East Hampton restaurants abound, Florence Maker is stirring the pot, Dan’s Taste Signature Weekend presented by Yieldstreet is coming August, and more from the East End “Food Seen.”
Whether you’re in town for shopping or surfing, East Hampton has plenty of great restaurants to offer. The village is experiencing something of an Italian renaissance, in the form of new restaurants. Sant Ambroeus adds East Hampton to its Southampton and New York stables, moving into the area Babette has called home for 27 years. Guests can choose from an array of authentic and refined Milanese specialties: linguine alle vongole, insalata di mare and branzino alla griglia. They will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Gabby Karan, the owner of Tutto il Giorno in Southampton and Sag Harbor, recently made his debut Coffee Tutorial on the main street. The chic restaurant will serve pastries in the morning and casual fare in the afternoon and evening.
Dopo La Spiaggia on Race Lane offers wonderful al fresco dining in their garden as well as delicious Italian cuisine and scrumptious desserts (you can’t go wrong with the ricotta cheesecake or the tiramisu).
In the city center, Cittanuova also offers plenty of al fresco dining (meals can be enjoyed on the front patio, indoors or out back) as well as a killer lasagna, made with fresh pasta, beef, veal, stew pork, ricotta and grana padano.
Directly across the street is an iconic East Hampton establishment. Founded in 1947, Sam’s Bar & Restaurant is cherished by local Hamptonites. Dark wood paneling, candlelit tables, and Dean Martin records playing softly in the background all contribute to Sam’s cozy vibe. The thin-crust pizza with olives, basil, and goat cheese and eggplant Parmigiano are molto bene.
Hamptons Chutney moved from Amagansett Square to Newtown Lane last January. Chutney’s beloved dosas (large crispy sourdough pancakes) can be filled with masala, grilled Portobello mushrooms, balsamic roasted onions, spinach, goat cheese and more. The mango and strawberry lassis (made with yogurt) will refresh you on a hot summer day.
Refusing Hand, At Nick and Toni’s has hosted megastars such as Barbra Streisand, Magic Johnson and Tom Hanks. The Tuscan farmhouse setting, the wood-burning oven and the “outdoor art” adorning the walls also create a special energy. The menu stands out with the selection of artisanal cheeses or the shaved fennel and arugula starters and the free-range chicken or the mushroom pizza.
TV personality and social media star Foodgod (formerly known as Jonathan Cheban) will host the Dan’s Taste Signature Weekend presented by Yieldstreet – a food, wine and cocktail extravaganza. Known for his role in keeping up with the KardashiansFoodgod was recently named “Most Influential Name in Food” by food and drinks magazine.
On Friday, August 5, Dan’s Grill Hampton will pit eight East End chefs against eight New York chefs in a one-of-a-kind cooking competition and tasting event. Along with great grilled food, beer and specialty cocktails, there will be live music, dancing and, of course, votes for your favorite grills!
As its name suggests, the Dan’s Bubbles The event on Saturday, August 6 will be a first tasting of Long Island’s best sparkling wines and rosés. Prepared by 15 local chefs from restaurants in the Hamptons and North Fork, the bubbles can accompany every glass of fresh seafood and fried chicken. A portion of ticket proceeds from both events will benefit 501(c) organizations, including All for the East End, which presents and provides support to more than 1,000 charities in the five East End cities.
Next time you’re in Bridgehampton, check out the new The Epicurean on Main Street near Pierre’s. It is an upscale specialty food store that caters to guest hosts, chefs and foodies. L’Epicuriste is the brainchild of chef Amin Kinana in collaboration with financier and designer Charles de Viel Castel. Look for linens from Portugal, spices from Morocco, baskets from Ghana and other unique offerings. The store is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Roberta’s, Guild Hall and food writer Florence Fabricator are collaborating on a special 11 a.m. event on Sunday morning, August 7 at the highly anticipated new Montauk outpost of Brooklyn’s famed pizzeria, Roberta’s in Montauk (240 Fort Pond Road). There will be restaurant conversation as well as a mozzarella making demonstration and family lunch at the new restaurant in Montauk.
This popular series of culinary interviews, Stir the potby Manufacturer, food and wine writer for The New York Times, which has been operating since 2011, returns in person this summer at three vibrant offsite locations. Tickets to the main dining hall are $200 ($180 for Guild Hall members); they include premium seating and a Roberta gift bag with a cookbook.
There’s also counter seating: $160 ($144 for members) — includes second-level counter seating and a gift bag from Roberta (excluding the cookbook). Note: Ticket sales close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3. Roberta’s family lunch includes a plate of charcuterie, a salad and three types of pizza, as well as a glass of beer, wine or soft drink, as well as a box of Citarelle desserts. Can’t attend in person? You can stream the program live for $10 ($8 for members).
Food quote: “All happiness depends on a quiet breakfast.” ~ author, John Gunther
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