The Hamptons Restaurants
Cove Hollow Tavern
85 Montauk Hwy, East Hampton
This new spot for a casual, super satisfying dinner out comes from the couple behind the Vine Street Café on Shelter Island.
21 Oceanview Ter., Montauk
Marram is one of Montauk’s newer hotels, and its beachside restaurant, Mostrador, has that same cool, laid-back energy. The concept, borrowing heavily from the counter-service spots you find throughout Latin America, has been distilled down to a simple formula: the protein of your choice plus hyper-local veg and salad.
240 Fort Pond Rd., Montauk
Brooklyn’s pizza institution Roberta’s has landed in Montauk this summer—and it will stay open year-round.
The Lobster Roll
32 Montauk Hwy., Southampton
Given the huge “LUNCH” sign hanging over the doorway, you couldn’t miss the Lobster Roll’s new Southampton spot (as casual and welcoming as its Amagansett outpost) even if you tried. The lobster rolls here are excellent, whether you go Connecticut or Maine style.
237 Main St., Amagansett
Amagansett’s iconic Astro’s Pizza has been the place for pies since 1971. And now that PJ Calapa has taken over ownership duties, you’ll still find good pizza (you can now ask for GF crust), but there are some welcome aesthetic improvements that take the cozy-neighborhood-joint vibes up a few notches.
28 Maidstone Park Rd., East Hampton
Balmy summer nights and dinner plans with a crowd call for the shareable feasts Mexican cuisine does best. Rita Cantina is new to the Springs and sticks to local bounty (where possible) for its menu of wagyu short rib birria tacos, fried scallops, and grilled Mexican street corn. Great food aside, the yellow-and-white patio with its stripey parasols is a sunny, happy place to hang out both day and night. Images courtesy of Eric Striffler.
295 Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Rd., East Hampton
SíSí is a pan-Mediterranean concept dishing out Levantine, Greek, and Italian classics like Fattoush salad, pasta, and tahini-and-charred-lemon drizzled everything. In other words, all the exploding-with-flavor veggie-forward food that feels so right on hot summer nights. Located within the newly-opened EHP Resort & Marina, the view—especially at sunset—is spectacular. If you happen to be exploring the East End by boat, the marina accommodates anything from twenty-five to one-hundred-and-twenty footers, making docking and dining a total breeze.
474 W. Lake Dr., Montauk
Tucked into the former Swallow East space, La Fin brings a touch of St. Tropez to the Montauk seafront. While chef and co-owner James Tchinnis cut his teeth at Le Cirque, the food at La Fin is simple, sustainably sourced from local farms, and healthy-ish. The setting, on the other hand, has a touch of that unmistakable Riviera glitz with plush turquoise seating and a stellar playlist. The morning menu is a light one, featuring juices, paleo muffins, and chia puddings. Dinner centers on oysters, seasonal seafood, and seriously good lobster toast.
Il Buco Al Mare
231 Main St., Amagansett
NYC staple Il Buco has landed in East Hampton. In a nod to Il Buco’s sister restaurant in Ibiza, Bottega il Buco, you’ll notice tinned fish like Spanish anchovies, grilled whole mackerel, and tons more seafood goodness on the menu. What are we eating? Fava beans flecked with pecorino and goat cheese, fluke Crudo, and blistered prawns. Reservations essential. Images courtesy of Noe Dewitt.
Morty’s Oyster Stand
2167 Montauk Hwy., Montauk
A toasty lobster roll, crisp fries, and a cold glass of Chablis are the components of summer on a plate. Morty’s Oyster Stand excels at the hyper-fresh, sustainable-when-possible seafood and salad we all crave when the soupy summer heat sets in. Both the indoor and outdoor seating areas are perfect for bigger groups, but there’s something whimsical about the nautical-themed wallpaper and white-wood interior that encourages lazy suppers. Plus, there’s a live (and resolutely laidback) comedy night every Tuesday. Images courtesy of Eric Striffler.