Red Stixs Replaces Trata in Water Mill

Red Stixs on Montauk Highway in Water Mill.
Red Stixs on Montauk Highway in Water Mill.
Photo credit: Brendan J. O'Reilly

Water Mill’s newest culinary addition, Red Stixs, brings a different kind of Chinese restaurant to the Hamptons—the fine dining variety.

Last year, Trata on Montauk Highway shifted ownership, and for 2014 those owners have decided to completely redefine the space with a new chef, a new menu and new cuisine to explore.

As trends in New York dining shift, we see the repercussions here in the Hamptons. New York has begun to accept the delicious street foods and delicacies of China, so it was only a matter of time before those great eats were brought east.

Red Stixs will be serving traditional, Beijing-style food. This means standards such as scallion pancakes and the signature Peking duck, as well as takes on Szechuan and Western foods, such as Kung Pao chicken and live Maine lobster. From the looks of it, special attention will be paid to local and available foods, with a Fish of the Day entree served in traditional Cantonese style—steamed and served whole.

Red Stix executive chef Skinny Mei spent nine years in New York at Philippe with renowned chef Philippe Chow. Possibly the best-known Chinese chef in America, Chow learned much of his skills working at the famous Mr. Chow’s restaurant—coincidentally his surname—under some of the more talented Chinese chefs in New York. Philippe has almost a decade of acclaim and success behind him—giving rise to a wave of Chinese gourmet restaurants in New York and certainly more than enough clout to qualify any chef from his kitchen to open a restaurant of their own.

If you don’t know how to eat with chopsticks, now’s the time to practice.

Call 631-726-6200 for more information and visit for more information.

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