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East End Oktoberfest Events 2021

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By Oliver Peterson

While Germany may be some 4,000 miles away, its wonderful culinary traditions are alive and well during Oktoberfest on the East End of Long Island. Hamptons and North Fork restaurants, breweries and organizations are celebrating with all sorts of tasty bites, fun events and great beer.

Held annually in the Germany city of Munich, Bavaria and attracting some 6 million people from around the world each year, Oktoberfest typically begins in mid to late September and continues through the first Sunday in October. So technically, the real festival, which was canceled this year due to COVID concerns, would end on October 3, but the East End is keeping things going a bit longer. After all, it’s about celebrating the country’s food, beer, music and traditions, and having a vergnüglich time, not following their schedule. Prost! Wunderbar!

Here’s what’s happening. Plan, eat and drink accordingly.

Also check out: Celebrate Oktoberfest At These Long Island Events.

Rowdy Hall's Bavarian pretzel for Oktoberfest
Rowdy Hall’s Bavarian pretzel for OktoberfestCourtesy Rowdy Hall

East Hampton’s Rowdy Hall (10 Main Street) is keeping with tradition and only offering their Oktoberfest specials through this Sunday, October 3. So you’ve got the weekend to try their famous giant Bavarian pretzels with mustard; Bavarian beer cheese, aka obatzda, served with rye toast and radishes; potato leek soup with pretzel croutons; knockwurst, bratwurst and bockwurst with German potato salad, sauerkraut and mustard; and for dessert, black forest torte with cherry compote, whipped cream and chocolate curls. So, zumachen! Time is not on your side.

Shippy’s Pumpernickels German restaurant in Southampton (36 Windmill Lane) basically celebrates Oktoberfest year-round, but they too are adding some special things this month to a menu already teeming with various schnitzels, sausages and much more Bavarian fare.

The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce is bringing Oktoberfest to Main Street in Westhampton Beach next Sunday, October 10 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The annual Gordon Werner Arts and Crafts Show will be held concurrently on the Village Green.

Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. FestBier
Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. FestBierCourtesy GHBC

Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. in Peconic (42155 Main Road) is acknowledging Oktoberfest with their Grünport Oompahfest this Saturday, October 2 from 1–6 p.m. Enjoy a day of fun, including the debut of their new toasty yet pleasantly malty and not-too-sweet FestBier (with just the hoppy right bitterness), along with German food, live German oompah music from NY’s own Die Spitzbuam (The Troublemakers) and a stein-holding contest.

The Preston House & Hotel in Riverhead (428 E. Main Street) is serving special Oktoberfest menu items throughout the month of October, including classic dishes and Oktoberfest beers. Look for wienerschnitzel, everything spiced brezen pretzel nuggets in beer cheese dipping sauce, maultaschen dumplings, baked kasespatzle, crispy pork shank schweinshaxe with German potato salad and house-made sauerkraut, bienenstich (bee sting) cake and more.

Long Ireland Beer Co. will hold its eighth annual Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, October 9 from noon–9 p.m. at their Riverhead brewery (817 Pulaski Street). Food trucks will provide German food to pair with the brewery’s Oktoberfest Munich-style Marzen and other brews. Participants can also take part in the  annual stein holding, keg tossing and sausage eating contests. Perennial movie favorite BeerFest—Jay Chandrasekhar’s 2006 film about two brothers who enter a secret, centuries-old beer competition during Oktoberfest in Germany—will be shown on the big screen at the end of the night.

Garden of Eve Farm Brewery in Riverhead (4558 Sound Avenue) is hosting an Oktoberfest celebration on October 16 and 17, 9 a.m.–9 p.m., with craft-brewed beers—including their award-winning suds from Farmer Chris—live music, pumpkin picking and a special Oktoberfest menu. Fun Fields tickets include hayrides, farm animals, a bounce house, pedal kart track and other activities for the entire family.

Cooperage Inn in Baiting Hollow (2218 Sound Avenue) is holding its Fall Festival on Saturdays and Sundays throughout October. It’s not Oktoberfest per se, but they’re serving bratwurst with slow-braised sauerkraut among a wide array of other, less German treats, such as fire-roasted corn, NoFo Pot Pies, BBQ pulled-pork sandwiches, potato pancakes, autumn harvest clam chowder, crab cake sandwiches, baby back ribs and roasted BBQ chicken. Attendees can also enjoy festive local craft beers, wines and drinks while tapping toes to live music from different bands each day.

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Montauk Brewing Co. Launches New Pumpkin Beer Thursday

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By Oliver Peterson

Building on a strong relationship that was forged from their highly effective Bulleit & Montauk Beer on-premises campaign, Montauk Brewing Company and Bulleit Bourbon announced on Sept. 22 their latest collaboration, Montauk Imperial Pumpkin Ale—a very special and super-limited Ocean Series can release.

Montauk Brewing Co. is debuting the new fall beer during a special event at their Montauk tasting room (62 South Erie Avenue)—the only place it will be sold—on Thursday, September 30 at noon.

According to the creators, Montauk Imperial Pumpkin Ale is a “revved-up” version of their highly popular Montauk Pumpkin Ale and was brewed using 10-year Bulleit Bourbon barrels to enhance the flavor. The new beer checks in at 8% ABV (most beers are closer to 5% ABV).

Montauk brewer Stevie Czelatka says drinking Montauk Imperial Pumpkin Ale will bring “complex notes of molasses, oak and spices that are balanced out by a higher alcohol content.” And it won’t be the last beer he makes with Bulleit.

The two companies are exploring more creative ways to partner on more limited-time-offer (LTO) can releases for the future. Visitors at Thursday’s event will get to see the Bulleit Woody and grab a four-pack of 16 oz Montauk Imperial Pumpkin Ale cans, available exclusively at Montauk Brewing Company while supplies last.

Call 631-668-8471 or visit montaukbrewingco.com to see what else is brewing in Montauk.

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Talkhouse Encore Canned Cocktail Inspired by Legendary Hamptons Venue

Talkhouse Encore comes in a variety of flavors.

By Angela LaGreca

Ruby Honerkamp grew up in East Hampton, but to hear her tell it, she “grew up in a dive bar.”

And not just any bar. We’re talking the legendary Stephen Talkhouse, the music venue that is known (and loved) because it treats everyone the same, even if countless, world-famous acts like Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Paul Simon and Roger Waters have played there.

Honerkamp’s family has owned The Talkhouse for over 34 years — her father Peter Honerkamp, her brother Max Honerkamp and Nick Kraus are the “trifecta” partners who run and manage the place. And now Ruby, inspired by the venue’s legacy and the fact that The Talkhouse is “in her DNA” has leveraged The Talkhouse name and created a ready-to-drink cocktail that she launched this summer called Talkhouse Encore. The canned cocktail comes in four flavors (two vodka, two tequila) and is carried “at various watering holes and liquor stores from Montauk to Southampton.”

Honerkamp has big dreams and plans for Talkhouse Encore, which is a separate business from The Stephen Talkhouse, yet is, of course, inextricably tied to it.

“Everyone is loving it; it’s flying off the shelves,” says Honerkamp. “People have been really receptive to it in terms of the packaging and loving the visual identity and understanding there’s a brand affinity.”

We caught up with Honerkamp from her house in Springs to talk about the evolution of Talkhouse Encore, the rich Talkhouse history and her plans for building the new business.

What inspired this decision to launch Talkhouse Encore?

The Talkhouse was always really important to me … but I didn’t really realize how much it was ingrained in who I was and how much it really meant to me until the pandemic hit. … When the pandemic hit, we obviously had to close our doors and turn the lights out. … It was a very depressing, bad, sorrowful environment. It’s the energy of the people and the musicians and the staff that add that vibrancy.

Max Honerkamp, Ruby Honerkamp and Nick Kraus at The Stephen Talkhouse
Max Honerkamp, Ruby Honerkamp and Nick Kraus

About a year ago last August, my dad sat my brother and I down and said “You know, the future of The Talkhouse legacy is in your hands — you guys need to figure out what that means.”

Basically, I talked to my brother and Nick and I started this. … I’m no longer an owner in the bar; I created a licensing deal for the word “Talkhouse” and then I created this ready-to-drink cocktail. I spent the past 10 months on research and development and testing and getting really scrappy and rolling my sleeves up to figure out how to get a product out in time for summer.

What was the goal in launching?

Ready-made cocktails are very hot right now and I wanted to make sure we weren’t late to the party but obviously also wanted to be mindful in quality and preserving The Talkhouse legacy and really being mindful that this was crafted thoughtfully, but socially I still have my full-time job which I’m going to be putting my notice in on October 1 so I can run with this full time.

What is your current job and how do you feel making this move?

I work at Away, a luggage company. I manage the creative team; I’m really embedded in building brands and marketing and creative excellence in advertising. Taking (Talkhouse Encore) on full-time … I’m terrified and incredibly excited.

You launched in late July. How is it going?

Everyone keeps saying this is the best tasting product on the market — but you can’t just talk the talk, you got to walk the walk, as well — quality is definitely important. …

Both Nick and my brother have been incredible advisors to ensure that this is authentic to The Talkhouse. …

And the local community has been so receptive and so wonderful in supporting this new endeavor … and we are so excited to keep adding new locations to our rolodex.

What are your dreams and plans for Talkhouse Encore?

My dream is to find either one or a handful of musicians to partner with to foster the next generation of music or do deals with them where we create festivals, and maybe Encore is to musicians as Red Bull was to trained athletes. How do we become the drink of the audience, the drink of the dance floor and the drink that pairs well with entertainment and put that at the forefront? …

We’ve been able to foster icons on our stage and local heroes as well … Coldplay the year they played the Super Bowl, Mumford and Sons, The Killers recently this summer, Dave Matthews and Brandi Carlile, and we’ve also had so many local legends like Nancy Atlas, my cousin Klyph Black — and no matter who’s playing, you know it’s always an incredible experience, a consistently good time.

Talkhouse Encore
Talkhouse Encore

How do you see the business expanding; what matters to you?

I think one thing that is so important is that community is still at the forefront. … Soldier Ride was started at The Talkhouse, my dad opens up The Talkhouse to so many local nonprofits and charity events. So how do we give back to the community which has inspired us from the beginning?

And the same way the same bartenders have worked at The Talkhouse for over 30 years — what service industry are you able to maintain — part of what I want to do is find those long-term partners. I don’t see them as vendors, I see them as partners; that can help bring and grow this brand authentically.

I think part of a successful business comes from the trust and the retention and building your foundation with people.

What is the ultimate challenge and goal?

How do we carry that legacy year-round, seasonally, around the country and around the world? How do we carry this sentimental place that has been a watering hole for generations through new markets and through new customers?

The most important thing is that we stay true to who The Talkhouse is … this dive bar classic … because it’s grounded and seated in a real history and a real story. … (In other words) I’ll never have a lavender lemonade spritz drink on the menu. [laughs]

For more information on Talkhouse Encore, visit talkencore.com.

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Rowdy Hall in East Hampton Celebrates Oktoberfest with German Specials

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Bavarian pretzel and beer at Rowdy Hall. (WordHampton)

By Oliver Peterson

East Hampton’s Rowdy Hall is celebrating Oktoberfest with an array of special German dishes through Sunday, Oct. 3. Some items will be available throughout the festival, while other offerings will only be served during the first or second week.

Held annually in Munich, Bavaria in Germany and attracting some 6 million people from around the world each year, Oktoberfest typically begins in mid to late September and continues through the first Sunday in October. It’s all about celebrating the country’s food, beer, music and traditions, and having a great time.

Bavarian sausage salad at Rowdy Hall
Bavarian sausage salad at Rowdy HallWordHampton

Bringing a bit of the fun from Germany to East Hampton Village, Rowdy Hall is offering their famous giant Bavarian pretzel with mustard a la carte for $11 as well as Obatzda, Bavarian beer cheese served with rye toast and radishes for $12 during both weeks.

Between now and Friday, Sept. 24, diners can enjoy Bavarian sausage salad, including kielbasa, sliced dill pickles, red onion and bibb lettuce for $16; wienerschnitzel with vinegar -and-salt shoe-string fries for $24; and German butter pound cake with quark cream, lemon cardamom glaze for $12.

German butter pound cake at Rowdy Hall
German butter pound cake at Rowdy HallWordHampton

Then, from Saturday, Sept. 25 to Sunday, Oct. 3, start with potato leek soup with pretzel croutons for $12; followed by knockwurst, bratwurst and bockwurst with German potato salad, sauerkraut and mustard for $27; and for dessert, black forest torte with cherry compote, whipped cream and chocolate curls for $12.

Rowdy Hall is also celebrating the East Hampton Village Centennial next weekend, Sept. 24–26 with fish and chips for $19.20 to commemorate the village’s founding in 1920.

Rowdy Hall fish and chips
Rowdy Hall fish and chipsWordHampton

Diners can also get the restaurant’s new 25th anniversary plastic cup with their first pint of beer ($7 for 22oz beer in special cup) and $6 refills in the cups, which are already on sale, but will only be refillable from Sept. 24–26.

Call Rowdy Hall at 631-324-8555 or visit rowdyhall.com for more info, including regular menu items.

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6 East End Hard Ciders to Help You Feel Refreshed This Fall

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Woodside Orchards hard cider

By Oliver Peterson

The East End is now well established as home to some fabulous wines in the Hamptons and on the North Fork, but heads have also begun turning for its fantastic hard ciders. At its core, hard cider is made from fermented apple juice, but regional winemakers and brewers have been infusing it with all sorts of wonderfully innovative ingredients, applying their craft and getting some incredible results over the past decade. The hard ciders are as varied as the Twin Forks population, and this is only the beginning.

Take a look at the hard ciders area wineries, breweries and full-fledged cideries are bringing to our bountiful East End table.

Riverhead Ciderhouse watermelon mint cider
Riverhead Ciderhouse watermelon mint ciderCourtesy Riverhead Ciderhouse

Riverhead Ciderhouse
2711 Sound Avenue, Calverton

A true cidery in every sense, Riverhead Ciderhouse offers a multitude of inventive cider flavors, including PB&J (yes, it’s peanut butter and jelly flavored), Blackberry Habanero, Cinnamon Toast, Poolside Pineapple and B.A.M. (Barrel Aged Maple) to name just a few. Cider Master Will Loughlin also has plenty of classic flavor profiles for those who enjoy something a bit more traditional. A number of varieties are available in bottles at retailers across Long Island, but their 8,000-square-foot facility—including tasting room, food, in-house entertainment and retail space—is a must-see spot, especially if you want to try the wildest flavors available on tap. Call 631-591-0217 or visit riverheadcider.com

Woodside Orchards hard cider
Woodside Orchards hard cider

Woodside Orchards
729 Route 25 (Main Road), Aquebogue

This North Fork cidery has been crafting delicious hard ciders in a variety of refreshing flavors since 2012. Four reliable staples are always available, including traditional dry and sweet variations, as well as raspberry and cinnamon apple—but Woodside Orchards also makes an array of other options at different times of the year. Try the apricot and pumpkin apple blends on tap for fall, and come back for seasonal goodies like ginger apple, lemon apple and pineapple cider, among others. Stop by to see what’s pouring and enjoy all kinds of apple goodies, U-pick apples and more. Call 631-722-5770 or visit woodsideorchards.com

lffer Estate
139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack

Among the most beautiful spots to drink in the Hamptons sunset, Wölffer Estate Vineyard is well known for their wine, but their hard cider has also been getting attention since it was introduced back in 2013. Wölffer’s winemaker Roman Roth puts as much thought and love into his cider as he does his wines, and it shows. The No. 139 range comes in several profiles, designated much like Wölffer’s wines in red, dry white and dry rosé, a low-calorie and low-alcohol LoRo rosé, an herb-infused Botanical variety, and the new, minty Grüner, which is a limited release. Each has a lovely, attractively packaged bottle and its own refreshing, sophisticated taste born of a carefully curated selection of apples sourced locally from the Halsey family, owners of the Milk Pail in Water Mill. Wӧlffer’s cider range is available via their website in bottles and cans (rosé only). Or stop by the winery to enjoy by the glass and take in that legendary sunset. Call 631-537-5106 or visit wolffer.com

Channing Daughters cider
Channing Daughters cider

Channing Daughters
1927 Scuttle Hole Road, Bridgehampton

Another winery jumping into the cider game this year, Channing Daughters is introducing their very first sparkling grape cider made with the vineyard’s own grapes and, like Wӧlffer, apples grown and crushed at the Halsey’s family farm. Winemaker and partner Christopher Tracy creates the cider in the “methode ancestrale” style, also known as petillant naturel or pét-nat, meaning the cider is bottled during the initial fermentation process, allowing the sugars to form bubbles naturally. Channing Daughters says the new cider is a “super delicious, fun wine that is ridiculously easy to pair foods and play with.” Find it at the winery or at The Milk Pail in Water Mill. Call 631-537-7224 or visit channingdaughters.com

Jamesport Farm Brewery
5873 Sound Avenue, Riverhead

In addition to their popular beers, Jamesport Farm Brewery offers Doc’s New England cider, a special, New England-style draft cider fermented with raisins and brown sugar for a full-bodied, balanced sweetness with the crisp flavor of apples, also sourced locally from the Halsey’s farm and Milk Pail in Water Mill. Drop in for a drink at the tasting room and stay for what’s cooking in the well-stocked food truck. Call 844-JFB-BEER (844-532-2337) or visit jfbrewery.com

Cider at Po' Boy Brewery
Cider at Po’ Boy Brewery

Po’ Boy Brewery
200 Wilson Street, Unit E3, Port Jefferson Station

Open since 2013, this family-owned brewery and cidery traces its roots to the local and national homebrew scene, where president and brew master Bob Rodriguez earned a stellar reputation and a nice collection of 34 awards. Po’ Boy has a rotating selection of unique house-made ciders and hard seltzers available on tap or in cans or growlers that are worth the trip west of the Hamptons and North Fork to visit their tasting room and “Sour Patch” for a drink.

Try creative blends, such as Monkey Fruit cider made with bananas and strawberries, along with the apple base that qualifies it as a true cider. Other fall offerings include Death St-our, a sour cider made with blackberry and lemonade, and the very popular Crisp-Bee Apple Pie cider, made with a majority of honey crisp apples and cinnamon—and served on-site with a cinnamon rim—so it tastes just like an apple pie! Call 631-828-1131 or visit poboybrewery.com

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Best Places for Breakfast in the Hamptons

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By Oliver Peterson

Some say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that most certainly rings true for devoted fans of bacon, eggs, sausage, pancakes, waffles, French toast and all the other delights we enjoy in the morning hours. The Hamptons is famous for its fancy restaurants and their delectable dinners, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it also has some incredible breakfast spots. Here, we offer a handful of can’t-miss spots for a.m. eating and breakfast all day, or at least well into the afternoon, from east to west.

Breakfast at John's Pancake House in Montauk
John’s Pancake House.T.E. McMorrow

John’s Pancake House
721 Montauk Highway, Montauk

This inveterate eatery is a longtime staple on The End. Bring your appetite for pancakes, pancakes and more pancakes! Or don’t get pancakes and order any number of delicious breakfast foods, such as eggs Benedict, cereal, omelets, French toast or waffles heaped with fresh fruit. But really, John’s is about the pancakes. They have silver dollar pancakes, Hawaiian pancakes topped with pineapple, Sabre pancakes filled with coconut and covered in coconut syrup, and, a longtime favorite, ET Pancakes with chocolate and peanut butter chips, just how Spielberg’s beloved extra-terrestrial likes them! The best bet, however, has to be the crepes, specifically the specialty crepe Suzettes rolled with luscious strawberry jam and topped with Cointreau Suzette sauce. And always ask for REAL maple syrup—there’s no comparison.
Find them on Facebook or call 631-668-2383.

John Papas Café
18 Park Place, East Hampton

A perennial favorite in East Hampton Village, John Papas Café is an excellent, easy stop for morning eats before shopping, visiting local art galleries or just tooling around town. They serve breakfast all day, with the exception of waffles and poached eggs (available till 3 p.m.), and the menu is loaded with choices. Diners can go light with a variety of cereals, granola, grapefruit and other fresh fruit, or forget counting calories and bite into a long list of pancake options, authentic Belgian waffles or eggs served in any style—including eggs Benedict, smoked salmon Benedict and spinach Benedict, as well as lots of omelets, steak and eggs or even good ol’ pastrami with eggs over easy.
Call 631-324-5400 of visit johnpapascafe.net.

Estia's Little Kitchen has great breakfast in Sag Harbor
Estia’s Little Kitchen has great breakfast in Sag HarborHannah Selinger

Estia’s Little Kitchen
1615 Sag Harbor Turnpike, Sag Harbor

Serving breakfast and lunch Wednesday–Monday from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Colin Ambrose’s charming restaurant offers locally-sourced, unpretentious food at fair prices, and you don’t have to get up early to get it. Estia’s Little Kitchen has several creative omelets available until 2:30 p.m., including the Nacho Mama’s with Tomato, Jack cheese, jalapeño and onion, and the Garden with spinach, corn and tomato, among others. Eat pancakes till noon (make them chocolate chip if you dare) and don’t miss all the great breakfast tacos and breakfast burritos. Of course they also make classic egg sandwiches, along with various bowls and platters. Check out the Gringo Hash bowl with red beans, brown rice, andouille sausage, queso fresco, avocado, two eggs and corn tortillas!
Call 631-725-1045 or visit estias.com.

Cromer’s Market
3500 Noyack Road, Sag Harbor

There are lots of places to grab a good, gooey bacon and/or sausage, egg and cheese on a roll to-go on hungover Saturday and Sunday mornings, but Cromer’s Market is one of the best. Not only are the breakfast sandwiches oh-so satisfying and available all day, this deli, butcher and market is also conveniently located close to the water and Long Beach, or a short drive to the village where you can cop a squat on a waterside bench or stroll through town while you eat. Sometimes egg sandwiches just aren’t meant to be eaten indoors. It’s a summer tradition!
Call 631-725-9087 or visit cromersmarket.com.

The famous "Stolen from Fairway Restaurant" mug, Poxabogue
The famous “Stolen from Fairway Restaurant” mugCourtesy Fairway Restaurant

Fairway Restaurant (Café on the Green)
3556 Montauk Highway, Sagaponack

We recently featured this beloved spot among hidden Hamptons dining gems, but it would be almost irresponsible not to include Fairway among the South Fork’s all-day breakfast elite. From the iconic “Stolen from Fairway Restaurant” mugs to the 18-hole, golf-themed menu, Poxabogue’s restaurant has everything one could want for a morning meal—eggs of every kind, pancakes, waffles, French toast, breads, fresh fruit, hash browns and so much more. And that’s not taking into account the specials, such as strawberry or banana-cinnamon pancakes, cinnamon French toast and various omelet combinations.
Call 631-521-7100 or visit poxgolf.com.

McDonald's Egg McMuffin for breakfast
Egg McMuffins hit the spot with precisionCourtesy McDonald’s

307 North Sea Road, Southampton

Yes, it’s not fancy and it’s owned by a massive corporation, and it’s definitely not the healthiest choice, but sometimes a McDonald’s breakfast sandwich hits the spot with absolute precision, and their coffee is actually quite nice. Their switch to serving breakfast all day has taken away some of its specialness, yet it’s hard to deny the taste of a Sausage McMuffin with Egg and a bit of ketchup, classic Egg McMuffin, crispy hash browns or a Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit. Heck, you might even enjoy the Hot Cakes or maple-flavored McGriddle sandwiches, which basically use pancakes for the bread. Wash it all down with one of the numerous McCafe coffee drinks, such as frappes, lattes, Americanos, iced mochas and more. Eat in moderation.
Call 631-283-677 or visit mcdonalds.com.

Goldberg's Spicy Hobo
Goldberg’s Spicy Hobo@nycfoodcoma on Instagram

Goldberg’s Bagels
801 County Road 39, Southampton

With locations all over the East End, including East Quogue, Southampton, East Hampton, Wainscott, Napeague and Montauk, as well as their North Fork shops, Goldberg’s absolutely fresh, NYC-style (and quality) bagels are never out of reach on the Twin Forks. This is the place to be for bagels, flats and schmears of all kinds, no question about it, but they also serve non-bagel breakfasts that never disappoint. Dig in to great three-egg omelets, acai bowls, French toast or pancakes, or try the amazing breakfast sandwiches. Options like the Spicy Hobo with two eggs, pepperjack cheese and hash brown; Hungryman with two eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, hash brown and cheese on a hero; or the Israeli breakfast burrito with falafel, egg whites, hummus and hot sauce in a wrap will have you returning for more. There’s a reason they’ve been in business since 1949.
Call 631-204-1046 or visit theoriginalgoldbergsbagels.com. 

Hampton Maid breakfast
Hampton Maid breakfastHannah Selinger

The Hampton Maid
259 East Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays

Famous for breakfast and brunch for decades, this hotel makes traditional goodies as well as trendier bites, along with beautiful craft cocktails to add a bit of celebration to your morning meal. Try the cinnamon swirl French toast with fresh sliced strawberries, omelets, chocolate chip or blueberry pancakes, Canadian bacon with eggs or even kielbasa with two eggs any style (try poached!). If you come with a partner, order the 62nd Anniversary Special for two with their Hampton Maid breakfast platter ‘n a half, home fried potatoes, breakfast basket, pot of coffee or tea and choice of chilled juice, melon or berries. Or create your own combos with your favorite sides. This place does it right in a beautiful setting. Stay the night if there’s room and wake up with this beloved breakfast. The rooms are lovely.
Call 631-728-4166 or visit hamptonmaid.com.

A creative breakfast delight at Cafe Volo
A creative breakfast delight at Cafe VoloCourtesy Cafe Volo

Café Volo
335 Sheldon Way, Westhampton Beach 

A bit off the trail, Gabreski Airport’s new Café Volo has some enticing breakfast options and runway views (it’s apparently a thing). Come in a for a delicious landing with the S.O.S, two eggs over easy served on a toasted English muffin drenched in Creole-style sausage gravy and served with home fries; or try 3 Little Pigs, applewood-smoked bacon, ham, breakfast sausage with three eggs over easy, home fries and toast. They also have some yummy omelets, including the truly unique Gabreski with pulled short rib, caramelized onions and aged white cheddar, served with home fries. Café Volo also has pancakes, a quiche of the day, eggs Benedict, Southern-style grits and—the best thing ever—Southern-style biscuits & gravy made from scratch!
Call 631-998-3573 or visit cafevolowhb.com.

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Hometown Flower Co. Delivers ‘Slow Flower’ Movement to Long Island

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Jaclyn Rutigliano and Marc Iervolino with Baby Blue (Courtesy Hometown Flower Co.)

By Oliver Peterson

Just when it seemed the local flower biz had no way to grow and innovate, along came Hometown Flower Co.—a unique florist operating Long Island’s first flower truck with a digital business model that brings people who love flowers together with the regional farmers who grow them. Launched in 2019 by married couple Jaclyn Rutigliano and Marc Iervolino, the business presents customers with lists of in-season flowers, much like restaurants and markets do with food, taking orders, and then hitting the road to deliver beautiful bouquets in their signature “flowers in a bag” style.

It’s all about finding the freshest flowers from local farmers and getting that product to the people who want them. Hometown Flower is taking the hyper-local model of the slow food movement and bringing it into a brand-new space. And, with Iervolino handling the day-to-day business and logistics, it’s working.

“We are a mission-driven flower truck and pop-up florist/design studio that exclusively works with seasonal, locally-grown flowers,” Rutigliano explains. “We believe in creating unique, meaningful experiences with flowers so that people can discover and appreciate the beauty that is grown right here in our own hometowns.”

Hometown Flower Co.'s signature "flowers in a bag"
Hometown Flower Co.’s signature “flowers in a bag” (Erica Schroeder)

Coming from a PR and marketing background, Rutigliano conceived of the Hometown Flower model while working with a sustainable fashion client. “I became laser focused on all things relating to sourcing, supply chains, labor practices, etcetera,” she says, pointing out that she was born into a family of florists (third generation) and quickly made the mental jump from fashion to flowers. “Naturally I started to become curious about where our flowers come from and why more wasn’t grown here in the U.S.,” Rutigliano adds.

Eventually she met Debra Prinzing, founder of the “slow flowers” movement, which embraces the idea of using seasonal, local flowers. “I was blown away by everything I learned the first time I spoke to Debra. There was really no reason why we shouldn’t be designing with locally-grown flowers. These are perishable products that don’t need to be shipped all around the world,” Rutigliano continues. “There are many different interpretations of the word ‘local’ but for us, we keep more than 95% of our sourcing to right here on Long Island, and the other 5% comes from local Northeast growers in the off-season,” she says. “It is definitely a challenge at times but we find the challenge to be a bit liberating from a creative perspective, often creating a beautifully unique end result.”

Hometown never imports flowers and instead works with what’s locally accessible, even during the frigid months when flowers are few and far between on Long Island. “During the off-season, we work with the winter varieties available to us—dried flowers, lots of beautiful branches, and we also have some local greenhouses growing some incredible varieties,” Rutigliano says. “In general, we also always try to avoid getting into specifics with our clients in terms of the types of varieties we promise, since ultimately it’s Mother Nature who is in charge. We align on overall style, aesthetic, and color palette and then leave everything else up to nature.”

Hometown Flower Co. truck "Baby Blue"
Hometown Flower Co. truck “Baby Blue” (Courtesy Hometown Flower Co.)

A savvy marketing whiz, Rutigliano represents Hometown Flower Co. with “Baby Blue,” an iconic sky blue 1976 Ford F-100 pickup. The truck is on display throughout their comprehensive and well-designed website, and it regularly appears at their public and private events and workshops, including flower bars, Pop-ups and photo shoots. Rutigliano is quick to point out that they make deliveries in a much less “delicate” ride, so customers never have to worry about the vintage truck breaking down and causing delays. “It was really important for us to build a brand that people could have fun with and connect to, even if that means snapping a photo for Instagram, as it’s an easier way to introduce local flowers that they may not be familiar with,” she says. “We want the idea of embracing local to feel fun, look beautiful, and be memorable.”

The truck isn’t the only thing giving Hometown Flower Co. its truly individual identity. All flowers are delivered in signature, “flowers in a bag” packaging with a natural look that helps them stand apart from competitors. “Similar to Baby Blue, we wanted something really distinct, unique, and great in a photo. We also wanted to avoid plastic, and we wanted to create something that no one else was doing,” Rutigliano says. “We love the idea of these wild, free-flowing flowers pouring out of a brown paper bag, and at the end of the season, I love scrolling through our photos and seeing the transition of the flowers-in-a-bag designs throughout the various months.”

Jaclyn Rutigliano prepares flowers for Hometown Flower Co.
Jaclyn Rutigliano prepares flowers (Erica Schroeder)

While Hometown Flower is a multifaceted business, well-known for the not-so-standard offerings, including a flexible and customizable, flowers in a bag subscription service, variety of workshops, and pop-ups, Rutigliano reminds people that they are also a full-scale florist that provides one-time deliveries across Long Island, as well as special event and wedding design work. “The end result is often something incredibly unique and truly beautiful,” she says.

Visit hometownflowerco.com for subscription options, upcoming workshops, a list of local floral varietals, info on farmers, and much more.

Baby Blue, Hometown Flower Co.'s 1976 Ford F-100 pickup
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10 Hamptons Coffee Shops With The Best Cups of Joe

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By Oliver Peterson

Nothing keeps us going better than a nice hot, or cold, cup of coffee during the busy summer season. It gets us moving in the morning and, ironically, it can also be the perfect beverage to wind down an eventful day. But for true connoisseurs, coffee is so much more than a quick pick-me-up from your local Mobil station.

Done right, java can be joyful—and these Hamptons shops are doing coffee right.

115 Main Street, Westhampton Beach

The name says it all! Or does it? The newest player in the local coffee game, Caffeine in Westhampton Beach, is open for business. Serving La Colombe coffee, along with single-origin pour-over brews and locally roasted fair-trade blends, this Main Street café will hit the spot and bring an eye-opening start to your day. Also look for a variety of specialty drinks, such as oat milk draft lattes on tap, pistachio lattes prepared with pistachio paste, espresso, steamed pistachio milk, Valrhona hot chocolate, and a selection of teas, smoothies, fresh-baked goodies and gourmet sandwiches. Knowledgeable baristas can make suggestions or you can do your own tasting. Open every day from 6 a.m.–5 p.m. 631-998-0806, caffeinewesthampton.com

Circle of coffee mugs top view from Caffeine Westhampton
Coffee options at Caffeine in WesthamptonCaffeine Westhampton

Jack’s Stir Brew
146 Montauk Highway, Amagansett

Open in Amagansett since 2010, Jack’s has become a local favorite for the shop’s beachy and comfortable interior design, well-curated marketplace full of attractive items and, of course, its fabulously delicious organic coffee. Their patented “stir” brewing method does something special when it comes to balancing and extracting the flavor from Jack’s ethically sourced, fair-trade beans. Drop in to enjoy a regular coffee (drink it black to really experience the taste) or try their huge array of hot and cold classic beverages and in-house concoctions, as well as vegan baked goods. Unique offerings include the Happy Jack honey-cinnamon latte, Apple Jack tea with chai or earl grey steeped in cider, or the Mad Max espresso and coffee drink, among many others. Also visit the Sag Harbor location at 51 Division Street. Open daily 6 a.m.–6 p.m. 631-267-5555, jacksstirbrew.com

Sagtown Coffee
78 Main Street, Sag Harbor

Another spot serving La Colombe coffee, Sagtown Coffee exclusively offers it drip or iced. Find lots of tasty espresso drinks like the flat white and cortado, on-tap sips—including the Oat Milk Draft Latte, Black & Tan and Black Cold Brew—smoothies, matcha and hot and iced teas, as well as food items, such as açai bowls and sandwiches. Also check out their Bulletproof drip coffee blended with ghee butter and MCT oil. Open seven days, 6 a.m.–6:30 p.m. 631-725-8696, sagtown.com

Buongiorno on the Harbor at EHP Resort
295 Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Road, East Hampton

Another newbie to the Hamptons coffee scene, this Italian bakery and espresso bar serves top-quality coffee, tea and artisanal pastries right on East Hampton’s beautiful Three Mile Harbor waterfront. Enjoy their Joe from Brooklyn’s City of Saints Coffee Roasters and set your tastebuds singing with treats, such as their Nutella croissant or lemon-filled bomboloni. Eat in or pick up, but definitely take a moment to enjoy the view on EHP’s deck. Breakfast from 7–11 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. ehpresort.com/buongiorno

Bluestone Lane
786 Montauk Highway, Montauk

Take a trip to The End to experience Melbourne, Australia’s coffee culture at Bluestone Lane. This lovely spot has all kinds of special concoctions that never feel overdone or disrespectful to the coffee they contain. And, for the aesthete, they all look quite beautiful—hot or cold, with micro-foam or without. Try a velvety smooth BL Nitro cold brew or a Flat White double espresso with steamed and silky-textured milk and a thin layer of micro-foam, or, for the sweet tooth, a Hot Milo malted chocolate with steamed milk—they’re Aussie favorites (and a whole lot better than a Vegemite sandwich). Also enjoy a range of smoothies, fresh pots, sandwiches and toasts, including avocado, salmon, banana-peanut butter, peanut butter-strawberry, and much more. Open 7 a.m.–4 p.m. daily. 718-374-6858, bluestonelane.com

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Mary’s Marvelous
107 Newtown Lane, East Hampton

Everyone loves Mary’s Marvelous! Drop by the coffee bar for hot and cold classic drinks, in-house cold brew, macchiatos, espresso, mochas and more—all with custom-blended, organic free-trade beans. If you want to step outside the coffee realm, get a chai or matcha latte. Or for something truly different, try the Golden Milk, a house blend of turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and black pepper with choice of milk and agave or maple syrup. Amazing smoothies and eats are also available, like chicken or steak power bowls, hot and cold sandwiches, soups, salads, frittatas and so much more. Open Wednesday–Sunday, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. 631-324-1055, marysmarvelous.com

Java Nation
112 Maple Lane, Bridgehampton

A longtime local favorite going back to its days in Sag Harbor, Java Nation is the place to go for good, classic coffee with no gimmicks. Offering all the hot and cold espresso and coffee drinks one would want and expect, this excellent operation roasts everything in-house and sells an awful lot of their beans to locals who grind and brew at home. Pastries are delivered fresh daily, but otherwise it’s all about coffee, as it should be! Just steps from the Bridgehampton LIRR station, this a must-stop spot to grab a drink before hopping on the train. Or take your time and grab a seat in back. Open 6 a.m.–6 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m.–5 p.m. on weekends. 631-725-0500

Tate’s Bake Shop
43 North Sea Road, Southampton

The whole world seems to know about Tate’s cookies since Kathleen King hit the big leagues and sold her brand for $100 million, but Tate’s Bake Shop coffee remains a treat only locals can enjoy. This humble, self-serve coffee bar has rich and flavorful brews, perfect for a morning on the go. It’s also an excellent excuse to leave with a freshly baked cookie or two. Sure, your favorite supermarket might have Tate’s on the shelf, but nothing beats the buttery, crunchy original right here in town! Open every day, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. 631-283-9830, tatesbakeshop.com

A Grindstone Coffee latte
A Grindstone Coffee latteDavid Taylor

Grindstone Coffee & Donuts
7A Main Street, Sag Harbor

Serving fresh doughnuts and coffee in Sag Harbor since 2016, Grindstone Coffee & Donuts offers a full espresso, drip and cold brew coffee menu, with all the standard selections made from single-origin, organic coffee beans roasted fresh in-house. Also check out their specials, including some unusual mocha and latte options, like the peppermint mocha, peanut butter mocha, spicy mocha, honey cinnamon latte, honey lavender latte and maple latte. If coffee isn’t your thing (then why are you reading this?) look for the turmeric latte, matcha latte and spicy hot chocolate, to name a few. And, of course, grab a doughnut and a hot or cold sandwich or some ice cream—or all of the above—to go with whatever you’re sipping! Open daily, 7 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 631-808-3370, grindstonedonuts.com

Hampton Coffee Company
869 Montauk Highway, Water Mill

Stop by the original home of this growing East End coffee empire in Water Mill to see where it started. Hampton Coffee Company coffee is hand-roasted daily in small batches at their Southampton roastery to draw out the flavors of each varietal. The high-grade Arabica beans are sourced from small plantations around the world—some are even bought directly from the farmers themselves—and then roasted on the darker side, but not too dark, to achieve the full flavor potential without bitterness. Find all your favorite coffee options, food and more. (Additional locations in Montauk, Southampton and Westhampton Beach and Aquebogue on the North Fork.) Open daily, 5:15 a.m.–5 p.m. 631-726-2633, hamptoncoffeecompany.com

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Alpine Dining Debuts on the North Fork at Alpina

Courtesy Alpina

By Finn Hartnett

Greenport’s newest restaurant is offering a brand of food the town, and maybe all of Long Island, has never seen before. Alpina, which opened to the public on July 17, is a Swiss-Italian restaurant which features, among other things, pastas, schnitzels and wine.

The idea of a New York eatery that focuses on Alpine cuisine came from Christoph Mueller, the owner of the Green Hill Hospitality Group and a native of Switzerland. As Alpina’s website states, most of the restaurant’s flavors come from Ticino, a southern province of Switzerland where Italian is the main language and food is prepared in an Italian style.

Alpina Chef George Musho

Switzerland, though, is a country without one distinct ethnic group, and Alpina draws inspiration from Austria and France in addition to Italy and the Alps to complete their menu. They also source many of their ingredients direct from the North Fork.

“We’re trying to pull all of these crazy ingredients from where we can (on the North Fork), and then, when we need ingredients for our meats and cheeses, we source from Italy and Switzerland,” says executive chef George Musho.

Alpina’s menu is ambitious, featuring dishes like quail and clam orecchiette, but the chefs know that they have to be mindful and consider the difficulty of sourcing and preparing these dishes. A lot of ingredients have to be made in-house, including gelato, pasta and butter.

One of the many delectable dishes at Alpina
One of the many delectable dishes at Alpina

With so many cultures making up Alpina’s menu, one could imagine that the restaurant might sometimes face a conflict between the different styles of cooking. French flavors overpowering German ones to create an unwanted fusion meal, perhaps. But Musho says the different kinds of cooking more often than not just mean choosing between a few key ingredients. He cited veal schnitzel as an example of this.

“In Italy, you have veal milanese, and in Switzerland, you have schnitzel, and then in Austria, you also have schnitzel. The cooking processes are all very similar … but because of the regionality, you use different ingredients.” (Alpina, for the record, goes for a simple kind of schnitzel, using a butterflied, bone-in veal cut that they serve with lemon and pine salt.)

Another draw for Alpina is its wine bar, which is prominently featured on their website and social media accounts. For good reason, too: As the director of Green Hill Hospitality Group, Brendan Spiro says in an email, Alpina has collected “Italian Alpine region wines, most of which have never before been seen on a local wine bar menu.” The restaurant boasts the largest Swiss selection of wines not just on Long Island, but in the entire United States.

Right now, Alpina is twisting its theme to be a bit more summery.

Alpina in Greenport
Alpina in Greenport

“Especially during the summer, channeling the Alps is very difficult,” Musho says. “I can’t really do a braised beef with polenta when it’s 90 degrees out.”

For this reason, Alpina’s menu currently offers mostly light dishes, like mâche salad and chicken liver pâté. In the fall and winter, however, the restaurant will add heartier meals to their menu— stews, polentas, more egg-yolk pastas. This is just part of the reason why the future looks bright for Alpina.

Speaking about the opening week of the restaurant, Musho says that it had been exciting getting the word out and serving their first customers. “It’s really amazing to see everything come together,” he says. “It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve learned a lot. It’s been challenging, but it’s been great.”

Learn more at alpinany.com.

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7 Hidden Hamptons Restaurants to Check Out

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Tiki Joe’s lobster roll (Courtesy Tiki Joe’s)

By Oliver Peterson

High-profile Hamptons restaurants are legion on the South Fork. They’re the kinds of places featured on television and in magazines, and shouted about from the rooftops by all who visit these shores. But a scant handful of culinary treasures remain off the beaten path, hidden in unexpected places, and they’re serving really good meals—if you know where to find them.

Ditch Witch food truck in Montauk (Courtesy Ditch Witch)

Ditch Witch
Ditch Plains Beach (second parking lot, end of Otis Road), Montauk

The End’s most famous food truck isn’t much of a secret to Montauk locals, but Hamptons day-trippers, or even residents who rarely travel so far east, will be delightfully surprised with what they find. A family owned and operated restaurant on wheels since 1994, Ditch Witch is not your average beachside, hamburgers-and-hotdogs snack bar.

Their food is fresh, delicious and creative: Think chia bowl with fresh blueberries, Medjool dates, shredded coconut, gluten-free granola and honey (with almond or peanut butter add-on) for breakfast; poke bowls (ahi tuna, vegan and more), wraps (hummus, Thai, etc.), burritos or chili for lunch; and a fully stocked coffee selection and fresh pastries for any time of day. And that’s before getting into the daily specials! You can also pick up a hoodie, hat or T-shirt to impress your friends back home.

Find the full menu and more at ditchwitchmtk.com.

Tables at Multi Aquaculture Systems, Inc. (aka The Fish Farm)
Tables at Multi Aquaculture Systems, Inc. (aka The Fish Farm) (Courtesy Marie Valenti)

Multi Aquaculture Systems, Inc. (The Fish Farm)
429 Cranberry Hole Road, Amagansett

Could anyone imagine a less enticing name for a restaurant than Multi Aquaculture Systems, Inc? But don’t let the scientific appellation fool you, Marie and Bob Valenti’s takeout stand at the “Fish Farm,” as everyone calls it, is among the quirkiest and coolest hidden dining gems in the Hamptons. And their food is really good. Out of view down a rustic road in Napeague’s Promised Land, right on Gardiners Bay, this purveyor is part of a real working fish farm that has provided hundreds of thousands of tons of live fish to markets all over the world over the past three decades.

In addition to their gourmet takeout stand—with lobster rolls, crab cakes, po’ boys, sushi, fresh oysters and clams on the half-shell, and more—this wonderfully rough-around-the-edges operation also runs a seafood market and catering.

Visit multiaquaculturesystems.com or call 631-267-3341.

The outdoor dining area at V-Café
The outdoor dining area at V-Café (Angela LaGreca)

V-Café at Hampton Racquet Club
172 Buckskill Road, East Hampton (entrance at 50 Green Hollow Road)

Most wouldn’t expect to discover fabulous ethnic food as part of your local tennis club, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Lan Cao’s V-Café, serving authentic, healthy Vietnamese cuisine in an attractively appointed outdoor setting. Dishes are crafted with an abundance of fresh herbs and vegetables for texture and color, while meats are marinated in scrumptious spices instead of unhealthy oils.

French and Chinese influences can be found in the range of offerings, such as chicken satay, shrimp or lemongrass beef skewers, crispy spring and summer rolls, banh mi sandwiches, noodle bowls, curries, salads and more. Flavorful and refreshing drinks include traditional Vietnamese hot or iced coffee, coconut juice, organic ginger beer and organic sparkling soda (lemon/orange/pomegranate/grapefruit/cola).

Peruse the menu at vcafehampton.com or email vcafe345@gmail.com.

The famous "Stolen from Fairway Restaurant" mug, Poxabogue
The famous “Stolen from Fairway Restaurant” mug (Courtesy Fairway Restaurant)

Fairway Restaurant at Poxabogue Golf Course
3556 Montauk Highway, Sagaponack

Another dining experience rolled into a sports venue, Poxabogue’s Fairway Restaurant, “Cafe on the Green,” makes good, diner-style, all-day breakfast and lunch right next to one of the East End’s favorite public driving ranges. This is the place to go for hot coffee in those amazing “Stolen from Fairway Restaurant” mugs, and everything people love for breakfast—eggs Benedict, hash browns, lots of omelet options packed with fixins, fluffy pancakes, waffles, croissants and more—or lunch.

It’s all on the golf-themed menu, which names items for different holes, starting with Hole #1 (thick-sliced French toast topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream served with butter and syrup) and concluding with the popular Hole #18 (grilled cheese club with Swiss, American, mozzarella and cheddar cheese on three slices of rye topped with bacon and tomatoes). See if you can “play” through all of the menu’s 18 holes by Labor Day, or at least hit the back nine. And then play some real golf just steps away.

Take a gander at poxgolf.com or call 631-521-7100.

P&G Pizza and Dunkin' Donuts Southampton exterior sign
P&G Pizza (David Taylor)

P&G Pizza & Deli
20 County Road 39, Southampton

Tucked away inside the Southampton Dunkin’ Donuts, this small local spot with limited seating makes surprisingly good NYC-style pizza with eat-in, takeout and delivery service. While it’s not the most romantic atmosphere, offering a gorgeous view of Montauk Highway and two gas stations, P&G’s owner Rich Saba and his crew are always cheerful and kind, they’re about to renovate, and the pizza is some of the best in town. After all, Saba has been making it for nearly three decades. So grab a slice or pie for a much-needed break on your way out east, or returning west, or just bring it home and eat while taking in that ocean view you paid so much to enjoy.

If pizza’s not your thing, the lengthy menu includes wraps, apps, sandwiches, baked heroes, burgers, stromboli, chicken and pepperoni rolls, Philly cheese steaks and even entrees, such as lasagna, fish & chips and eggplant rollatini. Try the calzones or, if you’re feeling especially decadent, the Roast Beef Supreme (grilled roast beef, bacon, mozzarella on toasted garlic hero). You can also conveniently pick up a Dunkin’ doughnut and coffee at the next counter over.

Give them a call at 631-377-3909 or visit pgpizzadeli.com for a menu and more info.

Tiki Joe’s at Meschutt Beach
90 Dunes Road, Hampton Bays

At the last beach east of the Shinnecock Canal, Tiki Joe’s Beach Club is not the place to find gourmet vegan quinoa and gluten-free kale juice, but they have all the classic summer comfort food a family could want. Enjoy live music Friday–Sunday and Wednesday nights while you dig in to juicy hamburgers, hot dogs, Buffalo chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks and fried fish sandwiches. Hit the beach early and devour bacon and/or sausage, egg and cheese on a roll for breakfast, then stick around for fried shrimp, tater kegs, baked clams and Tiki Joe’s Million Dollar Cobb Salad (grilled chicken, mixed greens, avocado, tomatoes, chopped egg, bacon, bleu cheese, craisins, Monterey jack and cheddar cheese, with balsamic dressing).

As you can probably tell from that salad, this menu is full of indulgent goodies families love. And, if you’re so inclined, they actually do offer plant-based impossible burgers, poke bowls and even lobster rolls.

Check out tikijoesbeachclub.com/tiki-joes-meschutt-beach or call 631-333-1538.

Silly Eats Food Truck at Silly Lily Fishing Station and MarinaOliver Peterson

Silly Eats Food Truck at Silly Lily Fishing Station
99 Adelaide Avenue, East Moriches

A bit farther afield, this special spot is among the region’s most scenic and welcoming locales. Open for sunset hours on Fridays (5–7:30 p.m.) and noon–7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, the Silly Eats Food Truck serves an array of tasty bites and cold beer to drink and devour under cotton candy-pink and fiery orange skies. Made in a partnership with Stone Creek Inn, menu items change but often include large Kobe beef hot dogs, terrific lobster rolls, mac and cheese, crabby fries, guac and chips and various tacos (like fish, chicken, and cauliflower with cashew cream), as well as shrimp ceviche tostadas and yellowfin tuna sandwiches. Then munch on a warm doughnut for dessert.

The waterside atmosphere can’t be beat, unless of course you actually get out on the water. Rent an outboard-powered fishing dory from the Silly Lily Fishing Station and Marina, which has been in business since 1932, and take your meal to-go for a cruise around Moriches Bay. Visit the bait and tackle shop to buy or rent some gear, then ask the staff for tips about where to go for great clamming, crabbing or fishing, and eat your catch the next day.

Take a peek at sillylily.com for more details, including boat reservations and menu, or call 631-878-0247.

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