Ah, July. It is Long Island’s seasonal apex, when the buzz in restaurants of every stripe is at its peak. Dining by the water? Check. Innovative eats? Double check. Vino to go along with it all? Triple check.
Being that LI is surrounded by water on all sides, dining al aqua is a ubiquitous experience, especially in the summer. While some waterside establishments serve the same old tired, deep-fried grub, two eateries are providing top-notch vittles to complement the scenery. Surf’s Out Restaurant in Kismet, Fire Island (631) 583-7400 is a newly renovated space that, in addition to sweeping views from the outdoor dining deck, provides Italian specialties, fresh seafood, and a sushi menu. Arrive at the restaurant by land or by boat. The Surf Lodge in Montauk (631) 668-1562 is offering the majestic scenery of “The End” along with dual dining options. Executive Chef and Top Chef alum Sam Talbot, oversees the distinctly Hawaiian lunch service from 11am to 4pm. The other option, especially for the late night partiers, is The Food Stand, which is open from 11pm-3am and serves up more Hawaiian deliciousness, fish tacos, lobster rolls and organic herbal iced tea to The Surf Lodge guests and patrons late night from 11pm until 3am.
And just in case you were beginning to feel that a certain staidness has infused the LI dining scene, the menu at The Stone Turtle in Island Park (516) 431-6570 is proof that that assertion is false. Executive Chef Gregory Baumel has masterminded a head-turning menu with a palette of fresh, seasonal ingredients. These include Screaming Oysters, which are east coast oysters lightly poached in a sauce of sake, oyster sauce, chilis and cilantro served with crostini, and Four Cheese and Wild Boar Sausage Lasagna, which consists of mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan and romano cheese baked with lasagna noodles, housemade tomato sauce and 100% organic free-range wild boar sausage from Broken Arrow Ranch, Texas.
Finally, two of the latest wines from Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack (631) 537-5106 are the perfect accompaniment to an LI summer. These are the 2009 “Classic White”—a white wine blend with lychee/papaya/apple and lime notes and a flavor of peachy minerality and a 2009 “Wölffer Estate Rosé,” a rosé with gooseberry/wild strawberry/peach/lime notes and a blueberry/grapefruit flavor.
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