Some exciting changes are in motion for Sag Harbor organic restaurant Page at 63 Main. Along with the addition of new executive chef James Carpenter, the restaurant revealed plans this week for its The Back Page Market and Cafe.
The new organic food market, juice bar and counter-service cafe is currently under construction on Division Street, directly behind the restaurant’s 63 Main Street location, and it’s slated for completion by Memorial Day. A spokesperson for Page at 63 Main, Debra Hunneken says the restaurant is converting former office space on their property next door to Murf’s, including a brand new wall separating them from the tavern’s backyard.
The Back Page Market and Cafe will serve organic fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner (as well as late night snacks) from its own kitchen, adjacent to the Page at 63 Main kitchen. It will also have a full juice bar and a selection of organic wines and local beer on tap. Similar to the service model at nearby Provisions, food will be served from the counter inside and enjoyed at tables inside or out. The restaurant’s private dining space will now be used for additional indoor seating during inclement weather, and double as a greenhouse for growing herbs and produce using an aquaponic growing system.
“They can order a salad and watch the chef pick the lettuce,” Hunneken says, explaining that this “edible room” will supplement, but not replace, Chef Carpenter’s use of locally farmed ingredients. “It’s really exciting,” she adds, noting that Carpenter has built lasting relationship with East End farmers, and his menu selections follow their harvest schedule.
Carpenter is a renowned Hamptons chef with some 15 years of experience working in the region’s finest establishments. Among them, he has designed menus and led kitchens at East Hampton Point, Della Femina and The Living Room at c/o The Maidstone in East Hampton, Savannah’s in Southampton and The American Hotel in Sag Harbor, to name just a few. Carpenter is one of the first Hamptons chefs to prioritize slow food and the use of local, organic produce, meat and seafood in his kitchen.
“We’re so excited and grateful he’s here,” Hunneken says, pointing out that the chef sought out Page at 63 Main because of their focus on organic, seasonal and locally sourced food—and he’s doing wonders revamping the menu. “It’s amazing what he’s doing,” Hunneken says.
Page at 63 Main is located at 63 Main Street in Sag Harbor. The Back Page Market and Cafe is located directly behind it on Division Street. Call 631-725-1810 or visit page63main.com.