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News for Foodies 06.08.23

Mon, 06/05/2023 - 14:57
The Torch and Crown Brewing Company has taken up residence in the garden of Dive Bar Pizza on Napeague, where it is serving a variety of brews perfect for summer in pints, pitchers, and cans.

Mas Tacos in Sag
Sag Harbor now has two taco joints to its credit, the preexisting K Pasa and the newly opened Laurent Tourondel's eLTacobar in his old LT Burger location. 

The restaurant has a casual menu of simple apps like guacamole or salsa and chips, street corn, plantains, salads, slaw, tacos, and bowls over cumin green rice or cauliflower rice. Look for taco ingredients such as beef barbacoa, pork al pastor, chicken asada, glazed pork belly, Montauk cod, chili lime shrimp, Impossible vegan meat substitute, and lobster with local corn. The bowls have pretty much the same main ingredients as the corn tacos. Pineapple and churros are for dessert. Tacos are priced individually from $7 to $14. Bowls are in the mid-$20 range.

Of course, any Mexican-style spot will be judged by its cocktails, specifically those with an agave base. And eLTacobar, which has bar in its name, does not disappoint. There are a variety of margaritas from simple and deluxe lime versions, passionfruit, and something involving blanco tequila, mezcal, basil, cucumber, scorched serrano pepper, lime, and agave syrup. There are also mezcal and reposado versions of negronis and old fashioneds. Frozen and fresh palomas and other concoctions, either mighty or mild, await from $15 to $23.

Pasta Ramen Is Here
Pop-up tasting dinners by Robbie Felice and his pastaRAMEN experience will be offered at Kissaki in Water Mill from June 26 to Aug. 28 this summer. The dinners will be held in the restaurant's private omakase room, with eight courses offered for $250 per person. Dishes such as truffle porcini ramen, mochi ramen and Kaluga caviar, and aged wagyu beef will be featured. Seatings for 12 people will be on Sunday and Monday nights at 6 and 8:30. Wine and sake pairings can be purchased separately. Reservations are available through Resy and further information is on the pastaRAMEN website.

Sustainably Served
For diners looking for a different scene, Minnow in New Suffolk offers a sustainable alternative to most commercially caught fish. The North Fork restaurant will only serve line and trap-caught seafood. It will not serve fish caught in nets. 

Andrea Tese, the founder of Minnow, said that method kills too many other fish in the process. "I'm working closely and directly with local 'pinhook' fishermen (such as husband and wife team Grace and Joe Sawicki out of Greenport) to obtain our seafood." Their menu will include "underutilized species like whelks and bluefish and will not include standard yet not local species like salmon and shrimp."

The menu will focus on Mediterranean-inspired cuisine such as a whole butterflied grilled bluefish with parsley salsa verde. The chef is Jose Avila, who came from Kontiki restaurant in Greenport. Amanda Amran is the bar manager.

They plan to operate without plastics, and will only carry organic, natural, and sustainable wines. They will also serve kombucha on tap and operate a small zero-waste market.

Diners can arrive by land or sea, with docks and slips for boats. The restaurant has held some soft openings and could be open by the time this goes to press. The website will have details on its grand opening soon.

Rosé Day
Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue will mark National Rosé Day with D.J. tunes, rosé specials, rosé treats, and a popsicle stand set up by Dos Ositos Paletas. The rosé treats will be provided by NOFO Baker. The celebration takes place Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

Grindstone Outpost
After its recent opening in the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center, Grindstone Coffee and Donuts will expand further into East Hampton Village this summer. With plans to open in July, the new location will be at 27 Race Lane in the Hello Oma space, next to Sam's Beverage Place.

Beer Garden Grows
Torch & Crown Brewing Company has a new seasonal beer garden on Napeague at Dive Bar Pizza where its beer will flow and customers can also dine on the location's excellent pizza. The beer menu includes two IPA styles, a lager, two pilsners, and a Share House Summer Ale on tap. Verve Fruited Sour is also available by can. A pint costs $12 and a pitcher is $42.

Bostwick's New Stand
The new Bostwick's Seafood Market has opened at the spot on Pantigo Road in East Hampton that used to house the Bostwick's clambake and catering operations.

The market is the result of a collaboration between Wesley Peterson, a commercial fisherman who owns Montauk Seafood Company, and the nearby Bostwick's Chowder House owners, Chris Eggert and Kevin Boles.

The market will have fish caught off Montauk Point, live lobsters, clambakes, and cooked lobsters to go with other prepared food, and grocery items. Fully cooked dinners or those prepared for cooking at home can be picked up or delivered. Ordering can be done in person or over the phone at 631-324-2700.

The market offers cooked clambakes, chowder, steak, grilled chicken, salad, bread, and all kinds of lobster from rolls to steamed whole or a full dinner. Desserts are also available. Hours are Wednesday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Lots of Loaves
Loaves and Fishes food store in Sagaponack is celebrating summer with a recipe from one of its summer cookbooks. Strawberry almond galettes were inspired by the produce at the Green Thumb farm stand in Water Mill, as were all of the recipes in the June volume of the farm series cookbooks. Other summer volumes include Foster Farms for July and Pike Farms for August.

The books are available online or through the Loaves and Fishes store and cookshop for $18 each or $50 for the set of three summer books. They can also be found in local bookstores. 

For those who want to enjoy the galettes without the muss and fuss, they are also on sale at the store, fully made and ready to enjoy.


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