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.
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.
Topping Rose House Restaurant1 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Tpk, Bridgehampton | 631.537.0870
It’s so produce driven here that proteins are written in smaller font beneath the vegetable they accompany on the menu. Book in advance as tables are super hard to come by.
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's catching the most attention. For starters, 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, for lunch and dinner it translates to crisp salads, lobster rolls, and steak frites. Then, grab an iced latte at Corso Coffee in the lobby for the road.
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occupants before it), and while there's nothing wrong with no-frills diner food, they'll be happy to hear that its been replaced by Highway Restaurant.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.
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, but even so, the dirty martinis are totally worth it.
Philippe by Philippe Chow44 Three Mile Harbor Rd., East Hampton | 631.324.3332
Not unlike the Upper East Side original, expect fine dining, Beijing-style—just this time it's by the beach. Don't let the lowkey locale fool you though; it's a dressier establishment, so swap the flip-flops for some heels. The legendary Peking duck is still a favorite, but we suggest you plan a second visit to check out the full sushi bar on the back patio.
Beautique at the Capri Hotel281 County Line Rd., Southampton | 631.504.6575
It's kind of great that this Manhattan lounge-slash-restaurant unveiled a summer outpost in the beloved Capri Hotel as it didn't have an eatery of its own until now. Headed by 20-year-old local wunderkind, chef Greg Grossman, the menu boasts all sorts of decadent dishes (ex: fried oysters topped with potato chip mousse, black truffle marmalade, and caviar). Not unlike its midtown counterpart, expect a bit of a scene at this indoor/outdoor spot.
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).
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.
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: Here you'll find to-go fresh foods, sauces, pastas, and a slew of gourmet pantry-essentials.
Tutto Il Giorno6 Bay St., Sag Harbor | 631.725.7009
Here's you find rustic Italian cuisine with a bit of a scene, spread out across two Hamptons locations. The Sag Harbor original is in a cute little cottage and understandably has a quainter vibe, while the Southampton outpost is larger and livelier with a great garden.
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.
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.
Ruschmeyer’s161 Second House Rd., Montauk | 631.668.8249
Ruschmeyer’s is always packed with people enjoying great cocktails, summer camp decor and American beachside classics with a Mediterranean slant from the guys behind NYC’s The Smile. This summer, the kitchen has been handed over to the Susan brothers who introduced a pretty stellar Sunday seafood boil to the mix.
Navy Beach16 Navy Rd., Montauk | 631.668.6868
Since this is right on the beach, it's perfect for families: Kids can run free while you put down a beer and fish tacos.
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.
Dave’s Grill468 West Lake Dr., Montauk | 631.668.9190
This is one of the best spots in Montauk. Lobster, fries, and an epic brownie sundae round out the fresh seafood menu. Call after 4pm for a table the same night.
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.
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.
Fresh Hamptons203 Sag Harbor Tpk., Bridgehampton | 631.537.4700
The menu here is full of vegetarian, vegan, organic, and gluten-free options (in a variety of different portion sizes). The other buzzword that rings true at this casual, woodsy spot is local, as Chef Todd Jacobs has a long-standing relationship with the nearby farms and fisheries where he sources ingredients.
Doppio East126 Main St., Sag Harbor | 631.808.3444
With locations in Connecticut, NYC, and Long Island, this particular branch mixes plenty of local fish into its rustic Italian menu, especially when it comes to small plates. The pizzas, for which their other branches are famous, haven’t yet made it to the menu, but the pastas and bistro-style mains make for a perfectly cozy and delicious home-style Italian dinner.
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 sushi (very good and very well-priced), to fish tacos and swordfish BLTs.
Harlow East1 Long Wharf, Sag Harbor | 631.725.5858
This nautically themed outpost of NYC’s midtown restaurant was probably Sag Harbor’s buzziest opening last year. Luckily, the food (raw bar, local East End wines, dressed up fish dishes) is just as good this year, and it looks like they've ironed out some of the kinks with the service. The best seats are on the deck overlooking the dock.
The Harbor440 West Lake Dr., Montauk | 631.668.8260
With an all-day raw bar and a menu made for sharing, this is the perfect place to go with a big group post-beach. With weekly live shows and DJ sets, it's a nightlife fixture for sure, but if you get there before the lights dim, you’re in for some delicious food, from Farro Risotto to Drunken Lobster.
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.
The Back 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.
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.
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 and save for the in-room iPad docks and flat screens, it's beautiful Colonial flourishes—exposed wooden beams, antique fireplace—are perfectly intact. We go there for the ever-reliable and delicious burgers at the on-site restaurant.