Business: Coche Comedor Opens, Art of Eating Launches New Site, Gym Special Ends

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Roasted chicken adobo at Coche Comedor. Courtesy photo

New Coche Comedor Opens in Amagansett

The Honest Man Group is at it again.

The team behind East End staples Nick & Toni’s, La Fondita, Towline BBQ and Rowdy Hall has opened a new restaurant, Coche Comedor, in the building that formerly housed the Honest Diner.

Adjacent to La Fondita — which will remain a taqueria — the year-round Amagansett eatery will feature regional Mexican cuisine inspired by local products in a completely reimagined space.

Preserving much of the classic diner exterior, Cass Calder Smith Architecture infused the interior’s original rounded ceiling, stainless steel detailing and light fixtures with brighter colors and a livelier tone — a contemporary style with geometric tile floors, dark blue booths, wood-topped tables and a steel bar.

“Most notably, CCS Architecture has opened up the wall that faces La Fondita, creating a clear architectural relationship between the two spaces,” according to a press release. “In warmer months, the glass doors retract almost entirely to create a much more open feel, as well as connect to the outdoor seating area between the two buildings.”

A graffiti artist from Brooklyn, known as Host18, was commissioned to paint an interior wall mural, while seven local artists are designing custom tabletops to add new life to the space — creating an atmosphere that supports the menu and Mexican cuisine.

From the mind of executive chef Joseph Realmuto, the menu leads with a raw bar section, featuring local littleneck clams and local oysters on the half shell; seafood cocktail with clams, shrimp, calamari and octopus; and a selection of ceviches, such as ceviche verde with clams and snapper, roasted jalapeno, lime and salsa verde. Each dish ranges from $12 to $18.

Order homemade chips and guacamole or salsa before moving to the small plates section, each $9.50 to $16: crispy pig skin chicharrons with chili lime salt; crispy duck sopes on maseca boats; chicken tamal with pipian rojo and queso fresco; wood-grilled octopus with black olive mayo, avocado crema, pickled red onion and lemon oil; and queso fundido with melted cheese, house-made chorizo, roasted green chili peppers, corn nuts served with hand-pressed tortillas.

Rotisserie meats are center stage among the entrées, from $24 to $49. Enjoy half and whole chicken adobo served with choice of mole rojo, mole negro, salsa chipotle or salsa verde; and apricot-tamarind glazed duck served with pipian rojo and tortillas. Main dishes from the wood grill include bone-in-rib steak with grilled seasonal vegetables; pork rib carnitas with charred baby onions; cod al pastor with grilled pineapple, pickled cabbage and avocado crema; and arroz a la tumbada, with Mexican rice, seafood and chorizo in a casuela.

To no surprise, the bar focuses heavily on margaritas — served on the rocks or frozen — but this isn’t a standard selection, including options such as prickly pear and tamarind. Look for an extensive beer selection on draft and canned, highlighting Mexican favorites and local craft brews. For wine lovers, there will be sangria on tap, rotating red, white and rosé with the seasons.

Coche Comedor is located at 74A Montauk Highway in Amagansett. For more information, call (631) 267-5709 or visit cochecomedor.com.

A trainer works out a client at the Hamptons Gym. Courtesy photo

Hamptons Gym Specials End This Week

Need an East End gym membership through Labor Day Weekend?

Seasonal residents — or suddenly inspired year-rounders — have until Friday, May 31, to stop by Hamptons Gym Corp. and sign up for one of two summer specials. General facility memberships are $549, or $499 if purchased online, and student memberships are $199 for age 21 and under with ID, both valid through September 9.

Universal class passes are also available, starting at $9, which includes access to all group fitness and spinning classes.

For more information, call (631) 725-0707 or visit hamptonsgymcorp.com.

Art of Eating Caterers Launches East End Locations Website

Art of Eating has launched “East End Locations,” a new website specifically dedicated to finding an event venue or wedding location in the Hamptons and on the North Fork.

“We believe that events should be an expression of your personality,” co-owner and chef Cheryl Stair said in a statement. “The event should be as unique as you are.”

With more than 30 years of catering experience, Art of Eating has hosted a wide range of events, from high-profile political fundraisers and private celebrity parties to corporate off-premise events and high-end weddings — fostering a working relationship with behind-the-scenes players and an ever-growing list of connections.

The website breaks down the venues by category — Waterfront, Artistic, Vineyards, Elegant, Countryscapes and Refined Rustic — and urges prospective bookers to consider logistics before falling in love with any given venue, including budget, layout, parking, guest count, restrooms, rentals, lighting and the all-important legalities that may be involved.

For more information, call (631) 267-2411 or visit

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