Recent Stories: Food

Joanne Pilgrim
July 13, 2017
The Ludlow family of Water Mill will have a grand opening of the Farm Store at Mecox Bay Dairy on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. featuring a barbecue, tastings of the dairy’s cheeses, and farm tours. Tickets are on sale for a Taste of Montauk, a smorgasbord of the hamlet’s culinary offerings to be presented at the Montauk Yacht Club alongside Lake Montauk on July 23 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The pastry chef at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack, Rachel Flatley, is making homemade ice cream pops this summer. Each features homemade ice cream and embellishments; the varieties include strawberry fluff, vanilla, and chocolate. The bars are $5 each. 

Taste of Montauk

Laura Donnelly
July 13, 2017
If bluefish are the Rodney Dangerfields of the fish world (“don’t get no respect”), then surely porgies are the juvenile delinquents. They are tough little fellas — thick-skinned, bony, and travel in gangs. But once you get past that “rebel without a cause” exterior, they are sweet and worthwhile.

If bluefish are the Rodney Dangerfields of the fish world (“don’t get no respect”), then surely porgies are the juvenile delinquents. They are tough little fellas — thick-skinned, bony, and travel in gangs. But once you get past that “rebel without a cause” exterior, they are sweet and worthwhile.

Laura Donnelly
July 6, 2017
We knew going to Duryea’s Lobster Deck on the Sunday night of July Fourth weekend could be a freakout. Navigating the half-naked human traffic by the Surf Lodge was an exercise better suited for the driving skills of Juan Manuel Fangio, arguably the greatest Formula One driver in history.

Duryea’s Lobster Deck
65 Tuthill Road
Montauk
631-668-2410
Daily, noon-10:30 p.m.

We knew going to Duryea’s Lobster Deck on the Sunday night of July Fourth weekend could be a freakout. Navigating the half-naked human traffic by the Surf Lodge was an exercise better suited for the driving skills of Juan Manuel Fangio, arguably the greatest Formula One driver in history.

My guests’ only experience of Montauk up to this point was a breakfast at Anthony’s Pancake House, which we all agreed was a delight because they serve scrapple, I had been to the old Duryea’s a few times and found it to be okay: simple fare, B.Y.O.B., enjoy the view of Fort Pond Bay at sunset.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 6, 2017
Four Long Island restaurateurs will be on the panel at the next “Out of the Question” discussion at the Southampton Arts Center, hosted by Warren Strugatch next Thursday at 7 p.m. A potluck dinner will be held tonight at the Peconic Land Trust’s Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton from 5 to 8 p.m. in conjunction with Slow Food East End.

A potluck dinner will be held tonight at the Peconic Land Trust’s Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton from 5 to 8 p.m. in conjunction with Slow Food East End. Besides the meal, the evening will feature a guided walk through the property’s edible landscape with Rick Bogusch, the garden manager. Reservations are required through SlowFoodEastEnd.org as space is limited. The cost is $20 per person or $15 for Slow Food and Bridge Gardens members. Attendees must also take a homemade appetizer or dessert made with local ingredients to share. In case of rain, the potluck will be held next Thursday. 

 

On Winemaking

Christopher Walsh
July 6, 2017
Eighty-three years after opening as the Jungle Inn, a Fort Pond Boulevard watering hole in Springs is once again a restaurant, a place to hear live music, and a community hub.

Eighty-three years after opening as the Jungle Inn, a Fort Pond Boulevard watering hole in Springs is once again a restaurant, a place to hear live music, and a community hub.

The Springs Tavern opened on March 30, succeeding Wolfie’s, an entrenched restaurant and bar for almost 30 years, from 1988 until its closing last year. Substantial renovation has yielded a brighter, airy atmosphere and the menu is reasonably priced, attracting a new, fast-growing clientele, fueled mostly by word of mouth, according to the owners, Dan and Charlotte DeSmet. While mounted flat-screen televisions are a nod to current times, the restaurant recalls an earlier, pre-Wolfie’s era.

Laura Donnelly
June 29, 2017
Let’s begin with the good news: The food at Le Bilboquet in Sag Harbor is excellent. Now permit me to regale you with the gauntlet we had to run to get into the place.

Le Bilboquet
1 Long Wharf
Sag Harbor
631-808-3767 
Dinner seven days

Let’s begin with the good news: The food at Le Bilboquet in Sag Harbor is excellent. Now permit me to regale you with the gauntlet we had to run to get into the place. 

Joanne Pilgrim
June 29, 2017
Rick’s Crabby Cowboy Cafe in Montauk is now open daily for lunch and dinner. The restaurant has added a sushi bar, where the chef will be making platters featuring three, six, or nine rolls from the menu, which includes a choice of 10 local sushi selections. Eric and Adam Miller, the father and son behind Bay Kitchen Bar on Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton, have opened a new restaurant, Flagship, on the docks in Montauk. The menu features local seafood, meat, and poultry entrees, small plates to share, crudos, and raw bar items, and there is a seasonal cocktail menu.

Eric and Adam Miller, the father and son behind Bay Kitchen Bar on Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton, have opened a new restaurant, Flagship, on the docks in Montauk. The menu features local seafood, meat, and poultry entrees, small plates to share, crudos, and raw bar items, and there is a seasonal cocktail menu. Sample dishes include fluke and charred squid crudo with passion fruit, crusted yellowfin tuna with roasted carrots, soba noodles and dashi broth, smoked pork ribs with sweet potato and a honey glaze, and a burger featuring smoked bacon, crispy shallots, and a fried duck egg. 

Joanne Pilgrim
June 22, 2017
Slow Food East End is gearing up for a summertime potluck on July 6 at Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton. Reservations are being taken online for the event: slowfoodeastend.org. Peter Gethers, the author of “My Mother’s Kitchen: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and the Meaning of Life,” in which he describes his effort to give his aging mother, the daughter of a renowned restaurateur and a friend and mentor to famous chefs, the final gift of a feast featuring all her favorite foods, will be at the Sylvester & Co. store in Sag Harbor on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. for a book signing and cocktail party.

The Harbor Grill in East Hampton served its last meal yesterday; its owners announced last week that they could no longer afford to keep the doors open. Increased costs, they said, have made it impossible to maintain the restaurant, which was designed to be an affordable eatery to serve the year-round community. The Harbor Grill’s sister restaurant, the seasonal Harbor Bistro, which is on Three Mile Harbor, will continue to operate.

 

Garden Potluck

Laura Donnelly
June 22, 2017
Summer is upon us, so now it is time to think about salads and grilling, which means it’s also time to think about oils — olive for salads, peanut for frying up those zucchini blossoms and chips, flavored oils for marinades, etc.

Summer is upon us, so now it is time to think about salads and grilling, which means it’s also time to think about oils — olive for salads, peanut for frying up those zucchini blossoms and chips, flavored oils for marinades, etc.

Information about which oils are the most healthful is constantly changing. Have you hopped on the coconut oil bandwagon? Not me. As far as I’m concerned, it’s fine product to put on your body, not in it. For accurate and up-to-date information about coconut oil, you should consult the most recent studies by the American Heart Association and the Mayo Clinic. Nuff said.

Laura Donnelly
June 15, 2017
It shouldn’t have come as a surprise that dining at the new Cove Hollow Tavern, in its infancy at the time of our visit, was a seamless, professional, and delicious experience. The reason it shouldn’t have been a surprise is that this new restaurant in East Hampton is brought to you by the fine folks of Vine Street Cafe on Shelter Island.

Cove Hollow Tavern
85 Montauk Highway
East Hampton
631-527-7131
Dinner Thursday through Monday

It shouldn’t have come as a surprise that dining at the new Cove Hollow Tavern, in its infancy at the time of our visit, was a seamless, professional, and delicious experience. The reason it shouldn’t have been a surprise is that this new restaurant in East Hampton is brought to you by the fine folks of Vine Street Cafe on Shelter Island.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 15, 2017
Tuesday night is now country night at the Springs Tavern. Besides a light bar menu, with $5 hot dogs, pizza slices, and more, there will be live music by the Spaghetti Westerners at 9 p.m. The Bridgehampton Inn will serve small bites, wine, and beer at a reception this evening from 5 to 7 to celebrate “Sea Rakes,” an exhibit of photographs by Lindsay Morris that will be on view throughout the summer.

Amagansett Less Marvelous

After 15 years in business, the Mary’s Marvelous store in Amagansett has closed. Mary Schoenlein, the owner of the shop and another in East Hampton, announced the intention to close the store some time ago, and it was shuttered this week. In a note to customers, Ms. Schoenlein thanked them for their support and said it was with “sadness and regret” that she and her staff were leaving Amagansett. The shop, which serves prepared foods, pastries, takeout sandwiches, salads, and more, coffee and tea, etc., will continue to do business on Newtown Lane in East Hampton.

 

At East Hampton Point

Joanne Pilgrim
June 8, 2017
Ice cream lovers should head down to Smokin’ Wolf, the takeout barbecue shop on Pantigo Road in East Hampton. The shop has reopened its ice cream freezer for the summer. The folks from the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton have opened the Squeezery, a juice and coffee bar by day and bar bar by night, on Amagansett’s Main Street.

The Oreya restaurant has reopened at the Capri hotel in Southampton and is now accompanied by the Oreya Lounge. The restaurant, overseen by Greg Grossman, its chef and owner, serves a Med­iterranean-inspired menu and has been redesigned, with the inclusion of the outdoor lounge, cocktail bar, and pool. New dishes on the menu this year include sumac-cured hamachi crudo, wood-fired lamb tenderloin, foie gras hummus, and beet salt-baked red snapper.

 

At the Maidstone

Laura Donnelly
June 8, 2017
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Thanks to the generosity, wisdom, and hard work of Margaret de Cuevas, the Peconic Land Trust, and those coolest-of-cool “lady farmers” Amanda Merrow and Katie Baldwin, the former Amagansett Farmers Market has reopened as Amber Waves Farm Market, and the gals now own the nine acres behind it.

Amber Waves Farm Market
367 Main Street, Amagansett
Open seven days, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Thanks to the generosity, wisdom, and hard work of Margaret de Cuevas, the Peconic Land Trust, and those coolest-of-cool “lady farmers” Amanda Merrow and Katie Baldwin, the former Amagansett Farmers Market has reopened as Amber Waves Farm Market, and the gals now own the nine acres behind it.

Laura Donnelly
June 1, 2017
Everyone loves cookies. Cookies are so good they have their own monster. No other food has a monster, does it? Does lasagna have a monster? Cheetos? No, only cookies.

Everyone loves cookies. Cookies are so good they have their own monster. No other food has a monster, does it? Does lasagna have a monster? Cheetos? No, only cookies.

Cookie Monster, who came out of the brilliant mind of Jim Henson in 1966, started life in commercials for snack foods and IBM. By the time “Sesame Street” first aired in 1969, he had become a blue, furry, clumsy creature whose grammar was atrocious and appetite for cookies insatiable. The cookies for the show were made of rice cakes, which were painted and dotted with a glue gun to look like that ultimate cookie, the chocolate chip. Real cookies would have messed up the puppet costume.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 1, 2017
Robert Sieber, the new executive chef at the Surf Lodge in Montauk, is making some changes to the menu, which includes dishes such as sea urchin linguine, fluke ceviche, crispy prawns, and fish tacos. The South Fork’s easternmost farmers market starts up for the season next Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Montauk green, and will continue weekly through the summer.

The South Fork’s easternmost farmers market starts up for the season next Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Montauk green, and will continue weekly through the summer. In September, market day will change to Fridays. Thirty-five vendors are participating this year, offering fish and shellfish, fresh vegetables, olive oils, flowers, sea salt, pasta, bread, honey, baked goods, chicken burgers, dairy and meat products, condiments and preserves, sauerkraut, pickles, and more. The market is organized by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce, which donates proceeds to the Montauk Food Pantry. Last year, $8,705 was donated. 

 

At Union Cantina

Isabel Carmichael
June 1, 2017
Carissa Waechter’s new shop in East Hampton is the inevitable culmination of something she has been cooking up for quite a while. Carissa’s Breads have been popular at South Fork farmers markets, and now she will bake and sell not only breads but also cakes, pastries, croissants, and pies and jams made with fruit from local farms.

Carissa Waechter’s new shop in East Hampton is the inevitable culmination of something she has been cooking up for quite a while. Carissa’s Breads have been popular at South Fork farmers markets, and now she will bake and sell not only breads but also cakes, pastries, croissants, and pies and jams made with fruit from local farms.

“I’m really excited to have people come in and have the experience of the smells and bubbling sounds of the loaves baking,” she said as she recently surveyed the finishing touches on the shop, which is off Newtown Lane in the former space of East Hampton Gourmet. 

Jennifer Landes
May 25, 2017
A new Greek restaurant called Calissa will open on Montauk Highway in Water Mill this weekend, taking over the space occupied a few years back by Trata East and a slew of short-lived followers.

A new Greek restaurant called Calissa will open on Montauk Highway in Water Mill this weekend, taking over the space occupied a few years back by  Trata East and a slew of short-lived followers.

Laura Donnelly
May 25, 2017
Lulu Kitchen and Bar opened on Sag Harbor’s Main Street a few weeks ago and I like it very much.

Lulu Kitchen and Bar
126 Main Street
Sag Harbor
631-725-0900
Seven days

Lulu Kitchen and Bar opened on Sag Harbor’s Main Street a few weeks ago and I like it very much. 

It is big and beautiful with an open kitchen, a wood-burning oven, and a trellised patio in the back. The space has always had a long, narrow railroad car feel to it but now it has graduated from the Acela to the Orient Express. It has rustic wood floors, exposed brick walls, skylights, and lots of smoky mirrors. There are banquettes, comfortable leather chairs, and a long zinc bar.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 25, 2017
At East Hampton Point, which opens this holiday weekend, Craig Atwood, who served as the restaurant’s chef from 2008 to 2010, has returned this year and revamped the menu. Dan’s Taste of Summer culinary events begin this weekend with Dan’s Rosé Soirée on Sunday at the Southampton Arts Center on Job’s Lane from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be more than 30 types of rosé to taste, and food from top chefs and restaurants including Baron’s Cove, Loaves and Fishes, and the East Pole.

A new evening farmers market will open next Thursday and take place weekly from 5 to 8 p.m. on the grounds of Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton. 

The farmers market at the Hayground School on Mitchell Lane in Bridgehampton opens tomorrow and can be visited weekly through Sept. 1 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. 

Now Open

Laura Donnelly
May 18, 2017
Here is the latest roundup of local celebrity cookbooks.

Here is the latest roundup of local celebrity cookbooks. One of them “Living Clearly,” is more of a healthy lifestyle with yoga instruction book by Hilaria Baldwin, the wife of the actor Alec Baldwin. Another is titled “Food Swings” and is by Jessica Seinfeld, philanthropist and wife of the comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 16, 2017
A new evening farmers market will begin June 1 on the grounds of Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton and take place weekly from 5 to 8 p.m. through August. More than 50 rosé wines from Provence, Sancerre, California, Italy, Oregon, Corsica, Spain, Washington State, and other locations will be available for tasting at a spring preview at Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m.

All kinds of fresh produce are coming into season, and farm stands and farmers markets are reopening for the year to sell the bounty. 

Laura Donnelly
May 11, 2017
A few years ago I decided that the greatest gift I have ever received came into this world on Aug. 13, 1987, at 2:30 p.m., eight pounds, six ounces, 21 inches of Adrian William Taylor, sound of wind and limb. So now we celebrate Mother’s Day by me cooking for him.

Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days and in many ways around the world.  In Thailand, it is celebrated on Aug. 12, the birthday of Queen Sirikit. Shrines are built, fireworks go off, and children present their mothers with garlands of jasmine flowers, which represent maternal love.

Jennifer Landes
May 11, 2017
For decades, serious foodies have been coming to the East End to partake of the simple pleasures of its summer produce and seafood. Later, they showed up at harvest time for its wine tastings and fine restaurants. More recently, they have left the city to live here year round and produce their own organic food products, such as heirloom wheat, honey, beer, distilled spirits, and fermented vegetables.

For decades, serious foodies have been coming to the East End to partake of the simple pleasures of its summer produce and seafood. Later, they showed up at harvest time for its wine tastings and fine restaurants.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 11, 2017
Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits will have a spring rosé preview from 2 to 5 p.m. on May 20. More than 50 rosé wines will be available for tasting. Round Swamp Farm markets are reopening for the season on Friday, May 19. Both the East Hampton farm market on Three Mile Harbor Road and the Bridgehampton market behind Main Street will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If Mother’s Day calls for a meal out on Sunday, our local restaurants will be offering some celebratory deals. 

At Nick and Toni’s in East Hampton, there will be both brunch and dinner a la carte specials on Mother’s Day. Brunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner service will begin at 6.