April showers bring . . . delicious food and drink. Let’s be honest: May is one of the best months on the Island. Flowers bloom, springtime treats like rhubarb start to make their appearance, seasonal waterfront restaurants reopen. Take some time to stop and smell the spring blossoms and then get yourself these 9 eats.
Seafood Pasta at Bostwick’s on the Harbor
Bostwick’s is kicking off their 27th Hamptons season by opening a second location at 39 Gann Road, East Hampton. The seafood centric menu will include oysters on the half shell, garlicky mussels, lobster rolls, crab cakes and of course Bostwick’s famous seafood pasta. The official opening is planned for late May or early June.
Bomboloni at +39 Italian Eatery
Or really any of the pastries at this new Great Neck spot. Pair it with the Espressino Freddo (an icy creamy cappuccino) and pretend you’re in Rome.
Grilled Pineapple at Morty’s Oyster Stand
Not that we needed an excuse to eat more lobster rolls, but Amagansett has a new spot for us to try them. Morty’s Oyster Stand will soon open at 2167 Montauk Highway in Montauk, and the restaurant—with indoor and outdoor dining—will dish up summer classics such as Morty’s Lobster Roll, Whitefish and Summer Squash Ceviche with fresh herbs and Grilled Pineapple with black sesame and coconut caramel for dessert.
Strawberry Soft Serve Ice Cream at Harbes Family Farm
Strawberry season is coming and while you could eat them straight up doesn’t everything taste better in ice cream? Harbes Family Family’s got the good stuff: local strawberries churned into soft serve ice cream.
A Poolside Burger at Brooklyn Chop House
Brooklyn Chop House is taking a summer vacation to the Hamptons. The NYC-based restaurant will pop up in late May at The Capri Hotel at 281 County Road 39A in Southampton. Go for lunch poolside and order the Chicken, Beef, Shrimp and Lobster Satay, the Chicken Lettuce Wraps or an 8-ounce Pat LaFrieda Double Hamburger.
Fried Chicken at Ellen’s on Front
We’ve been obsessed with chef Jennie Werts fried chicken ever since she started serving it at her Jennie’s at Drossos popup. This May, Werts is putting down roots and opening a permanent location, Ellen’s on Front, in Greenpoint.
Rosé at the Southampton Arts Centre
Raise a glass to the arrival of leisurely summer days when Dan’s Taste of Summer kicks-off with Dan’s Rosé Soirée on Sunday, May 26 at the Southampton Arts Centre. The event will feature more than 30 different rosé wines from the East End and beyond and small bites from top local restaurants including Kingfish, Calissa, Union Cantina and more.
Brunch with Your Mom
Cough. Cough. Mother’s Day is May 12 and your mom wants you to take her to brunch. Head to Thyme in Roslyn for an elevated brunch menu or keep it low-key at Toast in Patchogue or get even more of our brunch picks.
Rhubarb Cocktail at Home
We get excited as soon as we see rhubarb start to appear at the farmers markets. It’ll be any day now. This year up your rhubarb game by making rhubarb cocktails home. We’ve got the recipe.