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HAMPTONS RESTAURANT NEWS

WHAT ’ S NEW FOR 2017 ?
Strange to be keeping track of comings and goings so late in the season . But this has been a very quirky , up-anddown summer so it seems natural that the usual rhythm of comings ands goings have become , well , scrambled . We ’ ll start at the very end of the East , where it seems there ’ s always room for more and more .
THE BEAT GOES ON !
If there ’ s one village that ’ s been in flux it ’ s good old , end of the road , Montauk . For the past decade we ’ ve counted on at lest a dozen new restaurants , clubs , and stores to pop up usually replacing old , familiar names . Again , it may be a but late in the season but most were surprised to see a new name hanging over a very old face on the Old Montauk Highway .
The BREAKERS is one of the last , mom-and-pop , blue color motels / cabin colonies in Montauk . Set a mile west of the village , on a rolling piece across the street from the ocean it was always a little creaky around the edges , definitely not for the hoi polloi , it sat in modest isolation catering to the same middle of the road clientele decade after decade . Well , no more !! Last week a small but significant sign was posted at the entry way . “ SEAMORE ’ S ” it said and to many of us , it meant , “ huh ”?
What we ’ d forgotten was that years ago the owners pushed the local Building Dept . to declare a breakfast room that has been in operation 20-30 years ago there a permissible usage once again . Why is that of interest ? Because the combo of rooms and food and beverage is the single hottest ticket in Montauk . Whether it is the Surf Lodge , Crow ’ s Nest , Montauk Beach House or now , SEA- MORE ’ S 631-484-5131 , fusing rooms and eating and drinking seems the destined road to fame and fortune .
With outposts in the Big Apple ( Broome and Mulberry and 18th Street and 8th Ave ) they have quite the reputation for casual , seafood based food with a kicking vibe . Sounds perfect for Montauk ? With a new coat of paint and a respectable upgrade they ’ re already busy serving breakfast , lunch and dinner and drinks for hotel guests and visitor alike .
Meanwhile just steps away another new resort is having a much tougher time getting into the F & B biz . HERO BEACH CLUB 631-668-9825 is the totally redone old Oceanside , the first large motel on the right as you enter the village . A sleepy giant , now with new aggressive ownership it slumbers no more . Millions have been poured into a total renovation that is contemporary , casual yet cozy as they come .
Overlooking the dunes with 30 plus rooms and a decent sized property it has the potential to grow a food operation that could be very helpful in recruiting the discerning clientele they look to serve . Oh , but the Town of East Hampton doesn ’ t see it that way and has passed new

LATITUDE 41

Just outside East Hampton village this spot has a polished look that seems to imply its been there forever . Not so , SERVICE STATION 631-267- 5603 is a two year old creation from the fertile mind of local restaurant pro Michael Gluckman , another in his long line of exciting rooms . The food is delicious the service precise and the drinks are well , swell . Try this refreshing blend of summer fruit and crisp gin , its make your day .
INGREDIENTS 2 Oz . - Organic Farmers Gin 1 - Unpeeled Cucumber ½ Oz . - Simple Syrup ½ Oz . Fresh Lime Juice Muddle the cucumber in a mixer until pureed and transfer to a tall shaker with cracked ice . Add the gin , syrup , lemon juice and shake well . Strain well into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of cucumber .
laws barring motels from adding just that . A real cat fight is brewing with armies of attorney ’ s biting at the bit ready to go Gladiator on one another . Too bad , it ’ s a sweet spot that deserves a break . Only time will tell if it gets it .
FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD
In East Hampton another decade old , year-round restaurant changed hands in mid-season . Always popular with the locals , when the lease on the HARBOR GRILL on Three Mile Harbor Road came due , the folks who had both restaurant decided having the HARBOR BISTRO up the road was more than enough to handle . That gave the folks at MICHAEL ’ S another of East Hampton ’ s longer running , year-round spots , a shot at branching out .
Wise enough to know opening a second restaurant in the heat of summer can be a tricky proposition , the new crew prepares for a Fall opening . Word is that the new room will be a locals orientated , year-round spot with a twist . All the while Michael ’ s will continue welcoming new and old clients alike .
Meanwhile we have another rather unexpected closing that does not have a quick , second act . A mile west of the Village on he Montauk Highway , MOKI ’ S opened three years to quite a fanfare . Celebrity chef / owner , new concept ( classic Japanese noodle house ), beautiful renovation in and out , it seemed as though it was destined for domestic stardom . What went wrong I have no idea , actually never eat there . But then , no one else did either . And so it sits forgone in the heat of summer waiting for Mr . Right Operator to come along .
Then all the way down the road past Amagansett Village one of the real legends in the East End looks like it might be coming back to life . For the past year plus CYRIL ’ S has been dark . Basically closed by the Town insistence it keep to its occupancy limits permitted , limited dining usage , the old owners finally threw in the mixer and walked away . Well it may be premature for 2017 but the Saunder ‘ s sign pout from has gone from available to “ Under Contract ”. Seems someone has an idea of how to bring this former money machine back on line . Can ’ t wait to see the how , why and when .
THE END ??
Nah , its never the end , not in an area like this that is always changing , improving , becoming something new and exciting . Speaking of which , after a few months off-line MUSE IN THE HARBOR 631-899-4810 is back , man !! About time , too , say all its faithful patrons who ’ ve waited patiently for Chef Matt Guiffridia to fire up the grill once again and serve that savory cuisine he ’ s justly famous for .
Open daily you can enjoy dinner nightly with brunch served daily from 11am - 3pm for all your “ I can ’ t decided if its breakfast or lunch time ” crowd . Like the sound of the Carib ? Drop by every Monday from 6-9pm for a round of authentic steel drums and $ 5 rum punches to make the mod , mellow , man . Old Steve will be on acoustic guitar every Thursday from 6-9pm and don ’ t forget Happy Hour is back weekdays from 5-6:30pm with half priced house wine and well drinks .
THAT IT ??
Probably now , but with fall creeping in the back door we ’ ll have to wait a few more weeks to see who decides to stay , go or change the whole thing around for a new season . Till then , enjoy summer dining while it lasts !

UBER & LYFT

I don ’ t know why that combination of two names sounds like a punch line from a Monty Python sketch . Just my twisted sense of phonetic humor , I guess . Anyway , it is no joke that both car sharing services have been legalized here on the East End as through the rest of NY State . Good or bad , I don ’ t really know since I ’ ve no need of a ride . But if you do , know you can get on their apt and rustle up a ride , pronto .

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HAMPTONS RESTAURANT NEWS   WHAT’S NEW FOR 2017? Strange to be keeping track of comings and goings so late in the season. But this has been a very quirky, up-and- down summer so it seems natural that the usual rhythm of comings ands goings have become, well, scrambled. We’ll start at the very end of the East, where it seems there’s always room for more and more.   THE BEAT GOES ON! If there’s one village that’s been in flux it’s good old, end of the road, Montauk. For the past decade we’ve counted on at lest a dozen new restaurants, clubs, and stores to pop up usually replacing old, familiar names. Again, it may be a but late in the season but most were surprised to see a new name hanging over a very old face on the Old Montauk Highway. The BREAKERS is one of the last, mom-and-pop, blue color motels/cabin colonies in Montauk. Set a mile west of the village, on a rolling piece across the street from the ocean it was always a little creaky around the edges, definitely not for the hoi polloi, it sat in modest isolation catering to the same middle of the road clientele decade after decade. Well, no more!! Last week a small but sig- nificant sign was posted at the entry way. “SEAMORE’S” it said and to many of us, it meant, “huh”? What we’d forgotten was that years ago the owners pushed the local Building Dept. to declare a breakfast room that has been in operation 20-30 years ago there a permissible usage once again. Why is that of interest? Because the combo of rooms and food and beverage is the single hottest ticket in Montauk. Whether it is the Surf Lodge, Crow’s Nest, Montauk Beach House or now, SEA- MORE’S 631-484-5131, fusing rooms and eating and drinking seems the destined road to fame and fortune. With outposts in the Big Apple (Broome and Mulberry and 18th Street and 8th Ave) they have quite the reputation for casual, seafood based food with a kicking vibe. Sounds perfect for Montauk? With a new coat of paint and a respect- able upgrade they’re already busy serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and drinks for hotel guests and visitor alike. Meanwhile just steps away another new resort is having a much tougher time getting into the F&B biz. HERO BEACH CLUB 631-668-9825 is the totally redone old Oceanside, the first large motel on the right as you enter the village. A sleepy giant, now with new aggressive ownership it slum- bers no more. Millions have been poured into a total reno- vation that is contemporary, casual yet cozy as they come. Overlooking the dunes with 30 plus rooms and a de- cent sized property it has the potential to grow a food operation that could be very helpful in recruiting the dis- cerning clientele they look to serve. Oh, but the Town of East Hampton doesn’t see it that way and has passed new LATITUDE 41 Just outside East Hampton village this spot has a polished look that seems to imply its been there forever. Not so, SERVICE STATION 631-267- 5603 is a two year old creation from the fertile mind of local restaurant pro Michael Gluckman, another in his long line of exciting rooms. The food is delicious the service precise and the drinks are well, swell. Try this refreshing blend of summer fruit and crisp gin, its make your day. INGREDIENTS 2 Oz. - Organic Farmers Gin 1 - Unpeeled Cucumber ½ Oz. - Simple Syrup ½ Oz. Fresh Lime Juice Muddle the cucumber in a mixer until pureed and transfer to a tall shaker with cracked ice. Add the gin, syrup, lemon juice and shake well. Strain well into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of cucumber. laws barring motels from adding just that. A real cat fight is brewing with armies of attorney’s biting at the bit ready to go Gladiator on one another. Too bad, it’s a sweet spot that deserves a break. Only time will tell if it gets it.   FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD In East Hampton another decade old, year-round res- taurant changed hands in mid-season. Always popular with the locals, when the lease on the HARBOR GRILL on Three Mile Harbor Road came due, the folks who had both restaurant decided having the HARBOR BISTRO up the road was more than enough to handle. That gave the folks at MICHAEL’S another of East Hampton’s longer running, year-round spots, a shot at branching out. Wise enough to know opening a second restaurant in the heat of summer can be a tricky proposition, the new crew prepares for a Fall opening. Word is that the new room will be a locals orientated, year-round spot with a twist. All the while Michael’s will continue welcoming new and old clients alike. Meanwhile we have another rather unexpected clos- ing that does not have a quick, second act. A mile west of the Village on he Montauk Highway, MOKI’S opened three years to quite a fanfare. Celebrity chef/owner, new concept (classic Japanese noodle house), beautiful reno- vation in and out, it seemed as though it was destined for domestic stardom. What went wrong I have no idea, actually never eat there. But then, no one else did either. And so it sits forgone in the heat of summer waiting for Mr. Right Operator to come along. Then all the way down the road past Amagansett Vil- lage one of the real legends in the East End looks like it might be coming back to life. For the past year plus CYRIL’S has been dark. Basically closed by the Town in- sistence it keep to its occupancy limits permitted, limited dining usage, the old owners finally threw in the mixer and walked away. Well it may be premature for 2017 but the Saunder‘s sign pout from has gone from available to “Under Contract”. Seems someone has an idea of how to bring this former money machine back on line. Can’t wait to see the how, why and when.   THE END?? Nah, its never the end, not in an area like this that is al- ways changing, improving, becoming something new and exciting. Speaking of which, after a few months off-line MUSE IN THE HARBOR 631-899-4810 is back, man!! About time, too, say al ́ѡհɽ́ݡeٔ݅ѕ)ѥѱ䁙ȁ 5ЁեɥѼɔѡɥ)͕ٔѡЁͅٽ䁍եͥéѱ䁙́ȸ)=ԁ䁑ȁѱݥѠչ)͕ٕ䁙ɽŅȁȃq$eЁ)́ɕЁȁչѥtɽݐ1ѡͽչѡ) ɥɽ䁕ٕ5䁙ɽشȁɽչ)ѡѥѕյ́ԁմչ́Ѽѡ)ܰ=Mѕٔݥѥեх)ٕQ͑䁙ɽشeЁɝЁ!!)́ݕ́ɽԴݥѠɥ͔)ݥݕɥ̸(llQ!P%P)Aɽ䁹ܰЁݥѠɕѡ)ݗeٔѼ݅Ё܁ɔݕ́Ѽ͕ݡ)Ѽх䰁ȁѡݡѡɽչȁ)͕ͽQѡյȁݡЁ̄)U H1eP)$)eЁ܁ݡѡЁѥݼ́ͽչ)չɽ5Aѡͭэ)Ё)ݥѕ͕͔ѥյȰ$Օ̸݅䰁)́ѡЁѠȁ͡ɥ͕٥́ٔ)镐ɔѡЁ́ѡɽ՝ѡɕ)9dMхєȁ$eЁɕ䁭)ͥ'eٔɥ Ёԁ)܁ԁЁѡȁЁѱ)ɥɽѼ(Ё5хլ!ѽ1՝Ѐ$)ܹ5хխ1