One of the fun things that’s come out of the pandemic is the added flexibility restaurants now have in certain states to sell their booze to-go or with delivery orders. One way lawmakers got creative to help the restaurant industry (and all of us). Discounted bottles of wine, pre-mixed cocktails, cocktail kits, and more! As people deal with the monotony of months at home, mixing it up with a new cocktail can bring much needed entertainment.
Since lots of people have been fleeing New York City the past couple of months, I decided to profile a list of places in the Hamptons where you can get interesting booze, good discounts on wine or at least a little bit of fun with food on the side. I know, the Hamptons, it’s boujee, but a lot of people are there and they want to be merry, too.
Bistro Ete: very nice owners and great food in Water Mill. At Bistro Ete, every take-out order greater than $50 currently comes with a bottle of house red, white or rose. Again, it’s not that hard to spend $50 at a restaurant in the Hamptons, so this is a good deal. Chef Arie’s cocktails are also being poured daily. Margaritas, Cosmos (throwback!), Bourbon Mandarin, Daiquiri and the Pink Grapefruit. Oh, and don’t forget, the restaurant has its own Margarita mix. Buy a bottle and just add the tequila.
Sagaponack and Wainscott
The Highway: this restaurant between Wainscott and East Hampton is doing a bunch of interesting things right now. First, and importantly, you can order a meal for first responders. You can purchase a voucher that will then be given to EMT stations, East Hampton Village Police and Southampton Hospital employees. A single meal is $35 and you can buy 5- and 10-packs, too. Second, you can request any type of classic cocktail for $17 and they will bottle it for you to-go. Talk about giving the customer choice! There are also make-at-home cocktail kits for $44. Choose from the Hot on the Highway, The Shaddock or The Bourbon Storm. These cocktails are separated but ready to build. You can pair that with a make-at-home meal, too — Spaghetti and Meatballs, Classic Cheeseburgers and Beef Tacos.
Wolffer: Wolffer’s vineyard in Sagaponack is best known for its Hamptons rose. As we approach that season, you better believe the vineyard is going to be busy selling that Summer in a Bottle. While you may not be allowed in the tasting room or wine stand right now, both are offering drive thru pickup to get your fix. There’s also free local delivery for orders over $50. It doesn’t take much to hit that limit, so take advantage of this service if you’re in the area. If you want to learn more about the wines, and are also looking for a weekend activity, Wolffer recently started offering Private Virtual Tastings, too.
Sag Harbor and Amagansett
Wolffer Kitchen: the team at Wolffer also owns two restaurants in the Hamptons; one in Sag Harbor and one in Amagansett. Their wines are 50% and the selection spans beyond the Wolffer collection. You can also add specialty cocktails with fun names to your dinner order — Sagaponack Sangria, Bee Keeper, Vintner, and more.
Sen: high-quality sushi in Sag Harbor and 50% off wine and sake. Need I say more? There’s a good selection (I personally would go with the Ridge Zinfandel), so I recommend checking Sen out! You can also grab a Sake or Lychee Martini if you feel like classing it up a bit.
K Pasa: this casual takeout Mexican restaurant in Sag Harbor is selling six packs of beer (yes, one is Corona Lite…the regular Corona is currently out of stock), wine and cocktails as part of their to-go menu right now. In the cocktail department, you can get three types of Margaritas — Classic, Hot-Rita and Watermelon. There’s also a $45 Margarita kit that comes with all you need to mix the classic cocktail. Perfect with a side of tacos, chips and guac. One tequila, two tequila, three tequila…! In addition to all the fun with cocktails, K Pasa also has a menu option to feed front line workers at Southampton Hospital. You can feed a nurse for $10 or the whole ICU unit for $250.
Bell & Anchor: this American Seafood restaurant outside Sag Harbor’s town has a full “bar to go” menu, which includes $30 bottled wines, $4 beers and $20 cocktails that the restaurant claims serve three people. There must be a Margarita theme going in the Hamptons right now because the cocktail choices are the Ruby Rita and Sunburn Spicy Margarita.
Nick & Toni’s: this is one my go-to restaurants in the Hamptons. Along with the high-quality food at this East Hampton spot, you can add a bottle of wine or beer for 25% off. Tip: every Nick & Toni’s order should include their Tartufo dessert for two. It doesn’t disappoint. Another fun thing Nick & Toni’s is doing right now is at-home pizza kits. Pizza, wine and Tartufo. Sounds like a winning combination to me.
1770 House: this is a Hamptons institution and has been around forever. The East Hampton restaurant attached to an inn has several takeout specials right now. You can get freshly bottled cocktails for $15, including Cosmos (are these making a comeback?), Negronis and Gin Pom-Poms. Additionally, the entire wine list is 25% off, all beers are $5 and there are special selection wines for $20 or three for $50. The restaurant is known for its burgers so top your order off with one of those.
Know any other restaurants offering cool deals, cocktails or food during quarantine? Let me know!