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Haute Dining: The Beacon Restaurant Lights Sag Harbor

Picture this. It’s been a perfectly beautiful Indian summer day which gives rise to a perfect evening. Sunset dining outside on the deck, right on the water would fit right in.

Enter the Beacon restaurant.

David Loewenberg has created an impressive pedigree and well earned reputation for Beacon, which is shared with its elder siblings, the red|bar brasserie in Southampton and Fresno in East Hampton. Styled with a signature chill and understated décor via muted lighting, large green palm plants, bamboo window treatments and bistro chairs, this dining spot offers consistently delicious menu choices to match. Executive Chef Sam McCleland is noted in food circles that are in-the-know for fare that is both creatively prepared and artfully plated. New American fare with fresh and well thought out menu choices often made of ingredients from local purveyors is the cuisine style of the house.

Some dining spots focus on their dinner menu and neglect the smaller lunch menu in the process. Not the case here; the lunch menu competes formidably with delicious courses such as their cherry-wood smoked duck, bacon and goat cheese puffs with cilantro dipping sauce, or the blackened flounder sandwich with house-made remoulade and crispy chips on ciabatta bread. The lobster salad with mixed greens, red onions, french beans, tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette is a perfect choice for this time of year as we enter the warmer months. Looking for just a light bite and a glass of wine? Try their tuna tartare with capers, whole grain mustard, cucumber, red curry paste and mixed greens or the delicious fish tacos with salsa verde, jack cheese and tomato emulsion. Enjoy all with a crisp glass of Chardonnay.

For a heartier appetite, popular dinner entrees such as the roasted chicken with julienne carrots, braised shallots and smoked bacon-pecorino risotto is plentiful, tasty and filling. The pork chop Milanese with frisée, caramelized onions, oven roasted tomatoes and creamy truffle vinaigrette is another satisfying menu selection. The extensive wine list features selections from including the local East End, National and International choices.

After you dine, no need to hurry along. Order some dessert, a cup of coffee and settle in, or just sit back and count the boats cruising by or the twinkling stars in the sky.

Eventually head home, satisfied and filled and continue the count by sheep. Sweet dreams.

Beacon Sag Harbour will re-open for the summer this Thursday, May 12.  8 West Water Street, 631.725.7088; www.beaconsagharbor.com

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New York February / March 2014
New York February / March 2014