I had the absolute pleasure of taking a tour of the renowned 1770 House in East Hampton, located in the heart of the East Hampton Village and steps away from the many shops and boutiques on Newtown Lane and Main St, restaurants, the library, the Guild Hall, the duck pond, and just minutes away from the ocean. How could one ask for a better location? The inn has an elegant, rustic interior with its original 18th century wood paneling and cozy fireplace in the sitting room, taking you back over a hundred years before the Hamptons was a busy summer getaway for the rich and famous.
Upon entering, I was promptly greeted by both the Manager, Carol, and the Innkeeper, Randye. Carol graciously took the time to show me around the dining room and introduced me to Executive Chef, Michael Rozzi. Chef Rozzi has been with The 1770 House for just about two years and one would immediately have the impression that he has been there for over a decade. His precision to detail, attentiveness to every aspect of the kitchen, and gracious manners is impeccably professional. The 1770 House is in fact “the real deal.” This is a rare find and if you have a chance to dine here in the near future, you will be utterly impressed.
The 1770 House incorporates the Tavern downstairs and fine dining upstairs. In the winter, you will find heartier soups, a comforting and ever-so-popular meatloaf, and they are known for their delicious and savory burger. For upstairs dining, a sophisticated dining experience awaits you. A candlelit dinner with generous spacing between seats and tables is complimented by fantastic dishes, including Sea Scallops, Foie Gras, and Scottish Salmon.
Seasonal dining deals currently in effect! Each Thursday, in the intimate downstairs Tavern, The 1770 House signature burger, meatloaf and pizza are just $17.70 each with a choice of Soave or Malbec wines at $9 by the glass. From Sunday to Thursday, complementing nightly menus in the dining room and Tavern, is a $35 three-course prix fixe including Executive Chef Michael Rozzi’s popular a la carte dishes. At the core of Chef’s menus is local bounty with New American cuisine that adapts to the seasons.
After Carol showed me the dining room and discussed the history of the inn and its restaurant, Randye showed me around the beautiful rooms of the inn, including the two-story Carriage House on the premises. The Carriage House was breathtaking: two floors, a gigantic King Size bed on the first floor, a spacious living room, a stunning bathroom and so much more. It is a house to call your own if you were to stay here. At a cost of just over $1,500 a night during the high season, it is an intimate, luxurious experience in the Hamptons that is more cost effective than renting a home in the summer.
The boutique bed and breakfast has a total of six guest-rooms in the main house in addition to The Carriage House. The rooms in the main colonial just upstairs from the restaurant are so unique in and of themselves. One has its own fireplace that hails as the centerpiece of the room, and a room just across the hall that is adorned with softly hued yellow flowers and more of an antique look and feel to it. Each guest-room has a marbled finished bathroom and state-of-the-art accouterments.
If you are an overnight guest of the 1770 House, you will be greeted in the morning with eggs any style such as Eggs Benedict, an egg white omelette, challah French toast or buttermilk pancakes with warm Vermont maple syrup, muffins and toast with jam and jellies, a fruit medley,yogurt, coffee by Hampton Coffee Company and tea by Harney & Sons. Room service is also available.
The 1770 House Restaurant & Inn is currently hosting a winter travel deal with “Best Inn Class,” a new winter getaway with the best seasonal rates, exclusive perks and unbeatable dining deals. Until March 20, luxury accommodations are discounted an additional 20% the winter rates or up to one-third the high season rate. In the main house just above the restaurants, guest-rooms are $180 to $280 on weekdays and $236 to $420 on weekends. The two-story, two-bedroom carriage house is $556 on weekdays and $680 on weekends. Who wants to pack their bags and come with me!?
The 1770 House is open seven days a week for dinner beginning at 5:30pm and until 10pm. For more information including dining reservations and to book your stay, please visit http://1770house.com. Their telephone number is very easy to remember: (631) 324-1770.