Recent Stories: Food

Joanne Pilgrim
July 30, 2015
For local food get down to the farmers market building on Main Street in Amagansett to see the new outlet run by the Amagansett Food Institute. Karen Lee will present a cooking class on Sunday focusing on Chinese dishes, her specialty, at a private residence in Amagansett. Those interested can register online at karenleecooking.com.

The farmers market building on Main Street in Amagansett, for years the Amagansett Farmers Market, and then a market run by Zabar’s, will reopen on Saturday as a food outlet overseen by the Amagansett Food Institute.

Laura Donnelly
July 30, 2015
This is the time of year when we want to spend as much time as possible outdoors on the water, at the beach, in a park. So naturally we want to bring along foods that are easy to transport, are tasty and stay fresh, and, most important, remain safe.

This is the time of year when we want to spend as much time as possible outdoors on the water, at the beach, in a park. So naturally we want to bring along foods that are easy to transport, are tasty and stay fresh, and, most important, remain safe. Here are two facts: One, the more equipment you bring, the better equipped you will be.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 23, 2015
Visitors to the Springs Farmers Market this summer may have encountered a couple of new and smiling faces — the friendly couple at the Buckwhat! booth, selling a new line of tasty bars and noshes made with buckwheat, dates, and other healthy ingredients.

Visitors to the Springs Farmers Market this summer may have encountered a couple of new and smiling faces — the friendly couple at the Buckwhat! booth, selling a new line of tasty bars and noshes made with buckwheat, dates, and other healthy ingredients.

They are Leeann and Mark Rybakov, who live in Springs part-time just up the road from Ashawagh Hall.

Laura Donnelly
July 23, 2015
To paraphrase a quote-counterquote that was, in fact, never uttered: “The people of Southampton are different from you and me — they have more money.” This may be why a restaurant like Circo will succeed. Manhattan, Abu Dhabi, Southampton. These are wealthy pockets of the world that don’t question why a vegetable lasagna costs $32.

Circo Southampton
268 Elm Street
Southampton, NY
631-283-2343
Dinner, nightly

Joanne Pilgrim
July 23, 2015
Peter Berley, a chef, will give a demonstration on grilling midsummer garden-fresh vegetables and fruits at the Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton next Thursday. The star come out for the “meteor-shower party” on Tuesday from 9 to 11 p.m. at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack.

Where to Call Winston’s

Joanne Pilgrim
July 15, 2015
Surf on down to the Montauk Board Riders food truck, parked at the Ditch Plain beach. But first stop in at LT Burger in Sag Harbor for a breakfast of eggs benedict, burritos, huevos rancheros, and egg white omelets, along with French toast, sandwiches, pastries, and Hampton Coffee Company coffee.

Tickets are on sale for A Taste of Montauk, to be held at the Montauk Yacht Club on July 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will feature dishes made by numerous Montauk restaurants, including Saltbox, La Brisa, Scarpetta Beach, Gulf Coast Kitchen, Turtle Cove Cafe, Surfside, Westlake Fish House, East by Northeast, Joni’s, and the Backyard at Sole East.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 9, 2015
Seafood and barbecue fare feature at Rick’s Crabby Cowboy Cafe on East Lake Drive in Montauk. Among the new summer menu items at the Backyard Restaurant at Sole East inn are a $19 surf and turf with a rosemary grilled lamb chop. Babette's celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Babette’s restaurant in East Hampton is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The eatery, on Newtown Lane in the village, offers a select menu of fresh, organic dishes, along with juices from a juice bar. It was founded in June 1995 and is run by Barbara Layton of East Hampton, who opened a second Babette’s in Newport Beach, Calif., last year with her son.

Laura Donnelly
July 9, 2015
You can learn a lot about people by the type of food they serve at a cocktail party.

You can learn a lot about people by the type of food they serve at a cocktail party.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 2, 2015
The weekly news for foodies.

Lucy Kazickas, who ran the Lucy’s Whey cheese shop that was on East Hampton’s North Main Street, and now operates at Chelsea Market in New York City, is offering small-batch local cheeses and a selection of other cheeses from around the country each week at the Springs Farmers Market. She will ­also take orders for fruit tarts.

Laura Donnelly
June 25, 2015
Having never been to Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor in its previous life, I did not know what to expect. I must say, the renovation is quite impressive.

Baron’s Cove
31 West Water Street, Sag Harbor
725-2101
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily

Joanne Pilgrim
June 25, 2015
Momi Ramen, a noodle house in Miami, has opened an East Hampton location in the Pantigo Road space formerly occupied by Turtle Crossing.

Momi Ramen, a noodle house in Miami, has opened an East Hampton location in the Pantigo Road space formerly occupied by Turtle Crossing. The restaurant makes fresh noodles in-house several times a day and adds them to concoctions using a rich pork-bone broth called tonkotsu.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 18, 2015
This week's local news for foodies.

The East End Community Organic Farm, known as EECO, which is on Long Lane in East Hampton, not only provides plots for community members to plant and tend, and acreage leased by local farmers, but is a place to go to purchase produce and related items. The EECO farmstand is now open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays.

Laura Donnelly
June 18, 2015
Shame on you, Mark Bittman, for slamming spinach in your April 12, 2012, New York Times column. In it you refer to spinach as the “homework” of vegetables, you slam the ’70s fad of spinach salads, and say this is the “least convincing” or tasty way to prepare Spinacia oleracea, honorable member of the beet family. I admire you, sir, but here you are dead wrong.

Shame on you, Mark Bittman, for slamming spinach in your April 12, 2012, New York Times column. In it you refer to spinach as the “homework” of vegetables, you slam the ’70s fad of spinach salads, and say this is the “least convincing” or tasty way to prepare Spinacia oleracea, honorable member of the beet family.

Laura Donnelly
June 11, 2015
New York City, Las Vegas, Miami — and now, Montauk! The upscale, Italian, fine-dining establishment Scarpetta has arrived at Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa.

Scarpetta Beach
290 Old Montauk Highway
Montauk
631-668-1771
Open for Dinner
Tuesday through Sunday

Joanne Pilgrim
June 11, 2015
The annual chef's dinner at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton will commemorate the late Jeff Salaway.

Farming, cooking, and choosing well as a consumer will be the topics on the table Wednesday at a program at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton.

Laura Donnelly
June 3, 2015
“Dinner With Jackson Pollock: Recipes, Art, and Nature” is not so much a cookbook as it is an assemblage, or collection of memories, imagined scenarios, and help from friends.

“Dinner With Jackson Pollock: Recipes, Art, and Nature”
By Robyn Lea
Assouline, $50

Joanne Pilgrim
June 2, 2015
With new menus and services being rolled out for Spring, innovation is in the air. A new restaurant opens in downtown Bridgehampton and many places expand their hours..

Babette’s restaurant in East Hampton has added some new dinner dishes to its seasonal menu.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 28, 2015
New exciting starts at many food venues with new chefs, managers and executives creating a new food landscape on the East End.

The Hampton Seafood Co. in East Hampton has not changed hands, as was mentioned here, but is under new management. Besides fresh seafood, the shop offers prepared dishes, groceries, and takeout, with a lunch and dinner menu daily at hamptonseafood.com. Specials are posted on its Facebook page, and on Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

Laura Donnelly
May 28, 2015
Fresh peas are my favorite springtime vegetables. Asparagus, morels, and fiddlehead ferns are also fleeting and early spring treats, and I love them all, but there’s just something extra special about fresh green peas.

Fresh peas are my favorite springtime vegetables. Asparagus, morels, and fiddlehead ferns are also fleeting and early spring treats, and I love them all, but there’s just something extra special about fresh green peas. Even shucking them is a Zen-like pastime on the porch. It’s slow, and you don’t have a great yield for your work, but it is so worth it.

Laura Donnelly
May 21, 2015
Gosh, I love it when a restaurant is a pleasant surprise! I don’t know what I expected from the new Winston’s Bar and Grill where Nichol’s used to be on Montauk Highway in East Hampton, but I just didn’t expect such good food.

Winston’s Bar and Grill
100 Montauk Highway
East Hampton
267-5400
Lunch and dinner seven days,
breakfast soon (from 8 a.m.)

Joanne Pilgrim
May 21, 2015
Memorial Day arrives and the farmers markets are open. Vineyards, restaurants and other venues hit their full stride with the opening of the summer seeason.

Farmers Markets Open

It’s that time again. Farmers markets are beginning their season all over the East End. Tomorrow will be the first day in 2015 for the East Hampton Farmers Market, which will continue each Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Nick and Toni’s parking lot on North Main Street. There are a number of new vendors this year.

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.