August 08, 2012
Mary Os at Mary's Marvelous
Two crisp chocolate cookies, crunchy around the edges and slightly chewy in the center, sandwiched with vanilla frosting; this is the Mary O. A cult favorite at Mary’s Marvelous in Amagansett, Mary Os are like Oreos, but a dozen times better. The chocolate is dark and intense, while the frosting is butter smooth and not too sweet.
What other sweets await at Mary’s? Focus your attention on the confection table in the center of the shop—the one clustered with glass jars, each housing fresh-baked treats. Our favorites include the doubly peanut-y peanut butter sandwiches (with peanut butter in the cookie and filling), pistachio biscotti, melt-in-your mouth Russian teacakes, and elegant sandy shortbread cookies, better known as sablés. For something slightly more healthful, try Mary’s famous granola. The subtle hint of maple syrup is addictive.
Look for Mary’s to open a second location in on Newtown Lane in East Hampton over Labor Day weekend. There you’ll find all of her classic treats, both sweet and savory, but with an expanded salad and smoothie menu. We can’t wait to try the new Hulk smoothie, made with green tea, avocado, spinach, and ginger. Sounds like it’d work wonders on curing a Labor Day party hangover. 207 Main St., Amagansett, 267-8796
—KATHY YL CHAN
August 07, 2012
The idea for bespoke dining company Kitchit stemmed from cofounders Brendan Marshall’s, George Tang’s, and Ian Ferguson’s desire to create a website where chefs and clients could interact directly to book private meals. This way, customers “can explore a wide variety of chefs and cuisines, without having to feel contracted,” says Ferguson. Chefs available for dinners in the Hamptons range from famous names like Dan Kluger of ABC Kitchen to up-and-coming culinary whizzes, “all of whom have honed their craft in excellent kitchens and have been vetted by the community and us,” Ferguson explains.
Booking is easy: Simply go online to browse chefs in the New York area, or ask Kitchit’s concierge for recommendations. Contact chefs via the site and, after discussing the size and type of meal, cooks will create a custom proposal. They’ll arrive a little early on the day of the event with all the necessary groceries and will also handle clean up. “And if you need rentals or servers, they’ll coordinate those as well,” says Ferguson. “It’s one-stop shopping.”
—photography by Maggie Marguerite (kitchit)
August 06, 2012
Gouda grilled cheese with fat back baon and fennel butter by Morris Grilled Cheese
With a fleet of food trucks making their way to the East End from around New York City and the Hamptons, Edible East End’s upcoming Food Truck Derby is a one-stop-shop for East End epicures. The event will corral 14 plus food trucks to the Hayground School Farmers’ Market on August 10, from 4 to 7:30 PM.
From delectable Italian desserts by La Bella Torte to artisan grilled cheese sandwiches by Morris Grilled Cheese, diners will have a well-rounded smorgasbord to sample from. Notable Hamptons trucks will include Montaco, Rolling in the Dough, and Hampton Coffee Company. (Check Edible’s site for the full list.) Wine and beer will be served by Wölffer Estate, Peconic Bay Winery, Brooklyn Brewery, and Southampton Publick House. For little ones there will be fresh-squeezed local lemonade and coconut water.
While noshing on some of New York’s best food truck fare, guests can browse the Hayground School Farmers’ Market and enjoy the beats of Brazilian percussion band Escola de Samba Boom. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hayground School and Jeff’s Kitchen. Tickets ($50; $20, kids) can be purchased online or at the gate and include one plate from each truck, as well as drinks. 151 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton
August 02, 2012
In time for the August influx of Hamptons daycationers, Navy Beach has revamped its cocktail menu and added some tasty new bites. For the new drinks, the waterfront haunt worked with St. Germain mixologist Philip Pepperdine. In addition to some simple concoctions using the luxe elderflower liqueur—like the Captain Jack (rye whisky, St. Germain, ginger beer, lime)—the new menu also boasts fruity cocktails that have just the right amount of sweetness.
Try the Marganegra, made with silver tequila, Crème Yvette (a red raspberry liqueur), lime, and a purée of raspberry and blackberry. For something even more refreshing, go for La Tigresa, which mixes vodka, agave syrup, basil, and watermelon. Both will match perfectly with new menu items that include the finger-licking Yuman Ribs with chili and caramel. 16 Navy Road, Montauk, 668-6868
July 31, 2012
Pumpkin bread at Jack's Stir Brew
Breakfast, anyone? Stop into Jack’s Stir Brew in Amagansett for a slice of pumpkin bread that you won't soon forget. It’s hearty and moist, with a hint of cinnamon—the perfect après surf nosh. The original Jack's is on Front Street in Manhattan, and there's a second location in the West Village, but the Amagansett outpost has its own distinct vibe with three main draws: coffee, super-food pastries, and ice cream.
Coffee drinks are playful and well-constructed, with plenty of iced options for the dog days of summer. Order the Teddy Boy for a chilled concoction of espresso, cream, and sugar shaken and served over ice. For something warm and sweet, try the Happy Jack, a classic latte infused with cinnamon and sweetened with honey.
Jack's stocks pastries and sweets from Amagansett’s own Anke's Fit Bakery, which is known for baking sweets (like the aforementioned pumpkin bread) that pack wholesome ingredients to boost your energy for a day on the beach. Also try the vegan banana bread, made with fresh bananas, apple juice, and just a bit of sucanat. And that nutty flavor you can't quite place? Spelt flour.
Last but not least, Jack’s serves Brookyn's Blue Marble Ice Cream. Flavors rotate often, but there are quite a few options on any given day. On a recent visit, buttery cookies and cream (heavy on the cookies) warranted two scoops, as did a fresh mint chocolate ice cream. Also look for classic flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and pistachio-almond. Seasonal scoops include peach and strawberry, both of which are totally dreamy.
146 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett, 267-5555
—KATHY YL CHAN