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Restaurant Week

The tri-annual and award-winning Long Island Restaurant Week will kick off its Fall 2018 campaign on Sunday, November 4, for eight days, ending on Sunday, November 11. Participating restaurants will offer a three-course prix fixe menu for $29.95 all night, every night they are open except Saturday, when the menu may only be offered until 7 PM.

Restaurants — spanning Long Island’s 118 miles — will each serve a unique menu with a minimum choice of three appetizers, three entrées, and three desserts. A full participant list will be available at

Long Island Restaurant Week is a win-win for participants and consumers. Consumers can save money while dining at restaurants they might not otherwise try. The event was designed to help restaurants garner positive publicity and additional business during a traditionally sluggish period.

“It is expected that the campaign this fall will garner more than 160 participants,” said Steve Haweeli, president of Long Island Restaurant & Marketing Hospitality Group, a division of WordHampton Public Relations.

Restaurateurs may sign up online to participate. To view the current list of participants or for more information, visit

The Springs Tavern

The Springs Tavern has added several new dishes to its summer menu. The menu, crafted by Executive Chef Sean Rafferty, focuses on local and seasonal ingredients. New menu items, subject to change, include seared tuna, bruschetta, Capri salad, lobster salad, classic lobster roll, chicken Milanese, and a BBQ combo plate.

The Springs Tavern serves dinner Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 10 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10:30 PM. Lunch is served every Saturday beginning at noon and brunch is served Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM. The bar is open daily from 3 PM to 2 AM.


Fresno in East Hampton has introduced a variety of new items to the menu. Executive Chef Gretchen Menser’s New American menu is infused with local bounty. Selections of new items include charred Spanish octopus, watermelon salad, black bean falafel, and grilled Duroc pork chop.


Plain-T, the acclaimed Hamptons whole-leaf tea company in Southampton, has launched the Hamptons’ first and only Matcha and Iced Tea Mini-Mobile unit. The mobile mini-bar is the first phase in a new line of mobile Plain-T units, with a larger unit planned for release in the coming year.

The Mini-Mobile unit will soon be stationed at various Hamptons restaurants, hotels, and retailers. It will also be available for private party rentals and special events.

Founders Tathiana and Alessandro Teixeira, both former professional athletes, learned from an early age that a healthy balance in both body and mind was required for them to thrive in the demanding disciplines of ballet and tennis. The pair found that whole leaf tea was a great tool for maintaining that balance.

Years later, and armed with in-depth knowledge about premium tea, business degrees, and entrepreneurial spirits, the duo founded Plain-T to bring the finest specialty, whole-leaf and hand-picked teas to the Hamptons. Visit for more info.