Recent Stories: Food

Laura Donnelly
April 10, 2018
A random, pull-a-name-out-of-a-hat survey of South Fork breakfast options from basic to extravagant

Do you eat breakfast? Do you believe the expression “it’s the most important meal of the day”? It kind of is and kind of isn’t.

My brothers and I were lucky growing up. Our mother squeezed fresh orange juice for us every day and we usually had a hot cereal like oatmeal, Wheatena, or Maypo. What the heck is Maypo? Apparently it is an instant maple flavored oatmeal. We were allowed to have the occasional sugary boxed cereal, but this was rare.

Jamie Bufalino
April 10, 2018
Magic mushrooms; restaurant week continues; "The Fisherman's Wife"; Paton Miller speaks at Almond, Barbara Thomas at Golden Eagle and Nick and Tonis, and more

For months, boarded-up windows have prevented passers-by in pizza withdrawal from taking a peek at the emerging restaurant that will replace the beloved Conca D’Oro in Sag Harbor. Michael Cinque and his business partner, Laurent Tourondel, who own LT Burger, purchased the restaurant last July and have been in construction mode for most of this year. When asked about a grand opening date for the space, Mr. Cinque would only narrow things down to “when it’s done,” but promised, “it’s going to be amazing.”

 

Restaurant Week Continues

Jamie Bufalino
April 3, 2018
EMP Summer House, the East Hampton outpost of Manhattan’s Eleven Madison Park restaurant, will return to its Pantigo Road location for another season starting on May 25. Reservations for American Express cardholders will open on May 1.

EMP Summer House, the East Hampton outpost of Manhattan’s Eleven Madison Park restaurant, will return to its 341 Pantigo Road location for another season starting on May 25. The restaurant will once again offer both indoor and outdoor dining, feature a seafood-centric menu, and accept reservations from American Express cardholders only. 

Last year, Will Guidara and Daniel Humm, the owners of Eleven Madison Park, which has earned three Michelin stars, launched the EMP pop-up to provide a place for their staffers to work during the renovation of the flagship space. The success of the venture convinced the duo to return. They also have plans to open an EMP Winter House in Aspen, Colo., in December.

Jamie Bufalino
April 3, 2018
East End Restaurant Week; Sense Memory wine class; Bostwick's is back; Brunch at Springs Tavern, and more

Restaurant Week

East End Restaurant Week will begin on Sunday and continue through April 15. Participating restaurants, including Fresno, the 1770 House, and Nick and Toni’s in East Hampton, will be offering a three-course prix fixe menu for $28.95 per person. In Sag Harbor, Lulu Kitchen and Bar and the Bell and Anchor will be participating, as will Union Cantina and Shippy’s Pumpernickels Restaurant East in Southampton. The deal may only be offered until 7 p.m. on some nights. 

Bostwick’s Is Back

Bostwick’s Chowder House in East Hampton will reopen for the 2018 season today. In the weeks leading up to summer, the restaurant will be open Thursdays through Sundays starting at 11:30 a.m.

Jamie Bufalino
March 27, 2018
East Hampton Point, the resort complex known for its expansive views of Three Mile Harbor, will lease out its restaurant for the 2018 and 2019 summer seasons to Moby's, a restaurant that found success with two previous local pop-ups.

East Hampton Point, the resort complex known for its expansive views of Three Mile Harbor, will lease out its restaurant for the 2018 and 2019 summer seasons. Last week, Michael Capoferri, the resort's general manager, wrote a letter to vendors and clients announcing that Moby's, a restaurant that found success with two previous local pop-ups, would be taking over the space.

Lincoln Pilcher, one of the restaurateurs behind Moby's, said that he and his business partner, Nick Hatsatouris, had heard through real estate contacts that the East Hampton Point space was available and decided the site's waterfront locale, which includes a marina, would be perfectly suited to the next iteration of Moby's.

Jamie Bufalino
March 27, 2018
More restaurants offering Easter and Passover specials; Spring chicken and beer dinner at Almond; Sam’s Beverage Place will donate 10 percent of Monday's sales to Autism Speaks.

Passover and Easter Dining 

Nick and Toni’s in East Hampton will offer Easter and Passover specials this weekend. Tomorrow and Saturday, the Passover dinner menu will include an appetizer of matzo gnocchi in a vegetable chicken broth for $14, and an entree of citrus-braised short ribs for $36. The Easter Sunday specials will include spring pea agnolotti for $19 and a grilled boneless lamb loin for $42, available on both the brunch and dinner menus.

The Passover specials at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton will include matzo ball soup for $12 and a red-wine-braised brisket for $28, available both tomorrow and Saturday evenings. 

Laura Donnelly
March 27, 2018
I woke up the other morning dreaming of pineapple upside-down cake. Who makes that kind of dessert anymore?

I woke up the other morning dreaming of pineapple upside-down cake. Who makes that kind of dessert anymore? How about angel food cake, that light, bright white, airy confection that you have to hang upside down on the neck of a bottle to cool after baking?

I used to make these retro, nostalgic desserts at the Laundry restaurant in East Hampton 20-something years ago, along with lemon pudding cakes and sticky toffee date cakes. They were the calf’s liver and onions of the dessert menu, something people just weren’t used to seeing anymore, but had an occasional craving for. At least the sticky toffee date cake lives on on many local restaurant menus, and in one of the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks.

Jamie Bufalino
March 20, 2018
Specials for the holidays; a sauerkraut workshop; Leslie O' Brock at Golden Eagle

For Passover and Easter 

The Art of Eating in Bridgehampton is offering special catering menus for the upcoming religious holidays. The prepared main dishes for Passover include slow-braised brisket with roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables, and a whole grilled, boneless salmon stuffed with leeks, citrus, fennel, and grapes. The Easter main dishes include a boneless rosemary-mint-basil-crusted leg of lamb, and a brown sugar glazed Nueske ham. Orders must be placed 72 hours in advance.

Stuart’s Seafood Market in Amagansett is offering Passover specialties including gefilte fish, kosher noodle kugel, brisket, chopped liver, and matzo ball soup. Advance orders are recommended. 

This Week at the Eagle

Jamie Bufalino
March 20, 2018
For those looking forward to having a summer filled with fresh produce from an East End farm, now is the time to sign up for a community-supported agriculture program, or C.S.A.

For those looking forward to having a summer filled with fresh produce from an East End farm, now is the time to sign up for a community-supported agriculture program, or C.S.A. 

Jamie Bufalino
March 13, 2018
March Madness specials at Townline BBQ; St. Paddy's Day deals; Sammy's Restaurant reopens, and more

Stefanie Sacks, a culinary nutritionist and the author of “What the Fork are You Eating?”, will hold a series of workshops in the coming weeks at Sang Lee Farms in Peconic. 

On Tuesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Ms. Sacks will teach a cooking class that focuses on making one-pot meals such as butternut minestrone, Indian spiced potatoes with lentils, and vegetable paella. On March 27 at 6 p.m., she will lead a group discussion on ways to make healthy food choices. Another cooking class will take place on April 10 at 5:30 p.m., during which Ms. Sacks will teach participants how to create innovative salads. Tickets, which are $125 per person for the cooking classes and $25 for the discussion group, can be purchased on the farm’s website.

 

Laura Donnelly
March 13, 2018
I’ve been noticing lately that almost every day, week, or month is National This or National That Day, usually food-related, and frequently, junk-food-related.

I’ve been noticing lately, well, actually, for the last couple of years, that almost every day, week, or month is National This or National That Day, usually food-related, and even more frequently, junk-food-related. Potato Chip Day, Frozen Food Month, Peanut Butter Week, Tater Tot Day, and so on. Where did all these seemingly ambiguous and arbitrary “holidays” come from?

Jamie Bufalino
March 6, 2018
Darlene Charneco at Golden Eagle and Nick & Toni's; Taylor Berry at Almond; Rosé tasting at The Baker House 1650; Moveable Feast Benefit

Dine and Discuss

Almond in Bridgehampton will hold an Artists and Writers Night on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Taylor Berry, the owner of Harbor Books in Sag Harbor, will be the host of the evening, which features a family style three-course dinner. The cost is $45 per person and includes a glass of wine or craft beer, plus tax but not gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the restaurant. 

Wine Tasting

Laura Donnelly
March 6, 2018
We may delude ourselves into thinking winter is over and the early nights of hearty stews and creamy soups are done. Of course we would be wrong, but the promise of warmer and longer days is in the air, like a premature spring fever.

As I scribble this, snow is flurrying (think winter), a northeaster just passed through (think fall), and the snowdrops and crocuses are up (think spring)!

Daylight saving time begins Sunday, and even Easter is coming early this year.

We may delude ourselves into thinking winter is over and the early nights of hearty stews and creamy soups are done. Of course we would be wrong, but the promise of warmer and longer days is in the air, like a premature spring fever.

What kind of foods do we like to eat this time of year? I am still roasting whole chickens and assembling rich vegetable gratins, but the thought of lightening things up is becoming more appealing.

Jamie Bufalino
February 27, 2018
Empty Bowls Sunday; Jane Martin is this week's A Night Out With event; Townline BBQ will offer happy hour specials on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Soup Fest

The annual Empty Bowls soup sampling extravaganza will take place on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett. More than 30 local chefs and restaurants will participate in this year’s event. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 13 and under. Kids under 5 get in free. Participants, who are encouraged to take their own bowls, will be allowed an unlimited number of refills. Proceeds will benefit Project Most, the nonprofit that provides after-school programs for students at the Springs School and John M. Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton. 

 

Domestic Wines

Jamie Bufalino
February 20, 2018
East End farmers, winemakers, micro-brewers, and chefs will convene to share their insights into our regional food culture at the Peconic Land Trust’s fifth annual spring lecture series. Laura Donnelly, The Star’s food columnist, will moderate the talks, which will take place at Bridge Gardens, on Mitchell Lane in Bridgehampton, beginning at 2 p.m. on March 4, a Sunday, and then continuing on intermittent Sunday afternoons through the end of April. Tickets are $30 for each lecture or $100 for the full series.

East End farmers, winemakers, micro-brewers, and chefs will convene to share their insights into our regional food culture at the Peconic Land Trust’s fifth annual spring lecture series. Laura Donnelly, The Star’s food columnist, will moderate the talks, which will take place at Bridge Gardens, on Mitchell Lane in Bridgehampton, beginning at 2 p.m. on March 4, a Sunday, and then continuing on intermittent Sunday afternoons through the end of April. Tickets are $30 for each lecture or $100 for the full series.

Jamie Bufalino
February 20, 2018
Park Place Wines and Liquors in East Hampton will offer the next in its free Discovery Wednesday classes on Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m. Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett is teaming up with the Montauk Brewing Company to present a five-course, five-beer dinner on Sunday evening beginning at 6.

Beer Banquet

Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett is teaming up with the Montauk Brewing Company to present a five-course, five-beer dinner on Sunday evening beginning at 6. Menu items include short ribs braised in a double India pale ale and veal stock, and pork and beans made with pork belly that has been braised with Arrowhead red ale. The cost of the dinner is $75 per person. Reservations are required.

 

Trivia Night

Jamie Bufalino
February 20, 2018
Sagaponacka vodka — which is carried in most East End liquor stores and will soon be infiltrating the New York City market as well — is crafted to be a sipping vodka, and starting this summer, visitors to the distillery will be able to sample the goods on site.

A tanker truck filled with potato mash was parked outside the Sagg Farm Distillery, a new business venture on Foster Farm in Sagaponack that is turning produce into Sagaponacka Vodka. The truck was rhythmically pumping its contents through a hose leading indoors to what looked like a mad scientist’s lair: a network of pipes, vats, and valves all connected to a computerized control panel. As a steady stream of the mash thumped its way into one of the vats, Dean Foster, the man in charge of the farm, talked about why he decided to throw the potatoes he grows into a brand-new enterprise. 

Laura Donnelly
February 20, 2018
Several cities in Florida claim to have invented the Cuban sandwich, but it is clear that it originated in Key West. Tampa, specifically Ybor City, a neighborhood of Tampa, inserts Genoa salami into their version, and the city council passed a bill in 2012 claiming the Cuban sandwich as theirs. Passing a bill doesn’t make it a fact, folks.

Several cities in Florida claim to have invented the Cuban sandwich, but it is clear that it originated in Key West. Tampa, specifically Ybor City, a neighborhood of Tampa, inserts Genoa salami into their version, and the city council passed a bill in 2012 claiming the Cuban sandwich as theirs. Passing a bill doesn’t make it a fact, folks.

Laura Donnelly
February 13, 2018
Fans of Michael’s Restaurant (and they are legion) will be thrilled to know that its chef and owner, Luis DeLoera, has opened a new place, called the Blend at Three Mile Harbor.

Fans of Michael’s Restaurant (and they are legion) will be thrilled to know that its chef and owner, Luis DeLoera, has opened a new place, called the Blend at Three Mile Harbor. On the site where Harbor Grill used to be, it is an attractive space — beige and white wood, exposed beams, some framed mirrors around the dining area — with a good-size bar to the right as you enter.  A wall of glass and wooden doors creates a barrier between the dining room and the bar, to cut down on the din at Happy Hour.

On both recent visits, the owner was working behind the bar and came out to greet each and every guest in the dining room. This is always much appreciated. Like Michael’s, the Blend offers what people want: good value and hearty portions.

Jamie Bufalino
February 13, 2018
Almond in Bridgehampton is offering a five-course whole pig dinner (think pork rinds and pork leg confit) featuring paired wines from Macari Vineyards next Thursday starting at 7 p.m. Balsam Farm’s community-supported agriculture program is now accepting memberships for the 2018 season. The Baker House 1650 in East Hampton is having a rosé tasting event led by a representative of Domaine Select Wine and Spirits on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Produce Partnership

Balsam Farm’s community-supported agriculture program is now accepting memberships for the 2018 season. Here’s how the program works: Members pay an up-front fee to cover the cost of the farm’s planting and harvesting and then receive a weekly share of Balsam’s fresh produce. Participants can select the length of their memberships — 15 weeks for $500, 19 weeks for $630, 23 weeks for $760, or 26 weeks for $860. 

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.