Summer in the Hamptons means indulging in the fabulous dining scene, where there’s always something new being served—from menus to locations to chefs.
There’s something to be said about partaking in a time-tested mainstay, but if you’re in the mood for something new, we’ve got 50 bits of foodie news for you. If you are a regular follower of Hampton Eats, you have probably heard several of these items before, but there is sure to be plenty here that is news to you.
SPICE IT UP AT SAAZ
At long last, a remedy to the lack of Indian cuisine in the Hamptons is upon us—with the arrival of Saaz! The space most recently occupied by Greek Bites Grill and Spiro’s in Southampton has undergone a renovation—of space and style. Curry and company have arrived!
1746 County Rd 39, Southampton
BRIDGING A GAP
For the first time in its 219-year history, the Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant features an on-site restaurant. Operated by the Bridgehampton Loaves & Fishes cookshop, it offers the culinary creations of chef de cuisine Arie Pavlou, who brings French-infused dishes to the table, supplemented by a growing wine list and homemade desserts.
2266 Main St. Bridgehampton. landfcookshop.com/bhinn, 631-537-3660
FLAVOR WITHOUT GUILT
Nothing says summer like a frozen treat, and the newest cool sensation to hit stores in the Hamptons is DF Mavens non-dairy frozen dessert. Available in soy, coconut, almond and sugar-free with flavors ranging from New Orleans Salted Praline to Mint Almond Cookie, DF Mavens is not only made of the good stuff but does good too, with a portion of DF Mavens’ profits going to Mercy for Animals.
NEW START ON THE END
Gurney’s Seawater Grill is introducing a completely revamped menu this summer, thanks in large part to its new executive chef, Seth Levine. The new menu mixes gastronomy, comfort food and fine dining, and is accompanied by a reengineered cocktail menu. The restaurant, too, has been redesigned, featuring a tasteful black-and-white interior with Gurney’s famous breathtaking view of the ocean.
290 Old Montauk Hwy. Montauk. gurneysinn.com, 631-668-2345
NEW AT GEORGICA
Georgica Restaurant & Lounge recently unveiled its new eclectic American menu, cooked up by new executive chef Greg Grossman. Georgica also brought in chefs Matthew Fisher Redington and Kazuo Yoshida to assist with the conversion. The new menu features a number of twists on classic Georgica dishes, as well as some all-new inventions.
108 Stone Rd., Wainscott. georgicarestaurant.com, 631-537-6255
FOODIES DOCK AT WESTLAKE
Westlake Fish House has undergone a renovation, while still maintaining its authentic Montauk fish house look. Executive chef Larry Kolar has introduced fresh tastes to the restaurant’s menu, focusing on local ingredients from farms and vineyards on the East End. Original cocktails and a dockside location round out the culinary experience at Westlake.
352 West Lake Dr. Montauk. 631-668-6252
“SEA” MORE IN RIVERHEAD
theRIVERHEADPROJECT has brought in a new chef for the upcoming season. New executive chef Roy Wohlars has redesigned the menu to be more seafood-centric in preparation for the Hamptons summer boom.
300 E Main St. Riverhead. theriverheadproject.com, 631-284-9300
TURNING THE PAGE
Page 63 has brought in well-known East End chef James Carpenter, who has redesigned the menu toward more sustainable and health-conscious fare. Locally grown ingredients are the name of the game here, as Carpenter trims fried items from the menu and adds a smattering of seafood dishes.
63 Main St. Sag Harbor. page63main.com, 631-725-1810
Founded by an East Quogue couple, Hampton Chocolate Factory collaborates with the top chocolatiers to create beautifully packaged artisan chocolates, and gift boxes are named after East End villages. Look for Hampton Chocolate Factory at Hampton House in Westhampton Beach, Sonny’s Prime Meats in East Quogue and Schmidt’s Market in Southampton, and feast your eyes.
After years on Main Street, Sydney’s “Taylor” Made Cuisine has moved to new digs just north of the Village Green in Westhampton Beach. In addition to offering their famed gourmet take-out fare from the refurbished 1860s farmhouse, now there’s also a 16-seat café serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
32 Mill Rd. Westhampton Beach. sydneyscatering.com, 631-288-4722
Water Mill’s newest culinary addition, Red Stixs, brings a different kind of Chinese restaurant to the Hamptons—the fine dining variety—in the space that formerly housed Trata on Montauk Highway. Red Stixs will be serving traditional, Beijing-style food like scallion pancakes and the signature Peking duck, as well as takes on Szechuan and Western foods, such as Kung Pao chicken and fresh Maine lobster.
1020 Montauk Hwy. Water Mill. redstixs.com, 631-726-6200
FOLLOW THE MONEY
Or at least the famous gold-bar-shaped French almond cake that made Financier Patisserie famous. The Wall Street favorite has arrived with a summer location in Water Mill, serving coffee, pastries, croissants and more Thursdays through Sundays, as well as offering special-order cakes that can be ordered on Wednesday and be picked up on your way out for the weekend.
760 Montauk Hwy. Water Mill.
NEW MAN AT THE TOP
Executive chef Kyle Koenig is now overseeing all food service at the Topping Rose House. Koenig was one of the first employees to sign on to Topping Rose House, joining the business as sous chef before being promoted in August 2013 to be chef de cuisine. Look for vegetable-centric dishes inspired by Topping Rose’s one-acre garden.
1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke. Bridgehampton. toppingrosehouse.com, 631-537-0870
1 North Steakhouse will be celebrating its first summer in its new location. Having moved last fall to the former Ciao Bella Senhora space in Hampton Bays, they’ve added a new bar and lounge and revamped the inside and outside. Go for lunch or dinner, with daily specials including the popular Wednesday “Date Night,” which includes two entrées and a bottle of wine. Check out their new Nice Buns food truck parked outside the restaurant for lunchtime—with delicious on-bun sliders.
322 W Montauk Hwy. Hampton Bays. 1northsteakhouse.com, 631-594-3419
The new Columbian take-out bakery in Hampton Bays, Antojitos Bakery, offers delicious breads, baked treats, coffee and egg sandwiches for breakfast; and burgers and traditional Columbian fare for lunch and dinner.
38 W Montauk Hwy. Hampton Bays. antojitosbread.com, 631-594-5501
BACK IN THE BACKYARD
The Backyard Restaurant at Solé East in Montauk has reopened for the season with a new chef, Marlon Rambaran. The menu features fresh fish from Montauk waters and seasonal produce from local farms and The Backyard’s own herb garden.
90 Second House Rd. Montauk. soleeast.com, 631-668-2105
THRILL OF THE GRILLE
Restaurateur Tim Burke’s Backbar Grille, behind Tully’s in Hampton Bays, is ready for their first full summer season after opening last fall. The grille, bar and marina hosts live music, dance parties and happy hours with a full menu that ranges from fresh seafood to burgers.
78 Foster Ave. Hampton Bays. 631-594-5442
BY THE BAY
Bay Kitchen Bar has opened in East Hampton, overlooking Three Mile Harbor. Offering brunch, dinner and cocktails to enjoy with the Sunset $1 Oyster Happy Hour. Bay Kitchen Bar also has a few guest slips at the nearby marina for those who would like to arrive by sea for the ultimate boat party.
39 Gann Rd. East Hampton.
What is summer without a clambake? Bostwick’s Clambakes & Catering in East Hampton, a new catering arm of Bostwick’s Chowder House, will take care of it. Between Chef Joe D’Angeli, who brings seven years of experience at Hampton Clambakes and Food & Co., and catering director Caitlin Kalke, former catering manager at Hamptons Seafood Company, you’re in good hands. 221 Pantigo Rd. East Hampton. bostwicksclambakes.com, 631-324-2700
THIRD TIME’S A CHARM FOR CITARELLA
Citarella has opened its newest location on Hampton Road in Southampton. The gourmet market, which already has Hamptons locations in Bridgehampton and East Hampton, has delicious prepared foods, groceries, fresh seafood, aged prime meats and much more.
GARDEN OF EATIN’
New this year at Delmonico’s of Southampton Est. 1837 is an alfresco raw bar called “The Pearl.” The classic steakhouse is open for its second season in Southampton, offering fresh seafood like Montauk Striped Bass, Classic Delmonico steak and farm-to-table dishes from its on-site garden.
268 Elm St. Southampton. delmonicosrestaurantgroup.com/southampton, 631-283-0202
With locations in Greenwich, Huntington and now the West Village, Doppio East has also arrived in the former Madison & Main space in Sag Harbor, with a menu that includes authentic Italian cuisine with a chic, modern twist.
126 Main St. Sag Harbor. timelesshospitalitygroup.com, 631-808-3444
Every day can be a bagel-on-the-beach day. The Goldberg’s Famous Bagels empire is expanding beyond their Southampton, Westhampton and Montauk locations. They’ve opened new branches in Bridgehampton, at the site of the former Pizza Place; and at the old Espo’s Surf Shop in Napeague. On the North Fork, look for Goldberg’s in Mattituck and Riverhead soon. Now East Enders will have delicious bagels wherever they roam. The famous bagels are made fresh daily and offered along with deli items, including sandwiches, salads and more.
Newly revamped inside and out, Francesca’s Pizzeria on Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays is a traditional pizza restaurant, serving by the slice or by the pie, with other Italian specialties as well for eat-in or take-out. Weekly pizza and dinner specials are offered.
9 Ponquogue Ave. Hampton Bays. francescaspizzahb.com, 631-728-8979
BEST FOR LAST
Finale East Hampton is the newest hotspot for late-night partiers. Taking over the former SL East location, Finale is an outpost of the NYC #iheartsaturdays parties. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, this party moved east to the 7,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor space.
44 Three Mile Harbor Rd. East Hampton. emmgrp.com/nightlife/finale-east-hampton, 212-627-1235
JOE ANYWHERE YOU GO
Hampton Coffee Company, locally owned for 20 years, launched its own line of Single Cups for use in K-cup compatible machines. Now you can have the taste of Hampton Coffee anywhere. Hampton Classic Blend single cups are now available at all Hampton Coffee Company locations—Water Mill, Southampton and Westhampton Beach. Or order online.
869 Montauk Hwy. Water Mill; 194 Mill Rd. Westhampton Beach; 749 County Rd. 39A, Southampton; hamptoncoffeecompany.com, 631-726-2633
The Harbor Raw Bar and Lounge, in the space formerly occupied by the Cross-Eyed Clam in Montauk, offers small plates and craft cocktails in a chic coastal setting with an expansive raw bar and weekly live music.
440 West Lake Dr. Montauk. theharbormtk.com, 631-668-8260
JEWEL ON THE HARBOR
Restaurateur Richie Notar has opened Harlow East, replacing B. Smith’s on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor. Guests can enjoy a global menu by chef Danny Ye with an emphasis on local ingredients from the full service restaurant and parlor bar area. In the mornings, grab a coffee and croissant or muffin from their Birch Coffee outpost.
1 Long Wharf, Sag Harbor. sagharbor.harlownyc.com, 631-725-5858
Colette Connor and Pamela Wolfert of The Inn Spot on the Bay in Hampton Bays have opened a healthy food truck this summer, called The Inn Spot…Out! with a variety of equipment, from a crêpe machine to a smoke deck, available for catering. At the Inn, check out the juice bar—all greens are grown at the Inn or at The Good Ground Community Garden.
32 Lighthouse Rd. Hampton Bays. theinnspot.com, 631-728-1200
MAMBO ON MONIEBOGUE
Café Mambo, on Moniebogue Lane, has opened a second restaurant, Mambo Kitchen, in the former Sydney’s location on Main Street in Westhampton Beach. The Kitchen specializes in burgers and sandwiches, with an artisanal market, serving some of the same foods that they offer at their Maui eatery, with an emphasis on local ingredients.
103 Main St. Westhampton Beach. mambokitchens.com, 631-998-3788
Red Hook Lobster Pound is shacking up with Sweet ’tauk Lemonade again this year, but they’ve got something new up their claw. Breakfast! The menu will include a lobster and egg sandwich; blueberry pancakes; and a yogurt and fruit parfait, as well as cold-brew iced coffee.
34 S Etna Ave. Montauk. redhooklobster.com, 631-668-5683
Round Swamp Farm, based on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton, has opened up a second location of their popular country market in Bridgehampton. Fresh baked goods, buttery corn on the cob, juicy lobsters and much more will be at your fingertips.
97 School St. Bridgehampton. roundswampfarm.com, 631-324-4438
Rowdy Hall in East Hampton recently announced that a new co-chef, Justin Finney, has joined 12-year Rowdy veteran chef Ed Lightcap. In addition to long-standing Rowdy favorites and craft brews, a tasty snack menu (including cod sliders, crispy eggplant fries and steamed pork buns) allows for sharing and sampling small plates.
10 Main St. East Hampton. rowdyhall.com, 631-324-8555
Sabrosa Mexican Grill is now open in Water Mill, adding to quick and easy lunch options on the South Fork. With an emphasis on healthy eating, Sabrosa offers “build your own” burrito bowls, burritos, salads and tacos. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available, as is a kids menu.
1152 Montauk Hwy. Water Mill. sabrosmexicangrill.com, 631-726-6565
ON TAP AT TAPS
Taps replaces North Sea Tavern. The menu includes classics like burgers and wings along with Italian specialties, shrimp fritters, Argentinian baked clams, steaks and seafood, which can be enjoyed with any of the many beers on tap. Diners can take their food and libations inside at the bar, at tables or outside on the patio.
1271 North Sea Rd. Southampton. nstaps.com, 631-259-2998
Founded by private chef Allan Wyse and global organic food entrepreneur Erik Bruun Bindslev, Wyse Organics delivers the best of organic, local and seasonal flavors to your home. Every dish is prepared using ingredients sourced from Long Island and the Hudson Valley.
570 Rte. 114, East Hampton. wyseorganics.com, 917-446-9237
FAST FRESH FISH
Replacing the former Brewster’s location in Hampton Bays, Out of the Blue Seafood is the newest fish market in town. Takeout items include an amazing sushi and oyster bar, premium fresh and frozen seafood, plus house-smoked specialties, live lobsters and much more.
252 E Montauk Hwy. Hampton Bays. ootbseafood.com, 631-728-3474
Within La Maison Blanche Hotel, Katana is Shelter Island’s newest addition to the dining scene, featuring Indonesian and Thai-inspired cuisine as well as the island’s first full sushi bar. Created by restaurateur Alexander Lehnen, who was part of the creative team behind the much-loved Banzai-Burger in Amagansett,
Katana serves dinner six days a week.
11 Stearns Point Rd. Shelter Island Heights, 631-749-5659
Dock to Dish is expanding its community-supported fishing program to the North Fork. Participants pay in advance for a weekly delivery of the fresh catch. Supplement your weekly fish buying and try out different varieties. North Fork members pick up at Browder’s Farm at 4050 Soundview Ave, Mattituck. Bring your insulated tote, thermometer and frozen freezer blocks with you each week.
A FINE AMERICAN
Now open in Mattituck, CJ’s American Grill is a farm-to-table establishment, specializing in fine American cuisine by Chef Chris Richards and his culinary team. It’s located in the Mattituck Plaza.
10095 Main Road, Mattituck, 631-315-5311
In the back of Riverhead’s Green Earth Natural Food Market, JC’s Café and Lounge is now open, serving breakfast, lunch and a reservations-only dinner beginning at 7 p.m. Chef Calvin Kerr brings eclectic and full-flavored food to the 40-seat café and lounge and he serves it up with music that ranges from Motown to Brazilian samba. Stay tuned for theme nights like Wednesday’s “Soul in a Bowl.” For now, it’s BYOB.
50 E Main St. Riverhead. genfm.com, 631-591-3281
Get that coffee on the go! The new Starbucks in Riverhead on Route 58 is the only one with a drive-through window in eastern Suffolk!
1150 Old Country Road, Riverhead, starbucks.com, 631-208-9424
Now under new chef Craig Attwood, Jamesport’s Jedediah Hawkins Inn incorporates local ingredients, many of which are grown on the grounds, into innovative gourmet dishes. Their Speakeasy Menu is also available from 5 p.m. to close.
400 S Jamesport Ave. Riverhead. jedediahhawkinsinn.com, 631-722-2900
Joe’s Garage & Grill is open—with live music, mixed drinks and craft beers, at a waterfront location in the heart of downtown Riverhead. Chef Brian Burner incorporates southern flavors and concepts into homemade East End comfort food. Authentic memorabilia, hand-painted murals and a heated patio add to the fun atmosphere.
40 Peconic Ave., Riverhead. joesgarageandgrill.com, 631-591-3330
Recipient of the 2014 Long Island Food Critic Award for Excellence for Finest Chocolatier, North Fork Chocolate Company opened at the Tanger Outlets II food court in Riverhead. In addition to small batch, handcrafted artisanal chocolates, the menu includes soups, chowders, gourmet sandwiches and salads.
1770 W Main St. Riverhead northforkchocolate.com, 631-599-4944
SETTING THE PACE
Pace’s Dockside Restaurant is located on the Mattituck Inlet at Strong’s Marina, serving dinner seven days in-season. Enjoy Happy Hour at the bar on Thursday and Friday evenings from 4–7 p.m. While you’re taking in the tasty fare, there’s a good chance you’ll catch live music on Fridays.
2255 Wickham Ave. Mattituck. strongsmarine.com, 631-315-5252
After extensive damage from Superstorm Sandy, Pepi’s Restaurant Italiano reopened last fall. Now with modern décor surrounding them, patrons can enjoy fine Italian cuisine, fresh seafood and wine, all with waterfront views. Open for lunch and dinner.
400 Old Main Rd. Southold. pepisrestaurant.com, 631-765-6373
The recently opened bistro The Petulant Wino offers a relaxed vibe with a focus on local wines and beers, featuring Comtesse Therese wines. Famed Long Island restaurateur and chef Tom Schaudel, in conjunction with executive chef Lenny Campanelli, is serving up tapas and a raw bar of local shellfish in the 28-seat restaurant within this circa 1830 farmhouse.
739 Main Rd. Aquebogue. 631-779-2800
Bryan Villanti has opened Vino N’Vittles in the space that formerly held Pagano’s Little Italian Place. Offering local wines and a full menu including seafood and burgers, Vino N’Vittles is also serving their very own wine.
110 Front St. Greenport. 631-333-2700
Vines & Hops in Riverhead is an inviting gathering place with live music, small plates and a sampling of craft beers and Long Island wines. Specialty coffees are available all night.
127 E Main St. Riverhead. vinesandhopsli.com, 631-369-3100
TABLE FOR TWO
Two sisters have opened Wednesday’s Table in Southold. Serving breakfast and lunch, the café offers specialty sandwiches and salads, gourmet coffee and tea, soups and sweets.
53345 Main Rd. Southold. wednesdays-table.com, 631-876-5251
Red Rooster Bistro, located on the scenic North Fork, features local wines, specialty cocktails, a welcoming atmosphere and traditional French cuisine.
4805 Depot Rd. Cutchogue.
Matt Michel, owner of popular mobile pizza company Rolling in Dough, has just opened his brick-and-mortar pizzeria in Greenport. The restaurant, called 1943 Pizzeria, will serve thin-crust pizza, salads, appetizers, and homemade ice cream sandwiches.
308D Main St. Greenport. 631-477-6985