Old Stove Pub is a charming, rustic Greek restaurant in Sagaponack set just off of Montauk Highway. The restaurant has been serving the Hamptons for 40 years as a traditional steakhouse with the more recent addition of authentic Greek cuisine. It was and still is one of my father’s favorite restaurants in the Hamptons. Though he frequented the restaurant in the 1980’s, his last visit was in the summer of 2013. He was thrilled when he learned I will be featuring Old Stove Pub and he promised that we would dine here again when he comes to visit with my mom later this summer.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by restaurant co-owner, George Gounelas. He was very approachable and extended himself with every detail possible, making for a standout dining experience. “My family took over this restaurant in 2012. I come from a family of restaurant owners. My dad owned a diner up the island. We made Old Stove Pub more Greek than what it used to be,” says Gounelas. “We have a prix fixe Sunday-Thursday, $29 for four courses that includes a Greek salad, appetizer, entrée, and dessert.” That’s an incredible steal, by the way!
Their wine list includes a variety of high-end, award-winning Greek wines ranging from $45/bottle to $150/bottle in addition to a selection of domestic and international wine labels. All beers (Montauk, Brooklyn, Stella & Peroni) and soft drinks are bottled.
We started with the Saganaki: Baked Kaseri cheese served with grilled pita ($11); Spanokopita: Our famous spinach pie, includes feta and leeks wrapped in phyllo ($14). Their famous spanokopita is made with feta, oregano and olive oil imported from Greece. Next, we split their Horiatiki Salad: Traditional Greek salad which includes tomatoes, red onions, green and red peppers, cucumbers, Kalamata olives with Feta and dressed with Greek Olive Oil and Oregano ($16), and Grilled Octopus over Black Eyed Pea Salad with micro greens on top (special).
For our entrées, we split the Surf and Turf: 8 oz Filet Mignon over garlic mashed potatoes, and 8 oz Lobster tail over broccoli rabe ($55); and Lavraki: Mediterranean Sea Bass filet, broiled and served over sauté broccoli rabe, cherry tomatoes, and leeks in a fish broth ($38). Our sides were Hellenic Fries: Long Island potatoes, fried and seasoned with oregano and sea salt ($10); and Creamed Spinach: Spinach made with our famous béchamel style cream ($10). Béchamel sauce, or also known as white sauce, is made from a white roux and milk. This sauce is considered to be on of the basic “mother sauces” of classic French cuisine.
Every dish was exceptional! This is one of the few meals I have had this season where I wish I could turn the clock back and experience each bite all over again. My favorites were the Spanokopita and the Mediterranean Sea Bass. The portions are extremely generous, an exceptional value for what you get. This is the place to treat your family and or guests this summer (and anytime)! Additional popular dishes include their World Class Steak: 32 ounce NY Strip, prime and dry-aged for over 45 days, recommended for 2 ($89).
Their dinner menu also includes Greek classics such as Chicken Souvlaki, Pastichio, and Mousaka. Happy Hour at Old Stove Pub includes but is not limited to Mini Spanokopita; Mini Gyros; Loaded Greek Fries; and Filet Mignon Sliders ($7/each). Drinks such as Vodka, Rum, Gin, and Tequila are $5/each.
Happy Hour is daily, 5-7pm. Live music is on Thursday nights, and there is a Sunday brunch from 11:30am until 3pm that includes a bottomless Bloody Mary bar. Three different spreads that include vegetables, seven different hot sauces. Bring the whole family and come outside for an egg sauce, horseshoes, and a dart board is currently being installed. During brunch in August, there is someone to help watch over the children while they are playing outside and the adults are enjoying their libations and meal. The restaurant is also popular for hosting after-wedding parties.
For dessert, I had the best Baklava I had ever tasted: piping hot in the center, sweet and crunchy with shaved almonds and a warm honey drizzle. My daughter was treated to vanilla bean ice cream with homemade hot fudge.
Jimmy Fallon, the host of “The Tonight Show,” and his wife, Nancy Juvonen are frequent dining guests of Old Stove Pub and have a close friendship with Gounelas.
Old Stove Pub is open Sunday-Thursday for dinner from 5-10pm and on Friday and Saturday until 11pm. They are open year round Thursday-Sunday.