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Jul 30, 2013 08:16 PM

Hamptons Mouthpiece Review

I just read this review of two places in the Hamptons. I'm not sure what to make of it.

As I'm posting this, I reread the entire review and I'm still confused.

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  1. "Lifestyle blog about the Hamptons" says it all!! Ugh!!
    After living in E Hampton for 30 years I moved to the real world of the North Fork!! It's an undiscovered treasure.

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    1. re: Motosport

      I wish it were undiscovered! I've been summering on the NF (and fall and springing, when possible) for 35 years, and it seems to be more discovered every year. My local area is still quiet and peaceful, even on weekends (although at night we hear all the noise from huge parties who knows where). I remember the days when I'd just stroll up to Peconic Bay Winery to pick up a bottle (stores would be closed on Sundays), chat a bit with Ray and Jane, then head home or for more shopping. Now, I wouldn't even consider approaching a winery on a weekend. Even mid-week, it's too overwhelming at times. We used to complain about the traffic in Riverhead. Now, going out in the fall, you have to calculate an extra hour just to go between Aquebogue and Laurel. Still, it does beat the Hamptons.

      1. re: EricMM

        .............and have you see Rt 58 recently?????????
        I am glad there is no Dan's Papers to reveal all of the back road routes.

        1. re: Motosport

          Papers? We dun need no steenkeeng papers! We have GPS!

          1. re: Motosport

            Unfortunately with GPS, they can easily find all the back roads now. I see lots of cutting from north to south the last few years. Ooops I see mcf let the cat out of the bag too. There is no escape....we can never go out on weekends either, it's not fair! Right now it's pretty darn nice though, if the weather cooperates.

            1. re: coll

              Map to coll's house coming soon!!

              1. re: Motosport

                Just like Jerry DellaFemina, I'm in good company.

              2. re: coll

                Decades ago, I lived in Port Jefferson when it was a sleepy little ship building sort of town with a ferry. Later, it became impossible to move around in the village on summer weekeneds due to tourism by ferry passengers.

                1. re: mcf

                  And around 5 PM too, especially Friday. I hate when I get caught there at the wrong time.

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          1. I apologize for the delay, but I actually just saw this posting. I am curious, exactly what confused you about the review. I never proclaimed to be a NY Times Reviewer, I write based on my personal taste and my opinion. Please explain your comments, since you took the time to write something.

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            1. re: vleggard

              I'm not sure what confused Gastronomus, but I just took the time to read your reviews and found that you failed to describe the dishes, other than to itemize them and describe your own reactions to them. It would help to know about what you ate, and why it was good or not, how it's different from the usual, if at all, etc.

              Your blog post reads like a personal journal entry rather than a food or restaurant review.

              Also, you don't mention this, but your reviews read as if you may have had personal contact with management and they may have known you were blogging, is that the case? If so, you have an obligation to tell your readers you were known to them.

              One problem you have with credibility as a reviewer now is that you are identified by restaurant management at the very least by including a photo of your companion/child and can not assure readers that they will be treated as well as you are in places you write about.

              On a positive note, pics are a nice inclusion and your tone is enthusiastic and engaging.
              I do think you need some careful proof reading, though.

              1. re: mcf

                thank you for you honest feedback.

                1. re: vleggard

                  I'm glad you recognized it as an effort to be helpful and not discouraging. You're smart (and brave!) to ask for honest feedback and wise to be open to it.

              2. re: vleggard

                I also read the review, and at least for the first one, it sounded like many dishes were just "so so" ("lacked seasoning", "just ok", "did not care for at all"), but at the end you called the dinner "delightful". It was jarring, at least to me. Maybe you're an "easy grader" :)

              3. I lived and worked on the South Fork for 20 years. As hard as I tried I could not figure out the appeal of Old Stove Pub. The food was good but not great and the snooty attitude was off the charts even in the off season.
                Certainly not worth the trip from the NOFO where we have great restaurants without the attitude. I'd put tRP or No Fork Table and Inn up against any trendy Hamptons place. That's not to mention the low key comfort places like The Rendevous and Bruce's.

                1. I don't think I can take a restaurant review very seriously when the second sentence tells about the "dinning experience."