Dining News on the East End

Food & Beverage

Shuko Beach
This summer, New York City’s acclaimed Japanese omakase and kaiseki restaurant, Shuko, heads out East for a unique pop-up dining experience at the Wainscott eatery Highway Restaurant and Bar. Shuko Beach will be operating Friday and Saturday evenings, beginning Friday, July 6, through Friday, August 31. In August, Thursday night service will be added.

Helmed by two Masa alums — chefs Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau — Shuko received a three-star review from The New York Times’s restaurant critic Pete Wells in 2015. Kim and Lau were also nominated for a James Beard Foundation “Best Chef: NYC” award in 2018.

Guests who reserve one of the three nightly seatings (6 PM, 8 PM, and 10 PM) at the six-seat Chef’s Counter may enjoy Shuko’s Sushi Omakase menu ($150pp), which consists of a sunomono (vinegar-based) starter course and a 16-piece sushi progression featuring local fish from Long Island and beyond.

In addition to Highway Restaurant & Bar’s regular a la carte menu of seasonal, new American dishes with global flair, guests will be able to enjoy curated bento boxes from Shuko for dine-in or take-out. The regular bento box ($180, serves two) features 12 pieces of sushi and two rolls. The large bento box ($360, serves four) includes 24 pieces of sushi and four rolls.

Reservations for the Chef’s Counter are required and can be made via the Shuko Beach Resy site. Otherwise, walk-ins are welcome, or reservations can be made by calling Highway Restaurant and Bar at 631-527-5372, or via the Highway Restaurant & Bar OpenTable site. Catering packages and pricing details are available upon request.

Highway Restaurant & Bar in East Hampton and Shuko in New York City are under the TOMS Hospitality portfolio, which includes celebrated establishments such as Eleven Madison Park, NoMad Hotel Restaurant and Bar, Loring Place, Charlie Bird, and Pasquale Jones.

Blogger Brunch
The inaugural Hamptons Interactive Blogger Brunch will take place Saturday, July 21, from noon to 3 PM in the garden at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton. The event will be hosted by Hamptons resident and founder/publisher of East End Taste, Vanessa Gordon.

The brunch will feature food, beverage, fashion and beauty stations, a floral crown bar, beauty bars, fashion and accessories trunk shows, gift bags for VIP attendees, and much more.

There will also be a raffle and silent auction, which will include weekend getaways, vineyard tours and tastings, luxurious beauty products, handbags, restaurant gift certificates, and other cherished treasures.

A portion of the proceeds benefit Debajo De Las Palmas Under The Palms In Dominican Republic Inc. The foundation targets women, children and families in need of breastfeeding education and birth support.

For tickets visit www.eastendtaste.com.

George’s Lighthouse Café
George’s Lighthouse Café in Montauk hosts live music on Memorial Day weekend. A full bar will be available with cocktails, wine, and beer, along with a snack menu. Music on tap Saturday, May 26, includes the Waylon Brothers from 1 to 4 PM and The Sturdy Souls from 4 to 8 PM.

On Sunday, May 27, it’s Jetty Koon from 1 to 4 PM and Nancy Atlas from 5:30 to 8 PM.

Harbor Bistro
Harbor Bistro in East Hampton serves a special Sunset Menu daily from 5 to 6 PM in the dining room, and all evening at the bar.

Diners may enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu, or substitute one of the courses for a select glass of house wine, both for $29.

Nikki Beach
Nikki Beach, the party club for jet setters and fun-lovers, is heading to the Hamptons this summer with a pop-up. Just ahead of the club’s 20th anniversary later this year, Nikki Beach is opening its doors at Oreya at the Capri Hotel in Southampton and bringing its sushi boats and table-dancing saxophonists.

Expect a week of champagne, sparklers, DJs, and dining, with the final au revoir celebration on July 4.

The Backyard Restaurant
The Backyard Restaurant at Montauk’s Solé East Resort has a full line up of entertainment for Memorial Day weekend to kick-off the 2018 season. A schedule of events includes a DJ Friday, May 25, from 7 PM to close, a DJ poolside on Saturday, May 26, from 1 to 6 PM, and a performance by Alfredo Merat from 6 to 9 PM.

On Sunday, May 27, enjoy a Bossa Nova Poolside Brunch with Marcello and Ludmilla from 11 AM to 2 PM and a DJ poolside from 2 to 6 PM.

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