Do you believe in Serendipity? If not, perhaps you should.
LT Burger in the Harbor is the culmination of just that–the brainchild of Manhattan chef/restaurateur Laurent Tourondel (until recently, the “LT” part of the BLT restaurant group in NYC including BLT Steak, BLT Burger, BLT Market and BLT Fish) and Michael Cinque, owner of Amagansett Wines & Spirits. This dynamic duo’s friendship started as a chance one between customer and business owner, but the two bonded for life when both men by happenstance were stranded in France due to the ash cloud formed by the Icelandic volcano in April 2010. It was right there and then that the plan to create LT Burger in the Harbor was born.
The casual chic space invites you in with clean and fresh white walls adorned with wainscoting and subway tiles, a comfortable lounge area, and a fireplace for chilly days. A large horseshoe-shaped bar is the focal point of the dining room and wide-planked barn-wood floors tie it all together.
Chef Tourondel has created a classic burger menu that utilizes local ingredients whenever possible in the spirit of farm to table. Look for tasty assorted appetizers like the popular and unique Horman’s fried dill pickles or the local heirloom tomato salad with grilled bacon. The LT backyard cheeseburger with pickled mayonnaise, a fast signature choice, joins forces with a lighter organic turkey burger with spices and fresh herbs in making for a multichoice menu for all palates.
The restaurant also features an array of French fries including: skinny fries, waffle fries, sweet potato fries, as well as thick cut onion rings. Other popular dishes include their Veggie Falafel with Spices and Hummus, Blackened Swordfish Burger and spiced Tuna Burger. Wash it all down in retro style with a milkshake like the “American Pie” with vanilla ice cream and honey cinnamon apple pie or “The Fluffer” with vanilla ice cream and toasted marshmallows.
If you are looking for something a little harder, their signature cocktail the “Blue Whale” made of blueberries, blackberries, lemon rum, and lime juice in addition to a menu of local beer and local wines-by-the-glass are good choices. Desserts like their chipwich – a chocolate chip cookie and vanilla ice cream sandwich with peanut brittle make for a sublime ending.
Noteworthy is their café, which opens at 7 a.m. for breakfast and serves hand-roasted coffee by Hampton Coffee Company, assorted pastries, greek yogurt, steel cut oatmeal, and granola with fresh fruit. Three-egg omelets and huevos rancheros are good here. For a heartier treat still, their cleverly named “East End Pile-up” with home fries, sautéed vegetables, sausage, cheese and fried eggs does the trick!
LT Burger is located at 62 Main Street, Sag Harbor, www.ltburger.com