The restaurant will be headed by the management team of Patty and Tony Sales. The husband-and-
As they did at South Fork, Patty and Tony will use their combined 50 years experience in the restaurant business to transform the Star Island Grill into a destination waterfront bar and grill. Tony will serve as head chef and Patty will manage the restaurant.
“This incredible transformation will make Star Island Grill a unique tourist destination restaurant that will bring in both boaters and non-boaters alike,” said Sam Gershowitz, Owner, Star Island Yacht Club.
A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Tony started his career in 1978 as Food Service Director for Nassau County Community College in Garden City. He also owned and operated Newtown Café in East Hampton for six years before going to South Fork.
Patty has worked in the restaurant business for more than 20 years as manager, customer service representative and event planner. She met Tony in 1984, and together they opened the Newtown Café.
“Working at the Star Island Grill is a great opportunity for me,” Tony said. “Everyone knows that the Star Island Yacht Club is the perfect tourist destination for boaters. We want Star Island to be known as a great restaurant and recreational destination on the East End as well.”
Star Island Grill’s spring menu will offer soups, salads, paninis, sandwiches and specials using fresh seafood and local produce. The restaurant will also offer local favorites and sandwiches named after local celebrities, including:
* the Ralph Lauren, marinated chicken breast grilled to perfection and topped with sautéed baby spinach and melted mozzarella cheese on grilled ciabatta bread served with orzo salad and a dill pickle
* the Carl Fischer, lean pastrami, melted Swiss cheese and sauerkraut on grilled marble rye with Star Island sauce, served with cole slaw and a pickle
* The Montauk Monster, six ounces of freshly ground beef grilled to your liking and topped with balsamic caramelized onions, applewood-smoked bacon, melted cheddar cheese, sliced pickles and spicy Star Island sauce served with crispy fries
* the Star Island Lobster Roll served in a grilled ciabatta pocket with Yukon gold potato salad, cole slaw and a dill pickle
There will also be a children’s menu with a diverse number of items for the little ones to choose from.
This spring’s dinner specials include:
* Montauk Picnic, a fresh steamed 1-1/2-lb. lobster served with Yukon gold potato salad, cole slaw and corn on the cob served with drawn butter
* Block Island cod, freshly caught and broiled with a pesto crust served over risotto and grilled asparagus
* Clam shell pasta, al dente pasta shells tossed with fresh local clam sauce and sprinkled with fresh parsley and grated Romano cheese
* Grilled canyon swordfish brushed with Teriyaki glaze and served with wakame salad and sesame noodles
* Stuffed Gardiners Bay flounder with crabmeat broiled with garlic butter and white wine and served with risotto and grilled asparagus
* House smoked St. Louis ribs, dry rubbed, slow smoked and finished on the grill, served with a side of barbecue sauce, sweet potato fries and cole slaw
* Island fried chicken in a basket, crispy and moist with a drizzle of honey served with Yukon gold potato salad and cole slaw
Star Island Grill will also provide dockside service for boaters, who will be able to order from its extensive menu.
“All the seafood we will serve will be fresh, with as many dishes as possible coming right off the boat,” Tony said. “Our goal is to offer the freshest seafood and provide the friendliest, most efficient service here in the East End. Our simple yet creative menu will be sure to cater to boaters, local residents and day trippers alike.”
There is also a pristine boat-shaped pool that will be open to both patrons at the restaurant and the general public. “The pool is one of Star Island Grill’s best-kept secrets,” Tony said. “It is a great place for children to enjoy themselves and take a swim. This will make the restaurant a family-friendly destination spot.”
This summer, Star Island Grill will feature live music every Saturday afternoon. People can enjoy the music and the waterfront view from the band deck. In addition, there will be a happy hour daily from 4-6 p.m. with a $5 bar menu.
“We want Star Island Grill to be more than just about food. It is about giving our customers a unique social experience they will remember and will bring them back,” Tony said.
The restaurant will initially be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, expanding to five days and then seven days a week heading into the summer season. For more information, call (631) 668-5052, or visit www.starislandyc.com.