moment Almond Restaurant opened 12 years ago in an old roadhouse in
Bridgehampton, it’s been a smash hit.(It’s also been featured here before http://www.chewingthefat.us.com/2011/06/roasted-asparagus-with-lardons-and.html). We quickly became regulars drawn by the
consistently great food that comes out of Chef Jason Weiner’s kitchen and the wonderful
front of the house atmosphere presided over Chef Weiner’s business partner, the
inimitable Eric Lemonides. These two
childhood friends have built their careers at some of America’s best
restaurants. Jason helped open San Francisco’s
Eric Lemonides in Paris...
last seen in St. Moritz.
Aqua the same year that Eric became General Manager at Piemonte Ovest at the ripe old ages of 24. But they both came home to roost bringing with them Jason’s farm to table philosophy and Eric’s brilliant way with people. In 2001 they first opened Almond, now
at 1 Ocean Road in Bridgehampton (Tel: 631-537-5665) and in 2008 they took New York by storm with Almond NYC at 12 East 22nd St. (Tel: 212-228-7557).
It was hard to imagine the depths of despair that a lot of
people felt when, in the middle of last winter, one of our favorite restaurants
abruptly closed their doors. Not only
that, but they auctioned off the contents of the place, leaving us all
wondering if Almond was gone forever.