Southampton Press

Dining Out in Riverhead

Publication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press
By Heather Girgenti   Aug 14, 2011 11:01 AM

Luce & Hawkins

Most Popular: Shrimp and Lobster Meatballs; appetizer; $15.

Chef’s Favorite: Smoked Whole Bluefish; entrée; $30.

Signature: Duck Wings; appetizer; $12.

“The Shrimp and Lobster Meatball appetizer is the most popular because I think people respond to ingredients that they think of as luxury ingredients,” chef/owner Keith Luce said. “But they are presented in a casual, fun, unfussy package.”

The meatballs are served with a chili-spiced mayonnaise and green onions.

The chef’s favorite dish is the Smoked Whole Bluefish, which is roasted in the restaurant’s wood oven. It is pastrami-cured and served on a bed of sauerkraut and bacon.

“I’m loving the dish right now because it takes a local fish that doesn’t have the best reputation and presents all of it’s best characteristics with familiar flavors, re-interpreted,” Mr. Luce said.

For the signature dish, the chef chose the Duck Wings appetizer served crispy with a sweet chili duckwing sauce and a cucumber and feta yogurt sauce.

“In my mind it sums up what I hoped to convey in my restaurant,” Mr. Luce said. “People think of wings as casual bar food, I wanted to take an item that people associate with fun food and give it finesse. The seasoning has a decided Southeast Asian profile.”

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