Voting begins for Dan’s Best of the Best’s 2015 on Friday, September 4, so it’s time to make sure your favorites get the recognition they deserve. With that in mind, we’re looking at some of the many categories open for nominations.
In the Restaurants & Nightlife section, we’re asking Dan’s readers to vote for their favorite restaurants with a water view. The Hamptons has no shortage of fabulous waterfront dining spots, so expect competition to be fierce. Check out the current winners.
Kicking things off, Dan’s Best of the Best Platinum winner for Water View Restaurant, The Canal Cafe in Hampton Bays (44 Newton Road, 631-723-2155, thecanalcafe.com) has no shortage of Best of the Best awards. Don’t let the casual atmosphere or paper plates and plastic utensils fool you—looking out onto Shinnecock Canal, this friendly spot with a “70s Cape Cod” vibe serves up some delicious, quality eats. It’s a Platinum winner for best lobster roll on the South Fork, it earned Gold for best seafood and also took Dan’s Best of the Best honors for its atmosphere and clam chowder. How could you go wrong?
Our Gold water view restaurant, Oakland’s in Hampton Bays (365 Dune Road, 631-728-6900, oaklandsrestaurant.net) is in a prime spot between Shinnecock Inlet and the Atlantic. Known for spectacular sunset views, a large deck and outdoor bar, this restaurant and marina is a perfect place to dine on seafood by chef Corrie Dietrich, dance to live music and watch fisherman return to port. It’s also the Dan’s Best of the Best Silver winner for best atmosphere.
No water view dining list would be complete without something in Sag Harbor, and our Silver winner, The Beacon (8 West Water Street, 631-725-7088, beaconsagharbor.com), is a favorite in the historic whaling village. Perched above the Sag Harbor Cove Yacht Club, this restaurant has a stunning view across Sag Harbor Bay, all the way to Shelter Island. Sunsets are always lovely and the menu features internationally flavored bounty from both land and sea.
Rounding out the winners list, Coast Grill (1109 Noyack Road, 631-283-2277) in Noyac has a gorgeous water view of Wooley Pond and Great Peconic Bay. Located at the Peconic Marina, boaters can “pull up and fill up” on delicious seafood while watching fishermen unloading bags of fresh clams and going about their business on the docks.
Visit DansBOTB.com to see which water view restaurants were nominated this year, and to vote for your faves on the North and South Forks.