East by Northeast in Montauk

East by Northeast in Montauk

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.

We were one of the first dinner guests to arrive on a Thursday evening. The dining area is very spacious with its wall-to-wall windows, allowing for a pristine sunset view from each table. The bar area is set away from the dining area and located just to the right as you enter. We chose to sit at a table by a window where we were able to capture the last glimpse of sunlight for the evening. To drink, the bartender created a nonalcoholic beverage for me called a lime crush made with fresh, crushed mint, simple syrup and fresh lime juice.

My husband had the Sapporo draft (2/$5). For restaurant week, my husband had the NoFo Broccoli Soup: NY State Cheddar and Dill Pollen, and I had the Pork & Scallion Dumplings: Hard Stem Garlic Ponzu. We were impressed with the selection of menu items for restaurant week. My husband happen to study their regular menu first and every item he chose was already on the restaurant week menu.

Next, my husband delighted in the Korean Fried Chicken: Jasmine Rice and Crack Sauce and my choice was the Montauk Roll: Pepper Tuna, Avocado, Mango, Topped with Spicy Tuna Crunch & Spicy Mayo. In addition, we split a second roll, Sweet Love: Spicy Tuna, Salmon, Avocado, Mango, Soy Paper, Spicy Mayo that was not offered on the restaurant week menu. It was a tough decision between which roll we liked more. Each roll was semi-sweet, not too spicy, and very satisfying.

For dessert, we dove in to the Pumpkin Bread Pudding: Maple Crème Anglaise with Snickerdoodle Gelato; and their Homemade Gelato Tasting:  3 Assorted Artisan Gelato Scoops / Miniature Sugar Cones. The gelato flavors we had were Dulce de Leche, Vanilla Spiced Cashew, and Piña Colada. Our favorite was the Vanilla Spiced Cashew. I embraced the pumpkin bread pudding; one of my favorite desserts this season! Our only suggestion was that the gelato arrived to us partially melted as per the photo. No big deal, but suggesting chilled scoops for next time. Overall, the menu was well appointed and inventive. We enjoyed every dish and look forward to coming back again during the 2017 summer season.

The next (Winter) Long Island Restaurant Week is January 22-29, 2017.

East by Northeast is open Sunday-Tuesday and Thursday 5-9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 5-10 p.m. Closed on Wednesdays. Happy Hour is available at the bar Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday from 5 – 7 p.m. and Tuesday all night.

http://www.eastbynortheast.com // 631-668-2872

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