The Hamptons Guide
There’s an influx of great new stores and restaurants in the Hamptons every summer, and this year is no different. Many of these we’ve tried ourselves—the rest, we’ve heard, are just as great. Here’s what’s new (and a few things that are just new to us), along with all the classics.
Almond1 Ocean Rd., Bridgehampton | 631.537.5665
Located in a historic building in downtown Bridgehampton, this lively French restaurant is made fun by a mix of old-fashioned and modern touches: 100-year-old tin ceilings, gleaming white subway tile paired with red Zebra-print wallpaper, open French windows filled with flowers. Plats-du-jour include everything from fish and chips to risotto, lobster, and dry-aged ribeye. There's also an additional Meatless Monday pre-fixe menu.
Arbor240 Fort Pond Rd., Montauk | 631.238.5430
Another new addition to Montauk’s dining scene, Arbor serves a mix of Mediterranean-inspired dishes and seafood, pizzas, small plates, and the usual go-tos (raw bar, cheeseburger, mussels and fries). The space is romantic but contemporary and clean, dressed in hanging exposed lights, with a long, generously stocked bar. The wine list here is good, as is the beer lineup, which includes some local IPAs and ales.
Bay Kitchen Bar39 Gann Rd., East Hampton | 631.329.3663
This place is great: The sunset water views from the balcony are stunning, and the fish is fresh and delicious. There’s a raw bar, crudos, and ceviches, though we dipped into fried calamari and the perfect martini. It also gets points for its lively, laid-back vibe. Ultimately, it might have the makings of a classic.
Beacon8 W. Water St., Sag Harbor | 631.725.7088
While there's no lack of seafood joints in this neck of the woods, this dockside restaurant in Sag Harbor is the ideal place to indulge (the parchment baked Halibut is unreal) while catching the sunset on the sprawling patio overlooking the bay.
Clam Bar2025 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett | 631.267 6348
For those nights when you want to indulge in all things fried, this roadside stand with plastic chairs and paper plates is the place to go. It's a total institution that's been serving fried clams, lobster rolls, clam chowder, and more to families for over 30 years.
Dave’s Gone Fishing467 E. Lake Dr., Montauk | 631.668.9190
Dave’s Grill, one of Montauk's most beloved spots, has moved to other side of Lake Montauk. Just open as of July 4th weekend, and now called Dave’s Gone Fishing, this new iteration of an old classic plans to lean heavier on small, shareable plates. Note: While Dave’s Grill formerly took day-of reservations, Dave’s Gone Fishing is fully first-come, first-serve.
Dopo La Spiaggia6 Bay St., Sag Harbor | 631.725.7009
There's been a change to the Italian dining scene in the Hamptons this summer: Tutto Il Giorno's Sag Harbor location is now Dopo La Spiaggia, and will be run by a longtime team: restaurateurs Maria and Larry Baum, and Chef Maurizio Marfoglia. (Marfoglia's former Tutto partner, Gabby Karan De Felice, is still helming the two remaining Tutto Il Giorno locations, in Southhampton and Tribeca.) The bottom line: You can still expect really excellent Italian dishes from Marfoglia here, as well as a very cozy vibe.
East Hampton Grill99 N. Main St., East Hampton | 631.329.6666
Open since 2011, this restaurant has become a year-round local staple, mainly due to the fact that it’s a departure from the bright, beach-y look that occupies most of the Hamptons. Instead—outfitted in dark wood, with bookshelves dividing the dining room space—East Hampton Grill has the vibe of a neighborhood tavern. Plus, the food is just great, if admittedly indulgent: for one, the “Heavenly Biscuits” with rosemary, butter, and honey are hard to pass up.
Grey Lady440 W. Lake Dr., Montauk | 631.483.5803
This New England-inspired bar and restaurant—with locations in New York, on Nantucket, and in Aspen—just opened a spot in Montauk. The lobster roll is a Grey Lady favorite, as is the Dark 'n' Stormy. Don't overlook the local seafood dishes, though, like monkfish served with asparagus and fava beans.
Highway Restaurant290 Montauk Hwy, East Hampton | 631.527.5372
Locals and summer regulars may remember this barn-like space as the home of Highway Diner (and a slew of short-lived occupants before it), and while there's nothing wrong with no-frills diner food, they'll be happy to hear that its been replaced by Highway Restaurant. It's helmed by the folks behind Shuko and Eleven Madison Park, so the experience is decidedly more elevated, with zero pretense. The focus here is on classic American food: chicken pot pie, rib-eye, and ample veggie dishes. Though not exactly traditional American fare, the pork bun appetizer is a must. Order two.
Jue Lan Club268 Elm St., Southampton | 631.353.3610
The Hamptons isn't exactly known for its Chinese food, which makes the opening of Jue Lan Club in Southampton—the original location, which is less than a year old, is in NYC’s Flatiron district—especially noteworthy. The food here is upscale-Chinese, both classic and modern, which translates to spare ribs and pork fried rice or “drunken” black bass with chiles and braised oxtail with bao buns. Jue Lan Club is also bringing its night scene to Southampton: It’s open until 4:30am on the weekends, as the club-ish attachment of the restaurant, known as The Barn (which also serves as an art space), gets going sometime after 11pm.
La Fondita74 Montauk Hwy, Amagansett | 631.267.8800
This is a great snack stop for casual and authentic Mexican dishes like tacos, tortas, and sopa de tortilla. The food is all freshly made, including the tortillas.
LT Burger62 Main St., Sag Harbor | 631.899.4646
This is an elevated burger shack: Their Heritage Turkey Burger is fantastic, as are their classic burgers, shakes, s’mores, and ice cream desserts.
Moby’s341 Pantigo Rd., Amagansett | 631.527.5388
While there’s a more formal dining room up front at this summer-only pop-up from the Eveleigh/Kingswood crew, we like the great open-air patio out back best. It’s dotted with picnic benches and lounge areas, along with an on-site wood-burning pizza oven. The wait for food can be a bit insane, but if you don’t mind killing time over cocktails, it’s a good option for a low-key night out.
Momi Ramen221 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton | 631.324.1678
There are two schools of thought on what makes good ramen great: Some believe it's all about the broth, while others think it lives with the noodles. Miami-born Momo Ramen satisfies on both fronts: Their broth is flavorsome, and the noodles are made to perfection daily, in-house. The oxtail ramen is a good place to start.
Navy Beach16 Navy Rd., Montauk | 631.668.6868
Since this is right on the beach, it's perfect for families: The kids can run free while you put down a beer and some fish tacos.
Page at 63 Main63 Main St., Sag Harbor | 631.725.1810
Devoted to local and organic (chances are that the veggies in your order are from their on-site hydroponic garden), this Sag Harbor mainstay now has a market and café in the back, though we usually stop by to stock up for beach picnics. Opt for the grilled portobello mushrooms over quinoa and tuna tartare, which are both delicious.
Pierre’s Bridgehampton2468 Main St., Bridgehampton | 631.537.5110
This is the kind of classic go-to that caters to a more grown-up Hamptons crowd (lots of white pants, loafers, and pastel sweaters). That said, it's actually really fun and kind of buzzy. The mussels are always top-notch, and the bar is perpetually two to three people deep—even so, their dirty martini is totally worth it.
Race Lane31 Race Ln., East Hampton | 631.324.5022
Located in the space that operated for more than three decades as The Laundry, Race Lane had big shoes to fill. But with relaxed décor, an outdoor bar, and a cozy fireplace, they've carved out a great niche in the East End restaurant scene. The menu is sophisticated but refreshingly straightforward–you’ll find Montauk oysters to start, followed by well-executed classics like beef carpaccio, Berkshire porkchops, and organic roasted chicken.
Ruschmeyer’s161 Second House Rd., Montauk | 631.668.8249
From the guys behind NYC’s The Smile, Ruschmeyer’s is always packed with people enjoying its great cocktails, summer camp décor, and American beachside classics with a Mediterranean slant. This summer, the kitchen has been handed over to the Susan brothers, who have introduced a pretty stellar Sunday seafood boil into the mix.
1770 House143 Main St., East Hampton | 631.324.1770
While it sits steps from East Hampton's boutique and gallery-packed main drag, entering this six-room inn (there's also a separate two-family carriage house) is a lot like stepping into a time machine. The picket-fenced, whitewashed home has functioned as a hotel since—you guessed it—1770. Alongside modern additions like the in-room iPad docks and flat screens, its beautiful Colonial flourishes—exposed wooden beams, antique fireplace—are perfectly intact. We go for the ever-reliable and delicious burgers at the on-site restaurant.
Suki Zuki688 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill | 631.726.4600
This just might be the best sushi in the Hamptons. The Chicken Teriyaki Salad and the "Tuna Sandwich" are both particularly popular choices.
Tillie’s at Gurney’s290 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk | 631.166.1729
While Scarpetta is billed as the crown jewel of the new-and-improved, LDV-hospitality-run Gurney's, it's actually the considerably less-glitzy Tillie's that garners the most attention. The dining room itself is straight-up pretty, with white tiles, wooden booths, and—of course—ocean views. You can come here any time of day and know that you'll be served comfort food at its best: for breakfast, that means simple omelettes and avocado toast; and crisp salads, lobster rolls, and steak frites for lunch and dinner. Then, grab an iced latte at Corso Coffee in the lobby for the road.
Topping Rose House Restaurant1 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Tpk, Bridgehampton | 631.537.0870
Starting this summer, this restaurant brought on Jean-Georges Vongerichten as a consulting chef, and while he's given the menu a bit of a culinary makeover, you can still expect to find vegetable-forward dishes sourced from the property's one-acre farm. The weekend brunch is especially great.
Vine Street Café41 South Ferry Rd., Shelter Island | 631.749.3210
The seafood at this Shelter Island gem is pretty outstanding—the Bouillabaisse alone is worth a ferry ride from the mainland. All cooking is done by couple Terry Harwood and Lisa Murphy, and ingredients are sourced exclusively from local purveyors. Take a bit of the magic home with you from the adjoining market, were you'll find fresh foods to-go as well as sauces, pastas, and a slew of gourmet pantry-essentials.
Westlake Fish House352 Westlake Dr., Montauk | 631.668.3474
In the same vein as many old-school Montauk establishments, this relative newcomer offers a particular brand of no-frills dockside dining with a modernized menu, making it a nice antidote to the traditional Hamptons scene. Whether you go for lunch or dinner, the pull is the fresh fish, from very good, very well-priced sushi to fish tacos to the swordfish BLT.
Wölffer Kitchen29 Main St., Sag Harbor | 631.725.0101
Considering that it's backed by the family that brought us East Coast institution Wölffer Vineyard, this restaurant is pretty much guaranteed to be a hit. While doors are not open just yet (fingers crossed it's any day now!), the Sag Harbor location promises to feature a mix of American cuisine and Mediterranean influences, and of course an extensive wine list (including Wölffer wine selections).