wainscott and East Hampton Village, announcing the imminent arrival of Il Mulino.

Lee Katzoff, whose family owns the chain of more than a dozen restaurants in New York City and its surrounding suburbs, as well as in Florida, Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, Nashville, and more, said this week that "after a little fix up, we are planning on a soft opening in April for family and friends, and we'll be ready to go after that."

Jamie Bufalino
January 30, 2018
Super Bowl specials, Valentine's Day menus, a wine tasting, tie-dyeing, and more

Super Bowl Specials

To help you celebrate the Super Bowl, Smokin’ Wolf in East Hampton is giving away a free 12-pack of beer for every $85 spent on its menu, which features barbecue platters, sandwiches, wraps, salads, and quesadillas. 

If you’re opting for seafood over meat, Stuart’s Seafood in Amagansett is giving a 10-percent discount on cooked lobsters and lobster dinners. Shrimp platters are also available in two sizes: two pounds of large shrimp for $65 or two pounds of medium shrimp for $45. Stuart’s also carries pigs in blankets and other assorted appetizers. The deal is available tomorrow through Sunday. 

Jamie Bufalino
January 23, 2018
A number of East End eateries are offering prix fixe deals this week as part of Long Island Restaurant Week, which continues through Sunday.

A number of East End eateries are offering prix fixe deals this week as part of Long Island Restaurant Week, which continues through Sunday. On the South Fork, participating restaurants include Page at 63 Main, Wolffer Kitchen, and Lulu Kitchen and Bar in Sag Harbor, Le Charlot in Southampton, and Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton. They are offering a $28.95 three-course meal, with supplemental charges for certain dishes, all night tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday and until 6:30 on Saturday. 

Mark Segal
January 17, 2018
Love Bites; "Delicious Destinations" stops off in East Hampton; Jackson Pollock's 106th celebrated at Springs Tavern, one of his former haunts when it was Jungle Pete's; art night continues

For Travel Channel fans who have wondered if and when the peripatetic chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern would touch down in the Hamptons, the wait is over. 

The first episode of season seven of his “Delicious Destinations” series, during which he visits Stuart’s Seafood Market in Amagansett, the Lobster Roll restaurant on Napeague, Nick and Toni’s in East Hampton, and East Hampton Point, can be seen on Optimum’s Channel 96 on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., Jan. 29 at 8 p.m., Jan. 30 at 3 a.m., and Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. The Travel Channel’s verdict: “The Hamptons’ dinner scene is sizzling.”

Pollock’s Birthday

Laura Donnelly
January 17, 2018
When your hunter friends stop by and drop off their bounty, do you know what to do with it? Deer? Goose? Wild duck?

When your hunter friends stop by and drop off their bounty, do you know what to do with it? Deer? Goose? Wild duck? 

I have fishermen and fisherwomen friends who drop off striped bass and blues and I am always thrilled and know what to do with them, but a lean, gamey duck that may have been feeding on fishy things? Not so much.

Pretty much every recipe online involves soaking or marinating wild birds in buttermilk or savory items, then wrapping in bacon to keep the meat moist, and not much guidance beyond that.

Laura Donnelly
January 9, 2018
Bridgehampton's Tex-Mex and Mexican choice deserves to be a lot more popular, The Star's reviewer said.

I’d been wanting to try Mercado in Bridgehampton for quite a while. But no matter what time of day or what time of year I drove by, the place looked empty. For years it has remained as mysterious as that roadside business in Southampton that has the creepy statuary of Elvis, elephants, Marilyn Monroe, big dinosaurs, and bigger Buddhas.

There have been advertisements recently on the local radio station WEHM for Mercado. They feature a lady saying something along the lines of “I drive by here all the time and I’ve never been in.” The ads also proclaim that Mercado has the best margaritas. Oh, boy. 

Mark Segal
January 9, 2018
It’s always happy hour at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack for police officers and first responders who present their current badges or other identification to the bartender on duty. Perks include $5 shots, $6.25 garbage fries, $5.50 nachos, $6 wings, and beer and wine specials. The 1770 House in East Hampton is offering several dining deals through April 19. From Sundays through Thursdays, except holidays, a $35 three-course prix fixe menu will be available, as will $9 wine and $5 beer selections.

1770 House Specials

The 1770 House in East Hampton is offering several dining deals through April 19. From Sundays through Thursdays, except holidays, a $35 three-course prix fixe menu will be available, as will $9 wine and $5 beer selections. In addition, every Thursday the downstairs tavern will feature dishes priced at $17.70, among them turkey chili, chicken Parmigiana, and fish and chips, as well as its year-round standbys, meatloaf and a classic hamburger. 

Joanne Pilgrim
January 2, 2018
Over near Three Mile Harbor, the Blend, the new restaurant opened by the chef and owner of Michael’s, is serving dinner from 5 to 9 nightly. Nick and Toni’s restaurant in East Hampton has teamed up with the Golden Eagle Studio, a nearby neighbor on North Main Street, to initiate a series of dinners with featured artists who will discuss an art-related topic, give a demonstration, or teach an art class at the studio before joining the group for dinner at the restaurant.

Dinner and an Artist

Nick and Toni’s restaurant in East Hampton has teamed up with the Golden Eagle Studio, a nearby neighbor on North Main Street, to initiate a series of dinners with featured artists who will discuss an art-related topic, give a demonstration, or teach an art class at the studio before joining the group for dinner at the restaurant. 

Called A Night Out With, the series will start on Wednesday with Paton Miller, a painter whose works have been exhibited worldwide. The art session begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a two-course dinner. Reservations are a must and can be made online at goldeneagleart.com. The cost is $75 per person, which includes tax and tip. 

Laura Donnelly
January 2, 2018
Losing weight is one of the top New Year's resolutions and one of the least successful. Cooking for yourself is an enormously helpful step toward losing weight because you have complete control over your meal.

It’s now 2018 and chances are almost half of you made New Year’s resolutions on Sunday. Of that number, half of you resolved to lose weight this year. Losing weight is the top resolution of Americans every year, more than the vague promise of “self-improvement,” being more financially responsible, quitting smoking, doing more exciting things, spending more time with family and friends, and coming dead last at 6.5 percent, getting more exercise, which is too bad because if you were truly committed to more exercise, you’d be more successful at your number one resolution.

Joanne Pilgrim
December 26, 2017
Holiday dining at the 1770 House in East Hampton this weekend will include a four-course prix fixe tasting menu at $110 per person, plus tax and gratuity. In Sag Harbor, Lulu Kitchen and Bar will host a New Year’s Eve celebration that includes an early, 5:30 p.m., seating and a later second seating at 8 that comes with a glass of champagne, party favors, and a four-course prix fixe.

The Mercado Mexican restaurant in Bridgehampton is offering a bonus gift card, in $10 or $20 denominations, to those who purchase a gift card for the restaurant for others. The offer is good through Tuesday. Beginning in January, Mercado will offer a free birthday entree to those who become its Facebook friends, as well as a three-course taco meal on Sunday nights, served family style after 5 p.m. 

 

New Year’s Eve Options

Laura Donnelly
December 26, 2017
I like to celebrate and plan to have a grand meal . . . at home, with friends who can walk home afterward. Driving around East Hampton drunk in the wee hours is just another way of saying, “I can’t wait to see my name in the police blotter of The East Hampton Star next Thursday!”

Forced merriment” is what my brother Sherman calls it. We’re talking about New Year’s Eve, a.k.a. Hogmanay, Calennig, Kanun Novogo Goda, Reveillon, Silvester, Ambang, and/or Malam Tahun Baharu.

New Year’s Eve has been celebrated around the world for more than four millenniums, and most countries celebrate it on Dec. 31, the last day of the Gregorian calendar. Festivities can include fireworks, long festive parties, eating special foods, drinking champagne, and making resolutions. 

Laura Donnelly
December 20, 2017
Homemade holiday gifts are often the best and most economical. They show that you made some effort, and it’s something your children can join in on. I mean, who doesn’t have fun melting chocolate, crushing candy canes, and licking the spatula and bowl?

Homemade holiday gifts are often the best and most economical. They show that you made some effort, and it’s something your children can join in on. I mean, who doesn’t have fun melting chocolate, crushing candy canes, and licking the spatula and bowl?

Jennifer Landes
December 20, 2017
For those who would rather dine out on Christmas Day, Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor will offer a traditional three-course dinner. The Highway Restaurant and Bar in East Hampton will serve an a la carte menu with holiday specials on Christmas Eve.

Other Christmas Options

Although many prefer dining in on Christmas Day, who wants the hassle and cleanup the night before? Christmas Eve has become a popular night for restaurants, and in addition to some of the special menus previously announced, comes Highway Restaurant and Bar in East Hampton. The cozy boite will serve an a la carte menu with holiday specials. These include balontine of foie gras with sauterne jelly and brioche; seafood eschabeche with local calamari, lobster, scallop, and shrimp, and braised lamb shank with pomme puree, grilled broccolini, and chippolini onion.

Laura Donnelly
December 13, 2017
When I found out that my friend Justin Spring, author of “The Gourmands’ Way,” was going on a book-signing tour through San Francisco, then to Carmel to his sister and brother-in-law’s winery and tasting room in Carmel Valley, I asked if I could tag along.

When I found out that my friend Justin Spring, author of “The Gourmands’ Way,” was going on a book-signing tour through San Francisco, then to Carmel to his sister and brother-in-law’s winery and tasting room in Carmel Valley, I asked if I could tag along. 

Reason number one: I was born in Carmel and was long overdue for a visit to my hometown. Reason number two: There was to be a dinner in his honor at Chez Panisse in Berkeley on Dec. 4, with a Richard Olney-inspired menu. Scratch that, traveling with Justin was reason number one.

Joanne Pilgrim
December 13, 2017
The restaurant at the 1770 House named one of “100 Best" by Open Table; Art of Eating's holiday menus; new specials and discounts

‘Tis a good season for those looking for daily restaurant specials or a fresh prix fixe menu.

At Tutto Il Giorno on Nugent Street in Southampton, Monday night is deemed “date night,” with any appetizer paired with any pasta dish offered at $29. A $36 prix fixe on Thursday and Sunday nights includes an appetizer, pasta or other entree, and a choice of dessert. 

A three-course menu at Almond on Main Street in Bridgehampton, which specializes in locally sourced ingredients, is $32.50 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays until 7 p.m., and all night on Wednesdays. Vegetarian options abound at Almond on “Meatless Monday” nights. 

Laura Donnelly
December 5, 2017
The "REAL Rowdy burger" goes up against a new plant-based version that promises the full beef experience, including juices, and tastes "damn good," according to our reviewer.

When I was assigned to do a story on the Impossible Burger, now being served at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton, I organized my posse for the adventure. “Just don’t make me eat the fake burger,” one of my guests said. “I want the REAL Rowdy burger!” Understood. Just what exactly is the Impossible Burger? It is a combination of heme, water, textured wheat protein, potato protein, and coconut oil. And what is heme? In blood, heme lives in a protein called hemoglobin; in muscle, it’s myoglobin. In soy roots, it is leghemoglobin.

Joanne Pilgrim
December 5, 2017
Local Food News

New at Babette’s

New dishes have been added to the menu at Babette’s in East Hampton, where the dishes focus on healthy ingredients. They include the Babette’s house-made vegan burger, with selected fixings; “Rita’s Quesadilla,” featuring organic barbecue tofu, broccoli, white cheddar, jalapeno, and salsa on a whole wheat torilla, and turkey meatballs with fire-roasted tomato sauce, shisito peppers, crisp garbanzo beans, and feta cheese with grilled country bread. Local bay scallops are also a choice for lunch or dinner dishes. Winter hours at Babette’s are Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

 

Joanne Pilgrim
November 30, 2017
Cocktails at Baker House; impossible burgers at Rowdy Hall, Greek prix fixe at Elaia; and more this week

At the Baker House 1650 in East Hampton, Tad Carducci, an award-winning mixologist, will be on hand for Cocktails & Conversation on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. Mr. Carducci of the Tippling Bros. mixologist group, a co-author of two Tippling Bros. books, will demonstrate how to make holiday cocktails and have copies of his books available for purchase. Tickets are limited and cost $50. They can be reserved by calling the Baker House or purchased online at bakerhouse1650.com. 

The event is being co-sponsored by the Domaine Franey wine and spirits shop in East Hampton.

 

Impossible Burger

Laura Donnelly
November 30, 2017
Although lamb chops and ribs are great in spring, winter weather calls for slow cooking and stews.

I love lamb but seldom cook it at home. It’s expensive and kind of smelly. But of all meat and fowl, lamb and duck are my favorites. I have never cooked a rack of lamb and have probably roasted a leg only once or twice in my life. About once a year I’ll fry up some chops. This time of year, however, the idea of slow-cooked stews with shanks and legs is very appealing. 

One of my favorite recipes is from Patricia Wells’s “Bistro Cookbook,” a seven-hour leg of lamb cooked with a bottle of dry white wine, thyme, garlic, carrots, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes. It is a foolproof crowd-pleaser. 

Laura Donnelly
November 22, 2017
What is now the Springs Tavern has operated as a watering hole both famous and infamous since 1934. It was the Jungle Inn, Jungle Pete’s, Jungle Johnnie’s, Vinnie’s Place, the Boatswain, the Frigate, Harry’s Hideaway, and Wolfie’s Tavern.

The Springs Tavern
15 Fort Pond Blvd.
East Hampton
631-527-7800
Dinner daily, lunch Saturdays 
and Sundays

Jennifer Landes
November 22, 2017
Some last-minute ideas for Thanksgiving dinner include the Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton, where a four-course prix fixe meal is being served up for $85, $40 for children under 12, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. In Southampton, Tutto Il Giorno will also be open on Thanksgiving with a prix fixe menu for $65 that includes a choice of baby kale Caesar salad or a baby artichoke appetizer, wild mushroom tortelli or roasted turkey pastilla as an entree, and carmelized pear crostata or pumpkin semifreddo for dessert.

For Procrastinators

Just decided to come out east at the last minute and have no plans or food in the house for the holiday? Maybe the Bumpuses’ dogs ate your turkey as it was cooling on the kitchen table?

Some last-minute ideas for Thanksgiving dinner include the Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton, where a four-course prix fixe meal is being served up for $85, $40 for children under 12, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The restaurant also offers a nightly prix fixe for $37 from 5:30 to 9 from Sunday to Thursday and Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Kids and dogs are welcome at the sunroom brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bar’s nightly happy hour includes $10 cocktails and snacks by the fire from 4 to 7 p.m. 

Star Staff
November 22, 2017
In addition to food, the Springs Tavern also serves up music. Tomorrow, a special tribute to the Allman Brothers will feature Andy Aledort, Bosco Michne, Rich Rosch, and Roy DeJesus at 9 p.m. There will be no cover charge.

In addition to food, the Springs Tavern also serves up music. Tomorrow, a special tribute to the Allman Brothers will feature Andy Aledort, Bosco Michne, Rich Rosch, and Roy DeJesus at 9 p.m. There will be no cover charge.

Mr. Aledort, a blues-rock guitarist, performs with his band the Groove Kings regularly in the area and has recorded several albums. He appears on the “Dickey Betts and Great Southern: 30 Years of Southern Rock” DVD.

The restaurant has also announced a new “first responder Thursday,” when police and fire officials with identification will receive 25 percent off their entire order.