Editor’s note: this restaurant has closed
Red Stixs, the upscale Beijing-style restaurant, has opened for the 2015 Hamptons Summer Season. Red Stixs opened its doors for its second season at its Watermill location on Friday, May 15th. In December, seasoned restaurateurs Michael Reda and David Lee (the original founding partners of Philippe restaurants) expanded their upscale Chinese restaurant to Midtown Manhattan located at 216 East 49th Street. At the helm is Chef Skinny James Mei, who shows off his extensive expertise in Beijing-style cuisine and prepares dishes including Chicken Satay, Green Prawns, Beijing Chicken, Hand Pulled Noodles, and Nine Season Spicy Prawns.
Reda and Lee teamed back up with owners David Schulman and Sean Kehlenbeck at the Southampton outpost where Hamponites can once again indulge in this unique spin on Chinese fare. As you walk in to the left, you could grab a drink at the high-energy bar area, then proceeding forward, have dinner in the chic, white and red-adorned dining room, or lounge on one of the cozy banquettes on the back outdoor deck. Red Stixs is conveniently located right off of Montauk highway close to the center of Watermill’s village. The restaurant attracts a young, lively crowd and is also family-friendly as I saw a number of families dining inside when I arrived early in the evening on Saturday.
During my first visit to Red Stixs, I had the pleasure of meeting co-owner, Kehlenbeck and co-founder, Lee. I had a tour of the dining area and saw the sous chefs in action in the fast-paced the kitchen. Each staff member I met during my tour and tasting of their popular menu items was so personable and sociable, like they were really ready to kick of the season with a bang.
The drink menu is in a class of its own. The Lychee Martini (Absolut Vodka, Patron Citronage, lychee juice, coconut cream, lime juice, and their signature red lychee garnish, $19) was divine. I would literally run back for this specialty cocktail. I kept thinking about it when I was at home and told my husband that we must grab drinks there as soon as possible! Additional standout cocktails were their Pear Passion ($18) and Life’s A Peach Iced Tea ($18).
Chicken Satay (3 for $20) is their signature appetizer, and popular main course dishes include their Crispy Beef ($59 for 2), Beijing Chicken ($48 for 2), Chilean Sea Bass ($60 for 2), and Black Prawns ($64 for 2). Red Stixs offers their Chef’s Tasting menu (6 person minimum) at for $120 pp. Chef Mei will make something special for that particular table based on their taste. Peking Duck, for example, is one of the items presented. My favorite out of the dishes I tried was the Chicken Satay. The Green Prawns were quite an intriguing dish as the prawns are green because of them being soaked in a spinach juice for several hours. Get ready to splurge at Red Stixs! The prices are high but the food is top-notch. The menu is truly designed for a summer spent in the Hamptons.
Dessert menu items are all made in house and include their Warm Chocolate Molten Lava Cake, Warm Apple Crumb Tart, Red Velvet Cake, Oreo Cookie Cheesecake, and Key Lime Pie ($14 each), a selection of sorbets, ice cream, and coffees. I would love to try the Red Velvet Cake that I bet would go hand in hand with the decor.
Red Stixs will be open for dinner thru Memorial Day Weekend, Sunday-Thursday 5-12am, and on Friday-Saturday the restaurant will be open until between 1-2am. Many exciting events will be hosted at Red Stixs this summer and be on the lookout for a separate dine-in review of their Watermill location. Chef Skinny Mei will be at this July’s Taste of Two Forks. For more information, please visit http://redstixs.com