Hamptons, the latest culinary addition at Tivoli Village, opened its doors at the west side shopping center in early September—and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. The new American restaurant boasts patio spaces and open-air bars on both its first and second floors, offering alfresco dining just as the last traces of Las Vegas’ summer heat slip away. With a light breeze, smooth jazz heard overhead, fantastic service and gorgeous contemporary environs, the downstairs patio is a great place for some foodie-focused R&R.
And with the crisp, cool weather of December here and sunny days perpetually in forecasts, there might not be a better time to sample Hamptons’ varied brunch selections (while sporting some fashionable sunglasses, of course). Director of culinary Jay Bogsinske recently offered Vegas Seven a snapshot of the mid-morning menu, which features everything from small plates, sandwiches and salads to classic brunch favorites such as frittatas and cinnamon rolls. Here are our top picks.
Smoked Salmon Crepes
Move over, bagels and lox! This light and refreshing take on the brunch standard features a generous helping of salmon topped with crisp arugula, heirloom cherry tomatoes and cucumber dressed in a lemon vinaigrette that really brightens the dish. The crepe holds it all together atop a smear of flavorful caraway and black pepper crème fraîche. The fresh chilled dish is ideal for patio dining.
Lemon & Ricotta Hotcakes
Pancakes will never go out of style on a brunch menu, but if they did, Hamptons would be there to put them back on the map with this elevated version. With ricotta making the cakes light and fluffy and blueberries giving them a punch of tartness, these were simply divine—and with temperatures in the low 60s right now, the vanilla whipped cream topping them won’t melt!
Peanut Butter & Banana Waffle
Sweet and salty is always a great combination, and this dish executes that beautifully. The airy waffles are topped with salted caramel and sweet-salty peanuts, and somehow the decadent dish manages not to set on a food coma. (Oh, and the vanilla whipped cream is safe here, too.)
Green Chili Pork Stew
If you have to throw on a light sweater for your alfresco outing, go with this warm and hearty option. The stew is smoky and has a substantial kick of spice, which you can alleviate with the sweetness from the accompanying cornbread topped with whipped honey butter. It’s simply a harmonious duo.
Maryland Crab Eggs Benedict
It wouldn’t be brunch without a Benny, right? Bogsinske’s fun coastal twist on the standard comes with lump crab cakes, tomato and two poached eggs atop lightly toasted sourdough, all swimming in a creamy hollandaise with asparagus on the side. The bread has the right amount of crunch, the eggs are perfectly poached and the tomato and asparagus offer a nice garden-fresh break to the heavy cakes and sauce.
440 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 180, Mon.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri., 11 a.m.– 11 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–11 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.–10 p.m., weekend brunch 10 a.m.–3 p.m., hamptonslv.com