Almond Chef Jason Weiner Sag Harbor Dining & More
Meet Almond Co-Owner and Executive Chef Jason Weiner, see what’s happening at restaurants in Sag Harbor, celebrate World Sake Day, and more East End “Food Seen” novelties and treats.
Chef Highlight: Jason Weiner, Co-Owner / Executive Chef of Almond
Jason Weiner began his culinary career in Manhattan at two renowned restaurants: Regine and China Grill. After working on the line at these two hotspots for about four years, Weiner traveled to the West Coast, joined one of America’s top chefs, Michael Mina, and opened AQUA in San Francisco. In 1996, he was part of the Charles Nob Hill opening team in San Francisco as a chef. After launch, Weiner spent a summer on the East Coast in the kitchen of one of the Hamptons’ best restaurants, Nick & Toni’s. In 1998, he joined Mina’s group and was part of the AQUA opening team at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. After four years in Vegas, Weiner returned to the East to explore the opportunity to open his own restaurant. In 2001, that dream came true and Weiner opened Almond, a French bistro in Bridgehampton, with his partner Eric Lemonides. Offering reasonable prices and daring bistro fare, Almond burst onto the Hamptons restaurant scene with a wave of rave reviews.
In the fall of 2008, the team expanded its activities to New York, opening Almond NYC in the Flatiron district of Manhattan. At the end of 2010, due to stalled lease negotiations with the owner of the building that housed Almond in Bridgehampton for 10 years, the restaurant closed and reopened in early 2011 at 1 Ocean Road in downtown Bridgehampton. In 2021, Weiner celebrated his 20th birthday at Almond Bridgehampton.
Weiner has appeared at several culinary events throughout his career. He has cooked at the James Beard House on five occasions and participated in several off-premises James Beard House events, such as Chefs & Champagne. Weiner has been the star chef of Outstanding in the Field, an outdoor feast celebrating local farms and produce from across the country, for the past seven years. He’s also been a Featured Chef for the past few years at a local Hamptons culinary event, The Chefs Dinner at Hayground School, featuring a number of top chefs from the East End and Manhattan.
In its kitchens, Weiner is committed to using locally grown produce and local produce to support the community. In fact, 90% of the produce he uses from June to October comes from a seven mile radius around the restaurant. He has farms that provide him with everything from corn, tomatoes, leeks, herbs, artichokes and microgreens root vegetables, summer squash, winter squash, berries, peppers, beets and all kinds of salads and braised vegetables. Another cool thing Weiner does with local produce during the season is artisanal ways to keep it fresh all year round. For example, at the end of September, when the tomato season draws to a close, Weiner buys about 400 pounds of tomatoes from Pike Farm and cans them in half-gallon mason jars for storage over the winter.
Plus, when Kirby cucumbers are at their peak, Weiner buys around 100 pounds and bakes bread and butter pickles, which he then serves with his burgers for the rest of the year. Weiner has partnered with the local Bridgehampton school to source several items from their newly created greenhouse. The greenhouse is being built and maintained by students and will provide several varieties of beans – broad beans, cranberry beans, lima beans and soybeans – heirloom tomatoes, squash and vegetables for restaurant braising in season.
What’s going on in Sag Harbor, you ask?
For those who are on the go, Port market and cuisine is the perfect stop. The best part? Everything at the market is homemade by hand! Their open kitchen concept says a lot about the restaurant’s transparency when it comes to cooking. Whether you fancy a waffle breakfast or a wood-fired pizza, you can count on the market to deliver.
Little Birdie introduced fast and casual dining to Sag Harbor. With a lively and fun atmosphere, the restaurant has made a name for itself with delicious chicken and delicious falafel sandwiches. Everything is made to order, so you are guaranteed freshness at dinner. They even offer roast chicken after 4pm that has been cured for 24 hours!
If you fancy a seafood dinner, go to Ed’s Lobster Bar. Located off the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor toll motorway, the restaurant serves everything a seafood lover could wish for, from lobster rolls to raw sea bass dishes, chowders and seafood. fried sea. Just be sure to bring a charge card with you as the restaurant is cashless.
Speaking of quick and affordable take out, coriander is another great place for foodies on the go. You really get what you pay for when you order here as their portions are BIG. Cilantro’s offers all your typical Mexican dishes as well as specialties like black bean soup and Mexican chili.
A romantic date? The tag has a phenomenal sunset view to complete your romantic dining experience. Enjoy their $ 75 two-course sunset menu available for dinner where you can choose from mouthwatering options like shrimp tacos, pork belly pretzel buns and Milanese pork chops, for to name a few, but get there soon; they close for the season on Columbus Day weekend. (Must order: lobster rigatoni; thanks later.)
There’s nothing like something sweet to start the day off right. Coffee and stone-milled donuts caters to the foodie residents of Sag Harbor with their brioche and donuts made with European-style butter and natural flour in a small batch process that takes up to two days! The complex method results in buttery, chewy donuts that stand out from the crowd. Flavors like Lemon Poppy, Nutella, and Maple Sea Salt are just a few of the delicious options you can choose from during your visit.
Celebrate World Sake Day on Friday October 1 at Kissaki (670 Montauk highway, water mill) and O from Kissaki (47 Montauk Highway, East Hampton) with special offers that will make you say “kanpai”. Kissaki in Water Mill will offer a Grand Cru from the Heiwa Kid series for $ 30 per flight as well as Heiwa Kid Junmai at a special price for $ 21 a glass and Tokkuri for $ 58, in addition to the Heiwa Kid Nigori for $ 20 a glass or 95 $ for the bottle and Heiwa Kid Junmai Daiginjo by the glass for $ 25 or the bottle for $ 160. O by Kissaki will serve Brooklyn Kura by the glass for $ 18 or Tokkuri for $ 49.
In case you missed the ad in Dan’s papers last month the Montauk Brewery surfs the fall with new drinks. Try their Easy Riser Belgian White, a wheat beer par excellence. Then a collaboration with Bulleit Frontier Whiskey brings an Imperial Pumpkin Ale in a 16 ounce can. On October 14, Montauk Brewing will launch a special Ocean series for charity with a portion of the proceeds going to ARF, the Hamptons Animal Rescue Fund. It’s called Pawesome! Later in October, a cold winter season IPA will be available in packs of 6 and 12. This edition of Cold Day is brewed with a very limited hop variety called Strata. Drink, my friends!
Speaking of Montauk, Small harbor cafe on Westlake Drive now serves bowls of veggie ramen and duck. They offer dinner service from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and are open for brunch from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Ramen in Montauk – who would have thought?
Southampton’s newest waterfront restaurant, Manna at the Lobster Inn launched Happy Hour Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. During happy hour, “Buck a Shuck” is offered with $ 1 oysters at the bar or lounge. A variety of drink specials are available, changing daily.
Moby’s at East Hampton now serves lunch and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. They are always open from Wednesday to Sunday for dinner at 5 p.m.
Recently, Westhampton Beach hosted LT Burger. The concept, which met with great success in Sag Harbor, is the brainchild of celebrity chef Laurent Tourondel. Look for shakes, burgers, wings, nachos, salads, and sides. It enjoys a prime location at 115 Main Street.
Is alfresco dining here to stay? Believe it or not, this requires a permit and varies from municipality to municipality. Before Governor Andrew Cuomo stepped down a month ago, he extended his executive order allowing the use of public space for alfresco dining. The guests like it. Fingers crossed that policymakers at the village and city levels continue to extend permits. Many have endorsed alfresco dining until the end of the year.
Food quote: “You can’t think well, love well, sleep well, if you haven’t had a good dinner.” ~ Virginie Woolf
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