Red Maple is a must visit while on Shelter Island. Their menu is brand new this summer, with a new chef at the helm. Inside, you will savor a seasonally inspired New American menu with a minimalist, rustic interior and patio seating. My husband and I visit several times each season for lunch and dinner.
To start, my husband had the Blue Point Toasted Lager from Patchogue ($7) and I had the Shelter Island Sunset cocktail: Hanger 1 Makrut Lime vodka, honey basil lemonade, fresh basil ($12/virgin $7). My husband also tried the Summer Ale on draft by the Greenport Brewing Company. I loved my drink, I would order it again in a heartbeat: not too sweet, earthy with a touch of tang. Additional cocktail choices include their Red Maple Margarita, Ginger Cosmopolitan, and The D.B. Pimm’s Cup.
We shared the following plates: Cuban Meatballs: tomato jam, grilled baguette ($14); and Caprese: spinach, heirloom tomato, mozzarella, basil vinaigrette. For our entrees, my husband chose the Local Fish (Sea Bass for that evening): seasonal Sylvester Manor vegetables ($29); and I had the Farro Risotto: asparagus, mushrooms, pea greens ($21). We had the Hand Cut Fries ($6) as our side dish. Their fries are excellent: large, crispy and not greasy. Each dish was very memorable and flavorful. I loved the local mushrooms in my risotto. The local flavors and bounties of the east end is easily recognizable in each dish.
Dessert is truly the best at Red Maple. We had the Liège Waffle: a homemade waffle with Root beer Syrup, vanilla ice cream, and whipped. Liège waffles are incredible. If you have not had one before, the taste is rich, and ticker than your typical fluffy Belgian waffle. I first discovered these waffles at the Summer Fancy Food Show two years ago. There is a faintly crunchy texture within from the embedded pearled sugar. There is also the taste of the caramelized shell on the outside of the waffle, or from your very first bite. It is a not-to-miss dessert this season!
If you are on the island during the day, stop in for lunch or brunch or even just for dessert, you will not be disappointed. Another favorite of mine on their dessert menu is the Brownie Sundae. New to their dessert menu this season is the Key Lime Trifle.
Red Maple is currently open for dinner Thursday-Saturday from 5-10pm; lunch on Saturday from 11am-5pm, and brunch on Sunday from 11-4pm.
Expanded Summer Hours from June 29 to September 4 are:
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5-10pm; Friday and Saturday 5-11pm
Lunch: Friday-Saturday 11am-5pm
Brunch: Sunday 11am-5pm
http://www.thechequit.com/redmaple // 631-749-0183