By Lindsay Andarakis
Eric Lemonides and Jason Weiner, the owners of Almond in Bridgehampton and Manhattan and L&W Oyster Co in the Flat Iron district, have launched a new bar close by named Zigmund’s, at the former Fresh space at 203 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike. The restaurant officially opened Tuesday night.
Mr. Weiner described the vibe as a free and easy summertime feel. “The inside itself has warmth and conviviality that will translate well into the winter months,” Mr. Weiner said. They plan to keep the restaurant open year round, featuring a lit fireplace during the winter.
Mr. Weiner said that he and Eric felt that there was a niche to be filled and they saw an opportunity to create a space with a degree of casualness but also a feeling of it being thought out. “It’s nothing pretentious. There’s a lot of natural, tactile materials in there and it feels natural, artisanal and organic,” he added. They want it to be a place that’s there for people to stop by and hang out without making a big commitment, or as he called it, “a bar with some food.”
Zigmund’s isn’t the sort of place to go for a $16 martini; prices for cocktails will be in the $8 range, are a little bit smaller than usual and priced accordingly. Mr. Weiner said that the food selection is almost entirely based on local ingredients, designed for people to graze on Greek inspired dishes crafted out of local products. As the chef and restaurateur have done at all of their establishments, Zigmund’s will have a menu built through relationships with local farmers and food producers, where seasonal food shines above all else.
Zigmunds, like Almond, is named after Weiner’s wife, the artist Almond Zigmund, and was inspired by the bar in the same location 1990’s: the Wild Rose. “The Wild Rose was a great bar with food, drinks, awesome music and even a karaoke night. This is the vibe we are going for at Zigmund’s,” Mr. Lemonides said.
The heart of Zigmund’s will be a number of unique cocktails created by barman Justin August Fairweather. He will use ingredients from the garden on-site that is curated and maintained by Amber Waves Farm from Amagansett.
Seven cocktails will be available on tap with fresh herbs. The vodka soda is house made with lemon verbena vodka, lemon balm and citrus zest marinated for 24 hours then batched for the tap. The Aperol twist will be made with Channing Daughters Rosé, Aperol and hibiscus water. The “Bespoke” menu will feature housemade shrubs from fresh local fruits, vegetables and herbs. They are then paired with your spirit of choice and topped with soda, creating a customizable summer cooler.
Every night will enjoy a different theme, starting with Industry/Locals night sponsored by El Jimador and Jack Daniels on Monday with $5 well drinks, wine, draft beer and $5 snacks and a wide range of music. Teams will hand out bracelets to locals and industry workers to get entry on Monday nights. Wednesday night is karaoke night from 9 p.m. to midnight. During “Thirsty Thursday,” patrons can get $20 pitchers and $5 shots while listening to bluegrass, blues and jazz. The weekend will kick off with top 40 tunes and late night disco on Fridays, and the Saturday night special with a disco DC and Soul Train projected on the ceiling. The weekend rounds out with Reggae Sunday sponsored by Appleton Rum with $7 tiki drinks and $20 pitchers. A piano player is there every night from 5 to 9 p.m. and happy hour runs every night from 5 to 7 p.m.
For more information contact Zigmund’s at 631.919.5340 or visit www.zigmunds.bar.