Praise Johnny Appleseed, the true American hero; without him, our menus would be sadly lacking this fall. Lucky for us, our local apple orchards are brimming with gorgeous fruit, and the restaurants and cafés of the East End have taken note. Make the most of the season, and try out a few of our favorite apple dishes:
Butternut Squash and Apple Soup/ The Golden Pear
The Golden Pear has four East End locations:
99 Main Street, Southampton, 631-283-8900
2426 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, 631-537-1100
34 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 631-329-1600
111 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-2270
For more info, visit goldenpearcafe.com.
Apple Strudel/The Blue Duck Bakery Café
30 Hampton Road, Southampton, 631-204-1701
130 Front Street, Greenport, 631-333-2060
E. Main Street, Riverhead, 631-591-2710
Apple Bread/ Ye Olde Bake Shoppe
Apple turnover, apple cookies, apple bread, “always good with ice cream”
17 Windmill Lane, Southampton, 631-283-6553
Green Apple Balsamic/Vines & Branches
And try their Red Apple Aged Balsamic Condimento for a deeper, richer balsamic taste.
477 Main Street, Greenport,631-477-6800
118 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, 631-288-2100
For more info, visit vinesandbranches.net
Apple Butter/Jamesport Country Store
1299 Main Road, Jamesport, 631-722-8048
Apple and Spice Turkey Brine/Williams-Sonoma
Also try their Apple Cider Sage Braising Sauce to bring a little apple to everything you cook.
Bridgehampton Commons, 2044 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, 631-537-3040,
Apple Crumb Donut/Dunkin’ Donuts
Dunkin Donuts has four varieties of apple donuts, including Apple n’ Spice and Apple Streusel.
2044 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton Commons, Bridgehampton
Apple Pork Chop/Almond
Pork Chop with housemade apple cider vinegar, topped with locally grown caramelized apple. Also try their Apple Tart with rhubarb ginger purée.
1 Ocean Road, Bridgehampton, 631-537-5665, visit almondresturant.com
Cider Donuts/The Milk Pail
And while you’re there, try your hand at apple picking in the Halsey Family orchard.
1346 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, 631-537-2565, visit milk-pail.com
Hard Apple Cider/Woodside Orchards
The locally brewed cider tastes fresher and sweeter than any cider you’ve tried before. Stop by the orchards for a taste of their hard ciders, apple wines and apple cider slushies.
Woodside Orchards, 729 Main Road, Aquebogue, 631-722-5770