Arbor Montauk

What a year 2016 was! I had the pleasure of dining at the best restaurants in the Hamptons and North Fork as well as some notable restaurants in Manhattan, Connecticut and Washington D.C. It proved to be very tough to narrow it down to ten favorite dishes, but after careful consideration, I am thrilled to present the ten best things I ate this past year. I could only imagine what delectable plates 2017 will bring!

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Channing Daughters Winery

This year was filled with many great sips throughout both forks. I visited several new vineyards this year and had the opportunity to try many new, luscious beverages. Many of these bottled beauties are now enjoyed by me and my family on a regular basis. From a refreshing, floral lemonade to a sparkling ‘royal’ champagne, below I feature my top ten favorite things I drank in 2016.
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Dona Chai

If you admire the comforting taste of chai with its powerful essence of fresh spices, Dona Chai would surely become a staple in your kitchen. I first discovered Dona Chai just over a month ago. It was love at first sip, I just had to have more. It took quite a feat of strength to resist enjoying the chai, either iced or hot, on a daily basis. I prefer an iced chai during the mid afternoon anytime of year, but always appreciate a piping hot cup of chai in the morning.

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East by Northeast

Nestled on the water’s edge of Montauk’s Fort Pond, East by Northeast is truly a unique dining spot in Montauk. Serving up Pan Asian cuisine with a hint of tasteful American influence while utilizing local, fresh ingredients, it is a perfect romantic waterfront getaway year round. I couldn’t help but imagining what it would be like to dine at ‘ENE’ during the summer season. Bring together a signature cocktail, an appetizer such as their Yunnan Pork Ribs or Organic Lolli Pop Kale Chips and an eye-catching sunset, and you have seamlessly created a memorable summer evening.

They certainly have a menu worth exploring. Aside from the Long Island Restaurant Week menu, of which my husband and I were very fond of, unique dishes that jumped out at us were the Kani Salad, the Mango Tango signature sushi roll, and Crispy Kurobuta Pork Belly.

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Jean-Georges Topping Rose

We visited the restaurant at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton on Sunday for Long Island Restaurant Week. Long Island Restaurant Week spans for eight days, Sunday to Sunday, and offers a $27.95 prix fixe menu at dozens of restaurants across Long Island. It gives customers an affordable opportunity to try the cuisine at several restaurants of their choosing. During this week, I try to visit restaurants I have never dined at before in the hopes of finding a new place to come dine at on a regular basis. We were very pleased with our experience at Topping Rose House. We have dined here for brunch and have attended events in the past, but this was our first visit for dinner. The charm and elegance of the restaurant and the hotel assimilate well within the Hamptons. The white, stately mansion with a classic, beach scene decor with a splash of unobstrusive modernism. Our daughter loved the cinemagraph of the snow owl as we entered the hotel lobby.

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