Our most recent visit to Page at 63 Main in Sag Harbor began with rosemary focaccia, chilled butter and something of a double take.
We found the space transformed visually—there’s a lot more light throughout now. The mirrored bar area is cozy but cool and the back room is all new. Executive Chef James Carpenter has made changes that extend beyond the menu. You can see plants cascading down the wall that are a part of his aquaponic system. It’s not too loud inside and when we were there Spanish guitar music lent a nice touch.
Of course the people-watching at the front is still among the best the East End offers. And this weekend’s HarborFest is peak people-watching season!
My husband had to try “The Pavan” from the Cocktail Menu. Composed of Nolet’s gin, Pavan, yellow Chartreuse, orange bitters and orange zest,. it was gorgeous and Husband found it “tasty” and “fresh.”
We were delighted to see Hermann J. Wiemer’s dry riesling from the Finger Lakes on the wine list, but that night I demurred. I considered ordering a Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail with lemon aioli and housemade cocktail sauce from the Raw Bar menu but instead started with the Beet & Maytag Bleu Cheese Salad. I was pleased with this mélange of tender baby arugula, roasted golden and red beets and tangy sherry-shallot vinaigrette.
Husband started with the Grilled Spanish Octopus with white bean salad, smoked paprika vinaigrette. He must have enjoyed it because I didn’t get a single bite!
I went with the Lobster BLT for my main course. Its applewood smoked bacon was well-met by avocado, tomato and lettuce. And the hand-cut fries arrived piping hot—uh oh—I happily ate too many of those.
Husband had the Pan-Seared Main Diver Scallops with ramp and lemon risotto and Satur Farm pea shoots. Of course we ordered the Sticky Toffee Date Cake with vanilla ice cream to share for dessert. And Husband had a coffee which he declared “good.”
New this year, “The Back Page,” which is in the back of the Page building facing Division Street, has become the go-to after-hours spot. It’s virtually the only game in town for late night dining. You’ll often see the staff from other Sag Harbor eateries there.
Page at 63 Main, 63 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-1810; Back Page: Patio Café, Division Street, 631-919-5085, page63main.com.