July 04, 2012
“The menu has literally doubled,” says Steve Kasuba, co-owner with Alex Duff of Amangansett hot spot Banzai Burger, known for its eclectic mix of summer staples like burgers and freshly grilled seafood plus a top-notch sushi bar. New additions include a raw bar, fish tacos, and a lobster roll, perfect with new signature cocktails—like Kasuba’s favorite, the sake sangria—from award-winning mixologist John Lermayer. The restaurant has also undergone renovations and now features a mural from local artist Salvatore Termini and “an expanded outdoor lounge with perfect views of the sunset,” says Kasuba. 2095 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett, 267-3175
July 03, 2012
Watermelon sorbet at Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen
No other American holiday makes us crave a generous helping of ice cream more than the Fourth of July. Luckily, there’s no shortage of creamy, homemade, and icy scoops on the East End.
Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen
There’s nothing retro or ironic about Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen. Opened in 1925, the shop remains untouched by time and chock-full of classic Americana, right down to the Formica tables, old-fashioned soda counter, and milkshake mixers. Homemade ice cream is the specialty of the house. Dense and creamy, classic flavors like chocolate, mint chocolate chip, and butter pecan are popular favorites. If you’re lucky enough to visit on a day when the watermelon sorbet (ABOVE) is on offer, take quick advantage. Light, clean, and fruity, the melon treat captures the holiday spirit in a single spoonful. 2391 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton, 537-9885
Scoop Du Jour
If decadence wins (and it usually does) Scoop Du Jour in East Hampton serves colorful banana splits complete with rainbow sprinkles and silky pours of hot fudge. Three flavors of ice cream come tucked between halved bananas and topped with whatever strikes your fancy. We like a scoop each of coffee mud pie, buttery vanilla, and strawberry topped with hot fudge, fresh strawberries, crushed Oreos, sprinkles, whipped cream, and, of course, three plump cherries. 35 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 329-4883
Sant Ambroeus is the ultimate spot for ladies who lunch, but the gelato cups alone are reason enough to visit. Of the cups, we love the Santa Margherita, made with pear sorbet and Pear Williams Brandy, for hot summer days. Effervescent and tart, the White Funny Cup pairs chilled prosecco and lemon sorbet. For a hot and cool cup, try the classic affogato with coffee gelato and espresso, or the more indulgent Coppa Prince Edward, simply composed of smooth vanilla gelato and hot chocolate. 30 Main St., Southampton, 283-1233; santambroeus.com
—KATHY YL CHAN
June 29, 2012
FROM LEFT: Made-to-order sangria, margarita, and apricot smash at Townline BBQ
Who needs a fussy, foamy bespoke cocktail when you can sip a fresh lime margarita or apricot and mint whisky cooler from a Mason jar? You’ll find all that and more at Townline BBQ, where a Monday through Thursday happy hour (4–7 PM) promises signature Southern cocktails for as much or less than a venti latte. Weighing in at a full pint, favorite drinks include the aforementioned margarita and apricot smash, as well as made-to-order sangria, Texas tea, and the cucumber cooler. Do not miss the apricot smash, which packs fresh apricot purée, mint, lemon juice, and rye whisky. It's the perfect sunset cocktail. And, conveniently, Townline has a cozy back porch for your sunset viewing pleasure.
Equally tempting, the Texas tea mixes passion fruit-peppermint tea with lemon juice, organic agave, and rye whisky. The margarita is simple and refreshing with tequila blanco, fresh lime juice, and triple sec—no syrupy sour mix whatsoever. For your fill of fruits and fruits and veggies, the cucumber cooler has plenty of cucumber and mint (mixed with a healthy amount of gin) and the red wine sangria bobs with oranges and lemons. Bar snacks are served during the first three hours of the happy hour. Choose from warm pretzels with mustard, Townline wings, hush puppies with chipotle mayo, and chili-cheese nachos. 3593 Townline Road, Sagaponack, 537-2271
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KATHY YL CHAN
June 28, 2012
Serving Puerto Rican fusion in a colorful former Greek diner that now feels more like a Miami café, La Bodega is downtown Montauk’s newest casual dining option.
Opened by local partners Paulette Davis (who winters in Puerto Rico) and former town board member Julia Prince, together with Jose Rodriguez, the restaurant serves breakfast all day, as well as lunch and dinner.
The lengthy menu includes diner classics like a granola bowl and a turkey club, plus more Latin-inspired dishes. Try the avocado toast, which combines cool avocado with buttered Los Cidrines toast, chile flakes, and honey or the Bodega Dog, made with two beef hot dogs, sweet red onions, pickles, and special jalapeño sauce.
Ultra-refreshing yet decadent shakes include the signature Soy So Happy, made with soy milk, Hershey’s chocolate syrup, and peanut butter and the Orange Julius, which has a creamsicle flavor with vanilla ice cream, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and whipped cream.
If you’re the kind of person who enjoys a nice, cold (alcoholic) beverage with your lunch, you won’t be disappointed. La Bodega recently received a full liquor license. 752 Montauk Highway, Montauk, 668-8338
June 28, 2012
The Big O at Muse in the Harbor
Whether you want to lie back on the couches in the indoor lounge or party on the patio, Muse in the Harbor offers some interesting libations to quench your thirst.
Chef and owner Matthew Guiffrida enjoys experimentation behind the bar as much as he does in the kitchen. Expect to find interesting house-made vodka infusions, such as fresh pineapple mango with rosemary that Guiffrida infuses for three full weeks. Composed cocktails are equally creative and also focus on vodka.
Guiffrida’s Big O, his version of a vodka Greyhound, mixes Finlandia Grapefruit Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, cilantro, and prosecco. Considerably more decadent is the Peaches & Cream, a blend of Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka, Cîroc Peach Vodka, and orange juice—with a whipped cream topper.
If you are looking for something to really tickle your palate, the Basil Raspberry Beret has fresh basil, Finlandia Raspberry Vodka, a maraschino and Champagne Floater, and a bit of cranberry juice. 16 Main St., Sag Harbor, 899-4810