Pleased to Meat You
Curated Meats, which has had a "soft opening" for the past week or so, will officially open on Saturday in Wainscott. Justin Aronoff, who has similar gourmet butcher shops UpIsland and on the North Fork, promises "a complete line of premium quality, hand-selected, and properly aged beef, pork, veal, chicken, and lamb." The cuts are made by expert butchers, and home cooks who want tips or recipes can find them on the store's website.
In addition to its meats, there will be gourmet grocery items and catering services offered. Some of the brands the store will carry are D'Artagnan, Three Little Pigs, Arlotta, the Spice House, and Acme Smoked Fish.
In addition to favorite brands and cuts of meat, some of the more exotic meat products include Kobe beef hot dogs, brisket and short rib hamburgers, signature house steak tips, regular and dry-aged cuts like porterhouse and rib eye, and American Wagyu tomahawk steaks. Many of the meats are available already marinaded. Ground chicken and turkey and preformed burgers, both plain or with special additions, are also for sale. Steakhouse bacon, precooked and raw baby back ribs, sausages, and other pork products are part of the mix as well.
Gosman's Reels It In
In a further sign of the approaching high season, Gosman's Restaurant and Inlet Cafe are now open, and the Gosman's fish market opens Thursday. The Topside roof deck will open on May 20 and Gosman's clam bar opens on Saturday. The restaurant has an all-day menu, which it serves beginning at noon, featuring cooked and raw shellfish, steamed and broiled lobsters, steaks, chicken, and lots of fish. Inlet Cafe has a sushi bar and other seafood options and every spot seems to be serving one of Gosman's famous lobster rolls.
Also in Montauk, Salivar's Clam and Chowder House is open for the season, serving seafood shack classics like chowders, burgers, and fresh seafood, with more modern twists such as poke bowls, in a casual atmosphere.
Wine and Dine
The North Fork Table and Inn in Southold will host a wine dinner next Thursday featuring Paumanok Vineyards wines and John Fraser's Michelin-star rated food. It is the 40th anniversary of the Aquebogue winery. A four-course tasting menu will be paired with wines chosen by the restaurant's beverage director, Amy Racine. She and representatives from the Massoud family, the owners of Paumanok, will lead diners through the courses and pairings.
The dinner starts with a dry rosé and hors d'oeuvres such as oysters, summer sausage, deviled eggs, and duck tallow tots. Sauvignon blanc is paired with an appetizer of Long Island fluke crudo with spring nettle and green garlic pesto, baby arugula, and a basil lime vinaigrette. A cabernet franc will be served with aged duckling from Crescent Farms with wildflower honey, baby turnips, and sweet and spicy mustards. The finishing touch, a pavlova with rhubarb and verbena meringue will be complemented by a late harvest sauvignon blanc dessert wine.
The meal, which costs $150 plus tax and tip, begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are available on Resy.
Same Time, This Year
Enchante has opened in Southampton in the old Red Bar space. One of a handful of restaurants that planned to open last year and couldn't make it happen for the season, it is finally ready to go for summer 2023. The space continues to draw from the French bistro model that was so successful for Red Bar for so long. In this iteration, the palette of gray and taupe with orange accents was inspired by Parisian brasseries and boites in the South of France.
The menu highlights include a blended burger, Nicoise salad, crab caviar, French onion soup, escargot, and a Lyonnaise salad. Reservations can be made through the website and are already filling up in the popular time slots.
Beacon Turns On
The Beacon restaurant and its sunset view in Sag Harbor opens on Wednesday for its 25th year.
This year's menu features starters such as shrimp tacos, salmon rillettes, crispy portobello mushrooms, and pork belly pretzel buns as appetizers. Entrees such as vegan no-pasta lasagna, lobster rigatoni, sesame crusted tuna, halibut baked in parchment, and pork chop Milanese, are joined by daily specials.
The Beacon continues to take reservations post-Covid, which are recommended and can be made up to 10 days in advance on the website or by calling the restaurant at 631-725-7088. Dinner service begins at 5:30 p.m.
Tate's Bake Shop has brought a new cookie to town (and to its website and stores across the country) with its mint chocolate chip flavor. The company continues to make its other boutique varieties such as cookie bark, vegan chocolate chip, and vegan vanilla maple cookies, and gluten-free lemon cookies.
Round Robin Rosie's
Rosie's will have resident chefs this summer bringing a taste of New York City to its Amagansett restaurant space. The residencies start Memorial Day weekend and continue throughout the summer.
The visiting restaurants will serve Thursdays to Sundays for two consecutive weeks. Bottino, Charlie Bird, Little Owl, ooo, Rangoon, and Wayan are some of the participants. The meals served will be prix fixe and family style. The full list and reservations, which are required, can be found on Resy. Walk-ins will be served an a la carte menu at the bar.