My family and I have been coming to Highway Restaurant and Bar in East Hampton for over a year. We come here for several reasons: Grade A service, friendly servers, and consistently top notch cuisine. The newly revamped interior decor is charming and beachy, almost as if you were dining in someone’s home. Much of the ingredients in the restaurant’s dishes hails from local farms, and I particularly admire that the dishes remain unchanged. You will recognize as soon as you step inside that you will be treated to a delightful dining experience.
I sipped on a diverse range of beverages in 2015, many of which if you were to mention to me in 2014, I would be so surprised by. I love with my adventures in blogging, and freelance writing that I have had the opportunity to try so many innovative products.
I bet you will fall in love with many of these brands as I have. From cold-pressed cocktails, to a hot “dirty” chai, here are my ten “best things I drank in 2015.”
I have been dining at Highway Restaurant and Bar since this past spring. Since my first dinner when I first enjoyed their Steamed Pork Buns and Split Roasted Organic Chicken, I have been back about four or five times, most often with my father-in-law who loves to frequent here for lunch on the weekends, and dinner during the weekdays. The restaurant opened under its current name in winter of 2014.
I can see why he loves coming here: the staff is delightful and genuinely courteous, and the dishes are hearty and flavorful. I am very pleased with the decor, which reminds me of a traditional Hamptons country dining room with the square bookshelf near the booths that run along the wall the cozy fireplace that divides the dining space with the spacious bar area.
Sicilian restaurant, Osteria Salina, has relocated to a new, prime location just off of Montauk Highway in Wainscott nestled on the banks of Georgica Pond. There were spectacular views of the pond where we were sitting in the back of the restaurant. This warm and welcoming establishment boasts a spacious lounge and bar area, with plenty of tables throughout the venue. I can see Osteria Salina being the perfect location for family reunions, birthdays, engagement parties, and anniversaries.
Upon sitting at out table, we were promptly greeted by a plate of Salina’s Cucumbers, which are the perfect accompaniment with cocktails. The cucumbers are gently seasoned with flake sea salt, cracked black pepper, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. A second starter presented was their Caponatina Eoliana e Crostini with eggplant, tomato, golden raisins, celery, agrodolce, and capers. Bread with extra virgin olive oil and flake sea salt was also brought to our table. The starters were not too salty, and the Caponatina Eoliana reminded me of luxurious ratatouille. The cucumber was very refreshing and the accompaniment of skewers was very smart.
Ready for a cold-pressed cocktail? The staple of the Hamptons for mixed drinks has to be MixCraft. Launched in retail stores in the spring of this year, founder Greg Broom has created three fresh, healthy cocktail mixes in Watermelon Habanero, Cucumber Basil, and Detox Retox, with a fourth flavor, Pineapple Ginger Mint, to hit the shelves soon.
The way to guilt-free drinking began two summers ago after Broom moved to Brooklyn and wanted to serve a really great cocktail at terrace parties but could not find anything that was fresh. So instead, he lugged two watermelons home and created a homemade watermelon margarita instead of buying a pre-made mix. Right away, guests at the party were raving about the cocktail stating, “this was the best thing I have ever had!”
Instantly, Broom started offering it more and more. People grew interested and he started bottling. His first venture was selling forty bottles at The Box NYC, a club in Manhattan. The club has been serving his cocktail mixes ever since.