I first went to this restaurant in April 2012. At that time my boyfriend, his coworker friend and I were also going to a concert at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center to see the artist Shelby Lynne. This time around, three years later, the three of us were doing the same thing! We had our reservation for Baby Moon on a Saturday night and again we were going to see Shelby Lynne at the PAC in Westhampton Beach. Talk about Deja Vu! This place has been around for about 45 years. Check out their website here: http://babymoonrestaurant.com/. You know they’re doing something right if they’ve been in the Hamptons for this long.
We got there a little before 5:30 for our reservation, and it’s a good idea to get to this restaurant before 6 on a Saturday night. After 6, the place REALLY fills up and by about 7, it’s totally packed! Last time we were there, I think I had some kind of flounder as my entree; maybe it was stuffed. This time, I went healthy and had Orecchiette with Beans & Escarole. Orecchiette is little saucer-shaped pasta with a dip in the middle, which scooped up the beans and creamy sauce that formed from just the beans, garlic and olive oil. No butter in this dish! Believe me, I love the taste of butter as much as the next person, but we’re all getting older and I’m trying to be more mindful of what I’m eating. So, yes, this was a very healthy dish, but also very tasty. I did toss around having a fish dish, as I’m still eating fish about once a week or so, but not eating chicken really, and haven’t eaten red meat in about 15 years.
We did order a couple of appetizers though. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how I loved their Bruschetta and we got grilled calamari. I really, really wanted the fried calamari, but we’re all trying to watch and went boring (healthy) for most of the meal. The grilled calamari was actually good! It had pesto sauce drizzled on it, and if it wasn’t for that it would have been super bland I bet. Calamari is one of those fishes that needs seasoning. That’s why I love it deep-fried, and Thai House (Smithtown, NY) serves it with their chili sauce, which is amazing. But – I’m reviewing Baby Moon in this post, so let me get back on track.
My boyfriend had Rigatoni Baby Moon–Asparagus, Peas, Eggplant & Tomato Sauce, their take on a pasta primavera. Whenever you go to a restaurant nowadays, everyone sneaks in butter. It’s something you may not have noticed, but it’s a trick most places are using lately. So, I reminded him to ask our server if the dish is made with butter, and she said it wasn’t – just olive oil. She seemed a little surprised that we asked, but we explained how it seemed that the butter is getting sneaked in for added creaminess. I liked that they don’t make a practice of doing this at Baby Moon – that was impressive.
Our friend John had the Baked Eggplant with Pasta and Tomato Basil Sauce off the healthy/low carb menu. It looked good and he commented that their marinara was very good.
Just couldn’t leave without having dessert, even though I was really stuffed! I did take home about 1/2 of my entree. Both John and I had the coconut sorbet – served in a coconut shell. I love anything coconut! It was smooth, creamy and everything I hoped it would be. My boyfriend took a few spoonfuls of my sorbet 🙂 Last time we had dessert at Baby Moon, it was Tiramisu, which was one of the best we’ve ever had. This time we just didn’t have room for that.
We had a leisurely dinner for about 1.5 hours and then had to leave for our concert to see Shelby Lynne at the PAC around the corner in Westhampton Beach. By the way she is an AWESOME performer! Her website is: http://www.shelbylynne.com/.
Go check out Baby Moon for traditional Sicilian Italian fare and some new healthier options as well. Happy summer!