We visited The Backyard Restaurant in Montauk on a Thursday afternoon less than two weeks ago. As a family of four with two young children, we always prefer to make our reservations for dinner as early as possible. The restaurant was very accommodating and seated us promptly adjacent to their backyard garden, which I had never explored before. We generally sit poolside just in front of where the musicians perform on select evenings.
I was very impressed with the ample amount of property Solé East has. Guests could easily spend the entire day on property, resting in one of the hammocks, or by the campfire during the evenings. My daughter loved running around and sitting in the swings. It is the perfect family and couples destination that is within walking distance to the Village of Montauk and its beaches. A bike ride to the beach is just 3 minutes!
To drink I had their refreshing, summery signature cocktail: Montauk Melon ($16). Their bread with olive oil, perfectly baked garlic, and balsamic is a real treat. The garlic spreads just like butter and has such a fresh and smooth taste that its almost irresistible. My husband and I then split the Wild Tuna Tartare: Cucumber, Seasame, Soy, Pickled Ginger, Wasabi, Taro Root Chips ($18). Another excellent choice as a starter is their Burrata or Mediterranean Plate.
From their Simply Off The Grill menu, I had the Scallops (MTK) with Creamy Polenta, Parmessan, and Truffle oil ($38); and my husband had the Swordfish with Grilled Asparagus ($35). I love their scallops, it is one of my favorite dishes on their menu. Their polenta is reminiscent of the authentic southern polenta I have regularly when I am down south.
My daughter and son split a bowl of bow-tie pasta with grilled chicken ($16), which they both enjoyed. I was impressed to see how much my son ate, being that he is less than a year old. He loved every bite!
Their menu also features a Raw Bar with Montauk Clams, Montauk Oysters, and a Chilled Seafood Platter with Lobster, Little Necks, Oysters, Jonah Crab, and Shrimp.
For dessert we had their signature Chocolate Cake with fresh mint ($10). Just behind where we were sitting is their herb garden with the fresh mint and parsley growing, among other herbs. Our server, Antonio, was exceptional and went out of his way throughout our whole experience.
Now at The Backyard is the Montauk Summer Series with a dinner on Friday, August 17th featuring Rome-based food and beverage expert, Katie Parla, author of Eating & Drinking in Rome, from 7-10 pm. The evening will include a multi-course dinner featuring dishes from her acclaimed cookbook, Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City, complete with beer and wine pairings. Guests will also receive a free copy of the book. The menu, subject to change, includes such dishes as Cacio e Pepe Suppli’ (Rice Croquettes with Pecorino Romano and Black Pepper); Concia (Fried and Marinated Zucchini); Pollo alla Romana (Chicken with Tomatoes and Bell Peppers) or Eggplant Parmigiana; Verdure Gratinate al Forno (Baked Peppers, Onions, and Eggplants with Bread Crumbs); and Torta di Ricotta (Sheep’s-Milk Ricotta Cheesecake).
Cost is $160 per person. To purchase tickets, click here.
The Backyard serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends. A poolside menu is also available. Hours are Sunday-Thursday 8am-10pm, and Friday & Saturday 8am-11pm. Their Bossa Nova Sunday Brunch is 10am-2pm.
http://www.soleeast.com/restaurant // 631-668-9739