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What is new in Sag Harbor 2013? Greetings Hamptons Mouthpiece readers…wow it is hard to believe that in 24 more days the start of the 2013 summer season will officially begin and the energy will become electrifying here in the Hamptons. Did you know that Sag Harbor village was home to over 20 places to eat? I do believe Sag Harbor has the most restaurants on Main Street than any other town in the Hamptons.

Sag Harbor lost two favorite restaurants at the end of 2012 PHAO and Paradise, but they gained 2 NEW Restaurants this year…Madison & Main and The Cuddy both are located on Main Street.

outside bldgMADISON & MAIN is owned by Chef Eric Miller and Michael Gluckman…Madison and Main Restaurant is located on Sag Harbor’s Main St, formerly the Paradise Cafe. Madison and Main’s co-owners, Michael Gluckman, notorious Hamptons restauranteur and Eric Miller of Food & Co. are a fantastic dynamic duo for this Hamptons hotspot. Classic American Style Cuisine Restaurant and Bar Service with on and off premise catering.  I love the look and vibe to this restaurant, the doors in the front open up and the bar scene reminds me of the Bobby Vans look in Bridgehampton.

On those warm summer nights, if you get there early you can sit outside and enjoy a cool summer breeze. The signature drink for the summer is the Watermelon Martini and I really loved the crab cakes, so delicious.

crab cake
Crab cakes @ Madison & Main

Lunch is served starting at 1130am Monday-Sunday, try the Shrimp BLT, it’s delicious. M-F  5-7pm is Happy Hour with $5 beer, wine, Watermelon Martini’s and appetizers. I really like the Watermelon Martini’s, a perfect choice for a warm summer evening.

lobster roll
Lobster roll @ Cuddy

THE CUDDY.…Formally known as PHAO…same executive staff Jeffrey Resnick, Tora & Jesse Matsuoka..I had an opportunity to sit and talk with Jesse the day before they opened in Early April to chat with him about why they decided to close Phao and re-open with an American Cuisine. I asked Jesse what will make Cuddy different than restaurants in Sag Harbor and  he indicated Quality*Value* and Consistency. Many restaurants in the Hamptons focus only on the summer season but Cuddy is interested in focusing on the year-round customer.

The restaurant will be open year-round serving a Rustic American cuisine. Phao was a product that people enjoyed but did not necessarily love it. The Cuddy has a Rustic American theme  which is home-cooked food you would not necessarily cook at home, not because you can’t but it might be to timing consuming to prepare.  Gil Chico is the executive Chef who is also the executive chef at Sen and has been with the company for 3 years. The Beverage Director is Derrick Neilsen who has been with the company for  5-6 years. I am excited that Cuddy will be bringing some exciting new food events to Sag Harbor, like wine pairing dinners.

Cuddy has indicated that they are handing over their entertainment hat to others in the area and are looking to only focus on the food, starting with dinner first then gradually introducing Lunch and during the summer season Breakfast. There will be late night Bar Scene…I have not eaten at The Cuddy yet but I am looking forward to having the burger and the Lobster Roll I hear they are amazing. Lets see if they will make my list for best burger and Lobster roll in the Hamptons this year.

These two restaurants have been very busy since they both opened with a full house each night, so make sure you make your reservations early. Madison & Main is bringing the fun back to Sag Harbor with they’re Happening Bar scene, so do not be surprised if it is hard to get a seat at the bar.

If you find you cannot get a seat for dinner at these two places, there are so many really good restaurants in town, Page, American Hotel, Muse, LT Burger, Dockside, The Beacon, Sen, The Corner Bar, B’ Smith’s, Il Capuccino, Tutto Il Giorno

Looking forward to seeing you in the Harbor this summer…There are some new store openings in town, so take a walk down Main Street and check them out. Black Swan Antiques has just opened a new location in Sag Harbor…

capriBLT Steak coming to the Capri in Southampton NY this summer...Greetings Hamptons Mouthpiece readers…Watch out palm Restaurant there’s going to be a new steakhouse coming to the Hamptons. Get ready you steak loving fans NYC posh and upscale steakhouse is coming to the Hamptons this summer at taking over Nobu’s space at the Capri in Southampton, NY. Yelp gives this restaurant 4 stars and over 300 reviewers love it, but be ready to dish out some serious cash for what some say is fantastic. I do not eat red meat, but I am looking forward to trying some other delicious items on the menu. BLT Steak

Rumors have been swirling about who would take over the former Nobu space in Southampton.  Jimmy Haber is in final negotiations with Steve Kamali to take over the space, which has indoor and outdoor seating, and transform it into a BLT Steak.

blt-steak-pic1The 110 seat restaurant will have poolside service and hopes to be serving by Memorial Day at The Capri Hotel on 281 County Road in Southampton.

Dockers Waterside in Quogue Opens for the Season…Dockers will be serving a Grand Brunch Buffet for Easter Sunday with 3 seating’s at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Please call for a reservation and large parties welcome. Go to our website for the buffet menu and additional details.

Hamptons Restaurant: Friday, April 5th Through Sunday, April 14th. 3 courses for $27.95 and 3-course menu is available on their website.
dockerswaterside.com

Season Launch Party is scheduled for Saturday, April 20th at 5pm hosted by Hamptons Magazine, Martin Codax Wine & LaMarca Prosecco. This is the biggest Spring Party and has been widely referred to as the “Opening of the Hamptons!” Music starts at 5pm with Paul Mahos with special guest Candice. Dress to impress – dance, drink and come out for this amazing annual event. Dinner reservations start at 7:30pm and sell out fast.

photo credit: Kurt Leggard
photo credit: Kurt Leggard

The weekend’s weather is looking great in the 50’s and sunny!

To snack or not to snack? Is it better to eat three square meals a day or 5-6 mini meals? Recent studies show that for better blood sugar control, and to help binge eating snacking can be a healthful thing to do. Eating healthy snacks, such as a piece of fruit, string cheese, a cup of yogurt, a small handful of nuts can enhance your overall diet.fruit

Healthy snacking helps you manage hunger by balancing blood sugar.
 Studies confirm that when adults or children skip breakfast, they tend to perform poorly both physically and mentally. Skipping breakfast usually leads to eating higher calorie foods and making poor food decisions due to the fact that the body needs fuel right away.

Unfortunately in America, skipping breakfast is very common, and skipping lunch may also follow that trend. It is always better for the body and your waist line to “front load” your food intake when your body needs it the most. A good rule of thumb is to eat about 50-60% of your daily food intake before 2pm. This is where planning your snacks throughout the morning and afternoon can be beneficial to your overall health. By making healthy snack choices, you can provide your body with the extra nutrients and energy that it needs. This can also help prevent binge eating episodes. yogurt

What is the perfect snack? The perfect snack depends on your individual tastes and preferences. There are no right or wrong food choices. It should be based on what you like, not what your friend is eating on her current fad diet.
There are no special formulas or magical foods to make your snack better then what you could get at your corner grocery store. One way that can help you make a better choice is to think of the components that make up a good snack. A little protein, a little carbohydrate, and a little good fat will provide you with a nutrient dense snack.
For instance, apple slices with a tablespoon of almond butter, or a half turkey sandwich on good quality whole grain bread, a slice of avocado, a little mustard, some lettuce and cucumber. Notice how these choices are specific and portioned out. A SNACK IS NOT A MEAL. A snack is an energy bridge that will get you through to your next meal. It helps prevent you from bingeing on whatever is in front of you when you get home from a hard day’s work.
Also if you do happen to snack in front of your computer or television, make sure you portion it out. Small bowls are great for this.

Remember… it’s a snack.

It is Back…The 11th Annual Hamptons Restaurant week 2013…Greetings Hamptons Mouthpiece readers are you a FOODIE? If you are you must visit the Hamptons for the 11th Annual Restaurant Week… There are some really good restaurants participating this year, and some that I am anxious to try like Bell & Anchor in Sag Harbor. If you are visiting the Hamptons why not stay the weekend and take a wine tour in the Northfork or Southfork.. shop Main Street at some of the beautiful stores in each town or visit the outlets at Tanger in Riverhead. You can visit the new Parrish Museum in WaterMill, Guild Hall in East Hampton, Baystreet Theatre in Sag Harbor, new Bowling Alley in Riverhead and lots more to do, check out the calendar of events to plan your weekend.

hamptons rest weekThis year Hamptons Restaurant Week is April 7th-April 14, 2013

From Sunday to Sunday,
all participating restaurants offer a three course prix fixe for $19.95 and/or $27.95 all night
(except Saturday when it will only be offered until 7 PM

2012 Participating Restaurants this year include

BAITING HOLLOW

Cooperage Inn
(631) 727-8994 $27.95

BRIDGEHAMPTON

Almond
(631) 537-5665  $27.95

Bobby Van’s
(631) 537-0590

Mercado Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar
(631) 237-1334

EAST HAMPTON

Fresno
(631) 324-8700

Living Room, The @ c/o The Maidstone

(631) 324-5006

EAST QUOGUE

Dockers Waterside Restaurant & Marina
(631) 653-0653

Stone Creek Inn
(631) 653-6770

EASTPORT

Trumpets on the Bay
(631) 325-2900

GREENPORT

Blue Canoe Oyster Bar & Grill
(631) 477-6888

HAMPTON BAYS

1 North Steakhouse
(631) 594-3419

Cowfish
(631) 594-3868

Edgewater Restaurant
(631) 723-2323

Oakland’s Restaurant
(631) 728-6900

Rumba Inspired Island Cuisine and Rum Bar (631) 594-3544

 JAMESPORT

Jamesport Manor Inn
(631) 722-0500

Jedediah Hawkins
(631) 722-2900

MONTAUK

East by Northeast
(631) 668-2872

Harvest on Fort Pond
(631) 668-5574

NEW SUFFOLK

Legends Restaurant
(631) 734-5123

RIVERHEAD

All Star, The
(631) 998-356

Bistro 72 at Hotel Indigo
(631) 369-3325

Tweeds Restaurant and Buffalo Bar
(631) 727-6644

SAG HARBOR

Bell & Anchor, The
(631) 725-3400

Muse in the Harbor
(631) 899-4810

SHELTER ISLAND HEIGHTS

La Maison Blanche
(631) 749-1633

SOUTHAMPTON

Coast Grill, The
(631) 283-2777

red|bar brasserie
(631) 283-0704

Shippy’s Pumpernickles Restaurant East
(631) 283-0007

Southampton Social Club
(631) 287-1400

 SOUTHOLD

North Fork Table & Inn, The
(631) 765-0177

WESTHAMPTON

Casa Basso
(631) 288-1841

WESTHAMPTON BEACH

The Patio @ 54 Main
(631) 288-0100

There are also some specials for Lodging as well during this week…for more information on Participating restaurants and lodging visit http://www.hamptonsrestaurantweek.com/restaurants.html

Other events during that week:

Casino Night @ Baystreet Theatre: April 13th 7-11pm $50 http://www.baystreet.org

casino night

Check out my calendar for events in the Hamptons http://hamptonsmouthpiece.com/eventscalendar/ 

or my Facebook page..www.facebook.com/hamptonsmouthpiece