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75 Main in Southampton

Dinner, seafood, Hamptons

Lauren enjoying the atmosphere at 5 Main in Southampton

75 Main desert in the Hamptons

Raspberry Creme brulee looks good enough to eat.

steak, Hamptons, dinner

Lauren can’t wait to dig into the strip steak at 75 Main

sesfood in the Hamptons

Broiled Branzino and asparagus at 75 Main

seafood Hamptons

Enjoying a glass of pinot noir before the littelneck clams

Salad Hamptons

Lauren is ready to dig into the shisshito peppers and chopped salad

salad in the Hamptons

Iceberg, romaine, radicchio, roasted cauliflower, chickpeas, salami, all chopped and dressed in Marco’s salad

Great Place for Apps

Isn’t it nice to be pleasantly surprised? Like the time you return to a restaurant after years away and find that it is better than you remember. Doesn’t happen to often, does it? But it happened to us the other night when we had dinner at 75 Main in Southampton.

For those who don’t know , it’s a pleasant spot with a front that opens right on the Main Street, so you can watch all the fabulous people strolling by as you dine. Inside, a full compliment of servers hustle about in their skinny white pants and tight white T shirts.

Not long after we were seated, one of those aforementioned servers came by for our drinks order. The wine list is small, but serviceable and i ordered a glass of Rodney Strong pinot noir, while Lauren, tea-totaler that she is, asked for sparkling water.

Then we pored over the menu. We decided that we were in an app kind of mood so we splurged on the first page. We were also feeling kind of fishy, so we selected the ceviche and the little neck clams as well as a chopped salad and shishito peppers.

The ceviche came heaped in a martini glass, garnished with a lemon wedge. The jumble of shrimp, calamari, cucumber were as fresh and sweet as my date. There was so much we barely finished it. Then there was the heaped-up bowl of little necks clams in the shell, submerged in a delicious broth of chardonnay, garlic, tomatoes, and cilantro.

We could have been satisfied to stop right there, but we still had entrees coming. Strip steak for her, roasted branzino for me. The steak was very flavorful, while the branzino was covered in a garlic and lemon mayonaise.

We were smart enough to have saved room for desert: raspberry creme brulee and tartuffo.

75 Main
75 Main St
Southampton, NY 11968
631-283-7575

 

 

 

Red Rooster Gets It Right

 A Hamburger in Harlem

photo(15) photo(14) photo(16)What is it about hamburgers? What’s all the fuss? Come back from trying any new restaurant in town and someone will invariably ask: “How are the burgers there?” Every food-centric magazine, web site, and blog does a best hamburger list at least once a year. Like any other carnivore, i like my burgers. And Shake Shack is at the top of the list. But today i decided to try someplace new. A restaurant not particularly known for its burgers: the Red Rooster in Harlem.

I had just finished a very trying visit to St. Luke’s Hospital uptown and needed to treat myself to a burger. i realized i was within walking distance of Harlem and the Red Rooster, so i took a chance. Now, the Red Rooster is more known for its soul food such as catfish, fried chicken, shrimp and grits and the like. I had a hunch the burger was pretty damn good too.

I arrived late in the afternoon when there were plenty of open tables in the streetside patio on Lenox Ave. So i got myself a table and ordered at Dogfish Head draft to quench my thirst and chill my nerves.  Ah! I gave the menu a cursory go-over, but i knew what i wanted: The Triple Double Burger with bacon, jarlsberg, and rooster sauce, medium rare please with fries and an order of pickled vegetables to start.

The carrots, onions, radish, and cauliflower were lightly pickled and came with two zesty dipping sauces. By the time i finished, the burger and fries had arrived, and it seemed a suitable time for another beer. Let me talk about the fries first. They were shoestring style, and everything that a McDonald’s fry aspired to be when and if it ever grew up. They were crisp on the outside, pillowy on the inside and generously covered with sea salt. Great fries! The burger was equal to them. Two delicious patties, perfectly done, criss-crossed with bacon and seasoned with a subtle sauce. Delicious!

Now, my best burger list begins and ends with the Red Rooster Triple Double.

 

A Satisfying Summer Meal

At Sotto Sopra in Amagansett

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Delicious Caesar Salad at Sotto Sopra in Amagansett

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The Salumi plate is a great way to start at Sotto Sopra

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Zuppa di Pesce. Yum!

photo 3 Ice cream Tiramisu I was on my own this weekend and decided to stuff my face at Sotto Sopra this Thursday in lovely Amagansett ! ( I’m such an early bird I went at 5pm. Well I take my teeth out by 8 anyway!) I was greeted by nice hostess, then had gorgeous Jessie as my server. I decided to sit in the garden, which was lovely quiet and would have been romantic if my significant other was here! I ordered a bunch of yummy plates! I started off with some cured meats, which were great, and a Caesar salad (one of my all time favs), then went on to zuppa di pesce. The Caesar was good—a bit light on the dressing, but I liked it. The cured meats plate was a meal in itself. It came with roasted peppers, artichokes,  some mozzarella,  and a bit of salad. Generous portions were served! I like that! My eyes are always bigger than my stomach. Mom used to tell me that too.

I was so full when my zuppa di pesce came, but since that’s my fav fav fav I chowed it all down with gusto ! Little pieces of chorizo, mixed with shrimp, clams, oysters, and different types of fish. Very tasty. Then of course there is always room for dessert. Ok then since dessert is fav part of meal I had to have two: tiramisu,which was creamy and excellent,  then as a chaser caramel Oreo ice cream. Sooo good.

Well there you have it. When your next out in Amagansett check out Sotta Sopra.

—Lauren Ezersky

 Sotto Sopra
231 Main Street
Amagansett, NY 11930

(631) 267-3695

 

 

 

Refined Italian at Villageo

Lauren enjoys dinner on Central Park South

Sang the Raven

Opera Company Presents Poe Classic

The Raven

The Raven

I was blown away by the performance for “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe. It was an opera performed by a small orchestra one singer and one dancer. So dark and forbidding but hauntingly beautiful. A lovely Isabella Rossellini was even in attendence. I’m so grateful that I live in NYC and get to experience such amazing performances featuring the best of the best!

—Lauren Ezersky

Gotham Chamber Opera, in collaboration with the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, presents the U.S. Premiere of The Raven as part of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL.Toshio Hosakawa’s The Raven, a monodrama for mezzo-soprano and twelve instrumentalists, will be given its U.S. Premiere at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater as part of the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL, an 11-day exploration of today’s music scene by more than 50 contemporary and modern composers from 12 countries as curated by Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic as well as by partners on and off the Lincoln Center campus. Directed and choreographed by Luca Veggetti, The Raven will star Fredrika Brillembourg in the role of the Narrator and will be danced by Alessandra Ferri, former prima ballerina assoluta with the Royal Ballet (1980-1984), American Ballet Theatre (1985-2007) and La Scala Theatre Ballet (1992-2007).Based on the narrative poem by Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven tells the story of a man visited by a raven after the death of his lover. To all the questions the man asks, the raven only answers, ‘nevermore’. After drifting through states of different emotions, the narrator, still burdened with the loss of his beloved, finally lays down in the raven’s shadow, his soul trapped and lifted ‘nevermore’Gotham Chamber Opera, now in its twelfth season, is the nation’s leading opera company dedicated to vibrant, fully staged productions of works intended for intimate venues.

For more information about the Gerald W. Lynch Theater, please visit: www.jjay.edu/theater.

- See more at: http://www.newnynow.com/gotham-chamber-opera-presents-the-raven-by-edgar-allen-poe/2847#sthash.WeCDv03h.dpuf

Great Gardens on the ARF Tour

photo-6 photo-5 Six Great Hamptons Gardens on Display

This past Saturday it was quite delightful to be in The Hamptons for “ARF” The Animal Rescue Fund which held it’s Annual Garden Tour. I went behind the scenes and and was able to view Six Beautiful Landscaped Gardens. The Leiber Museum and Garden had me drooling. Judith Leiber’s amazing handbags and belts were amongst many items on display. Each garden completely different from the next. The gardens are each cared by hired hands. Interior designer and columnist Marshall Watson’s who’s home was inspired by Greek Revival Style Federalist plants every Sunday without fail and it shows . Arf is a great cause, it has saved over 16,000 animals since its inception 30 years ago. It’s a no kill shelter.

Hamptons Garden

One of the beautiful gardens on the ARF Garden Tour

The 4th Annual ARF Showhouse and Sale

Everything Must Go from the Designers’ Vignettes

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Illustration by Carolyn Fanelli

ARF, you look fabulous for 40. You only get better with age. Your shop in Sagaponack has never looked better than this Memorial Day weekend, all decked out from a makeover by seven top designers.  In each room a designer created a vignette  from thrift store donations, as well as his or her own personal collections. All the items in the room were for sale. Paintings, rugs, chairs, sofas, lamps, you name it, it had a tag. And they were going fast as soon as the show opened. In fact, while we were there, someone bought an entire suite of wicker furniture right out from under us!

The occasion was the fourth annual Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons Thriftshop Designer Showhouse and Sale, held to raise money to support the good work done by ARF in rescuing pets. It coincided with ARF’s 40th anniversary.

Fern Mallis was the Honorary Chair of the event, while Gordon Hoppe, Gigi Mahon and Sandra McConnell were chairs, and Peter Hallock and Lisa McCarthy were vice chairs.

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons actively rescues cats and dogs, provides quality care and offers sanctuary until loving homes can be found. If would like like to make a donation, follow this link.

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One of the furry beneficiaries of ARF.

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Lauren Ezersky relaxing in one of the showrooms.

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This dog came to see what all the fuss was about.

 

Articles for sale in one of the display rooms.

Articles for sale in one of the display rooms.

Ibsen and Quebecois Cuisine in Brooklyn

A Great Performance of A Doll’s House

Then Dinner at Mile End

The Gallery Seats at BAM Harvey Theatre are found after a hike up a long flight of stairs. My front roll seat hung over the stage. And that turned out to be a perfect perspective to view the gripping performance of A Doll’s House by  the Young Vic Company    From high above, the remarkable set did indeed appear as a doll’s house. Set up on a huge turntable, the set revolved to reveal several rooms of the apartment: first the living room, Nora’s bedroom, the dining room, Torvad’s cramped study, a hallway. From above you can watch characters scurry from room to room during the set change. it’s fascinating and adds to the mood of the play.

All of this provides a background for the actors and the words to shine. Hattie Morahan as Nora commanded the stage. every second, something seemed imminent. she was constantly on the verge of… something. It could be good. it could be bad. it could be utterly insane. She was, in short, bottled up. Domini Rowan as her husband Torvald played the bottler beautifully. he was charmingly disarming as the controlling husband. In the last act, his drunk scene was pitch perfect, followed by a maelstrom of conflicting emotions. Together, they were on fire.

I literally found myself holding my breath as the last scene unfurled in all of its power.

From fiery emotion to smoked meat

Whew! After all that drama i needed a drink and some comfort food. I had heard great things about Mile End and its Quebecois cuisine, and after having enjoyed the same in many visits to Montreal i was down with it, so i took a short walk over to Hoyt and Atlantic to give it a shot. It’s a small place, diner-like with a short counter and a few communal tables. I sat at the counter and knew immediately what i wanted, the smoked meat and poutine with pickle platter. I enjoyed a Two Heart ale as i waited. good IPA.

The dish arrived.

Mile End Special

Smoked meat sandwich with poutine and pickle at Mile End

It was as epic as promised. The rich, juicy smoked meat was piled high on rye. the poutine fries were fresh and crispy (until the absorbed the homemade chicken gravy) and the cheese curds were perfectly melted.

The ambiance was great. The staff was friendly and happy to talk smoked meat. All in all it was a perfect Brooklyn afternoon.