Takeout is the new black. With The 1770 House, in East Hampton, you can now enjoy the high-concept creations of chef Michael Rozzi at your residence. Will it be as decadent as the Old World dining room, with its hand-hewn beams, cozy fireplaces, embroidered chairs, and tablecloths? Decidedly not. But such is the moment. If you can’t currently enjoy the ambience of 1770, which is known for its intimate setting, at least you can enjoy the food in the bespoke intimacy of your own home.
An added bonus: 1770 has always enjoyed a loyal following and a too-hot-to-handle Saturday clientele. But battling the throngs of hungry East Hamptonites is no longer a problem — for now, at least. From 4:30 to 8 every night of the week, you can choose from a curated menu of restaurant favorites: no reservation required.
Michael Cohen’s respectable wine list, a tome that includes coveted bottles from around the world, has a slimmed-down take-out version on offer, too. All take-out bottles are available for 25 percent off, with an added financial perk (three for $50) and beers can be purchased to go for a mere $5 apiece.
So, what’s on the menu? Some of the restaurant’s greatest hits, like the spicy Montauk fluke tartare, served with pickled cucumber, hijiki, wasabi tobiko, and radish, to start. You can also find a red and golden beet salad, with blue cheese, baby arugula, and a local honey dressing, as well as a soul-warming tomato soup with a parmesan gratin.
Entrees combine the more formal upstairs menu with the casual tavern below; tavern dishes are now cheekily priced at $17.70, with the exception of the $20 burger. The tavern menu includes the infamous meatloaf, served with mashed potatoes, spinach, and a roasted garlic sauce; the tavern burger, served with French fries, a pickle, and the traditional condiments; pork fried rice with spicy Hoisin, cilantro, mushrooms, and egg; a tomato and mozzarella pizza (upgrade your pizza to a spinach, prosciutto, and ricotta pie for $3 extra); and chickpea and sweet potato curry, with coconut milk, golden raisins, naan, and cilantro yogurt.
For the “restaurant” entrees, choose among the codfish oreganato, served with artichokes, capers, spinach, and mashed potatoes; Scottish salmon a la plancha, with roasted sweet potato purée, haricots verts, and a shallot-thyme jus; natural Pennsylvania chicken with an asparagus and carrot risotto; and a pasture-raised New York strip with maitake mushrooms and wild ramps. Kids offerings include macaroni and cheese, crispy chicken fingers and fries, and a kid-sized burger. Side dishes, like French fries, mashed potatoes, asparagus, sautéed spinach, sautéed mushrooms, and sweet potato purée, are also available for $12 apiece.
Quarantine has felt — and continues to feel — like the perfect time to indulge at the end of a meal. Thankfully for us, The 1770 House continues to produce show-stopping desserts, from the dark chocolate torte with chocolate sauce and chocolate cookie crust to the sticky date cake with toffee sauce and salted caramel gelato. Better yet, get both, along with an order of the warm, homemade cinnamon donuts, which are just as good for breakfast (I see no reason not to, at this point).
Like so many things right now, the 1770 House’s wine list looks different these days. There are 12 international selections to choose from, each of which cost $20, an extraordinary deal, when you consider the options (there’s a half bottle of Champagne tucked in the mix, as well as a white Burgundy, and a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon). Break out a tablecloth and your finest china. Indulge for a moment in the memory of a cozy restaurant. The food is still great. That’s reason enough to sit back and enjoy.
Call 631-324-1770 to learn more.