5 End-of-Summer Appetizers to Bring to the Party

Technically, summer lasts until Sept. 20. But we all know reality has its own calendar. Come this time of year, the urge to savor every last balmy evening takes hold. Whether it’s an al fresco dinner for two, or a big bash, these starters—favorites of local hotel chefs—see summer off right.

Salmon Rösti

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The version of these classic Scandinavian bites that Chef David Armone serves at The Maidstone in East Hampton includes bleak roe. “You can definitely make this for a crowd because you can make your rösti the day before. Just pop them in a very hot oven for 10–15 minutes to reheat,” he suggested. Get the recipe.

Tomato Salad


At Ai Fiori, the Michelin-starred restaurant from Altamarea Group, located on the second floor of Langham Place, New York, Fifth Avenue, Chef de Cuisine Scott Schneider gets raves for this summer standard. Get the recipe.

Butchers’ Meatballs

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The Refinery Hotel, a next-door neighbor of the Empire State Building, is the stomping ground of Executive Chef Jeff Haskell. These four-meat sliders, one of the most popular starters on his rotating menu, are “great to pass around at summer gatherings,” he said. Get the recipe.

Street Corn

Street Corn

This simple starter takes one of the season’s staples, fresh sweet corn, and gives it a south-of-the-border kick. “Light and flavorful to go along with rosé wine and friends,” said The Garden City Hotel Chef Ari Nieminen of his creation. Get the recipe.

Summer Gazpacho

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image: @threadsalt

This savory summer sipper from Executive Chef Raoul Whitaker of David Burke Kitchen, tucked into The James Hotel in SoHo, stars crabmeat and avocado. Get the recipe.

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Christina Vercelletto is a lifelong south-shore Long Islander. She currently resides in Babylon with her husband, three children, and a morbidly obese calico. A media veteran, Christina has held editorial positions at Babytalk, Parenting, Scholastic Parent & Child, Woman's Day, and Davler Media. Her work has appeared in numerous national publications, including Redbook, Rachael Ray, Good Housekeeping, FamilyFun, and The Huffington Post. She's been a frequent guest on Today, The View, and Good Morning America.