Saturday night we went to East Hampton Grill for father’s day. Being that East Hampton Grill is part of the Hillstone group, the owners of Houstons, an all time favorite restaurant of mine, I had high expectations. The night started off pretty rocky, but because of my previous experiences at new restaurants, I really expected nothing less.
I made a reservation on June 1st, for June 18th. Their books opened for the month on the first and I wanted my dad to have a good fathers day reservation, so I called immediately and made an 8 pm reservation. When they called to confirm, they said I had made an 830. I knew this wasn’t the case and after a few phone calls back and forth, they told us to come in at 8 and they would try to seat us as soon as possible.
We got to the restaurant at 8 and it was busy. We knew we would probably not be seated until 830, but then 9 o’clock rolled around and we still had not sat down. My mom was unhappy, and like any Jewish mother would, she let them know. Multiple times. Finally, a little after nine, we sat down.
The menu at EHG is great. There is so much to choose from that it made it difficult to decide what to order. The waldorf salad is great, but the shining appetizer was the grilled artichoke. It was unreal. It was so good I’ve decided I’m going to attempt to make it myself. One thing we did not like was that you have to pay for bread, well biscuits, and you are not offered bread at all. You should be given bread, with the option of ordering biscuits (which were buttery and delicious).
For dinner we had ribs, cod, crabcakes, and more ribs. Wow, the ribs. You get an entire animal worth of ribs. There are so many! The portions are actually too big. It makes you eat way too much, but of course this is an afterthought because its too good at the time.
Dessert is a little bit odd, because as big as the menu is and the amount of food that they give you, they only have an option of two desserts, a sundae and a key lime pie. We decided to skip on dessert because it was so late by the time we had finished eating. The regional manager, Rob, came over to our table to apologize to us for waiting so long for the table. We told him the food made up for it, but he insisted and overly compensated us.
East Hampton Grill has a few kinks, but overall was a great meal and I would definitely return. Take note that the books no longer open on the first of the month for reservations, but they are made 30 days in advance.
Pro: Houstons Takes on the Hamptons, what could be bad about that?
Con: Where are the spinach artichoke dip and the brownie I loved so much??
Pro: Made me forget all about Della Femina