Steak & Cigar Dinner

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For one night only, Thursday, April 20th, enjoy an evening of USDA Prime Porterhouse Steak and a selection of spirits with the Steak & Cigar Dinner.

The evening begins as you arrive at Bistro 72 and make your way to the bar where you will be greeted with a cocktail of your choice. Hors d’oeuvres will be passed around during this time which will consist of lump crab meat and avocado, scallop ceviche and mango salsa and dijon and chive tartare.

You’ll then head to your table where you will be served the refreshing Bistro Salad. A mixture of organic greens, sliced almonds, dried cranberry, blue cheese wedge, shaved red onion with a zesty Lemon Poppy Seed Vinaigrette. To accompany your salad, you will also be given a glass of Casamigos Tequila. A fun fact for film buffs is that Casamigos Tequila is partly owned by George Clooney.

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For your entree, the USDA Prime Porterhouse Steak takes center stage with sides that include mashed potatoes, sauteed spinach, and sauteed asparagus. Sides will be served family style. Your entree will be paired with a Trinitas Cellars Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet 2013.

Your meal concludes with a decadent and satisfying dessert that will feel more like an experience. Along with your dessert, you’ll receive Willett Potstill Whiskey.

For the finale, make your way to the outdoor fireplace as you will enjoy a mild,medium or bold cigar from the Hampton Cigar Company. Continue your evening and enjoy the live music by Miles to Dayton who will be performing until 10pm.

Porterhouse, Whiskey, Tequila, Cabernet and a Cigar. Now that’s a night to remember. The Steak & Cigar Dinner is $99 pp (plus tax and gratuity). Experience it for yourself. For reservations call  516-318-6004. To view the entire menu, click here. For the Facebook event, click here.

Backyard Brine Pickles: A Labor of Love

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Randy and Cori Kopke were in a pickle.

They wanted to preserve their delicious, verdant garden of homegrown produce. Pickling kits and solutions were available at their local grocery store; however, they realized most contained unnecessary dyes, chemicals, and additives. There was only one solution–make their own all-natural, fresh and local pickle brine. They researched the process, tested out different vinegars, unconventional spices, and innovative fermentation techniques to create an original and natural pickling method.

In 2013, the perfect opportunity to let their brine shine arose. Cori’s brother’s wedding was in need of party favors, so Cori and Randy put together 200 jars to give away. Each flavor was given a cute name like “‘Dill-Death-Do-Us-Part” and “We Go Together Like Bread and Butter.” The reaction was overwhelmingly positive and the calls for more homemade pickles came rolling in.

With the help of the Stony Brook University Calverton Incubator, which helps small food businesses get their start, the Kopkes started production of their pickles commercially. Now, they’ve built out their own production facility in Cutchogue and the pickles are available at Whole Foods and Fairways and found in over 300 locations all over Long Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and even as far as Maryland and Georgia.

The pickles all follow original, unique and creative recipes and have novelty names like “Rowdy Pepper Belly” and “BBQ-Betty Lou,” (the naming can be credited to the sharp wit of Cori Kopke.) They are hand-packed in small batches and are made from produce and herbs sourced from both their backyard and North Fork farmers. Backyard Brine offers 10 total varieties of pickles, 4 of which are only offered seasonally. The pickling process is different with each recipe, with some pickles fermented in water and sea salt over a period of time or the more traditional vinegar method.

You can sample these artisanal pickles at our 3rd annual East End Craft Beer Festival on Friday, April 7th, 2017 at 7pm. With admission, you’ll get a souvenir tasting glass that you can use for unlimited samples of local craft beer, you’ll also be able to sample local spirits, and fare from local vendors, such as Backyard Brine Pickles, and get unlimited hors d’oeuvres, chili, and chowder by Bistro 72. Designated Driver Tickets will be available for $20 and include all food and non-alcoholic tastings. The critically-acclaimed, country-folk band Miles to Dayton will perform live as well. Buy your ticket today on TicketFly here and invite your friends to the event on Facebook here.

If you can’t make this event, find them at the Sag Harbor farmer’s markets or order them as a crunchy side at Bistro 72. You can also try them out today at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company’s Peconic location from 5pm – 830pm. For Saint Patty’s Day, they’ve partnered with Little Creek Oysters for “Erin Go Brine” a beer, oyster and pickle tasting event.

Our Newest, Custom Menu for LI Winterfest

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We crafted a special 4-course prix fixe menu for Long Island Winterfest, a four-week, music, food, drink and art festival on the East End. It starts off with a Classic Caesar Salad, then you’ll have your choice of a bowl of Long Island Clam Chowder or Ramen Noodle Soup, followed by an entree and finished with a Duet Finale–Amaretto Tiramisu Cake and Madagascar Vanilla Rice Pudding. Learn more about your entree options below:

Blackened Salmon

Our Atlantic salmon is seasoned with cajun spices and served with whipped sweet potato and spinach. The savoriness of the salmon meshes well with the subtle sweetness of the sweet potatoes, creating a flavor that will make your tastebuds smile. It pairs well with a Laurel Lake Vineyards 2012 Riesling.

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New Zealand Lamb

Tender and well-seasoned, this fall-off-the-bone lamb rack, sourced from New Zealand, has no better companion than its side of buttery whipped potatoes. The side of asparagus provides just the right amount of freshness and crunch, appeasing whatever guilt you may hold for this indulgent meal. It pairs well with Kontokosta Winery’s 2007 Blum Merlot.

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Mesquite BBQ French Cut Chicken

A french cut chicken is a chicken breast with the wing joint attached. Ours comes seasoned in a Mesquite BBQ dressing and served with herbed roasted potato and grilled corn. The potatoes come light and fluffy on the inside, yet crispy on the outside. The corn is sweet and salty at the same time. Enjoy this meal with Bridge Lane Wines’ 2013 White Merlot.

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Petite Filet

Our petite filet is 8 ounces of steak cut from the center of the tenderloin, one of the most tender and desirable sections. Ours comes dressed in a red wine demi glace with a side of whipped mashed potatoes and topped off with sauteed spinach.

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Vegetable Ravioli

If you’re vegetarian, go for the Vegetable Ravioli. The ravioli, stuffed with asparagus and mushrooms, has been a mainstay and continues to be popular with Bistro 72’s regulars. The chef sources the ravioli from Lisa Marie’s Pasta in Centerport. To top it all off, the chef adds a drizzle of yellow tomato marinara sauce. It pairs well with Raphael Vineyards’ 2013 Cabernet Franc.

Enjoy these entrees with a live show! See classic rock band Southbound on March 11th at 7pm, or soothing jazz by Matt Marshak on March 18th at 7pm in our ballroom. You’ll get the 4-course prix fixe Winterfest dinner menu and the live show for $55/person (+tax, gratuity.) See the full menu here.

Make a weekend of your visit by reserving a stay at Hotel Indigo Long Island – East End. Special, limited-time only room packages are available for purchase throughout the entirety of Winterfest. See the full details of the one-night stay and two-night stay packages here.

Best of the East End: Crooked Ladder Brewing Company

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Crooked Ladder Brewing Company started nearly 4 years ago, when owner and founder David Wirth joined forces with Duffy Griffiths (now Greenport Harbor Brewing Company’s director of brewing operations) to create the next great craft brewery. Griffiths, who was a fire chief at the time, and Wirth, who owned a East End contracting firm, named the brewery Crooked Ladder due to their mutual affinity for ladders.

Today Wirth and his new Head Brewer & Production Manager, Stevie Czelatka, brew 3 beers year-round. Their mainstays are: Kolsch, a German Kolsch (4.4% ABV, 32 IBU) which their Tasting Room Manager & Events Coordinator Ashley Dunlop describes as a light beer that appeals to a wide range of people; Gypsy Red (5.0% ABV, 28 IBU) an American Red Ale brewed with malt chocolate and caramel which gets its name due to the fact that it was created at Crooked Ladder, but finished at different local facilities in the area; and, finally, 70 West IPA (6.5% ABV, 70 IBU) a hoppy beer that got its namesake from their street address.

They also constantly rotate and experiment with different beers seasonally. During the summer they brew lighter beers; during the fall they opt for dark beers. And every year in the late summer or early fall, they brew a fresh hop beer using local hops fresh off the vine. Within 24 hours of harvesting the hops, they toss them into a brew, creating a crisp, refreshing beer.

Their current seasonal beers are: It Was All A Dream (5.5% ABV, 64 IBU), a citrusy India Pale Ale named after the first lyric of Notorious B.I.G.’s hit song “Juicy;” Nitro Tap: Ponquogue Porter (6.0% ABV, 30 IBU), a brew offered annually that Czelatka describes as “Guinness-like with a silky mouth feel;” Ponquogue Porter, a regular porter. Dunlop notes the difference between the Nitro Tap and regular Ponquogue is that “[the Nitro Tap] makes the bumbles smaller, so it tastes less carbonated and smoother. It gives the beer a thicker and creamier head;” Belgian Dubbel (7.0% ABV, 30 IBU) which Stevie said “uses a different yeast and tastes chocolatey, imparting a dried fruit flavor” and, finally, The Brewhouse Beer, (5.6% ABV, 24 IBU) a standard Copper Ale. Czelatka said he “wanted to do a beer that signaled the end of winter, but not quite spring yet. It’s a lighter beer with a crisp and noble hop finish [with a] distinct melon taste from the hops.”

Crooked Ladder also makes sure to involve themselves in local community activities, taking part in the Riverhead County Fair nearly every year. You’ll also find them at this year’s “Alive on 25,” a free summer street festival in Downtown Riverhead. Main Street shuts down traffic to create a walkable pop-up street festival offering local craft beverages, wine, live music. and restaurant offerings, artist exhibitions, and family friendly activities. It’s a Riverhead twist on Patchogue’s Alive after Five, a similar summer street fair.

A tasting of Crooked Ladder’s beers and other local brews was available during the Long Island Winterfest Brewery Tour Experience on Saturday, March 4th. The tour package included an overnight stay for 2 and transportation, dinner at Digger’s ALes N’ Eats, and tastings at 2 other breweries all for $309 plus tax per couple. However, this weekend’s event is sold out. Swing by Bistro 72 to sample their beers instead (make a reservation by calling (631) 369-3325) or stay tuned to Hotel Indigo’s blog for more fun, local events.