Harbor Bistro is a first-rate new American and raw bar restaurants in East Hampton, with the most stunning water-view to behold. This is a restaurant where locals and visitors alike flock to for Mediterranean/Asian inspired dishes served at perfectly sized portions.
What I loved in particular about our visit was that there was plenty of room in between each table and we had enough space to have Sarah stay in her stroller next to our table. Our waitress, who we have had before at Harbor Bistro, was very friendly and welcoming. She suggested I try one of their specialty cocktails, their Raspberry Cosmo made with Stoli Raspberi, Cranberry Juice, Cointreau, and Fresh Lime Juice, shaken on ice and served up in a martini glass with lime peel and fresh raspberry garnish ($12). I was originally torn between their Ginger-Pear “Saketini” ($16) and Raspberry Mojito ($14) But I am glad I went with the Cosmo as it was prepared just right. The cocktail shaker is large enough to fit two drinks, so their drinks are a good deal.
As appetizers, my husband ordered ten Lil’ Neck Clams ($1.25 each), and I ordered four half-shell Long Island Oysters ($2.75 each). My husband recommended the oysters to me, and he was spot on.
I have to control myself when raving about their oysters! They were so marvelous with that ideal tangy taste of fresh lime; the best! I am still thinking about them and cannot wait to order them again.
For our entrees, my husband ordered the Pork Tenderloin Schnitzel: Baby Arugula, Heirloom Tomatoes, Chèvre, Pickled Red Onions, Summer Squash, and a Brown Butter Lemon Dressing ($25), and I ordered the Wild Shrimp & Diver Sea Scallops: Jasmine Rice, Baby Bok Choy, and Thai Style-Coconut Curry for $32. Each entree was so colorful and vibrant. The scallops were cooked to perfection and the shrimp had such an exotic essence of curry in each bite. Everything tasted so fresh and all-around healthy. My husband was very impressed with his schnitzel dish; each ingredient had a vibrant about of flavor and he especially loved the touch of pickled red onions.
For dessert, I ordered their Nutella Crème Brûlée: Chocolate Hazelnut Custard, Sugar Crust, and Fresh Raspberries ($9). The luscious custard tasted like a lighter version of the Nutella hazelnut spread, and the crispy, caramel sugar on top will knock your socks off! This is a dessert that deserves its own celebration.
For our next visit, we would try the Crispy Kataifi-Lobster Bundle: Citrus Slaw, Spiced Sesame Aioli, Thai Chili Glaze ($14) on the appetizer menu; Tandoori Spiced Halibut: Quinoa Tabouli, Toasted Pine Nuts, Raita Salad, Lemon-Chive Oil ($36); and the Pistachio Crusted Swordfish: Crisp Risotto Cake, Asparagus, Tahitian Vanilla-Lobster Sauce ($29), though our appetizers and entrees were unbeatable!
We had a lovely, evening meal with a prime, waterfront view of the sunset and boats docked in the harbor. We look forward to returning within the next month. Harbor Bistro is currently open Thursday-Sunday beginning at 5pm, and will be open seven days a week beginning in late June. They offer a $29 three course or two course & a glass of wine prix fixe menu available nightly from 5-6pm in the dining area or all night at the bar. Harbor Bistro will once again be a participating restaurant at Dan’s Taste of Summer in July. For more information, please visit http://www.harborbistro.net