July 25, 2013 | by BETH LANDMAN
Old Stove Pub's latest celebrity guest? Jimmy Fallon, who gave an impromptu performance at the bar.
When the much loved but long shuttered Greek steakhouse Old Stove Pub was taken over by the owners of Nammos Estiatorio last September, they made some minor adjustments to the décor. But now that they’ve had a year to work on the project, there are more discernible changes.
Arriving at the shingled house still feels like you’ve been invited into someone’s cozy home, but the patio furniture has been upgraded to bistro chairs, the bar enlarged, an outdoor patio added, and the area landscaped. Cloths adorn tables instead of plastic, and the rustic ambience wasn’t only maintained, it was enhanced with large barn-style picture windows replacing aluminum.
The old piano has been restored and there is a pianist on weekends. In addition to Lauders and Laurens, celebs have been popping in—Jimmy Fallon recently gave an impromptu performance at the bar.
And those legendary charred steaks, which drew diners to the Old Stove to begin with, are purchased from the same purveyor the original owners used since the 1960s. This year, however, the restaurant has taken advantage of Mediterranean food’s popularity by adding traditional taverna favorites like lavraki and Greek salad.
Desserts also have some sweet additions, like Greek doughnuts with cinnamon and honey, and parfaits with strained sheep's milk yogurt, thyme honey, spoon sweets, and black cherries. Old Stove Pub, 3516 Montauk Hwy, Sagaponack, 537-3300
July 25, 2013
Baked by Melissa’s bite-size calorie-conscious treats.
Baked by Melissa caps off its roster of event services by introducing the cupcake pod dispenser— essentially a big kids’ gum ball machine—to the Hamptons this summer. “Each cupcake is around 38 calories,” says founder Melissa Ben-Ishai. “You can have any flavor for dessert, and still feel satisfied and look beautiful in your bikini the next day at the pool.”
Our current flavor craving is July’s cupcake of the month, watermelon, a candy-hued, hot pink cake topped with cream-cheese icing and drizzled in green-colored chocolate. Baked by Melissa, a perennial favorite at events due to its customizable rainbow of flavors and bright colors, also offers made-to-order cupcake art, which assembles the bite-size treats into Pop Art–inspired masterpieces. 212-842-0220
July 22, 2013 | by BETH LANDMAN
Chefs from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut gathered beneath a large tent at Wölffer Estate Vineyard this past Saturday for the James Beard Foundation’s annual Chefs & Champagne event, this year honoring Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern.
July 22, 2013
Sweet’tauk offers a healthier and lighter alternative to traditional lemonade.
Just a few blocks away from Kirk Park Beach in Montauk, Deborah Aiza’s Sweet’tauk lemonade is creating seasonally inspired, locally sourced lemonade flavors sweetened with agave nectar. “People are really tired of oversaturated, sugary drinks,” Aiza says of her drinks, which are also available at the Green Thumb farmstand. “I think they’re seeking a healthier and lighter alternative.”
The shop, which shares its space with Red Hook Lobster Pound, cites the classic Meyer lemonade and watermelon cucumber as best sellers; also popular is a new mermaid lemonade—sweet pink lemonade tinted with beet juice. 34 S. Etna Ave., Montauk, 668-5683
July 19, 2013
Ben Watts' WattsUp Rosé.
“I’ve always been a big fan of what I call ‘the pink drink,’” says Ben Watts, the Montauk-based English photographer whose iconic work has appeared in Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar. His latest venture is WattsUp Rosé, a Spanish varietal blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha from Rioja, fermented at cool temperatures over a period of 20 days; it’s currently available by the bottle at Montauk Yacht Club, Solé East, and Navy Beach.
“I actually fell in love with the taste of rosé in Montauk,” says Watts, who was introduced to the drink by Hamptons hotelier Sean MacPherson. “I think rosé is best drunk in the sun.” Montauk Yacht Club, 32 Star Island Road, Montauk, 668-3100; Solé East Resort, 90 Second House Road, Montauk, 668-2105; Navy Beach, 16 Navy Road, Montauk, 668-6868