Michael Gluckman, who has owned and operated a string of East End restaurants over the years, including Bamboo, The Boathouse, Madison and Mane, The Service Station, and The Lodge, has taken over the former Little Red space (76-C Jobs Lane, Southampton), and plans to open The Tackle Box in early August. The new restaurant, open year-round for lunch and dinner, will be a family-friendly seafood spot with an extensive raw bar, ceviche, and tartare, as well as full entrees.
“There are a lot of high-end restaurants in Southampton and we wanted to offer something more casual. You can wear shorts,’’ said Gluckman. But don’t expect something too mundane. Chef John Sagadraca wasn’t exactly schooled in hash-slinging establishments. He was a saucier at Café Boulud and then executive chef at The Colonie in Brooklyn Heights.
“We will be doing classics with a twist,’’ he promised. Look for ambitious offerings like a hot lobster roll with uni butter; yuzu tuna tartare; pan seared wild striped bass with sweet corn succotash and garlic herb butter; and local day boat sea scallops seared in the shell with shaved fennel, fennel pollen, and lemon.
Kristen Vincent has finally brought her popular Lower East Side gathering spot, Sel Rose, to Montauk (4S Elmwood Avenue). “We were planning to do a pop-up last summer, but we didn’t get our liquor license until late August, so we decided to hold off until this season,’’ explained Vincent, who opened her outpost with indoor and outdoor space, a tented lounge, and circular bar in late June.
“We have a big art and fashion crowd in Manhattan and the same people come to Montauk. A lot of our customers had stores and businesses here so it made sense to do this. Sel Rose Montauk is like the one in the city, just more relaxed.’’ The action starts at 4 PM with an oyster happy hour, and at dinner the emphasis is on small shared plates like watermelon salad, chicken liver mousse, and shrimp cocktail. Vincent’s wine list is all natural with special attention to orange wine, a favorite of hers.
Eddie Berrang and Jesse Joeckel, founders of Whalebone Magazine, have opened a coffee shop, juice bar, and retail space called The Boneyard at 541 East Lake Drive in Montauk, where they will sell beach lifestyle items as well as serving Long Island brands such as Organic Crush juices and Sail Away coffee, along with grab-and-go pastries and snacks. “It’s basically a place to read books and magazines,’’ explained Berrang.
Claudio’s, the largest restaurant complex on the North Fork, and until recently, the longest single family run business in the country, was purchased last year by Ryan Sasson and Ian Behar, partners in the Ainsworth and the now-shuttered New York outpost of Sen, along with attorneys Perry and David Weitz. This summer they have unveiled the first stage of its revitalization: a freshening of Claudio’s Waterfront, known for its vibrant scene complete with live music, and its more upscale neighboring Claudio’s Restaurant.
“We have completely updated and renovated the two venues for this summer,’’ said Sasson. Furnishings have been replaced in both spaces, and a new private room and lounge area installed in Claudio’s Restaurant.
If you can’t get to Jamesport or Cutchogue, you can get a taste of the area’s bounty in the West Village at North Fork (122 Christopher Street), a new restaurant opened by Vincent Albin and Ram Reddy. “I spend every summer in Jamesport and we wanted to focus on locally sourced food and wine, so we are bringing in a lot of produce and wine from the area,’’ Reddy explained.
The menu features dishes like North Fork seabass with pea puree, leek foam, and quinoa; and Long Island monkfish tail with carrots, spring onion, pickled grapes, and seared zucchini. The duo has sourced vintages from 15 different wineries including Duck Walk, Suhru, Paumanok, and Macari, and serves beers from Greenport Harbor Brewery and North Fork Brewing companies.