Foodstuffs: Restaurant Week Returns, Break Up the Drive, and Fall Eats on the South Fork

Page at 63 Main Street in Sag Harbor is one of the restaurants taking part in the fall Long Island Restaurant Week. Dana Shaw photo.
Long Island Restaurant Week Is Back

The tri-annual and award-winning Long Island Restaurant Week returns with fall prix fixe options across the island available from Sunday, November 7, to Sunday, November 14.

Participating restaurants may offer a $20 two course lunch, a $25 three-course dinner menu, a $35 three-course dinner menu or a $42 three-course dinner prix fixe. Each participant is required to offer three options per course (appetizer, entrée, and dessert) for dinner. The promotion runs Sunday to Sunday (except Saturday night when it only has to be offered until 7 p.m.). Many restaurants will be offering the promotion for takeout as well as for limited indoor and outdoor dining.

Currently, East End restaurants scheduled to take part in the fall Long Island Restaurant Week are: Farm Country Kitchen in Riverhead (631-369-6311), Page at 63 Main in Sag Harbor (631-725-1810), The Preston House & Hotel in Riverhead (631-775-1550), and Union Sushi & Steak in Southampton (631-377-3500).

Fall Eats Across The South Fork

Fall is in the air at Rita Cantina in Springs, where the seasonal menu utilizes elements that “swim, graze and grow” in the surrounding area and features a range of ceviches, tacos, quesadillas, slow-cooked birria, and large plates sourced from purveyors like Satur Farms, Multi Aquaculture System and Gosman’s Dock. The restaurant is also offering chicken tinga tacos, slow cooked mole baby chicken, and hamburger with chorizo and melting jack from its new menu, including apple cider margaritas and agua frescas. Also recently launched was a new takeout menu for those looking to enjoy Rita at home.

At Highway Restaurant & Bar in East Hampton, fall dishes include handmade ricotta cavatelli with veal ragu and apple crumble on their menu, which is locally-sourced in partnership with Balsam Farms. Fan favorites like Peking duck and Korean chicken buns have returned and are perfect for cooler weather. Highway Restaurant is also partnering with Sagaponack Farm Distillery, utilizing the space for off-site Autostrada pizza events. Every Friday evening, Highway now provides large-format takeaway dinners so families can enjoy the restaurant from home. The cost is $250 for a dinner serving four to six people and to-go options include spit-roasted chicken, Matzo ball soup or fall vegetable soup, seasonal vegetables and Milk Pail apple pie.

At Main Street Tavern in Amagansett, fall is time for music, and on Fridays, guests can enjoy live performances from local artists. The series kicks off beginning Friday, October 29, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., with DJ Chile who will offer fun house remixes. During Sunday brunch from noon to 3 p.m., along with $15 bottomless mimosas, Alfredo Murat and his Alfredomusika performs European-inspired acoustic compositions in multiple languages.

Claude’s Restaurant at The Southampton Inn is serving up breakfast. Photo courtesy Claude’s.

Finally, this fall, Claude’s Restaurant at the Southampton Inn is offering breakfast and its award-winning brunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and is serving all day long from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Claude’s is also offering dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. Stay tuned for Claude’s Holiday Cabaret and Dinner packages. Claude’s is at 91 Hill Street in Southampton Village. Visit for details.

Heading West? Hit Salvatore’s On The Way

Weekend visitors heading back to the city may be dreading the drive home, but on Sunday mornings, there’s a place to stop on the way west to make the end of the weekend more bearable.

Salvatore’s, an Italian American eatery in Hampton Bays, is serving up a brunch menu that begins at 11 a.m. on Sundays. Entrees include smoked salmon Benedict; avocado toast with two eggs your way; spinach egg white frittata; steak and eggs; lemon ricotta buttermilk pancakes; and stuffed French toast with wild strawberry mascarpone. Other offerings include the notorious “Hangover Burger” (an 8 ounce patty, cheese, bacon, egg over easy, brioche and home fries) as well as chicken and waffles with buttermilk fried chicken and chipotle agave sauce. Also available at brunch time are traditional offerings of parmigiana heroes, salads, jumbo wings, pastas and appetizers such as baked clams, stuffed mushrooms and crispy calamari, as well as wood-fired pizzas.

Enjoy Sunday brunch at Salvatore’s. Courtesy Salvatore’s.

And for the passenger in your life who is able to just kick back and relax during the drive back to Manhattan, Salvatore’s has a full slate of brunch cocktail specials such as Big Sal (homemade Bloody Mary mix and Grey Goose Vodka), and an Italian Michelada (hot sauce, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce topped with Peroni all mixed with a spicy and salty rim). Or for one last weekend adventure, go all out with Salvatore’s bottomless mimosa, which comes with a 90-minute limit of prosecco and juice options of orange, pear, mango, peach, guava or passionfruit.

Salvatore’s is at 149 West Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays. For more information visit