Resto Recos in East Hampton
Nick & Toni’s - Jfood ate at N&T twice in the visit. Both times the service was very good. The Zucchini chips continue as a great start to the evening. Thinly sliced and quick fried with a little salt on top. Jfood recommends a plate for the table to get the ball rolling. The romaine lettuce with a Caesar dressing is similar to a Caesar salad but not exactly. The dressing has more of a lemony aspect than salty with a fair amount of cheese. Very tasty and a nice touch. Jfood ordered the same entrée twice (a classic mistake). The fluke encrusted with Porcinis and served over a bed of fennel and wild mushrooms. The first time this dish was perfect, the taste of the encrusted porcinis giving the dish a wonderful depth. The second time it wasn’t as well prepared. The fish was a tad mushy and the seasoning was not as well done. Others at the jfood table ordered the striped bass and the swordfish and every one raved about each. Appetizers $9-18; entrees $23-48. Jfood would give the first night a 10 and the second a 7.
Pacific East - This resto has gone downhill for the last few years and is now, unfortunately, officially off the jfood recommended list. The menu is getting tired, having not changed significantly in years and the food is not well prepared. First, remember that the hostess will try to sit you at their “bad” tables, almost a joke to watch them take 4-tops to these tables, watch the obligatory no-thanks and then the 4-top gets a reasonable table. On to the food. Jfood order the “super dragon roll” for an appetizer. This was anything but super. It was the thickness of a nickel, and the flavors were barely recognizable. Jfood could only give this a 2. For an entrée jfood ordered the Louisiana shrimp with succotash. The shrimp were nice sized but they reminded jfood of boiled shrimp that were thrown on the grill at the last moment to get some color. They had absolutely no flavor and the texture o one made jfood question the freshness. The succotash was basically some overcooked corn kernels with one little piece of red pepper. The last addition was a hot pepper chili oil. Jfood is being kind with a 2 for this dish. Service was fine until they got a little busy and then the server fell out of sight. The check took 30-minutes to receive. Appetizers $9-18; entrees $27-48. Jfood would say to avoid Pacific East.
The Laundry - Finally convinced everyone to try and this is now on the jfood “A” list of restos, not only at the east end but can say this is almost true perfection. The rooms themselves are well designed, nicely decorated and has a great energy. The food was close to perfect. Jfood ordered the Caesar salad to start. It was nicely dressed, but some would say overdressed so remember to order “lightly” if that is your desire. The dressing was full bodied. It is not a traditional NY steak house preparation, but a little creamier. One guest could not eat the goat cheese that accompanied her salad and jfood asked for it on the side with a little bread. It was fantastic. 60-day aged and a beautiful deep flavor. Jfood ordered the scallops over pea risotto. The scallops were perfectly prepared, grilled to a nice crust on one side but thoroughly cooked through. Tender and sweet they balanced the risotto to perfection. Others had the wood roasted salmon over soba noodles. This was also outstanding and the chef hit all the desired donenesses perfectly. The soba noodles had a slight peppery effect and sesame oil and balanced the deepness of the plank cooked salmon. Appetizers $11-20; entrees $28-52. Jfood scores the resto a perfect 10 for the evening.
Cyrils – Out route 27 past Amagansett center on the north side is a great lunch place, Cyrils. Cyril sits at the table and Caribbean music plays at this happenin’ spot. For lunch you can go light with a salad with grilled chicken or shrimp on top $16 or order a fried fish sandwich (a little overcooked at $9) or soft shell ($14) or burgers, dogs or a heavier selection with prices into the $20’s. jfood ate a fried fish sandwich one day and fried whole belly clams the other. Both were very good with a side of fries. At night this place is overwhelmed with young people.
That's great news about The Laundry - I have not yet been to the new digs, but was a huge fan of the old one.
Ah, Cyrils. Nothing like rolling in there right off the beach. No need to make dinner plans after a long late afternoon/early evening there.
My sushi choice is Sen in Sag Harbor.
I heard that Nobu just opened an outpost in Easthampton, so let's see what happens to Pacific East now!
Too bad you don't drink, because Cyril's makes the best frozen drink we've ever tried, the BBC (Bailey's Banana Colada). I highly recommend stopping there just because of that, and for people watching (they have the most unusual clientele).