Where to Celebrate Halloween on Long Island & in NYC

Whether you choose to spend Halloween in NYC or on Long Island this week, you are sure to stumble upon a scary good time. This week is already off to a great start with plenty of dinner specials, ghoulish cocktails, and fright-filled parties. With plenty of opportunities to wear your costume all week long, below are our favorite spots to celebrate Halloween across Long Island and in the city.

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New Healthy Start Menu at The Surf Lodge

One of my favorite places to be during the East End’s summer season, The Surf Lodge in Montauk, recently debuted their new ‘healthy start’ menu that perfectly aligns with their newly opened wellness center, The Surf Lodge Sanctuary.

The new healthy fare menu is for those who want to wake up and feel good about what they eat and be able to continue the day with plenty of energy and motivation. The menu is perfect for before or after a morning workout and is diverse with its offerings for vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike.

Image courtesy of The Surf Lodge

Culinary Director Shaun Hergatt and Head Chef Robert Sieber have developed new menu selections featuring a variety of healthy bites like the Almond Chia Pudding, the delicious Matcha Bowl, Brooklyn Waffles (ingredients actually brought in daily from BK), Mexican Baked Eggs and more. There is also a selection of enjoyable toasts such as the Ricotta Toast with orange blossom honey, hazelnuts, mint, and pink peppercorns. 

Guests can also pair their healthy breakfast with one of their raw juice selections, a fresh roasted cup of Bluestone Lane coffee, or even a cocktail from the new cocktail menu, featuring some of the classics and new favorites. 

Header photo and image directly above is courtesy of Sam Hillman Photography

When we visited The Surf Lodge this past weekend to try the new ‘healthy start’ and ‘down the middle’ menu for the first time, we ordered the following:

Almond Chia Pudding: fresh fruit mint, toasted almonds ($12)

Farmer’s Breakfast Bowl: organic grains, broccoli, spinach, sunny side egg ($19)

Brooklyn Waffles: local strawberries, rum-mascarpone, maple syrup ($20)

East End Burger: Wagyu beef, white cheddar, special sauce, pickles, onion, French fries ($24)

Grilled Local Vegetables: romesco sauce, lemon ($10)

This is the type of menu you could enjoy almost every weekend, paired with beautiful views of the lake. And with all that is happening The Surf Lodge this season, there is always something to do at the property.

Additional menu items worth noting are the Peekytoe Crab Toast with paragon aioli, tobiko, chives, toasted sourdough; and Mexican Baked Eggs, chorizo, squash blossoms, and tortillas.

Image courtesy of The Surf Lodge

Click here to book a table. The brunch menu is currently available on weekends from 11am-2pm. Parking for non-guests is at the railroad station just across from Montauk Manor.

http://www.thesurflodge.com/restaurant/ // 631-483-5037

The Chillhouse x Ketel One Botanical Montauk Pop-Up

Throughout July and August, Ketel One Botanical is partnering with Chillhouse, a modern self-care destination, as they pop up at New York Pilates in Montauk. The Chillhouse and Ketel One Botanical Pop-Up is offering manicures, pedicures and special retail experiences on the first floor of the fitness studio. 

Chillhouse services include manicures, with the option to add nail art, three of which are inspired by the Ketel One Botanical varietals – Peach & Orange Blossom, Cucumber & Mint, and Grapefruit & Rose- and pedicures.

Vanessa Gordon gets her nails done at Chillhouse

Along with each service, guests 21+ will receive a complimentary Botanical Spritz, and will have the opportunity to book special packages, inclusive of a Ketel One Botanical-inspired manicure, Botanical Spritz, and a New York Pilates class in one, with the option to bring a friend along as well. For those who can’t make it out to Montauk this summer, Chillhouse is also offering guests 21+ the Botanical manicures at their LES flagship on Essex Street, with a Ketel One Botanical Spritz on the house.

Services will include manicures (The Full Rodeo $30, The Gel Rodeo $45), with the option to add nail art from their curated look book. Pedicures include Chill Toes ($50), and Fancy Feet ($75). 

Click here to check out their range of nail art designs.

The modern selfcare destination is in good company, co-mingling with activewear brands featured in New York Pilates’ retail shop such as Year Of Ours, Live the Process and APL Sneakers, all hand-picked by New York Pilates founder, Heather Andersen, as well as New York Pilates’ merchandise and new technical sportswear line.

Chillhouse Montauk is open Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday from 10am-6pm and Friday from 12-8pm.

https://chillhouse.com/pages/montauk

Daily Harvest Partners with Amber Waves Farm & Gurney’s Montauk

This summer, Daily Harvest is pleased to announce an exciting in-season summer partnership with Amber Waves Farm and Gurney’s Resort & Spa in Montauk! Daily Harvest is a direct-to-consumer brand delivering chef-crafted, nourishing foods that are built on fruits and vegetables. Their ingredients are thoughtfully sourced, frozen on the farm, and ready in minutes! Founder and CEO Rachel Drori launched Daily Harvest in 2015 as a solution to her own challenge of wanting to eat delicious, whole foods, but not having the time to prepare three healthy meals every day.

Images courtesy of Daily Harvest

“At Daily Harvest, we deliver chef-crafted, nourishing food built on organic fruits and vegetables. Our ingredients are thoughtfully sourced and frozen on the farm when at their freshest. That’s why Amber Waves is the perfect partner this summer; we’re both committed to offering real, delicious food and creating a transparent relationship between people and what they eat,” said Drori. “Not only will a few of my favorite Daily Harvest Smoothies be available all summer long at the Amber Waves Market, but also we’re sponsoring their ‘Farm Chores & Storytime’ program, which is a free educational outlet for families to learn about farming and cooking healthy meals together!”

Daily Harvest will be selling Daily Harvest from the Amber Waves Market through Labor Day weekend. The following smoothies are sold at the market this summer:

  • Banana + Greens
  • Chocolate + Blueberry
  • Strawberry + Peach

Pricing is $9 for one smoothie and $25 for three smoothies.

Daily Harvest is also being sold at Gurney’s Corso Coffee shop, which is available at 7AM daily, as well as Gurney’s firepit deck menu for afternoon and night. Offerings will include: Acai + Cherry Smoothie, Mint + Cacao Smoothie, and Strawberry + Peach Smoothie (rosé can be added for a Frosé Strawberry + Peach) which will be available through Labor Day weekend.

If you are not in the Hamptons this summer, check out Daily Harvest’s website for a variety of smoothies, soups, harvest bowls, lattes, chia bowls, and more, all frozen and so simple to prepare. The perfect way to eat healthy while so proactive!

https://www.daily-harvest.com/

Hooked in Montauk Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Eat like a local! There are so many reasons why Hooked Montauk is one of my favorite eateries out east. From the freshest seafood to some of the friendliest service around, Hooked reels in healthy and satisfying salads, grilled, fish and poke bowls, to our East End classics such as their to-die-for lobster roll, local steamers, and ‘off the hook’ plates such as their BBQ Baby Back Ribs and Grilled Chicken Sandwich. It is everything you crave and more this summer season. A trip to the beach or park is just not the same without takeout from Hooked.

Hooked is offering a lobster roll special for those looking to bring lunch to the beach in a timely manner. Place your order for take-out before you arrive and enjoy a lobster roll and beverage for a special price. Hooked is located near many beaches making it easy and accessible for those traveling without a vehicle.

With a focus on lobster, discover one of my new must-try dishes for the season, the Tom Lob (pictured below): vine ripened tomato stuffed with lobster salad ($25). They also serve lobster mac and cheese which has been a crowd favorite, a lobster salad roll served with coleslaw, and whole local steamed lobster served with mussels and corn. Owners and long-time locals Brian and Gillian Mooney know how to curate a menu that is perfect for everyone from seafood lovers and those who are health conscious to those who favorite ‘land’ fare and love to dig in to exceptional food that is served up fast.

Tom Lob

Additional must-try, signature dishes are their Lobster Bisque, Kick’n Crab and Corn Chowder, and Grilled Mahi Mahi served as a sandwich with fries or over greens.

Hooked in Montauk is currently open seven days a week from 11:30am. The restaurant is also available for preparing food for parties of up to 20 people.

https://www.hookedmtk.com // 631-668-2111

Navy Beach

One of the most popular dining destinations in Montauk during the summer season is Navy Beach, and for so many reasons. It is not only a family-friendly oasis for a delicious and memorable meal, it is also a popular beachfront wedding and event space. Upcoming events include the Navy SEAL Foundation cocktail party on Saturday, June 22nd from 3-5pm. The cocktail party will be the kick-off to a seventh season of fundraising efforts at the restaurant.

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Where to Eat on the East End during Super Bowl Sunday LIII

Whether your favorite football team is in the Super Bowl or not, it’s still a fun day for good food, good drinks, good football and good times. These East End bars are the perfect lineup for Super Bowl Sunday, making you the MVP of your friend group.

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Where to Dine Out for Thanksgiving on Long Island and NYC

If you find yourself missing out on family time at Thanksgiving because you’re too busy running around in the kitchen, then maybe this year it’s time to try something different. Here are six restaurants throughout the East End and New York City that will serve and or cater Thanksgiving for you, so you can sit back, relax and finally spend time with your loved ones.

For a gorgeous meal with an ambiance to match, East Wind in Wading River will be serving a full Thanksgiving Buffet in their gorgeous Grand Ballroom. Featuring all the flavors that Thanksgiving has to offer—Butternut Squash and Roasted Apple Bisque, Apple Chutney Stuffed Pork Loin, Roast Turkey with a Cranberry Compote and Steel Oat Crusted Salmon with a Warm Fig and Date Couscous and Pumpkin Beurre Blanc—you and your family are sure to have an evening you’ll be thankful for for years to come.

Claude’s Carrot Cake, Courtesy of Claude’s at Southampton Inn

The Thanksgiving menu at Claude’s in Southampton is chockfull of decadent items: for dinner, you can choose from a Local Cheese Pumpkin Ravioli with Truffle Sage Brown Butter and Parmesan Cheese, Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi, Heritage Roast Turkey with Stuffing, a Cranberry Trifle, Warm, Sticky Toffee Date Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream and their award-winning Carrot Cake. So for this Thanksgiving, spend dinner at Claude’s enjoying—and relaxing with—your family, instead of stressed out in your kitchen.

Desmond’s in Wading River is making it possible for you to have your turkey and eat it, too…at home! For $225 (plus tax), you’ll get a Golden Brown Roasted, 14-16 lb turkey—ready to carve —plus all the fixings; all you need to do is place your order by Tuesday, November 20th. With Desmond’s To-Go, you’ll be able to host a top-notch Thanksgiving dinner of 8-10 people without breaking a sweat.

At Gurney’s in Montauk, you’ll find a smorgasbord of foods: Artisan Cheese and Charcuterie boards, Chilled Seafood, Whole Roasted Organic Turkey with Cranberry Sauce, Gravy and Apricot Mostarda, Warm Honey Biscuits, Herb Crusted Beef Prime Rib with a Red Wine Jus, Sushi and Pan Seared Duck Breast with Wild Mushrooms, Fregola and Blackberry Port Sauce. For kids, Gurney’s is offering Cheese and Pepperoni Pizza, Apple Slices and Caramel, Organic Chicken Strips and Mac n’ Cheese. For dessert, you may have a hard time narrowing it down: Cinnamon Caramel Apple Cheesecake, Gingerbread Cream Cheesecake, Pumpkin Cream Cheesecake, Pumpkin Creme Brûlée and Pumpkin Bread Pudding—just to name a few!

Looking for an adventure outside of the East End? Check out the Thanksgiving dinner offerings at Greenwich Steakhouse and Demarchelier in New York City. For an upscale Thanksgiving celebration in the West Village, Greenwich Steakhouse is serving up a Traditional Turkey special, signature menu selections, Dry-Aged Steak and an ample bar to accompany the delicious foods.

For a familial atmosphere, family-owned and operated Demarchelier on the Upper East Side is the place to dine. With an a la carte serving of classic French dishes such as Terrine de Foie Gras with Toast Points, a specialty prix fixe menu and a traditional Thanksgiving meal of Roasted Turkey Breast, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Mashed Potatoes and Carrots, there’s sure to be something here for everyone’s palate. If you save room for dessert, you can look forward to a decadent slice of Pumpkin Pie or Pecan Tart.

Five Favorite Activities on Long Island this November

As we approach Thanksgiving where cuffing season is in full swing and families join around the fireplace to share stories and pumpkin pie, Long Island is where to be. Below we’ve culled our five favorite activities you and your loved ones can do together this November.

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Fall Scented Candles of the Hamptons

Getting out of the crisp, fall air and into a warm, cozy home with fall-inspired candle scents of pumpkin pie, apple cider or spicy nutmeg wafting through the air is one of the best perks of this season. Although you can walk into countless East End boutiques, these are the best for finding your festive fall candle.

Country Lane in Sag Harbor should be your go-to spot for decadent candles that’ll make your mouth water. Pumpkin Vanilla, Bourbon Maple Sugar, Honey Soaked Apples, Roasted Espresso,  Spicy Cinnamon Hot Toddy and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are just some of the delicious candle scents you’ll find at Country Lane. Continue reading

Visit the East End on a Budget

When you head to the East End—whether it’s for a day, weekend or week-long visit—you know you’ll be splurging on luxe food, top-notch drinks and many different activities; the price of which all add up quickly. Not looking to spend your whole paycheck on all of the above? Here are the best ways to save on money without sacrificing East End fun.

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