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.
For my cocktail, I had: Let Me Get Some Rhubarb: vodka, lime, basil, rhubarb bitters ($16). To start, we had the Crispy Cod Tacos: three tacos with salsa verde and pickled onions ($21). For our main courses, we had the homemade lobster ravioli with basil, cilantro, lobster broth and balsam farm tomatoes that one of their special menu items; and the Southern Thai Fish Curry served with sticky rice ($38). The curry was very fresh, served with cilantro and not too spicy. The lobster ravioli was a perfect portion, with each ravioli filled with lobster meat. There was no skimping on quality.
Certainly Hamptons prices are ever-present on the menu, but the experience all-around is well worth it. This is the place to dine with family, friends visiting from out of town, or for that special date night out. A dish that I love to order when out with my husband is their Steamed Pork Buns served with spicy red cabbage slaw (two for $17).
Specials for the night we dined also included: Pan roasted Halibut with zucchini, leaks and a chive beurre blanc; Squid ink tagliatelle with clams calamari and chili flake; local fried calamari with Sriracha aloe; and Mango salad with jumbo lump crab meat, Papaya cilantro and peanuts.
The highlight of our meal was dessert: we had cappuccinos with ice cream sandwiches that tasted even better than their appearance. These mini sandwiches are ideal from children and adults to share. The caramel drizzle oozes down the side with a spoonful of chopped nuts in between.
I reviewed the brunch menu and sat down with Chef Justin Finney last year in November. Read that article here. Shuko, a Japanese restaurant based in New York City, did two pop ups this summer. You must visit their restaurant in Manhattan for unbeatable sushi and raw seafood.
Take-out and delivery orders are available via their website.
Hours are Monday – Friday: 4pm-11pm, Saturday & Sunday: noon-11pm. Dinner: Everyday 5pm – 11pm, Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm.
http://www.highwayrestaurant.com // 631-527-5372