Arbor is a Mediterranean style restaurant that boasts a casual, chic vibe with understated elegance. The addition of Arbor to the Montauk dining scene is already proven to be creating a dynamic shift with its top-notch quality, reliable service, and fun, relaxed energy. I had been anticipating my dinner at Arbor for several weeks. As I write this, I continued to reminisce about my outstanding experience.
Arbor is owned by Apollo Global Management co-founder, Marc Rowan with Executive Chef Pierre Sudre at the helm of the kitchen. Managing Directo, Steven Jauffrineau brings his experience from the highly acclaimed Manhattan French bistro, La Goulue and Shelter Island hot spot Sunset Beach. Sudre, who hails from a small village in the South of France, sharpened his culinary expertise with the Sofitel Hotel group in Miami, Houston and Los Angeles. Jauffrineau instantly greeted me and my guest, making feel welcome with a glass of sparking rosé.
I found the bar area to be the centerpiece of the restaurant, with its 30- foot bar and lush arbor bushes at either side. The restaurant also has a semi-private dining area that is flanked by the impressive wine cellar featuring floor to ceiling glass walls.
To drink, my guest started with the Mas De Daumas Gassac: Delights the palate with lively fine bubbles, smooth fruity aromas, very fresh with low alcohol content ($16). I had their Blackberry Mojito, which was very refreshing and perfect for a Thursday evening sunset in Montauk.
For dinner, we started with the Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Mascarpone Chantilly ($10); and Burrata: Trufata, fresh basil, Balsamic glaze, olive oil ($14). We also split the Cheese and Charcuterie Cheese Board with Jamon iberico, duck rillette & bresaola, and Fairview farm cheese: Atlantic Mist, Mecox Sunrise, Sigit ($28). The butternut squash puree was smooth and creamy from the mascarpone, served at the ideal temperature.
Our entree choices were the Market Fish: Striped Bass over a bed of ratatouille with eggplant, yellow squash, zucchini, and confit tomatoes with a black olive tapenade ($37); and Pappardelle: King crab, mussels, confit tomatoes, arugula pesto, Bottargua ($32). Dinner was fantastic; the Pappardelle was loaded with seafood, and my sea bass was perfectly cooked and served at an ideal temperature.
For dessert, we each split the Chocolate raspberry crème brûlée tarte with sweet potato Gelato and caramel sauce, Apricot and peach tarte tatin with vanilla Gelato and vanilla whipped cream, Lemon and white chocolate cake with caramelize black mission figs lemon cream and key lime sorbet. The sunny lemon yellow dessert was well balanced, not to sweet. The chocolate raspberry tarte dessert was busy with flavors with the mix of raspberry, chocolate, and sweet potato, and the tarte tatin should have been heated more, it was served luke warm.
In June, Arbor launched Brunch & Rosé that is served from 11am-4pm Saturday and Sunday. The prix fixe brunch menu is an all-inclusive brunch for $28.95 per person plus tax and gratuity. An a la carte kid’s menu is also be available. The brunch includes a Viennoiseries Basket for the table with freshly baked croissants, pain au chocolat, banana bread and toasted brioche; a brunch cocktail; a starter such as Granola Goodale Farm Goat Yogurt with raspberry coulis and honey, or their Holly Mary beet gazpacho; and a main course with such dishes as Moules Frites with tomato confit, beurre blanc and chives, and East End farm eggs & Ratatouille with brioche.
Arbor is proud to support the Whole World Water Initiative, which brings clean and safe water to the 1 billion people who do not have access to water around the world. $4 for Vero Water is applied to every table at the restaurant to support this initiative.
Arbor currently serves dinner Monday through Sunday and brunch Saturday and Sunday. Monday-Thursday 5pm-10:30PM, Friday is lunch and dinner 12pm-11pm; Saturday 11am-11pm; and Sunday 11am-10pm.
http://www.arbormontauk.com // 631-238-5430