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News for Foodies 08.10.23

Mon, 08/07/2023 - 15:11
Kumiso, a tiny restaurant in the alley behind Breezin' Up on Newtown Lane, has opened, bringing Tokyo-inspired casual dining to East Hampton.
Durell Godfrey

Kumiso Open
Kumiso, a tiny restaurant in the alley behind Breezin' Up on Newtown Lane, has opened, bringing Tokyo-inspired casual dining to East Hampton. 

The restaurant said it reflects "the vibrant izakayas tucked away in Tokyo's alleys." It is serving snacks, ramen, buns, rolls, and even a children's menu with soft-serve ice cream and mochi for dessert. Ramen flavors are unexpected mashups like the "lobster roll" with lobster, tomato miso, and celery relish. Rolls include a beet vegetarian option and a torched wagyu with "au poivre" rice and soy paper, in addition to some fun twists on tuna, hamachi, and salmon rolls. Buns include a K.F.C. with Buffalo Kentucky fried cauliflower along with chicken katsu and Peking duck options. There are a number of salads as well. Snacks, such as tuna pizza, corn tempura, and chicken and lemongrass gyoza, are both traditional and inventive.

The restaurant offers catering and has a special sake and snack evening on Tuesdays, where three sakes are paired with five small plates. Its menu is intended to change monthly. 

Hours are Thursday through Monday, opening at 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 9:30 on weekends. 

Sunset Harbor
In the land of $55 entrees, a deal is hard to find in the height of summer. But East Hampton Point's Sunset Harbor, the site of the old Harbor Bistro, has $10 rose and frozen sake sangria all night, every night it is open. It also serves a happy hour food menu from 4 to 7 p.m. 

On Thursday nights, the Springs eatery is showing films on its lawn at 8:30 p.m. Its Instagram account (@sunsetharborehp) will have weekly updates and followers can vote on what movie they want to see. Finally, on Sundays, the restaurant will offer a limited sushi and raw bar menu and have live music from 6 to 9 p.m. It is open from Wednesday to Sunday with bar service beginning at 4 p.m. and dinner at 5. 

Sole Survival
Sole East's Backyard Restaurant in Montauk is celebrating hump day with Wine Wednesday: half off all bottles of wine all night. In addition to an all-day menu served from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and 11 p.m. on weekends, it serves a bossa nova brunch on Sunday with live music from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations can be made through Open Table.

On Saturday, the resort will host a free concert with St. Lucia. A pool party starts at 1 p.m. and the concert starts at 5. Space is limited and guests must register and be 21 and over. Those reserving V.I.P. beds and dinner (through Open Table) will have guaranteed access. Concert tickets can be found on Eventbrite

Apero Hour
Those on the North Fork tomorrow afternoon may want to avail themselves of the Apero hour offerings at Sparkling Pointe winery in Southold. Traditionally, Apero hour is a time to relax before dinner with a light drink and a salty snack. Between 4 and 5:30 p.m. the winery will have special sparkling wine cocktails mixed with beverages made in the state, plus  expected and unexpected flourishes. At a previous evening, the winery incorporated cranberry, black current, and elderflower liqueurs in the cocktails. The winery's full wine and food menu will also be available.

Tickets are $25 and include the first cocktail and snack mix trio. They can be purchased through Resy. Another such evening will occur on Aug. 25. 


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