Recent Stories: Food

Laura Donnelly
May 14, 2015
M.J. Dowling’s Steakhouse and Tavern, which calls itself “a friendly neighborhood pub,” is just that. It has a friendly atmosphere and very reasonably priced food, especially on its specials nights.

M.J. Dowling’s
3360 Noyac Road, Noyac
725-4444
Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight. Friday through Sunday, noon to midnight

Joanne Pilgrim
May 14, 2015
Seafood! Seafood! Seafood! The summer season begins for many East End restaurants serving freshly caught fish out of local waters. Don't miss out!

Reopenings

Bay Kitchen and Bar, the restaurant at Harbor Marina on Three Mile Harbor in Springs, will reopen for the season tonight and serve dinner on Thursdays through Sundays until July, when it will be open daily. From 4 to 7 p.m. nightly, the restaurant has a happy hour at the bar, with $1 oysters and $5 glasses of rosé.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 5, 2015
Start off the Mother's day week with some Texas bourbon then visit a local restaurant for some Mother's Day specials.

Bourbon and BBQ

Texas bourbon from the Garrison Brothers Distillery will be paired with barbecue fare during a dinner at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack on Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. Along with tastes of whiskey and cocktails made with the spirit, there will be guests who will discuss bourbon making and lead a tasting of two bourbon vintages.

Laura Donnelly
May 5, 2015
After duck, lamb is my absolute favorite meat. It is healthy, delicious in many forms, and sadly, quite expensive. Since I don’t cook a lot of meat, cooking lamb intimidates me. So I order it in restaurants, which is really expensive.

After duck, lamb is my absolute favorite meat. It is healthy, delicious in many forms, and sadly, quite expensive. Since I don’t cook a lot of meat, cooking lamb intimidates me. So I order it in restaurants, which is really expensive.

Jennifer Landes
April 30, 2015
The season gets off to a running start with many restaurants posting their Mother's Day Menus early.

Derby Day

Derby Day is also upon us, and venues such as East by Northeast in Montauk will celebrate on Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. with Woodford Reserve, a small-batch bourbon likely to be mixed in a mint julep to mark the occasion.

Mother’s Day

Joanne Pilgrim
April 23, 2015
Long Island Restaurant Week kicks off on Sunday with prix fixes at $27.95 at numerous dining places across Long Island.

Winston’s Opens

Winston’s Bar and Grill in East Hampton, housed where Nichol’s restaurant used to be, is open and is serving lunch and dinner from noon to 9 p.m. seven days a week. Breakfast service will be added in mid-May.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 14, 2015
Reservations are being taken for an April 30 wine dinner at Michael’s restaurant at Maidstone Park in Springs, which recently remodeled to create a wine bar featuring a wide selection of vintages.

Reservations are being taken for an April 30 wine dinner at Michael’s restaurant at Maidstone Park in Springs, which recently remodeled to create a wine bar featuring a wide selection of vintages.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 7, 2015

Three upcoming sessions of the Wednesday wine-tasting and discussion series presented by Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits will feature wine experts from the East End.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 31, 2015

D’Canela restaurant in Amagansett has launched a takeout menu with free delivery service in East Hampton and Amagansett. The extensive menu includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner choices, ranging from eggs to appetizers, sandwiches, and salads, and including items such as burritos, tacos, and tostadas. There is a Monday through Friday lineup of soups of the day and a daily $12.50 lunch special that includes a soup and entree of the day.

Bostwick’s Reopens

Laura Donnelly
March 31, 2015

It all began with ice cubes, or the lack thereof. Expecting some swells for dinner, I had to choose between having enough cubes for adult beverages or using them to shock and retain the beautiful emerald green hue of my green beans to be served later.

Jennifer Landes
March 25, 2015
If you want fresh vegetables, grown with organic methods, and like the idea of being as close to the farming of them as possible, the C.S.A. model may be for you and sign-ups are starting now.

For centuries, residents of the East End have been farming their land and providing their neighbors with fresh produce. And for decades, this exchange of goods was done at a farm stand, as simple or elaborate as the vision of its owner-operators.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 24, 2015

With the weekend of Montauk’s St. Patrick’s Day parade behind us — a harbinger of spring that marks the start of the back-to-business season for a number of restaurants — news of reopenings continues to trickle in.

On Montauk’s Main Street, 668 the Gig Shack will start its new season on Friday, April 3. Dinner service from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday through Sunday will include both signature menu items such as tilefish “Montacos” and spicy tuna tartare taquitos, and Easter specials throughout the holiday weekend.
 

Laura Donnelly
March 24, 2015

I recently attended a C.I.A. boot camp, and golly did I learn a lot. And no, I’m not talking about the spy agency next to the house I grew up in in McLean, Va. It was the Culinary Institute of America campus in San Antonio, started in 2009.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 17, 2015

With the snow mounds melting and the days now longer, the restaurant roulette wheel is spinning as new ventures rev for the coming summer season and others who already have a foothold in the local eating scene try something new.

Matthew Guiffrida, the chef and owner of Muse in Sag Harbor, will reportedly expand this year to Montauk and open a second restaurant in the space most recently occupied by Coast.

Jennifer Landes
March 17, 2015

Typically, when one orders a daiquiri or a mojito, it is not preceded by a call brand the way a Grey Goose martini or a Jack and coke is. With the advent of premium small-batch rums over the past few years, however, that should change.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 10, 2015

Wine Bar at Michael’s

Michael’s restaurant at Maidstone Park in Springs has reopened after a short hiatus during which some interior renovations took place. Michael’s now features an expanded wine bar, with over 40 wines by the glass. An interior wall has been removed, affording more space for the bar area. Michael’s is now open seven days a week.

Monthly Pig Roast

Laura Donnelly
March 10, 2015

You know how when you order food in a restaurant and you wait and wait and wait and it’s been like 45 minutes, so then you get up to use the loo and lo and behold, your food arrives at the table? That’s what this column is about. Eastern European food. The hearty, heavy, frigid-weather cuisine that keeps the Georgians and Hungarians and their neighbors fortified during long miserable winters.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 5, 2015

March Weekends

The Montauk Yacht Club will be open on weekends this month, before opening daily for the season on April 1. Breakfast and lunch are served on Saturday and Sunday, and dinner is served on Friday and Saturday nights, when there is live music. The dinner menu is a la carte, with a $29 prix fixe.

Michaels’ Wine Bar

Laura Donnelly
March 5, 2015

My friends Cindy and Jimmy have a huge glass jar filled with pistachios on their kitchen counter. When I say huge, I mean it. It is the size of a Southern church lady’s iced tea dispenser. And it’s always full.

I find this comforting . . . and tasty. When I remarked on it the other day, Jimmy asked, “Why haven’t you ever written about nuts? They’re good for you!”

So thank you, Jimmy, here it is.

Joanne Pilgrim
February 26, 2015

Wine Classes

Wainscott Main Wines and Spirits has launched its newest series of Wednesday night wine-tasting classes, held at the Montauk Highway shop in Wainscott each week at 5:30 p.m. “Noble Grapes: A Comparative Look at Riesling and Pinot Noir” is the topic for Wednesday’s session, with Kevin Tunney of David Bowler Wines and Mike Mraz of the North Fork Table and Inn. The cost is $10. Those interested have been asked to sign up by calling the store or sending an email to WainscottMain@ gmail.com.

Laura Donnelly
February 26, 2015

I used to keep a menu book. No one seems to know what those are anymore. If you Google them, all you get are restaurant supply stores offering you big leather-bound menu covers, or books like “7-Day Menu Planner for Dummies” and “Dinner: The Playbook — a 30 Day Plan for Mastering the Art of the Family Meal.” In other words, all you find are books for people who hate to cook, or don’t have time, and probably don’t even want to sit down to dinner with their family and friends.

Mark Segal
February 24, 2015

The Peconic Land Trust’s spring lecture series, Long Island Grown II: Food and Beverage Artisans at Work, will kick off Sunday at 2 p.m. at the trust’s Southampton office at 300 Hampton Road with “The Drink,” a discussion featuring Jennifer Halsey Dupree of Milk Pail Farm, Roman Roth, winemaker and partner at Wolffer Estate Vineyard, and Richard Scoffier, the beverage and food director of Honest Man Restaurants. Laura Donnelly, food writer for The Star, will moderate. Subsequent programs will be held at Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton.

Joanne Pilgrim
February 16, 2015

Healthy bar snacks are available during a nightly 4 to 6 p.m. happy hour at Fresh in Bridgehampton.

Small bites on the menu include baked kale chips, steamed edamame, corn tortillas with salsa or guacamole, and dry-roasted cashews with chili, lime, and sea salt. More substantial menu items include organic chicken wings, local grass-fed beef sliders, whole-wheat pizza, and fish or vegetarian tacos. Bar food, house wine and beer, and house cocktails are half price during the happy hours.

Joanne Pilgrim
February 10, 2015

Should Valentine’s Day bring a desire to look into the eyes of a loved one across a restaurant table, the annual lineup of eateries offering holiday specials includes the following.