Eat And Run
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By Beth Landman
Who’s triumphed in the war of upscale grocery dominance in the Hamptons? Citarella owner Joe Gurrera, who forced the Red Horse Market out of business two years ago, has taken over that shop’s lease, unveiling Tutto Italiano (74 Montauk Highway, East Hampton, 324-9500), a classic Italian salumeria. Opening in mid- June, the store will sell dried meats, prepared foods, and pastas, and will also offer a catering service. (For more on this, turn to “H Estate,” page 308.
And there are changes all across the Hamptons restaurant landscape. Eric Lemonides and Jason Weiner of Almond have opened Almondito (290 Montauk Highway, East Hampton, 329-6700), a Mexican restaurant, in the space that formerly housed Ristorante Capri. Lemonides and Weiner enlisted the design expertise of Jamie Drake, who previously spruced up Grade Mansion and Trump World Tower. Alec Baldwin and a few friends were trying out the tasty menu, which includes Mexican chopped salad with grilled corn, poblano chilis, crispy tortillas, and toasted cumin vinaigrette, and whole-roasted fish with olives, capers, and tomatoes.
In Montauk, at the site of the former Acqua Terre, the Mediterranean restaurant Aqua East (17 South Edison Street, Montauk, 668-4147) has opened. And near the Montauk Point Lighthouse, the Reef Grill (Montauk State Park, Montauk, 668-2280) has taken over the space of Overlook Cafe. Expect salads and sandwiches for lunch and lots of seafood for dinner.
The Patio (54 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, 288-4878) has new owners, and they’re serving up some of the tastiest fish around—just ask Isabella Rossellini, who recently dined there with five friends.
And despite his French moniker, Ed “Jean-Luc” Kleefleld’s third Hamptons restaurant, set to open in the former Belles East space, Madame Tong’s @ JL Beach Club (256 Elm Street Southampton, 204-0300) will feature a Pan Asian menu and a spiffy, festive ambiance. The enormous 350-seat restaurant will have both indoor and outdoor seating, a sushi bar, dancing, and a DJ. We hear the decor is going to be high-glam decadence—all red-and-black in the dining room (complete with a stage and fireplace), with cool, paler shades in the sushi bar.
We also spotted designer Kenneth Cole sampling the tasting menu at locals’ night at the new Daniele at 21 Water (21 West Water Street Sag Harbor, 725-7500). On the beauty front, New Yorkers who are addicted to Yasmine D’jerradine’s electronic muscle-stimulation facials will be able to get their fix in the Hamptons. She has set up shop at the Sage Hamptons Spa (382 Montauk Highway, Wainscott, 537-7300). She and her magic machine will be available Fridays and Saturdays.
And New Yorkers who rely on Madame Paulette (888-677-4258), dry cleaner to Hamptons heavies like Denise Rich, Russell Simmons, Steven Spielberg, and Christie Brinkley, will be delighted to learn that an East End outpost is coming their way. The shop will offer complimentary pickup and delivery of clothing, as well as on-site cleaning—so red wine stains on your white sofa will no longer be a problem. So start entertaining!