The Hamptons Restaurants
143 Main St., East Hampton
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.
1 Ocean Rd., Bridgehampton
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.
240 Fort Pond Rd., Montauk
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. And new this summer: The Garret at the Arbor, a breezy new patio and outdoor bar with a curated drink menu.
8 W. Water St., Sag Harbor
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.
Beautique at the Capri Hotel (Closed)
281 County Line Rd., Southampton
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.
1020 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill
James Mallios, one of the partners behind this Greek eatery, has been vacationing on Mykonos for the last two decades, so his time spent on the island well-informs the menu–with mainstays including whole Montauk dorade with olives, fennel, and capers, and farro salad with Turkish apricot, toasted almonds, and manouri cheese.
2025 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett
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 Fishing (Closed)
467 E. Lake Dr., Montauk
Dave’s Grill, one of Montauk's most beloved spots, moved to the other side of Lake Montauk. Now called Dave’s Gone Fishing, this iteration of the old classic leans 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.
Dave’s Grill (Closed)
468 West Lake Dr., Montauk
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.
Dopo la Spiaggia
6 Bay St., Sag Harbor
In a shingled cottage on a leafy street in Sag Harbor directly facing the water, this little gem is one of our go-to Italian restaurants in the Hamptons. Sure, the setting is almost perfect (we love the tucked-away patio for alfresco dinner on warm evenings, and walks along the marina afterwards), but it’s really the food that keeps us coming back over and over again. The pasta dishes are almost without equal on the East End, and our favorites include the tagliolini (squid ink pasta with bay scallops, shrimp, calamari, chili, and tomatoes) and the ravioli with wild mushrooms and ricotta. It also happens to be our neighbor—the goop pop-up is right next door, for some pre- or post-lunch browsing.
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