See what’s cooking at Westhampton Beach restaurants, listen to live music at Springs Tavern and Grill, check out the recent NoFoDoCo explosion and other East End “Food Seen” bites.
Dinner on Westhampton Beach
This year there have been a string of new restaurant openings in Westhampton Beach, which may well become the best Hampton in the West! In the old Star Boggs spot, Wildlife serves American cuisine on their seasonal menu. Favorites include the roasted red pepper gnudi with stuffed mushrooms, kale, black truffle cream and pistachio. The menu also pays homage to Boggs by serving his favorite dish, Almond Flounder, served on whipped sweet potato, with asparagus, rum-glazed banana and citrus white butter.
Chef Laurent Tourondel, perhaps better known by his initials LT, has expanded his signature Sag Harbor burger joint, LT Burger, at Westhampton Beach. The same tasty burgers, fries and shakes can be enjoyed here, and savvy diners also know that Kobe’s hot dogs are second to none.
If you’re in Westhampton and craving Hawaiian food, visit Ivy on Main and if you are looking for fish, John Scott’s Surf Shack at your back.
Speaking of restaurant debut, Leon 1909 opened earlier this month on Shelter Island, throwing plates to lively crowds night after night. It’s named after co-owner Valerie Mnuchin’s paternal grandfather, whose affinity for romantic European adventures and seaside destinations shapes the restaurant’s vibe. A wood-burning fireplace at the heart of the restaurant serves as an anchor, inspiring a Provençal-style menu showcasing regional ingredients. Favorites include the shrimp skewers and crab gougères, and the ribeye dressed in a spicy Moroccan chermoula.
More East End restaurants
At the height of the pandemic, pantries were overwhelmed with the number of people who needed their help. This problem prompted Slow Food East, a local non-profit organization, to work with approximately 40 volunteer bakers and donate more than 700 loaves of bread to local food pantries. The bakers make four loaves, keep one and donate the remaining three.
The group intends to double its dough production this year and work with more pantries in the region. Thank you Slow Food East End for doing your part (and more) in the fight against food insecurity in the East End and for introducing people to the joys of baking.
To quote the enlightened philosopher Neil Young, “live music is better”. The newly minted Springs Tavern and Grill announced that it will host the Lynn Blue Band on Thursday, September 1 from 7-9 p.m. Enjoy great covers from Van Morrison and Elvis Costello while sampling dishes such as crispy calamari, bolognese tortellini and skirts. Be sure to check out the walls, which feature works by iconic East End artists such as Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner and Willem de Kooning. In fact, owner Alex Rossi studied Pollock extensively while studying for his art history major.
There was a small gas-related explosion in the building where North Fork Donut Co.The kitchen is operating earlier this month. Thankfully, no one was injured, but the explosion has halted donut production and closed NoFoDoCo stores in Mattituck and Bay Shore for the time being. You can support NoFoDoCo during this difficult time for his family and business by purchasing his merchandise and gift cards online.
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Vegan Wagon, the lifestyle brand and social club that celebrates plant life, is hosting two events in the Hamptons this fall. On Sunday September 11 at Villa de Amis in Bridgehampton, Chef Alex and Mino Netta will take guests on a plant-based culinary journey under the full moon. At the same location, on Sunday, October 9, guests will learn how to cook a classic vegan meal and learn the Wim Hof breathing and meditation technique. Hof holds the Guinness World Record for holding his breath under ice and runs barefoot half-marathons in the snow.
Rita Canteen serves many innovative cocktails, such as their Zesty Watermelon Margarita, made with Tequila Blanco, Watermelon Juice, Lime Juice, and Simple Syrup.
O of Kissaki combines Japanese AND Italian cuisine, a style known in Japan as Itameshi. In fact, many travelers claim that the best Italian food they tasted was in Japan, because of the ingredients used by the chefs.
The decor inside K Pasa in Sag Harbor is inspired by the California coast. Beach white oak and oversized fans balance well with the open stainless steel ductwork and industrial iron beam feel of the interior. To add to the coastal vibe, the health-conscious American taqueria offers panoramic views of Sag Harbor Marina and Long Wharf.
Pieces and bites
Zakura opens a takeout window on Newtown Lane next to Hampton Chutney Co. where Mary’s Marvelous used to live.
At Nick and Toni’s has a new dessert menu, featuring delights such as Stone’s Throw Honey Polenta Cake, Chocolate Caramel Cake and Tartufo for Two.
Spring Brewery has a new IPA, brewed with Springs Apiary honey, English pale malt and wheat. It contains 7% alcohol by volume and has a citrus and malt taste.
Stick to craft beers, Promised Land IPA released a new box with artwork by Charles Ly depicting the Smith Meal Fish Factory that once stood in Napeague.
In other crafting news, a Kidd Squid Brewery is the newest occupant of the 1870 Sag Harbor Railroad Freight Depot Station. Beer is brewed at the North Fork Brewing Co. in Riverhead, and you can sip a sip in the endearingly designed tasting room or on the table outside, which looks like a beer garden due to the florist next door.
“Only those who are pure in heart can make good soup. ~ Ludwig van Beethoven
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