East Hampton 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.
East Hampton Grill
99 N. Main St., East Hampton
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.
EMP Summer House
341 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton
While the doors may be temporarily closed at Chef Daniel Humm’s Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park (renovations are underway for the next several months), his die-hard fans can follow his talents to East Hampton this summer and dine at his much more laid back pop-up. Expect fresh, local American fare that speaks to the season, including a traditional lobster boil, fried chicken feast, and a la carte options. Housed in a massive farmhouse, the space has a large indoor dining room, along with tented area, picnic tables, and games across the backyard. No doubt with all the early buzz this winter, this reservation will be a tricky one to snag this summer. Photos: American Express.
44 Three Mile Harbor Rd, East Hampton
Opened by some serious NYC restaurant and nightlife veterans (among them, Jason Hook, Todd English, and Andrew Molen), this new sustainable restaurant is sure to be a hit–for the food and the after hours. The seafood-heavy menu is fresh (note: citrus salmon and Thai mussels) and the décor pops with contrasting black and white. The overall vibe speaks of summer, when long dinners lend way to late-night dancing.
290 Montauk Hwy., East Hampton
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.
221 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton
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.
Philippe by Philippe Chow (Closed)
44 Three Mile Harbor Rd., East Hampton
Not unlike the Upper East Side original, expect fine dining, Beijing-style—the key difference here is its proximity to the beach. Don't let the lowkey locale fool you, though: this is 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.
Race Lane (Closed)
31 Race Ln., East Hampton
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.
The Maidstone Restaurant
207 Main St., East Hampton
As part of the Maidstone's new revamp this summer, the hotel brought in Chef David Strandridge (of Cafe Clover) to redo the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Like at Standridge's West Village eatery, the menus are somehow both beautifully simple and very sophisticated. For breakfast, you'll find a balance of old-school comfort (whole grain avocado toast that can be ordered with lobster salad, egg in a hole, and a selection of smoothies) alongside more creative options, like the "nova," a smoked salmon dish with Greek yogurt, and an orange blossom pain perdue that's stewed in blackberries. Dinner, entirely worth booking even for non-hotel guests, is seafood-centric: lump crab cake, a local catch simply grilled, and black linguini with peekytoe crab, all with a side of old bay fries. Photos: Melissa Horn & Fran Parente
The Springs Tavern
15 Fort Pond Blvd., East Hampton
We’re all about summertime casual, which is why we like this cozy, American gastropub, located in the building that once housed Wolfie’s Tavern. It’s the perfect place to grab a (veggie) burger and a beer and watch the game on one of the many TVs. Bonus: There's a good live band lineup for most of the summer.
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