NOT FOR PENNE PINCHERS AND AN OBITUARY ON MAIN STREET.

The New Saint Ambrose…. I mean Sant Ambroeus.

Sant Ambroeus, a popular Italian restaurant chain (with 11 locations it’s a chain – like Olive jardin but with no bread sticks) recently opened their second Hamptons location in East Hampton. The new location is situated at 66 Newtown Lane in the building that was recently sold for a whopping $28 million. I haven’t had a chance to eat there yet, but a few friends did this past weekend and I’ve been hearing all about it. Here’s what people are saying.

On the one hand, people are raving about the cuisine. They say the food is fantastic and the restaurant is quite the scene. On the other hand, they’re not so thrilled about the price tag. “Expensive” is the word I’m hearing most often. A Caesar salad will set you back $28, while a veal chop will cost you a cool $57. Even the clam chowder is a pricey $49. So yes, the food is really good… but it doesn’t come cheap. So think of it this way, it’s the Ticketmaster of Italian food where there’s a service charge to go and be seen.

Even though I didn’t eat in the EH location, I did manage to sneak a peek inside. The interior was redone by the same team that worked on Surf Lodge and Ruschmeyer’s, but it still looks quite similar to the old Babette’s. So, if you liked Babette’s, you’ll probably feel right at home at Sant Ambroeus.

We hardly knew ye’ – Main Street Tavern

Meanwhile, It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Main Street Tavern Amagansett. The restaurant, which opened with a lot of fanfare in July of 2020, was not able to quite catch on and win over the hearts of locals IMHO. It’s unfortunate, but I guess the team behind 11 Madison Park and the always crowded Highway Restaurant were unable to replicate their success with this venture. The building is now up for sale for $5 million. Maybe it will become Indian Wells Tavern again. That would be awesome.

A MEXICAN STANDOFF IN SAG HARBOR?

RUMORS AND MORE RUMORS ABOUT FOOD IN SAG HARBOR VILLAGE!

It’s no secret that Sag Harbor is a foodie town. With so many options for dining, it can be hard to decide where to go. But if you’re in the mood for Mexican food, you may soon be getting another option and “The Chatter” as I’m now calling the blog is here to spill the refried beans.


K-Pasa has been a Sag Harbor staple for the past few years. The restaurant is known for its pricey taco dishes, as well as its margaritas and pretty much the big queso in town for spicy specialties. Well now LT Burger, is apparently jumping into the tortilla biz. The Main Street burger joint recently brown papered the windows and left a note saying they’ll be back with an revised menu and new format soon. It kind of makes sense since I don’t know how the place was making it work when most tables were filled with a few adults and a zillion kids splitting a burger and fries. Anway, my sources tell me they’re going to diversify the menu and include tacos and lighter fare so burgers are nacho only choice. I don’t have any timeline for the change over but will keep you posted.

Something to taco bout!

Meanwhile, the one that has everyone talking in town is the imminent closure of Dockside Restaurant and Bar on Bay Street. According to sources, the Dockside Bar and Grill, located in the American Legion hall, will be closing its doors to the public mid-November. The restaurant has been a staple in the small town of Sag Harbor for years, and its loss will be felt by many.

The primary cause (from what I hear) of the closure is due to the restaurant losing their lease. Others have told me that they just felt it was time to retire. Adam Potter, who has his fingers in lots of businesses around town, now controls it. There has been much speculation as to why Potter would want to see the Dockside go, but the bottom line is the comparisons to THE Mr. Potter from It’s a Wonderful Life will certainly continue. If you read the Nextdoor Neighbor app you’ll know what I mean.

Dockside wil be sailing into the Sunset soon

What we do know is that the new occupants of the space will be the folks behind Rita Cantina in Springs. They’re apparently looking to bring a casual bistro/pub menu to the Bay Street location. While this may be good news for some, it’s still bittersweet given the circumstances. I like Rita Cantina and I liked their previous restaurant Bay Kitchen so I have high hopes for the new “Dockside.”


It’s always hard to see a beloved local spot have to close its doors, but sometimes change can be for the better. We’ll have to wait and see what the new occupants of the old Dockside Bar and Grill location have in store for us. Either way, we’ll always remember the good times we had at the Dockside.

TRES FROMAGE… WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THAT ANNOYING “?”

If you’ve driven through Bridgehampton anytime in say the past 5 months, you probably noticed an annoying question mark posted for all to see.    While I like a good mystery as questionmarkmuch as the next Scooby Doo or Shaggy, after months of watching the virtual gut renovation of the former Hudson Blue/Mercado/Agave restaurant I had enough.   So I started sniffing around.    So, after looking through windows (I saw some bistro chairs and a POS system) and a few phone calls to the right people I’ve discovered it’s apparently going to be ‘french bakery and cafe.”   Ohhhh laa laaa.  Yes, once again my hopes of having an Ihop in the Hamptons have been dashed.     I don’t know much more than what I’ve told you but I’ll keep you informed as I hear anything new.  I mean this is a blog, not the NY Times… I can only investigate so much.

Meanwhile, the summer may be over but there’s still plenty to do here on the east end.  This Thursday the Hamptons International Film Festival kicks off their 27th year with a special screening of Mariah Carey’s directorial debut of her “Citizen Kane” remake.   The film starring Steven Seagal already took the top prize at the Cannes … Ok, I can’t even joke about this anymore it’s too sick.   But could you imagine?    It would make Madonna’s Swept Away look like… well Citizen Kane!     Actually I don’t know what the kick off film is but you can CLICK HERE and get all the details that you need for buying tickets and what’s playing.     I will tell you the BIG ticket this year is Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN, starring Robert DeNiro.     The festival starts Thursday and ends Monday the 14th.

NEW MEXICAN.. COCKTAILS ON THE BEACH… AND A SIGN IT’S MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!

Well it’s Memorial Day weekend.   I know it sneaks up on you!   But in addition to being the unofficial kick-off of Summer, it’s also the OFFICIAL start to the Hamptons benefit season.

First up is the LGBT Network Annual Summer Kick-Off cocktail party at the Bridgehampton Surf and Tennis Club on Saturday May 25th.   This year’s theme is “Surf’s Up,” and it promises to be another swanky and fun affair.    It’s also one of the few

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COCKTAILS, DJ & APPETIZERS AT THE BRIDGEHAMPTON SURF & TENNIS CLUB

benefits on the East End that still has a goody bag!!!   Proceeds from the evening are earmarked for the LGBT Network’s Hamptons Center, which provides life-saving programs and services for the LGBT community and their supporters on the East End. Learn more about the Hamptons Center here.    If you want to buy ticket for the event you can click here and spend anywhere from $300 to $15,000 to attend.    If you choose the higher price sponsorship, rumor has it you can get all the “pigs in a blanket” you want and hey I’ll let you take a selfie with me too!   The Prada parade begins at 6:00pm and goes to 8:30, just in time to head to dinner at Coche Comedor in Amagansett.

What’s Coche Comedor you ask???  Well it’s the newest restaurant from the folks at Nick and Toni’s, Townline BBQ and La Fondita.   Serving locally inspired Mexican fare,  the restaurant opened last week and has been packed ever since.    I was luckily COCHEBARenough to go on the opening night and it was a home run.    The menu is different than the taqueria next door and features fish, meat and poultry all cooked on a wood burning grill and rotisserie.  There is also a raw bar portion of the menu featuring shrimp, clams and oysters.   The tortillas are made fresh and the most important of all the margaritas are perfection.   They’re not too sweet and not too tart.    So, say hola to summer and head to Coche Comedor.   You can also take a look at their website or give them a call at

Finally, tonight you can see the light as they turn the switch on the iconic Sag Harbor Cinema sign goes back on line tomorrow night.  The sign came down shortly after a fire that tore through Main Street back in 2016.   The theatre which will feature multiple screens and a rooftop deck is shooting for a fall opening.    As for the sign, the switch will be pulled tomorrow at 7:30 pm.

So much to do… so much to do!!! So much traffic too!

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