Honest Man continues to serve honest food, mandates notwithstanding. The only difference these days is that you’ll be eating your honest dinner in the comfort of your own kitchen.
Dining out is a dud these days, and, as of last week, New York is officially a stay-at-home state. But local businesses are stepping up, and the Honest Man group, which boasts five local restaurants, is no exception. Of the five spots — La Fondita, Coche Comedor, Nick & Toni’s, Rowdy Hall, and Townline BBQ — four are now offering takeout food. Menus have been adapted and shortened some, in order to help streamline the process and provide the best possible experience. La Fondita will not be providing takeout service, although some of the dishes served at the Mexican restaurant are available at its neighbor, Coche Comedor.
Coche Comedor, the newest of the five restaurants, will operate from Wednesday through Sunday from 4 to 8 PM. Phones will open at 3 PM each day. The slimmed-down menu features three smaller plates (chips and salsa, chips and guacamole, Caesar salad), four entrees (chicken adobo, pork rib carnitas, skirt steak with poblano peppers, fish of the day), a series of tacos, and six sides (whole black beans, duck fat potatoes, duck fried rice, Mexican rice, guacamole).
At casual stalwart Rowdy Hall, hours will be the same. The menu will include three salads (Mr. Smith’s salad, Roquefort-walnut salad, chopped salad), five entrees (fish and chips, meatloaf, chicken fingers, beef burger, Impossible burger), and three sides (French fries, mashed potatoes, baby carrots).
Townline BBQ serves takeout and curbside pickup for both lunch and dinner: 12 to 7 PM. Diners can choose between St. Louis-style ribs, smoked half chickens, pulled pork by the pound, pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw, spicy bread and butter pickles, and French fries.
The restaurant group’s crown jewel, Nick & Toni’s, which has catered to Hamptons locals and celebrities alike for over three decades, will offer an abbreviated menu for takeout from Wednesday through Sunday, 4 to 9 PM. You can also pick up a bottle of wine or beer at a 25 percent discount.
The restaurant will offer four appetizers (romaine salad with garlic croutons and Caesar dressing; tricolor salad with endive, arugula, and Parmesan; wood-grilled royal trumpet mushrooms with toasted pistachios; and chicken liver pâté with Ruby Frost apples, roasted walnuts, and grilled flatbread), two pastas (penne with a spicy oven-roasted tomato sauce; pasta with rock shrimp, lobster cream, and hazelnuts), three entrees (roasted market catch with beluga lentils and cauliflower; free-range chicken with pancetta, garlic, and rosemary jus; domestic Wagyu New York strip with Gorgonzola polenta, Brussels sprouts, and a Barolo reduction); and four sides (crushed Yukon gold potatoes; creamy Gorgonzola polenta; baby Brussels sprouts; baby spinach with chickpeas and lemon).
The group has started a relief fund, too, the Honest Man Relief Fund. When patrons call to place their orders, they will be asked whether or not they would like to donate to this fund, which will go toward the employees who have been laid off during this perilous time. In addition to its diverse spate of long-lasting restaurants, the Honest Man group is also known for their dedicated staff, many of whom have been with the restaurants for years — and some of whom have been with the group for decades. It should come as no surprise, then, that the group sees it as their obligation to protect the men and women who have worked behind the scenes for the past three-plus decades to make these restaurants essential to East End living and eating.