A new restaurant on wheels hit the Hamptons in April, and this one specializes in customized catering year-round. Bistro Mobile Kitchen, the new food truck from chef Damien O’Donnell of Harbor Bistro, is offering local ingredients and a slew of summertime favorites to hungry Long Islanders.
“There are no limitations for what we can do. When people ask us for a certain style of party, we steer our menu in that direction,” said O’Donnell.
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Whether casual or high-end events, the food truck delivers. Think fish tacos, lobster roll sliders and ribs for casual parties and petit fours and hors d’oeuvres for more upscale gatherings. And the truck can cater to an unlimited number of people.
Working many catering jobs over the past few summer seasons, O’Donnell knew there was a demand for private parties that would benefit from a food truck like this one. “Every time I did a large off-premise event, we had to rent the kitchen equipment and put it together,” he said. “We said, ‘How easy would it be if we could actually roll our kitchen right up to the event and just cook from there?’ When the truck became available, it was kind of a no-brainer.”
Those who aren’t in need of catering can stop by Harbor Bistro to get a taste of O’Donnell’s food instead. This season, he made a few changes to the menu. For the first time since opening in 2006, the restaurant will offer a burger. It’s handmade with a blend of Kobe brisket, prime chuck and short rib beef, topped with aged Vermont cheddar, crisp romaine, a thick slice of heirloom tomato and pickled red onions. That’s all on a toasted brioche roll. “The guests have been going crazy for it,” said O’Donnell.
Also be on the lookout for his mouthwatering lobster BLT with hand-cut fries and saffron aioli. O’Donnell, a lover of fresh seafood, also spiced up the menu with a few new fish dishes. There’s a tempura-fried lobster tail on a bed of noodles and a bouillabaisse (a seafood stew). O’Donnell described the latter as “a beautiful balance of fresh local monkfish with a local crab crust and steamed local clams, mussels and shrimp,” paired with saffron Israeli couscous. “The broth is so robust, flavorful and savory.” (All of the new dishes are also available in the Bistro Mobile Kitchen.)
The summer deals at Harbor Bistro are just as delicious as the new food. The sunset happy hour, which takes place every night 5-7pm, offers $6 drinks (menu features mixed, beer and wine) and $8 appetizers.
And no matter what time of day you head over, expect the perfect summertime experience. “Getting to that waterfront establishment and seeing that gorgeous view that we have at the restaurant, my goal was to make sure that our cuisine and our service matched that view,” he said.
Harbor Bistro and Bistro Mobile Kitchen are now open for the season. The restaurant closes the Sunday before Columbus Day.