The Hamptons Guide
There’s always an influx of great new stores and restaurants in the Hamptons every summer—and this year is no different. We’ve tried many of these—and have heard that others are great. Below, what’s new (and a few things that are just new to us), along with all the classics.
Provisions7 Main St., Sag Harbor | 631.725.3636
When you need tofu dogs, gluten-free pasta, and raw almond butter, this is the place to go: They’ve reorganized the store lately making it much easier to navigate, and also have some of the island’s best fresh juices and made-to-order sandwiches (including a pretty insane breakfast burrito).
Simply Sublime85 Springs Fireplace Rd., East Hampton | 631.604.1566
This cozy natural health food store and restaurant is a great respite when you’re looking for a break from fried clams. Their menu offers juices, smoothies, and clean salads and entrees, with 3-10 day juice cleanses all year round. In the spring and fall, they put together ayurvedic solid food cleanses, which are kind of the perfect start (or end) to what can be an indulgent summer season.
Fork & Anchor8955 Main Rd., East Marion | 631.477.3277
Four years ago, Lucy Muellner and Erin Johnson moved into Angel’s Country Store (a general store since the 1890s) and turned it into Fork & Anchor. In their rebrand, they’ve managed to hold onto the quaint feel of the place while infusing it with food offerings that are specific to the Hamptons. The store stocks local culinary wares and features a sandwich menu with all the essentials, from an Italian sub to a PB&J (the breakfast burritos and bagels are pretty great too). Fork & Anchor also partners with Deep Roots Farm for a summer CSA, where customers can sign up for chicken, egg, and cheese shares in addition to the traditional vegetable box.
Hamptons AristocratSouthampton | 631.488.0581
Forget any preconceptions you may have about food trucks–Hamptons Aristocrat’s adorable white-washed trailer is outfitted with Edison bulbs and overflowing vases of flowers. Experts in all things local and organic, business partners Lexi and Louisa’s services run the gamut from catering to food delivery: You can call them a few days ahead for an easy Friday night meal (a godsend after the long drive from the city), or months in advance for an elaborate wedding spread made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Bhumi Farms139 Pantigo Rd., Amagansett | 646.496.8364
If you’re lucky enough to completely relocate to the East End for the summer, Bhumi Farms’ CSA box is an easy way to get your hands on some of the best produce local farms have to offer. But if you’re a weekends-only person, you can still benefit from their farm stand, which is open every day from 11am to 7pm. Regardless, you won’t have to say goodbye to these guys at the end of the summer—Bhumi’s fall CSA boxes are delivered in the city.
Left Hand Coffee83 S. Elmwood Ave., Montauk | 631.238.5434
This newcomer’s beachy décor features a driftwood-covered bar and repurposed wood cafe tables. They brew all their own coffee, which can be ground, packaged, and taken home. Even if you’re not a coffee lover, you’ll want to take a look at the three-level pour-over contraptions that take up a deservedly large share of the counter space. Oh, and there’s a pretty extensive stand alone tea station, too.
Sagtown Coffee696 Montauk Highway, Montauk, 631.668.8021 | 78 Main St., Sag Harbor, 631.725.8696
Sagtown’s new Montauk location (the original is in Sag Harbor) is tucked into a hidden alley, so it definitely feels like a local spot (if you’re really in the know, you’ll enter through the side entrance at Cynthia Rowley). Like the original, the coffee is reliably good and everything on the menu can be made iced, so it’s the perfect pick-me-up before (or after) a long morning at the beach.
Balsam FarmsCorner of Windmill & Town Lns., Amagansett
The specialty of this South Fork farm is tomatoes (they grow dozens of varieties) but their corn is pretty outstanding as well. They also offer a great CSA program which can be upgraded to include flowers, fresh herbs, and even cheese.
Stuart’s Seafood Market41 Oak Ln., Amagansett | 631.267.6700
Stuart’s provides some of the best seafood in the area, plus a fully-stocked pantry of dream ingredients (panko, anchovies, San Marzano tomatoes) and the best pre-made cocktail sauce ever. With some notice, they’ll also put together a pretty epic clambake or lobster dinner.
Cavaniola’s89B Division St., Sag Harbor | 631.725.0095
A cheese shop as masterful as any in the center of a big city, tucked away in Sag Harbor. Knowledgeable staff. A must.
The Juicy Naam51 Division St., Sag Harbor | 631.725.3030
Besides the juice cleanses, which they’re famous for, this is a good spot for a delicious Gazpacho and Mung Bean Soup.
Sag Harbor Baking Company51 Division St., Sag Harbor | 631.899.4900
This popular baking company makes delicious galettes, pies, cookies and more.
Round Swamp Farm Market184 Three Mile Harbor Rd., East Hampton | 97 School St., Bridgehampton | 631.324.4438
This family-run market, located on an East Hampton farm that’s been in the family for nine generations, sells their own produce along with fresh fish, and their own baked goods and deli items. Their Bridgehampton outpost offers the same fare as the original, including the pies, which are amazing.
Pepalajefa7 Main St., Sag Harbor | 631.899.4630
A great gourmet shop for delicious sandwiches, salads and a few mains for perfect no-cook entertaining.
Mary’s Marvelous207 Main St., Amagansett, 631.267.8796 | 105-107 Newtown Ln., East Hampton, 631.324.1055
Perfect sandwiches, soups, cookies and snacks. Open 7 days a week at long last. Try the turkey meatloaf sandwich.
Jack’s146 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett | 631.267.5555
Here, you’ll find the best coffees going on the East End. Come early before the lines.
Goldberg’s100 Pantigo Pl., East Hampton | 631.329.8300
This has got to be one of the greatest bagels on Long Island. Lox, lots of cream cheese varieties…there’s not much else to say.
Amagansett Farmer’s Market367 Main St., Amagansett | 631.267.3894
Eli Zabar revamped this farmers market that supports local farmers by stocking their produce. Last year, the lease was transferred to the Amagansett Food Institute, who won’t officially open the market until August 1. We’re just hoping they keep the masterful bakery—the fresh-from-the-oven baguettes, brioche burger buns, and morning pastries have always been our favorite part of the market.
South Fork & Spoon646.455.0837
The single downfall to having a weekend home at the beach is time spent at the grocery store when it’s perfect outside. This local operation is the antidote. They offer a selection of services, from dropping off ready-to-cook meals and cocktail kits to full “Home Preparation,” which includes everything from flowers, to grocery shopping, to bar stocking, to fully organizing your home in time for your arrival.
Madeline Picnic Co.631.353.8923
With pick up locations dotted throughout the Hamptons, this picnic service provides healthy, beautifully prepared and locally sourced salads and tartines for 2, 4, or 6 (with enough advanced notice, they’ll cater for more). They also have kid-friendly options.
East Hampton Gourmet66 Newtown Ln., East Hampton | 631.329.3993
While East Hampton Gourmet has been around for close to 20 years, we had never stepped inside until recently: Whoops, because it’s amazing. In short, besides offering catering, it’s the perfect solution if you don’t want to cook (they even offer curb-side pick-up). There are delicious prepared foods (including frozen dim sum), and they have delectable gluten-free lentil crackers, which are so good with their lentil pâté. We picked up turkey chili, Chinese chicken salad, and crab cakes, and it was all perfection.
Buddha Berry Frozen Yogurt43 S. Euclid Ave., Montauk, 631.668.8393 | 125 Main St., Sag Harbor, 631.808.3888
Located in a quaint little white house, this Buddha Berry (the second in the Hamptons) offers the same delicious flavors (cookies & cream, Georgia peach, latte), with toppings that range from healthy (chia seeds, flax seeds, raw almonds) to less so (Sour Patch Kids and Nerds).
Juice Press2486 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton, 631.237.1711 | 93 Main St., Southampton, 631.488.4688
NYC’s ever-expanding Juice Press now has two locations in the Hamptons, right in time for summertime cleansing. Along with their cold-pressed, organic juices, they also sell healthy, raw snacks like falafel, kale salad, and yogurt parfaits.
Montauk Juice Factory12 South Etna Ave., Montauk | 631.668.8286
Montauk’s surf and yoga crowd now have their own local juicing hangout. The small menu of cold-pressed, organic juices pretty much covers all the bases between hard-core cleansing and sweet, fruity treats.
Herb’s Market778 Montauk Hwy., Montauk | 631.668.2335
Considering Herb’s has been around since the ’40s it’s kind of amazing it’s only changed hands twice. Thankfully, each new owner has kept the offering (expertly butchered meats, sandwiches, salads, home-cooked sides) and most importantly, quality and taste, virtually unchanged. Get the legendary fried chicken—it totally lives up to the hype.
Levain BakeryWainscott Village Shopping Center, 354 Montauk Hwy, Wainscott | 631.537.8570
There’s a fierce debate about which of the famed, fist-sized cookies at Levain is their best, but since each one is gooey and served warm, arguing about it seems besides the point. While they also have two locations in the city, the Wainscott store is right along Montauk Highway, making it the perfect spot to pick up a dozen as a housewarming gift on your way into town or a snack for the car on the way home.
Wölffer Estate Vineyard3312 Montauk Highway, Sagaponack | 631.537.5106
While you might not think of the Hamptons as wine country, there are a surprisingly large number of local vineyards popping up in the area. Wölffer Vineyard, which occupies a portion of an enormous estate complete with acres of paddocks and a Grand Prix field, is a favorite. The wine stand—which is more of an indoor/outdoor gathering space than a stand, really—is open Friday and Saturday nights for live music, crisp rosé, and excellent views of the sunset.