The Backyard Restaurant at Solé East in Montauk is a fun and lively hotspot for millennials and families alike for dining and listening to live music. The outdoor space is a an open, peaceful “backyard” with tables placed amongst beautiful gardens and on the lush lawn surrounding the pool. The fresh atmosphere is completed with a roaring fire pit, tiki torches and day beds.
For 2016, the restaurant has created an entirely new menu, with a focus on Mediterranean seafood dishes with a local, Montauk-style infusion. The dining room features white canvas director chairs paired with wood tables topped with white linens and rustic brown craft paper. As a finishing touch, rotating art exhibits of local artists and photographers adorn the walls. The Backyard Restaurant welcomes guests not only for breakfast, lunch and dinner in season, but also for cocktails and pop up events.
This was my and my husband’s second visit to The Backyard Restaurant. To start, we ordered the Eastwinds cocktail: Green Hook Gin, Blueberries, Lemon, Simple Syrup ($15); my husband had the Brooklyn Summer Ale draft ($8). We also ordered a specialty cocktail made with rum and Indi orange tonic ($17). Our waiter was so sweet, I have to emphasize that. He really went out of his way for us, making for a very relaxing and no-nonsense dining experience. Drinks were excellent; these are in the category of luxurious cocktails you could leisurely sip poolside on a summer’s afternoon paired with light bites.
From the Cicchetti list or “small snacks and side dishes,” we chose Beet Salad: bibb lettuce, candied walnuts, goat cheese crumbles, pumpernickel croutons, sherry & citrus vinaigrette ($14); Fritto Misto di Mare: battered fried shrimp, scallops, squid, zucchini, lemon ($18); Marinated Calamari Bruschetta: roasted tomato, radicchio, capers, Calabrese peppers ($16).
My favorite was the Bruschetta, which was very fresh and light. Though the beets themselves were delicious, my suggestion with that salad is for the beets to be sliced thin rather than diced. Fritto Miso paired very well with my husband’s draft beer; a perfect snack when listening to the live music.
For dinner, I ordered the Pan Seared Sea Scallops: puy lentils, roasted tomato, baby artichoke, saffron aioli ($42); and my husband had the Skirt Steak with a side of Grilled Asparagus ($39). The scallops were out of this world: large, tender, and slightly sweet. The saffron was the jewel of the dish, creating a building block of aromas and flavors.
Our dessert as a slice of flourless chocolate cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Don’t skip dessert. The cake was simple but memorable; the ice cream was European style: smooth, icy, and the taste of vanilla is top tier over sweetness.
Opening hours are Sunday-Thursday 8am-10pm, Friday and Saturday 8am-11pm, and their Bossa Nova Sunday Brunch is 10am-2pm.
Live music scheduled for this week:
Thursday, July 21: Reggae with Winston Irie 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Friday, July 22: Jettykoon with Special Guests 6 to 11 p.m.; DJ 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Saturday, July 23: DJ Anna Poolside 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Nancy Atlas 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, July 24: Bossa Nova Brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; DJ Anna Poolside 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
http://www.soleeast.com/restaurant // 631-668-9739