Dinner at Estia's!

Join us for dinner at Estia’s Little Kitchen for a fundraiser to help restore the historic terrazzo floor of the John Jermain Memorial Library, as part of our Historic Building Fund.

A three-course meal will deliciously be served, including wine pairings and dessert!

Thursday, 20th November, 7 pm. Cost of dinner is $175.

For reservations, please donate to this Dinner at Estia’s for Historic Building Fund link using Paypal (a safe and secure transaction!), and let us know whether you will be attending or are just kindly making a donation to our Historic Building Fund for the Library. 

Please note: Seating is limited!

New Art Exhibit:
Featuring paintings and photographs of last summers
vegetable & flower garden at Estia's Little Kitchen.

Estia's News

This summer John Torreano and Mansell Ambrose were commissioned to record the bounty of our kitchen garden.

Both of the artists series are the result of visits to our Little Kitchen garden this summer. John, a breakfast customer, stops by regularly. His home and Sag Harbor studio are right around the corner.

Mansell spent the summer orchestrating a flower garden in the raised bed that occupies the center piece of our kitchen garden. Johns paintings focus on the Sunburst Squash plants that exploded from a bed just to the east of Mansell's flowers.

John Torreano exhibit at Estia's Little Kitchen

"It was a joy for me to work with both artists as the summer progressed. Mansell, my middle daughter, took a bare 75 by 4 foot bed and planned the plantings using both seed and starts, then followed the progress of her efforts with her digital camera." says Colin Ambrose, chef & owner of Estia's Little Kitchen. Her show includes 10 images from 11"x14" to 30"x40".

John, photographed the squash bed one morning in July when it was filled with flowers and hardball sized vegetables. Then he took the images to his studio and painted 6 20"x20" watercolors.

All of the work is available for sale, framed and ready to hang in your private or public space.

Sag Harbor historic fund partnership dinner at Estia's

Join us for dinner at Estia’s Little Kitchen for a fundraiser to help restore the historic terrazzo floor of the John Jermain Memorial Library, as part of our Historic Building Fund.

Artist Bio

John Torreano is an art professor at NYU who spends much of his time teaching in Abu Dabi. We have featured his painting 'Bass bursting from the cosmos' on the walls at Estia for the past 3 years.

Artist John Torreano

John: "I was inspired to make this series of watercolors for Colin to honor the rich growth of beautiful vegetables from this summer’s garden. The Paddy Pan squash were in their glorious bloom, coming out of the rich earth to capture the sun's light and present an amazing life giving green."

Mansell is a Freshman at Sewanee, The University of the South in Tennessee. This will be her second photo exhibit at Estia's Little Kitchen.

Mansell Ambrose

Come to our Carrot Tasting !

On Wednesday November 12 @ 3pm, 6 chefs from East End restaurants will come together with the farmers they work with to discuss the carrrot and present their recipes on plates in a carrot tasting.

Helen Robinson
exhibit features new paintings
through November 10th
at The Little Kitchen

Estia's News

Helen Robinson exhibit at Estia's Little Kitchen

Helen Robinson art

Helen Robinson painting of the Harbor

We are welcoming a new Wednesday night promotion at Estia’s American featuring family style platters!

Colin Ambrose Chef and owner of Estia's

Estia's American is located in
Darien Connecticut, 1020 Post Rd

Artist Bio

Helen Robinson is an artist currently living in New York City. She recently received her bachelors degree in Studio Art and Art History at Vanderbilt University. She continues to work on her own body of work at her studio in the Lower East Side, as well as commissioned artwork for various clientele. Helen's work typically focuses on conceptual portraiture, which she balances with abstract interpretations of the landscapes and world around her.

Artist Helen Robinson

All of Helen's paintings are available for sale, the price list is available at Estia's Little Kitchen, just ask your server.

Edible East End - Estia's

Going to Sag Harbor? 7 Dishes You Don’t Want To Miss

September 8, 2014 | By Lindsey Metselaar

The garden at Estia’s Little Kitchen. Photo by Lindsay Morris

Sag Harbor is an essential part of the Hamptons. Not only charming and filled with history, Sag Harbor is also home to many beautiful marinas, one in the heart of town and others just a short distance away. Yachts from all around the world dock in Sag Harbor across the street from some of the best restaurants around. The actual village of Sag Harbor isn’t even a mile long, and they still manage to have food for every tastebud. It’s hard to list them all. Here are some of my favorites.

A visit to Sag Harbor is not complete without a visit to Estia’s Little Kitchen. Owned by Chef Colin Ambrose, the Mexican inspired restaurant opened in 1998, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Estia is known for fresh ingredients from their garden, which is conveniently located right behind the place. The dish not to miss? The breakfast burrito on a toasted flour tortilla with scrambled eggs, andouille sausage, peppers, onions, cheese topped off with their homemade hot sauce and a side of guacamole. Now I’m hungry …

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88.3 WPPB peconic public broadcasting

Local Programming Podcast August 29, 2014

Interview with Colin Ambrose by Kyle Lynch

Exciting new artist
Helen Robinson
Opening 5:30 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, August 19th
at The Little Kitchen

Estia's Little Kitchen News

Helen speaks about the Show:

The work in this show represents my interpretation of Sag Harbor and the Hamptons from an outsider's perspective. After spending a morning in Sag Harbor alone, I found the town's charm to be most inspiring. The farmers market, local shops, docked boats, the people, and even Estia's Little Kitchen all embodied Sag Harbor to me.

Helen Robinson painted Estia's Little Kitchen

My paintings are an abstract representation of the view of the harbor during different parts of the morning. While there are many facets of Sag Harbor I would love to capture, the simple beauty of the harbor in the early morning seemed to best capture the allure and appeal I initially felt to this picturesque place.

Helen Robinson painted the harbor of Sag

Support The Trotter Project

Come in and try our Arborio Crusted Sea Scallops with Eggplant caviar, steamed red skin potato and fresh cream.

All funds generated from the sale of the Scallops on Friday and Saturday night will be donated to the Trotter Project, a new culinary art center in Chicago. The Trotter Project is intended to carry on the example of excellence in the culinary arts that our friend Charlie Trotter shared with the world, from his kitchen and every kitchen in which he ever cooked.

Arborito Crusted Scallops cooked to support The Trotter Project

If you would like to make a personal contribution please send a check to The Trotter Project, 816 West Armitage Ave, Chicago Ill. 60614

Estia's Little Kitchen is Serving lunch daily noon to 3pm. Except Tuesdays.

Artist Bio

Helen Robinson is an artist currently living in New York City. She recently received her bachelors degree in Studio Art and Art History at Vanderbilt University. She continues to work on her own body of work at her studio in the Lower East Side, as well as commissioned artwork for various clientele. Helen's work typically focuses on conceptual portraiture, which she balances with abstract interpretations of the landscapes and world around her.

Hamptons Magazine

9 Dishes You Have to Try Before the Season Ends

Try all nine dishes on our food-centered summer bucket list before Labor Day.

Hamptons’ culinary scene seems to get better each year. This season, chefs are presenting creative dishes made with the freshest ingredients—some even cultivating their own gardens. With only a few weekends left to enjoy it all, here are our top food picks to try before the season ends. 

Mushroom Vegan Bowl at Estia's Little Kitchen

Gaze into the gardens outside this low-key spot as you dive into a bowl of grilled zucchini, broccoli, spinach, carrots, and whatever else is fresh that day—topped with sautéed mushroom and onions and served over red quinoa. 1615 Sag Harbor Bridgehampton Turnpike, Sag Harbor, 725-1045

Mushroom Vegan Bowl at Estia's - A must try

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Food Network

Welcome to the Hamptons: A Newcomer's Eating Guide

Here are some top spots that will make your first trip to the East End a memorable one.

Estia's Little Kitchen

This favorite of locals and summer visitors alike was opened by Chef Colin Ambrose in 1998 and has been attracting crowds ever since. The menu is influenced by Mexican flavors, with breakfast and brunch platters like the George's Ranch (tortillas with eggs, avocado, black beans, cheese and salsa) and Fish Creek Huevos Rancheros (refritos, tomatillo salsa and queso fresco). Even better, the hefty portions won't break the bank.

KD Hamptons.com

August 2014

This week KDHamptons catches up with stunning Sag Harbor resident and Social Media Specialist, Danielle Gingerich, who is also the daughter of famed East End artist Jim Gingerich. Danielle shares, “I was born in NYC, but I have lived in the Hamptons since I was five years old. During the past four years, I attended NYU and graduated at the top of my class in June. I love the Hamptons lifestyle and the opportunity to spend so much time outdoors. It revitalizes me to swim in the ocean, walk on the beach, or kayak in the bay near my house. We live in a very special place.”

KDHamptons: What is your favorite Hamptons restaurant, got a favorite dish & drink you get every time?
Danielle: My favorite restaurants are the ones that support our local farmers by offering farm-to-table or garden-to table fare. I love Estia’s Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor. I always order the Potato Crusted Flounder, and the Macari “Early Wine Spritzer.”

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Where to Find the Best Weekend Breakfast Menus

Get your most important meal of the day at these delicious breakfast spots where you might spot celebrities fueling up.

Estia’s Little Kitchen

This charming restaurant (with its own garden) has a full breakfast menu, including two quinoa bowls: the A’s Pop with organic red-grain quinoa, chili chicken, egg whites, veggies, and avocado, and a vegan mix topped with shiitake and portobello mushrooms. Estia’s rendition of huevos rancheros is done with homemade tomatillo salsa and herbs from the garden, while its pancakes come in blueberry, banana, and apple. Mick Jagger, Andy Cohen, and Mariska Hargitay have all stopped by recently. 1615 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike, Sag Harbor, 725-1045

Read the full article at Hamptons Magazine online

Jerry's Ink - The Independent

It's summer and you have been invited to a three-month-long party as your reward for living through another lousy winter. Here's what to expect for the next 99 or so days:

Incredibly fresh, sweet corn from that little farm stand on Sagg Main just south of Loaves & Fishes . . .
Ice-cold beer, beefsteak tomatoes, clams, lobsters, a big, beautiful steak marinating in soy, garlic and ginger, fresh-cut flowers . . .
Jimmy Buffett singing "Cheeseburger in Paradise" on your car radio. Jack Johnson singing about making "Banana Pancakes" . . .
Margaritas . . .
Eating at ESTIA'S in Sag Harbor, featuring the best breakfast in the Hamptons served by the nicest people. Lunch and dinner are great, too . . .

Jerry Della Femina

Slow Food East End

Help Our Gardens Grow
Come Celebrate
at the Fourth Annual
Josh Levine Memorial Foundation/Slow Food East End
Cocktail Party and Silent Auction
Dodds & Eder, Sag Harbor

Make your Reservation for the Cocktail Party Today!

The Josh Levine Memorial Foundation and Slow Food East End are staunch supporters of the Edible School Garden movement on the East End. Because of funds raised to honor the memory of farmer Josh Levine, the East End is recognized as having one of the most successful school garden programs in the country. This year we hope to fund additional hours for our Master Farmers who provide critical technical support to school garden coordinators. The Edible School Garden network has grown from 5 schools to approximately 27 in five years, with gardens from Wading River and Eastport/South Manor to Montauk and Orient Point.

Dodds & Eder, the premier landscape design and furnishings retailer in Sag Harbor, is hosting the cocktail party in their beautiful showroom. Priced at $75 per ticket, the cocktail party is a great value and will feature wonderful food and drinks donated by local farms, fisherman, restaurants, vineyards and merchants on the East End, including food from the school garden program! Here is just a sampling so far - and additions are coming in everyday!

A Taste of the North Fork, Jeri Woodhouse
Aldo's Café, Chef Aldo Maiorana
Almond, Chef Jason Weiner
Art of Eating, Chef Cheryl Stair
Buoy One, Chef David David Girard
Dark Horse, Chef Jeff Trujillo
Estia's Little Kitchen, Chef Colin Ambrose
Fresh Flavors Catering, Chef Todd Jacobs
Janet O'Brien Caterers
"Montauk Pearls", Mike Martinsen & Michael Doall
Nick and Toni's, Chef Rachel Cronemeyer
Noah's, Chef Noah Schwartz
North Fork Table & Inn, Chef Gerry Hayden
Robert's Restaurant, Chef Robert Durkin

And Long Island Wines from
Palmer Vineyard
Mattebella Vineyards
Lieb Cellars
Pellegrini Vineyards
Bedell Cellars
Sparkling Pointe
Channing Daughters
Martha Clara Vineyards

New this year! Online and Live Silent Auction

The silent auction features amazing items from some of the best restaurants, retailers and golf courses on the East End. To view the lineup of terrific silent auction items and to place your bid online prior to the event.

Josh Levine Memorial Pre-Dinner Cocktail Party
Date: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm, auction ends at 6:30 pm
Location: Dodds & Eder, 11 Bridge Street, Sag Harbor, NY
Tickets: $75 per person, advance sales only.
RSVP and Donations: www.slowfoodeastend.org

Celebrate slow food

Kontokosta Winery, Slow Food East End and notable East End chefs come together to honor Gerry Hayden's exceptional culinary accomplishments, his ongoing commitment to nurturing our local, sustainable farm culture and his many efforts to promote education and awareness of good, clean, and fair food.

Watch as Chef Hayden speaks openly and eloquently about his lifelong passion for good food and his ongoing fight against ALS. Watch the Video

$75 for Slow Food Members $100 per person for non-members

TASTING TICKETS include selections of Kontokosta Wines, Greenport Brewery beer and a chance to meet these great chefs who will create
delicious hors d'oeuvres inspired by Gerry.

Colin Ambrose, Estia's Little Kitchen, Sag Harbor/
Estia's American, Darien Ct.
Peter Ambrose, Peter Ambrose Events, East Hampton
Robby Beaver, Frisky Oyster, Greenport
Peter Berley, author Modern Vegetarian Kitchen, South Jamesport
James Carpenter, Citta Nuova, East Hampton
Bryan Futerman, East Hampton
Todd Jacobs, Fresh Hamptons, Bridgehampton
Taylor Knapp, First & South, Greenport
Ty Kotz, Topping Rose, Bridgehampton
Aldo Maiorana, Aldo's Café, Greenport
Gretchen Menser, Fresno, East Hampton
Kevin Penner, Southampton
John Ross, author The Food and Wine of the North Fork, Southold
Rosa Ross, Scrimshaw, Greenport
Noah Schwartz, Noah's, Greenport
Cheryl Stair, Art of Eating, East Hampton
William S. Valentine, Valentine Culinary Consulting, East Hampton
Jason Weiner, Almond, Bridgehampton, NYC/L&W Oyster Co., NYC

Click Here to RSVP
or to Make a Donation for Gerry
Gerry was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.
Money raised will help provide for his quality of life care.

Kontokosta Winery is the North Fork's first tasting room and winery with a waterfront location on the Long Island Sound. As a member of the Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing organization, Kontokosta Winery is also breaking new ground in regard to sustainability and environmental stewardship by being designed to become the first LEED Gold-certified winery in the Long Island wine region. The vineyard and winery are situated on 62 acres, which include more than a quarter-mile of waterfront on sweeping bluffs, and a 9,000 square foot wind-powered winery building which houses a stunning tasting room and winemaking facility.

Happy Holidays from the Estia's Little Kitchen FamilyCheck out our Holiday Photo Gallery

Estia's Little Kitchen family sitting behind the restaurant

Talk of the Town

Award Presented to: Estia Little Kitchen

New 2013 Star Rating: 5

Estia Little Kitchen has been selected as a 5 star rated company for 2013 by Celebration Media

We would like to extend our congratulations to Estia's and staff for reaching another milestone in customer satisfaction. Iin 2012 the business was awarded the Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award by Celebration Media, and through hard work and commitment, the Estia Little Kitchen team has achieved a consecutive win for 2013.

The Art of Estia's on The Nice Niche

The Art of Estia’s

Estia's Nice Niche Feature
Featured Artist Ross Watts above in the garden of Little Estia’s Kitchen
with his “Schooling Bass” installation;

Top Right-hand corner, Colonial Flag of reclaimed books, Ross Watts

Photography by Daniel Gonzalez

“The food is what draws crowds and I like to think it’s the artwork created for us by our friends that adds to our atmosphere.”
—Chef and Owner, Colin Ambrose

Unassumingly delightful, Little Estia’s Kitchen is located off of the Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton, New York. Opened in 1998 by (award winning) Chef Colin Ambrose, Estia’s not only boasts amazing flavors from the area’s finest farms and fishermen, it also claims an art collection of successful local artists. The restaurant’s atmosphere is casual — making you feel like you are in someone’s home. The juxtaposition of local fare and art creates a symmetry that is undeniable.

Artist, Ross Watts and his family live a block from the Sag Harbor location, they visit weekly and dine there often with their children.  His work fits both concepts decorative focuses, striped bass in Sag Harbor and Americana in Darien. He also shares a focus on renewing things that others may see as waste. “His work is created from found objects, we like to compost from the kitchen, buy plates and tableware at auction and recycle old food preparation techniques.”—Ambrose

Similar to Estia’s, Chef Ambrose recently opened Estia’s American in Darien Connecticut—bringing the home cooled and local art collection model to a second location.

Twenty Years of Painting for Their Supper

posted on 11 September 2013

Paton Miller portrait by Mansell Ambrose

Paton Miller portrait by Mansell Ambrose

by Annette Hinkle

When Colin Ambrose moved to the East End in the early 1990s and opened Estia restaurant in Amagansett, he not only made a commitment to his customers — he also vowed to be loyal to the region’s artists.

“The first week we are there, who do I meet other than Marvin Kuhn?” recalls Ambrose who, prior to moving to the East End, had read the book “Striper” by John Cole which was illustrated by Kuhn.

Ambrose told Kuhn, the cartoonist for the East Hampton Star, that he was interested in creating a décor in the restaurant that would be striped bass intensive. He asked Kuhn if he would do a painting of a striped bass.

And when Ambrose asked, “How much?” he recalls, Kuhn smiled and said, “Why not a couple hundred dollars and a couple hundred dollar tab and we’ll be even?”

And that’s how the tradition of artists “singing for the supper” so to speak began at Ambrose’s restaurant. More were to follow – and many of them were artists who hardly needed to work for food — artists like John Alexander, Dan Rizzie, Terry Elkins and Jim Gingerich.

Paton Miller at work by Mansell Ambrose

Paton Miller at work by Mansell Ambrose

And each time, Ambrose paid the artists for their work with a combination of cash and a food tab at Estia.

“I felt there should always be a quid pro quo with them getting paid,” says Ambrose. “But the restaurant tab would also justify them putting in their time in a way that respected them.”

More than 20 years later, Ambrose has remained loyal to the artists (and vice versa). Though Amagansett’s Estia is long gone and Marvin Kuhn has passed away, Ambrose still has Estia’s Little Kitchen on the Sag Harbor Turnpike (he also now has Estia’s American in Darien, Conn.).

Today, Ambrose’s art collection contains 75 works and each has a different story surrounding it. Ironically, one of the newest artists is Peter Spacek the cartoonist and illustrator who has taken over for Kuhn at the East Hampton Star.

“They add depth and I feel they add movement,” says Ambrose of the presence of the work at Estia. “Each of these relationships have involved some cheeseburgers and Greek salads. It means a lot to me.”

Mansell Ambrose, Colin Ambrose’s 18 year old daughter, literally grew up surrounded by art, both at home and in the restaurant. The backdrop to her childhood, while she was intimately familiar with the pieces, she didn’t know much about the artists who created them …. until this summer.

Dan Rizzie portrait by Mansell Ambrose

Dan Rizzie portrait by Mansell Ambrose

That’s when Ambrose gave his daughter, an accomplished photographer in her own right, an assignment (or internship, if you will) — to document the restaurant’s art collection through the artists’ perspective.

“I gave her a list of 20 artists and she got all their email contacts, communicated with them, secured interviews and photographed them,” says Ambrose.

On Monday, Mansell started her senior year at Millbrook School in upstate New York. Soon, she’ll apply to colleges and among the portfolio pieces she’ll submit is this summer’s collection of photographic portraits and profiles detailing the lives of the various artists whose work has hung on the walls of Ambrose’s restaurant over the years.

“I grew up knowing the artists, but not having a close relationships except for their work,” says Mansell. “When I started doing the project I wasn’t sure what to expect.”

“I met with Jim Gingrich to form questions and get more comfortable. Them I opened up his website and saw one of his paintings – I know exactly where his painting is in my house and I knew exactly who he was. It came together that their art was around my entire life — and it grew my eye to appreciate good artwork.”

Close up of Dan Rizzie at work by Mansell Ambrose.

Close up of Dan Rizzie at work by Mansell Ambrose.

Part of Mansell’s goal with the project was not just to shoot a portrait, but to also photograph a detail of their hands in close up — either holding a tool or working on a piece.

“Some of them are huge artists, but I had never thought of them in their professional world,” says Mansell. “I knew them as friends of my dad. It was so casual. When I went to their studio and saw how amazing their work was, it’s really cool to get that experience.”

As an example, she mentions artist John Alexander who lives in Amagansett in summer.

“He had eaten at my dad’s restaurant everyday,” says Mansell. “He told me stories about being in my dad’s restaurant and how he welcomed him in. A lot of them think of my dad as the coolest guy.”

Ultimately, however, this project really helped Mansell to see art in an entirely new light.

“When you’re looking at art, you usually don’t have any information about who the artist is,” she says. “That changed for me and made me have a connection with the work. I literally scootered by it 6,000 times and saw day in and day out growing up. It’s cool that I now have a larger meaning to what the art’s about.”

For the artists, as well, the friendship that has developed over food and art is one that has remained strong.

“I love to barter and over the years, I’ve had a great tab at Estia,” says Dan Rizzie who once created a “Lymanade” stand for Ambrose’s elder daughter, Lyman. “Mansell was very professional. I was impressed in her genuine interest and in what she was doing.”

“I remember when Lyman and Mansell were babies – we’ve known each other that long,” he adds. “It’s a mutually interesting situation and brings the idea of community to a whole other level.”

The notion of community is one that is echoed by artist Paton Miller and he has particularly come to appreciate his long friendship with Ambrose and, by extension, his family.

“Mansell was a bright and charming young woman,” says Miller. “We’ve all really enjoyed our relationship with Colin – he’s the quintessential good guy and it’s one of those relationships you get by living in the same place a long time.”

“I made this home when I was 21 years old,” he says. “I like that continuity and being part of the fabric of the community. Colin’s kids reflect that.”

Mansell Ambrose’s artist portraits are on view at Estia Little Kitchen, 1615 Sag Harbor/Bridgehampton Turnpike, through mid-October. Call 725-1045 for information.

Prepare to split your stomach at this all-you-can-eat grilling tournament hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian

July 2013 - By Brandon Cohen

With chefs whipping up charcoal creations using fish, poultry, beef (like Estia's Little Kitchen's shredded beef tacos here), and pork, there'll be something to satisfy everyone. Except for vegans, they might want to stay home and watch Whale Wars or something.
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Stirring The Pot with Stefanie Sacks - Interview with Colin Ambrose - 06.27.13

Is it possible to dine out but feel like you’re eating a home cooked meal? Colin Ambrose, chef/owner of Estia’s Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor, NY and the new Estia’s American in Darien, CT seems to have hit the nail on the head. He’s been on the scene for years sourcing local ingredients to create the perfect dish. In fact, he has his very own garden at his little local hotspot eatery. Ambrose’s talents stem from a childhood around growing and cooking food to create eats of utter deliciousness. Colin will share his passion and what it takes to marry the essence of home cooking with a great dining experience.

Destination Infatuation Estias Little Kitchen June 2013

Hamptons Magazine - Memorial Day Issue

Estias Little Kitchen in Hamptons Magazine MEmorial Day Issue 2013

Estia's American Restaurant Just Celebrated Its
One Year Anniversary
May 15, 2013

Estia's Little Kitchen News

Estia's American restaurant

Dining room at Estia's American shown from front to back with bar. Art on the right by Dan Rizzie. Photography on the left by Jim Levison.

LEADING CHEFS AROUND THE COUNTRY AGREE: Chef Colin Ambrose of Estia's Little Kitchen named to BEST CHEFS AMERICA

Best Chefs America logo

Sag Harbor, NY, 03/01/2013 - Chef Colin Ambrose, of Estia's, has been honored as one of the country's top culinary talents in the inaugural edition of Best Chefs America. This is the first-ever peer review guide of U.S. chefs, who were chosen after extensive interviews between their fellow chefs and Best Chefs America analysts. Chef Colin Ambrose has been showcased in the informative and exquisitely produced 386-page coffee table book that was released on March 1, 2013.

Estia's American's New HEART HEALTH Menu Items

Starfish Salad: arugula, avocado, red grapefruit & mixed grains

Starfish Salad

Ace's Skinny Sail : kale, apples, beets & peanuts

Ace's Skinny Sail

Estia's Little Kitchen is Serving lunch daily noon to 3pm. Except Tuesdays.

OK magazine says: Vacation Like a Star, Brunch at Estia's Little Kitchen

OK Magazine about Estia

Chef Colin Ambrose of Estia's Little Kitchen named to BEST CHEFS AMERICA

Sag Harbor, NY, 03/01/2013 – Chef Colin Ambrose, of Estia's, has been honored as one of the country’s top culinary talents in the inaugural edition of Best Chefs America. This is the first-ever peer review guide of U.S. chefs, who were chosen after extensive interviews between their fellow chefs and Best Chefs America analysts. Chef Colin Ambrose has been showcased in the informative and exquisitely produced 386-page coffee table book that was released on March 1, 2013.

Colin Ambrose - Best Chefs America

Tom Colicchio interviewed by Hamptons Magazine

: When you are in the Hamptons, where do you like to eat?

Tom Colicchio: I love having breakfast on the weekends at Estia’s Little Kitchen. They have it down. When you walk in there to have breakfast, you really feel like you are in the country. Even though this is supposed to be the country, part of the Hamptons can feel more urban, but Estia’s really nails it.

Talk of the Town

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Award Presented to: Estia Little Kitchen
New 2012 Star Rating: 5

Estia Little Kitchen Scores Another Victory with
the 2012 Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award!

We would like to extend our congratulations to you and your staff for reaching another milestone in overall customer satisfaction. As you recall, in 2011 your business received the Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award, and through hard work and commitment, the Estia Little Kitchen team has achieved a consecutive win with 5 stars for 2012!

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Estia's American breakfast is featured in The New York Times

August 17, 2012

Connecticut Dining | Breakfast
When Bacon Beckons Far From Home

Estia’s American is new to Darien and is the chef-owner Colin Ambrose’s first venture in Connecticut; he prides himself on serving local and natural foods. The small space, which seats 38, looks a little bland inside, with Formica tabletops and a few Americana artifacts. Outside, on the brick-lined patio that seats 18, big umbrellas shield tables from the morning sun.

The menu is unusual. It offers generous portions, some with a Mexican touch: Nacho Mamma’s (jalapeño, chorizo, potatoes, Jack cheese, peppers, onions and corn tortillas, for $12.50), Robbie’s Gringo Hash (red beans, rice, two eggs and corn tortillas, $14.50) and Happy Jack’s breakfast burritos (toasted flour tortillas with two scrambled eggs, andouille sausage, corn, peppers and onions, $13.50).

Not all is south-of-the-border here; customers can choose from eight customized omelets, accompanied by toast and home fries, a Cajun omelet (with andouille, tomato, onion and peppers, $13.50); or Whittie’s Delight (oatmeal with apples, two poached eggs and a sausage patty, $12.50). Three thick, double-size blueberry buttermilk pancakes had lots of fresh berries and came with a creamer brimming with Vermont maple syrup (also available with bananas, apples or chocolate chips, $8.50 to $11.50).

New York Times about Estia's American

Andrew Sullivan for The New York Times
The menu at Estia's American restaurant, new to Darien, is unusual.

Estia's American

The Daily Darien
New Darien Eatery Embraces Local and Original Menu

April 10 2012
by Casey Donahue

Estia's Restaurant Crosses the Sound: Opening in Darien, Connecticut
April 2, 2012

On Wednesday April 4th Estia's American will open its doors for Breakfast and Lunch.

Carissa's Bread freshly baked at Eastia's American

In April the second incarnation of Estia’s Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor will be expanding into Darien, CT in the form of Estia’s American, a charming Café that will offer Owner Colin Ambrose’s signature healthy, vibrant, freshly prepared foods. The Café will serve breakfast, lunch and a juice bar, then transform itself into an urbane restaurant and bar for dinner service.

Estia’s from-scratch approach, and local sourcing whenever possible, will remain at the forefront, paying homage to where it all began. Estia’s has always had heart, and that will be felt in this new modern, old-style neighborhood restaurant and gathering place.

Carissa Waechter brings the art of baking and A Creative Chefs perspective to our new kitchen.

Carissa Waechter at the Empty Bowls Event

Photo KYRIL BROMLEY for 27east | Photo Gallery

Carissa joined the Estia team in January working in the kitchen and dining room at our "Little Kitchen" in Sag Harbor. Seen here in the red shirt doing community service with a smile, she jumped right in when asked to serve Estia's "Mexican Corn Soup" to raise awareness and money for the Springs Seedlings project at a fund raiser in Amagansett.

With extensive experience in pastry kitchens across Manhattan, Carissa has worked for several of Manhattans most celebrated chefs including David Burke, Daniel Boloud, Eli Zabarand, and Waldy Malouf. As our newest chef Carissa will coordinate our entire menu in Darien, "We're excited to have Carissa's creative input on this new project", Colin said enthusiastically in a recent interview.

Estia's American is located on the large parking lot behind the Merrill Lynch offices at 1020 Post Road in Darien, Connecticut.

Located in the newly developed brick walk section of tiny downtown Darien, Estia’s American will fill a void in the culinary landscape with its simple, clean, vibrant foods, big flavors, and genuine warmth.

Estia’s Little Kitchen has been at the forefront of the sustainable food movement for over a decade now. The practice of growing their own fruits and vegetables on the restaurant’s property and obtaining the rest of the ingredients from local farmers has never been a gimmick. It was simply how owner Colin Ambrose chose to source his food in order to maintain the high standards he set for the restaurant.

“For me it has always been a sound, responsible, and wholesome way of running my restaurant. And at the end of the day, the most important thing is that it all tastes great.” says Ambrose.

Visit estiasamerican.com
Please come to our opening service on April 4th. We look forward to seeing you. Call us in Darien at (203)202-7051.

For the Love of Food Intersession -
A Video Clip produced by a group of students from Millbrook showing a few of Estia's Little Kitchen purveyors.

Ross Watts Art
at Estia's American

Our newest neighbor in Sag Harbor, Ross Watts has been collaborating with Colin this winter on two exciting projects. The first to be introduced is an American Flag installation designed for the dining room in our new Darien location. The piece features 120 reclaimed books that have been brought together by Ross to represent a creative view of our stars and stripes.

Ross Watts with His Reclaimed books as American Flag Art Work

Ross Watts creates minimal, conceptual paintings, sculptures, and installations. Through the repetition of simple activities, alterations of paper, windows, and walls at once straightforward and complex, blend into and intensify existing situations, evoking urban architecture, the office environment, the grid. Recent work, influenced by a move to the East End of Long Island, has involved a turn toward the natural world — stones carved from the pages of books and paintings made from stencils of layered fishing nets, stretching the grid into more organic forms.

Ross Watts received a BFA from The University of North Carolina and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. After 7 years in New York City, he relocated to Sag Harbor with his family. He has exhibited nationally, including a recent exhibition at The Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, NY, and is represented in numerous private collections.

Estia's Little Kitchen is Serving lunch daily noon to 3pm. Except Tuesdays.

For the Love of Food Intersession -
A Video Clip produced by a group of students from Millbrook showing a few of Estia's Little Kitchen purveyors.

CTbites.com - Your guide to great food in Fairfield County
Beloved Hamptons Sustainable Chef brings Estia’s to Darien

March 28, 2012

27east.com - Review Posted for Estia's Little Kitchen

IrishAurora posted a review for Estia's Little Kitchen on Jan 24, 12 10:31 AM 5 Stars.

"Went here this Sunday for brunch (a little after 1) and was delighted to find that breakfast was still available! Both me and my dining buddy were thrilled with our meals (we both ordered what I think was called the Grand Ranch?) Delicous! The service was super friendly and quick! My only complaint was they were super busy and we had to wait about 20 minutes for a table but we expected this as former reviewers had mentioned how little the place is and busy. I say, good for them! I don't mind waiting when the dining experience is this good."

EAST HAMPTON PATCH - Not All Fresh Foods Come To An End

September 22, 2011

Estia's Little Kitchen earned Dan's Papers Best of The Best Gold rating!

Dans Best of the Best 2011

Sag Harbor Express | Harvest Issue
A Celebration of Late Summer

August 2011 - On the Tongue, Herbs for a late Summer Palate

A Fresh & Minimal Approach To Food:
Estia's Little Kitchen on Plum TV

Sag Harbor Express
A Little Kitchen's Garden Celebrates Food & Family

Posted on 29 July 2011

Colin in his garden at Estia's Little Kitchen in July of 2011

On most summer days at Estia’s Little Kitchen on the fringe of Sag Harbor Village,
families meander outside under apple, pear and peach trees while waiting for a table at
the celebrated café. Children wait hungrily for fresh fruit pancakes while they poke at
bright yellow zucchini blossoms, finger cherry-red stalks of Swiss chard and smell mint
nestled among a kaleidoscope of native flowers.

For chef and owner Colin Ambrose, the image evokes memories of his own children’s
earliest interactions with food, beginning at his first farm on Lorne Michael’s Amagansett
property where he created a chefs co-op for local produce. The fruits of that venture
made his first restaurant, Estia’s Coffee Shop, the kind of place where locals and visitors
alike wouldn’t bat an eyelash at waiting in line down Main Street, Amagansett for a
sample of blueberry pancakes or the signature two-hour salad, a seasonal selection of
produce plucked warm from the ground just hours before it was artfully presented on a
diner’s plate.

That coffee shop’s lease was sold years ago as Ambrose began to focus his culinary
energies on Estia’s Little Kitchen after buying the once sleepy Tony’s Coffee Shop in

Ambrose ceased farming at Michaels’ property in part because of geography but also
because of a hungry deer population. However, The Little Kitchen, as it is known to
scores of regulars, has retained the devout loyalty of Ambrose’s clientele, and this year,
Ambrose has returned to his roots, building a kitchen garden on one-third of an acre
behind his restaurant. The garden teems with fruits and vegetables that make their way
onto plates at the Little Kitchen, supplemented when needed by the produce of local
farmers like Bette Lacina and Dale Haubrich, Marilee Foster, David Falkowski, Alex
Balsam, Ian Calder-Piedmonte and longtime friend and mentor Scott Chaskey of Quail
Hill Farm in Amagansett.

“I buy from who I can, who I trust and what works for us,” said Ambrose on Monday
morning, sitting at a table outside of his restaurant. “I bought Milk Pail peaches for our
blueberry peach pancakes while I wait for my peaches to ripen. I just bought a bunch of
carrots and potatoes from Bette and Dale for South Fork succotash.”

The Little Kitchen has long supported local farmers, and while Ambrose remains
committed to the South Fork farms, he added he is pleased he is now able to bring more
of his own food into the Little Kitchen.

The kitchen garden was designed by Susan Meyer and Ambrose, and was established
this past fall making this spring and summer The Little Kitchen Garden’s first harvest.
The garden is tended to by Ambrose, but also by Jeff Negron who on many days can be
seen from the Sag Harbor-Bridgehampton Turnpike pruning the Little Kitchen’s
decade-old blueberry bushes or inspecting heads of delicate lettuce nestled under the
natural shade of a birch tree.

True to Ambrose’s lifelong culinary commitment to chemical-free, seasonal local produce
– something the restaurateur has embraced long before the practice became trendy –
the kitchen garden is fertilized by Ambrose’s own compost, turned in three concrete
compost bins at the edge of the restaurant property. Bits of eggshell can be seen poking
up from soil in the rows of basil.

Ambrose’s career began in 1991 when he bought Estia’s in Amagansett, creating a
restaurant focused on local produce, fish with a Mexican influence finding its way into
menu items. After befriending Chaskey and becoming enamored with the idea of farming
his own crops, Ambrose reached out to regular customer and artist John Alexander and
asked him if he knew of any fallow land he could use.

Enter Lorne Michaels. The Saturday Night Live creator allowed Ambrose to create a
two-acre garden on his property. A pasture for 50 years, Ambrose nearly drools when
describing the “enhanced Bridgehampton loam” that his vegetables took root in. A
regular customer, Rhett, agreed to clear the acreage for coffee and eggs at Estia for five
months and Ambrose’s first garden was born.

His partners in what would become known as The Basil Brothers Chefs Co-op included
famed chefs Charlie Palmer and Rick Moonen, along with local chefs Dennis MacNeil,
Gerry Hayden and the late Kevin Henry.

“They were all so influential in the easy days of East Hampton’s culinary development,”
said Ambrose of the latter three.

For two years, the chef’s co-op flourished, and while Ambrose still considers many of
those men his brothers, the co-op eventually dwindled and after buying The Little
Kitchen in 1998, Ambrose eventually stopped gardening on the property.
Ambrose continued to be a member of Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett, his daughters
Lyman and Mansell and wife Jessica joining him, as they did on the Michaels property, to
collect vegetables for the family dinner table.

Now with the garden in place, Ambrose said he is not only thrilled to see the property
take on a whole new aura, animals finding their way onto the property that never have
before, and families finding their children drawn to the garden, just as his own children
were when they were young.

“This is beyond a place to eat,” said Ambrose, slightly tearing. “Children wander through
the garden and I tell their parents to let them pick a green bean. That is getting me to the
next level.”

Lyman and Mansell, who formed their own company – A. Sisters Food Company — two
years ago, selling “lymanade” of various flavors, fresh pasta and pesto, have taken on
the family tradition of celebrating fresh, local food.

“We were so connected to the garden,” said Lyman on Tuesday. “It was fun to just be
there with my dad, but it also really opened our eyes up about what is right to eat.
Friends would tell me I was a picky eater, but that was because I grew up eating the
best. That sad salad they served to me at boarding school was not something I was
going to touch.”

Lyman, who is studying business and nutritional sciences at Bucknell this fall said she
was always proud of her father, but once she and Mansell started their business and
began selling their goods at local farm stands they witnessed first hand the kind of
relationships he has built with people over the last two decades.

“It has been great to see the reaction everyone has to him,” said Lyman. “To see that
side of it and how much people love that restaurant, it’s mind blowing that one man can
produce that kind of following.”

Ambrose would likely blush at those comments.

“It’s not my goal to be anything more than I am today,” he said, wrapping up the
interview. “I am that guy who will spend the next three hours getting this garden ready
for the weekend. My job is to be a good father and just do what we do here.”

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Dan's Paper Restaurant Review - June 16th, 2011

Estia's Little Kitchen News
Thursday May 26th, 2011

Celebrate the start of the 2011 Summer Season with Us!

Dinner Looks even Better

Look for this ad in Plum Hamptons Magazine, coming out this week.

The A. Sisters Food Co. is now servicing 3 Farmers Markets with Fresh Pasta, Pesto from our house grown herbs, Special Mojo and Rosito Salsas and Lymanades.
Starting Friday May 27th.

- Amagansett, Wednesday @ The American Legion Post 419
- East Hampton, Friday @ Nick & Toni's
- Sag Harbor, Saturday on Bay Street

All markets run from 9am to 1pm

A.Sisters Food Co.

A.Sisters return to EH Farmers market

East Hampton, NY—After a very successful 5th season, the East Hampton Farmers Market will launch its sixth season on Friday May 27th at 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM. A farm stand in the heart of East Hampton, the farmers’ market provides residents with a source of locally grown or produced fresh produce, spring greens, mushrooms, honey, sweets, savories, cow’s cheese, baked goods, homemade pasta, bread, flowers, pickles, seafood, seasonal fruit. Supporting the farmers’ market is supporting the local farmers, fishers, food producers and celebrating the agricultural history of the East End.

The market is held in the Nick and Toni’s parking lot at 136 North Main Street in East Hampton and will run—rain or shine—every Friday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM from May 27th through September 30th.

The East Hampton Farmers’ Market features 21 East End farmers, fishers, food growers and producers selling a wide range of products. New to the market this season will be Amagansett Sea Salt Compnay, Davis Peach Farm, Pete’s Endless Summer products and Liberty Farms Nursery from Sagaponack.

Make Your Dinner Reservations Today.
phone 631.725.1045

Estia's Two Hour Salad

The "Two Hour Salad" is harvested from our chefs garden outside the 
dining room door (photo below).

Spinach Salad with spring garlic vinaigrette

Grilled Pork Pastor Recipe

5 lb pork sirloin (sliced)


10 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 guajillo chilies, remove puree and cup in a spice grinder
1 tablespoon ground clove
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 cups white vinegar
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons achiote
2 Spanish onions, sliced
2 cups fresh pineapple sliced into small pieces
2 tablespoons salt

Mix all marinade ingredients together in a sealed container and allow to rest overnight. Arrange the pork slices in a
large plastic tray and pour the marinade over the top, mixing completely.

Rest for another 24 hours. Grill at high heat to order. Serve with the onions and pineapple from the marinade over brown rice w/ green beans.

Baja Sur inspired Mexican Dishes

Shrimp Quesadilla on corn tortilla w/ Tequila Sunrise Mojo - $12.95
Queso Fondito "La Fonda" with grilled flour tortillas - $12.95

Carne Asada Potato Rellena w/ onions, carrots and jack cheese - $14.95
Grilled Chicken San Jose over sweet corn and shitake mushrooms - $14.95
Marinated Pork "Al Pastro" with organic brown rice and asparagus - $14.95

Tecate $3. - Garanacha $5. - Torrantes $5

Offered every Thursday and Sunday night through Sunday June 26.

Serving lunch daily noon to 3pm.
Except Tuesdays.

Estia's Little Kitchen News
Wednesday March 2nd, 2011

Stephen Mannino: Art at Estia's
Opening Thursday March 3rd

Stephen Mannino is an artist whose working studio in Sagaponack has been active for over 10 years. He is also an avid fisherman, working the beaches from Sagaponack to Montauk every fall.

Stephen Mannino


Complimentary Wolffer Cuvee Sparkling BrutTo celebrate our 13th year in service we will provide a free glass of Wolffer Cuvee Sparkling Brut to all dinner guests on the weekend starting Thursday March 17th.

We are returning to our Thursday through Sunday dinner service on March 17th.


Make Your Dinner Reservations Today.
phone 631.725.1045

Serving lunch daily noon to 3pm. Except Tuesdays.

Estia's Little Kitchen

Whole Grain Pancakes

Breakfast for 5

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup wheat germ
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 eggs
3 cups cooked steel cut oatmeal (chill)


Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine milk and eggs in a separate bowl and whip with a whisk, then add the cold oatmeal. Bring all together in the large bowl.

Bring a griddle to heat over medium flame and then add butter or oil to the surface. Test one pancake, paying attention to the clock. Keep in mind that these pancakes require more time than your average white flour pancakes.

Add any fruit, nuts or chocolate as needed.