News for Foodies 05.05.16

Local Food News

This weekend brings two occasions that might take foodies to local eateries — the Run for the Roses (Kentucky Derby) on Saturday and Mother’s Day on Sunday. 

Southern fare and mint juleps will be served at a Kentucky Derby party at Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. 

The next day, Baron’s Cove will serve brunch for Mother’s Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as a Sunday roast menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

The Backyard Restaurant at Sole East in Montauk will serve a Mother’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be music poolside, and those who want to get a jump on the season will find the pool open for swimming and, thankfully, heated. Reservations have been suggested. 

Momi Ramen restaurant in East Hampton will reward moms on their holiday with a free piece of green tea lava cake and $5 Wolffer Estate rosé by the glass. 

At Nick and Toni’s in East Hampton, a la carte specials for Mother’s Day will be offered at brunch and dinnertime. They include jumbo lump crab cake with sweet pea cream and pea tendrils salad, grilled wild salmon, and a strawberry sundae for dessert. 

At Navy Beach in Montauk, mothers who visit on Sunday will receive a free Bloody Mary or mimosa with their meals. A prix fixe lunch will be served from noon to 4 p.m., with three courses including a choice of Montauk clam or corn chowder, or beet or arugula salad; grilled salmon, a burger, or eggplant ragu, and the dessert of the day. The cost will be $45 plus tax and gratuity.

Flowers are the focus, along with food, at the Living Room restaurant and c/o the Maidstone in East Hampton. Sunday’s Mother’s Day brunch will include bouquets for moms whose families or friends make arrangements with the inn ahead of time. During the month of May, the inn and restaurant will be full of floral arrangements from local florists, and the menu will feature dishes that include flowers and microgreens. Bartenders have created a version of a Tom Collins with a splash of lavender, to go along with the theme. 


The Season Continues

Bay Kitchen Bar, the restaurant at Harbor Marina in Springs, reopens for the season tonight. Overlooking Three Mile Harbor, it has a sunset happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. featuring $2 oysters and $6 glasses of rosé — a special that is repeated after 10 p.m. The restaurant is serving now on Wednesday through Sunday; it will serve dinner daily beginning mid-June. 

Continuing the inevitable roll toward the season, the Lobster Roll on Napeague starts its 2016 season tomorrow, marking more than a half-century in business. New this year is a Lobster Roll food truck, which can be hired for off-premise events and will be able to serve the restaurant’s full catering menu. The Lobster Roll will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and until 8 p.m. on Sunday; hours will be daily beginning on May 26.

The Surf Lodge in Montauk also reopens tomorrow with a revamped menu. Chris Rendell, the executive chef, will be getting local produce from Bhumi Farms and Quail Hill Farm and will offer daily specials based on what is available. Jay Astafa, a vegan chef, will join him in the kitchen this summer. According to a press release, he is known for “reimagined comfort food” and for “haute vegetable-forward” cuisine. 

At Gosman’s Dock in Montauk, the Gosman’s fish market reopens for the season tomorrow, with hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

If you look at the calendar, you’ll know that today is the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo, and La Fondita in Amagansett will be serving some specials all day to celebrate. They include chicken tamales in green sauce, tamales with sautéed poblano peppers, and poblano chiles with picadillo, topped with walnut cream sauce and pomegranate seeds, served with rice and refried beans. Homemade churros with vanilla ice cream will be available for dessert. 


Planning Ahead

Tickets are being sold for the August Great Food Truck Derby in Bridgehampton, sponsored by Edible East End magazine. A caravan of New York City and Long Island-based food trucks sets up shop at the Hayground School, which benefits from money raised at the event. Tickets, which start at $65, entitle those who make it to the takeout windows of the vendors to one dish from each. They can be obtained through the events section of the Edible East End website.