Business Briefs: Super Bowl Specials, Market Outlook, Game Dinner

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Food, Drink Specials Galore for Super Bowl Sunday

For the first time in what feels like decades, the New England Patriots aren’t stepping foot near the Super Bowl — and, for some, that’s reason enough for celebration.

No matter your football team allegiance, festivities in the form of food and drink specials are popping up across the East End for Super Bowl LIV on Sunday, February 2.

Townline BBQ will show the game on six televisions throughout the Sagaponack restaurant, including a large screen in the dining room, with raffles every quarter and tickets given with every drink purchase.

Noteworthy dishes on the menu are a Nashville Hot Chicken Open Faced Sandwich with BBQ pickles for $10, Blue Cheese Bacon Jam Chips for $6, Smoked Pork Link with onions, peppers and melted cheese on a hoagie for $11, and a Bacon Wrapped Smoked Dog with sweet onion jam for $7.50.

Go all out with a Bag of Wings for $45, or $6 per order of six, and a TL Nachos Party Tray — with chopped brisket, beans, cheese, jalapeños and sour cream — for $32. Garbage Fries, topped with cheese sauce, chopped brisket, sour cream and jalapeños, will cost $10.50, and TL Nachos with baked beans, cheese sauce, sour cream and jalapeños, are $4.50, and $3 extra to add pulled pork, pulled chicken or chopped brisket.

Half-priced full pint cooler specials, and beer and wine specials — including $3 Bud Lights, $15 Pitcher Draughts of the Day, and $7 wine on tap — are at the bar. For more information, call 631-537-2271 or visit townlinebbq.com.

Over in East Hampton, Rowdy Hall will also show the game on a big screen in the dining room, with $5 draft beers and $5 small plates, from Smothered Chips and Beef Chili to Buffalo Wings and Chili Fries. The Big Man Platter, with two chili dogs, five wings and French fries, and The Big Dipper — Buffalo chicken dip and a giant pretzel — will each cost $12, or grab Single Doggies for $2 or $3.

For more information, call 631-324-8555.

Up the road at Nick & Toni’s, game day Margherita pizzas are $10 from 12 to 7 p.m., alongside a social hour menu that will keep football fans at the bar all day long.

Snacks, ranging from $6 to $10, include Zucchini Chips, Bruschetta del Giorno, Truffle Fries, Warm Flatbread with stracciatella and truffle oil, and an Artisanal Cheese or Salumi Selection.

Select wines by the glass are $8 and $10, but on Sunday afternoon, the cocktails really shine. For $8, sip on an Aperol Spritz, Sorbet Bellini or the Good Ol’ Days, with Crop Cucumber vodka, Cointreau, jalapeño, lime and Fever Tree bitter lemon. The Caramelized Pineapple Rita, with Gran Centenario Tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime and caramelized pineapple puree, will also cost $8. And the Know it Owl will serve two for $32, with Elyx Vodka, Blackdirt Applejack, tamarind and ginger.

For more information, call 631-324-3550.

For free chips and salsa at the bar, head over to Coche Comedor in Amagansett, which will serve up food specials during the game, including $10 pork barbacoa nachos, $2 tacos — pescado, rancheros or barbacoa — and $4 gorditas, with a choice of chicharonnes en salsa verde, grilled chicken or al pastor topped with lettuce, queso fresco and crema.

Drink specials include Margarita on Tap for $7, Montauk Watermelon and Montauk Summer Ale for $4, Modelo Especial Cans for $5, and wine specials for $7.

For more information, call 631-267-5709 or visit cochecomedor.com.

Douglas Elliman, Town & Country Reflect on East End Market

Fourth quarter sales market reports show a fast-paced market on Long Island — with an increased number of sales across the Hamptons and the North Fork — while the listing inventory falling to a record low after rising annually for three straight quarters, according to Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

“There are no surprises in our latest report. Even the fall in inventory comes as no real surprise. Although inventory is tight, buyer activity is steady and they are ready to buy,” Ann Conroy, chief executive officer of Douglas Elliman’s Long Island Division, said in a press release. “Sellers, when reasonable, are getting their price. Prices are holding firm but rising slowly, which is healthy in any market, so buyers are confident and are taking advantage of the low interest rates.

“But let’s not forget that in a political season, there always is a certain amount of uncertainty which can slow things down a bit,” she added. “In our current political climate, both nationally and internationally, caution is expected.”

In the Hamptons, the report showed that price trends are still sliding, though sales rose annually for the first time in eight quarters. It was, however, the second-lowest number of fourth quarter sales in 11 years.

“After four straight quarters of surging inventory in the Hamptons, the gains slowed this past quarter,” Todd Bourgard, Douglas Elliman’s senior executive regional manager of sales for the Hamptons. “This suggests that more sellers are acclimating to the slower market with their pricing, resulting in an uptick in annual sales.”

On the North Fork, listing inventory stabilized after four straight quarters of gains. Despite a surge in sales, fourth quarter transactions were shown to be the second-lowest in seven years.

“Overall, we are seeing positive growth across the Long Island, Hamptons and North Fork markets,” said Jonathan Miller, president and CEO of Miller Samuel Inc., and author of the reports. “The elevated levels in both sales and pricing can be attributed to the drop in mortgage rates that helped push the market forward.”

Town & Country Real Estate reported that while home price sales remained stable year-over-year on the East End, both the number of home sales and total home sales volume were down by 19% and 19.5%, respectively.

“The fourth quarter of 2019 was way off,” according to Judi Desiderio, founder and CEO of Town & Country Real Estate, in her year-end report, “therefore pulling these figures down.”

Seven of the eight prices categories monitored by Town & Country realized declines of up to 38%, while the ultra high end of $20 million and up rose 29%. “This demonstrates a resurgence of sales activity of the uber wealthy,” she said.

Digging deeper into the specific markets, the statistical beacon for 2019 was Shelter Island, with 44% more homes changing hands, which resulted in a 63% greater total home sales volume. The median home sales price, though, dipped 5% to $950,000 from $999,000 year over year.

Bridgehampton market, which includes Water Mill and Sagaponack, tallied the greatest Total Home Sales Volume of $682,386,829, but that was still 17% less than 2018. East Hampton Village remained on the throne for the highest median home sales price at just over $3.5 million, yet that was 28% lower than the median home sales price of nearly $4.9 million logged in 2018.

Southampton Village experienced a whopping 31% higher median home sales price of $2.75 million, up from $2.1 million, from 2019 to 2018 respectively. And in Sag Harbor Village, the median home sales price rose 12.6% from $1.38 million to $1.55 million.

“If December 2019 and January are indicators for 2020, then we expect this year to be a great year for Hamptons real estate,” Desiderio said, “since all eight Town & Country offices are reporting greater winter sales activity than we’ve seen in over a decade.”

Game Bird Dinner at Nick & Toni’s

What happens when Paul Del Favero, Michael Rozzi, Kevin Penner, Matt Birnstill, Kelsey Roden and Michael Zukerman join forces in the kitchen?

At Nick & Toni’s, the answer is a Game Bird Dinner, served only on Thursday, February 6, starting at 6 p.m.

The evening begins with passed canapés led by Zuckerman, chef de cuisine at the East Hampton establishment, and Rozzi, executive chef at The 1770 House in East Hampton — including Foie Gras Torchon Duck Prosciutto, Deviled Quail Eggs, Duck & Armagnac Sausage, Ring Neck Pheasant Rillettes, Red Legged Partridge Terrine, and BBQ Duck Hearts, served with Bisol Jeio Prosecco Brut.

For the first course, Penner — a consultant and private chef who has appeared on multiple Food Network programs — takes charge with Wood Grilled Quail, served with Stones Throw Creamy Polenta, charred Brussels sprouts and roasted grapes, and Camille Giroud Chardonnay.

Rohan Duck Breast shines during the second course, the brainchild of Birnstill, founding executive chef at the Quogue Club. The dish is served with Parsnip Späetzle, mushroom puree and Morello cherry jus, and Sierra Cantabria Reserva’s Tempranillo and Graciano.

Del Favero, chef and co-owner of Harbor Market and Kitchen, decided on Pan Roasted Squab for the third course, with Balsam Farm sweet potato puree, chanterelles and wild blueberry sauce, served with Melville Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir.

And Roden, executive pastry chef of Honest Man Restaurants, will round out the meal with Malted Chocolate Pots de Crème, served with chocolate crumble, hot fudge, whipped cream and Cocoa Nib Tuile. Dessert wines include Royal Tokaji Late Harvest Furmint, Harslevelu and Muscat.

Fee is $95, plus $30 for the wine pairings, and reservations are required. For more information, call 631-324-3550.

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