This Sunday, April 23, the spring edition of Long Island Restaurant Week hits the South Fork. For eight days (the promotion runs through Sunday, April 30), a handful of Hamptons restaurants will be serving a three-course dinner menu, with most prix-fixes clocking in at $44 per person. The prix-fixe will run all night long each night except for Saturday, when it is required to end at 7 p.m.. Options run the gamut, foodwise, and it’s a great opportunity for diners to try that certain restaurant they’ve always been curious about.
“An excitement has been built around Long Island Restaurant Week for the past 17 years among both diners and restaurants,” said Nicole Castillo, of Long Island Restaurant & Hospitality Group in a press release for the event. Since its inception in 2006, Long Island Restaurant Week has grown to include three annual installments, occurring once in each respective season apart from summer. An estimated 116,000 meals are served each restaurant week at over 140 restaurants across Long Island, according to Castillo.
Friendly reminder: because you’re getting a deal on the food, this is also a tremendous opportunity to try some of the resto’s other unique offerings, i.e. a bottle of wine, an additional appetizer from the regular menu to share or one of their specialty cocktails. The trick is to go with an empty belly and an open mind.
For some South Forkers, this may be the last rodeo to get into your favorite spots before the big, bad summer sweeps in, so reservations are highly recommended. And remember, the listed price is before tax and gratuity, so please tip your servers! That being said, consider this a guide on where to get wined and dined, for a deal, this upcoming week.
Tucked away in The Mill Center, that cute little shopping alcove in the heart of Water Mill, is Bistro Eté, helmed by chef Arie Pavlou. Described as a cross between French, Mediterranean and Cypriot, this casually elegant restaurant’s prix fixe menu is slated to feature classic fare like escargot, roasted chicken and apple tatin. For a couple extra bucks, diners can get the ultimate soup experience with Pavlou’s French onion soup or can enjoy braised short ribs with pappardelle as the entrée. And who doesn’t love a liquid dessert? Bistro Eté’s got you covered with a Godiva Cream Espresso-tini as a dessert option (made with vodka, tequila or bourbon) for an additional $6.
The $44 prix-fixe runs every day, all night long beginning Sunday and will go until 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Bistro Eté is open Thursday through Sunday starting at 5 p.m., reservations can be made here.
Page at 63 Main
For years now, chef de cuisine Cleon Clarke has consistently made the menu at this Sag Harbor mainstay his own. Offering crowd pleasers for lunch and dinner seven days a week year-round, guests can expect restaurant week at Page to be no different, as most options come straight from the regular menu. Burrata with prosciutto and eggplant, steamed Prince Edward Island mussels, and Lacinato kale salad are just some of the appetizer options. For entrees, keep it light with a vegan grain bowl or get the full enchilada with a grass-fed, soy-marinated pork tenderloin. Peruse through restaurant manager Eric Peele’s carefully curated wine list (complete with a special reserve section) and be sure to save room for pastry chef Arina Rudneva’s coconut layer cake with mango lime curd. Take it to-go if you must. It’s worth the calories. Page opens for dinner at 5 p.m. and they’re requesting Saturday night orders be in by 6:30 p.m.. You can make your reservation by calling or clicking here.
Get your Greek fix at Calissa, the seafood-inspired, Mediterranean-style Water Mill eatery that screams summer. Their $44 restaurant week menu is both user friendly and versatile, as options include Greek classics like avgolemeno, moussaka and yemista. Calissa keeps the rest simple, with a roasted beet salad with mint yogurt and crumbled halloumi, grilled salmon with sautéed greens, and a crowd-pleasing chicken souvlaki. Wash it all down in style, as Calissa offers one of the most versatile, and ample, rosé-filled wine lists around. Finish the meal with an order of baklava with walnuts and honey imported from Crete, and you, just like this classic dessert/pastry, are golden. Make your reservation here. Closed Mondays.
Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant
Situated next to Loaves & Fishes Cookshop, owned and operated by Sybille van Kempen, is the Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant. Bringing the Loaves & Fishes ethos to her charming restaurant, van Kempen’s diners can expect tantalizingly tasty options from chef Alejandro Osorio with equally creative cocktails from master mixologist Kyle Fengler. For restaurant week, the $44 prix-fixe menu will change almost daily and is slated to be a blend of new American and classic French cuisine. Dinner is served Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 5:30 p.m.. Click here for a reservation.
Fondly referred to as “that Greek place on School Street,” this resto has been bringing their overt “Opa!” vibe to the Hamptons dining scene for years. For restaurant week, expect their $44 prix fixe to include, among other things, grilled pork sausage, pan fried sheep’s milk cheese with herbs, pastichio (Greek-style lasagna), and a whole roasted branzino. Spoiler alert: the true piece de resistance at Elaia is their dips and spreads, the perfect “snacky” and shareable appetizer for you and your dining companions. Order it while sipping on a crisp, ice cold assyrtiko before dinner and you’ll be a happy camper. Dinner starts at 5 p.m.. Closed on Monday. Book your reservation here.
R.AIRE at the Hampton Maid
Since 2020, R.AIRE has called The Hampton Maid, a revered restaurant/hotel in Hampton Bays, home, offering authentic Spanish-style a la carte menus, plus six-course tasting menus on the weekends. The three-course menu is $44 for restaurant week and chef Alex Bujoreanu keeps true to his European, tapas-style roots serving staples like patatas bravas with garlic aioli and mushroom fideua (think paella, but with short, spaghetti-like pasta instead of rice). Sure, there’s a fried calamari app and roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and broccolini, but remember, one of the key points of this week’s dining experience is to branch out. Try that thing you’re afraid of trying. If not now, when? Dinner starts at 5 p.m. and resy’s can be made here. R.AIRE is closed on Sunday and Monday.