Pokémon Go has taken over the world, and the Hamptons is no exception. For those who haven’t heard of this new craze, Pokémon Go is a smartphone app that uses GPS to locate Pokémon (cute little critters from a Nintendo video game). Using Pokéballs, you catch them, train them and fight them against other Pokémon and their trainers in a virtual space.
First, a bit of a primer for new users. There’s a few terms to know before embarking on a Pokémon Go adventure.
Pokéstop: A real-world location that provides items for your journey, including Pokéballs, potions and more. These are usually at historic landmarks and public places.
Pokéstop Module: This item can be attached to a Pokéstop by any user and lures Pokémon to the location. You’ll find that Pokéstops are often great places to catch Pokémon thanks to modules.
Pokémon Gym: A real-world location where you can fight other trainers’ (players’) Pokémon. If you’re strong enough, you can even become head trainer at the gym.
Yellow, Red & Blue Teams: In the game, you have to choose a team. This decides who you’ll be fighting at gyms.
Here are Hamptons restaurants with Pokéstops nearby. We’re sure you already know this, but never trespass or loiter just to catch a Pokémon! Eat your food, be respectful and don’t use your phone until you’re in a convenient spot that won’t interrupt anyone.
The Beacon, 8 West Water Street, Sag Harbor
Located above the Sag Harbor Yacht Club, the gorgeous view is complemented by a lovely, upscale dining experience. No reservations allowed, so plan ahead!
Boom Burger, 85 Montauk Highway, Westhampton Beach
Boom Burger has outrageous options for hamburger lovers and a cool, comic book-themed atmosphere. This is a great place for the young’uns and parents alike.
Cittanuova, 29 Newtown Lane, East Hampton
This popular East Hampton spot is known for its wonderful Italian cuisine. We recommend their tasty halibut with asparagus, porcini mushrooms and saffron butter sauce.
Cucina, 674 Montauk Highway, East Quogue
This family-style Italian restaurant has something for everyone—pizza, pasta and more. Also ask about their Paint Nite.
Hampton Coffee Company, 749 County Road 39A, Southampton
With a unique pour-over bar, baked goods to die for and a friendly staff, Hampton Coffee Company in Southampton is a great place to wind down and relax.
La Fondita, 74 Montauk Highway, Amagansett
Friendly Mexican take-out with picnic tables and a beautiful pond view.
Lobster Grille Inn, 162 Inlet Road, Southampton
Open seasonally, head to the Lobster Grille Inn for the very best catches, fresh-off-the-dock. After you eat, see if you can catch some Pokémon!
Lobster Roll, 1980 Montauk Highway, Amagansett
Everyone’s favorite restaurant from The Affair! Have a lobster roll for lunch, try not to fall head-over-heels for the waitstaff (look what happened to Noah) and catch a Pokémon or two afterward!
Pizzetteria Brunetti, 103 Main Street, Westhampton Beach
This family run restaurant has great pizza. We recommend their signature Vongole, which features fresh shucked and chopped local clams on top of a garlic and herb butter sauce, with a fresh parsley finish.
Sabrosa Mexican Grill, 1152 Montauk Highway, Water Mill
Sabrosa is perfect for those craving a quality burrito, taco, salad or fajita. Everything is made-to-order: You choose what you want, step by step. There are also delicious chips, gelato and more.
Tony’s Asian Fusion, 337 Montauk Highway, East Quogue
Who doesn’t love a good hibachi experience? Be careful around the hot grill—search for Pokémon after you eat.
Zokkon, 47 Montauk Highway, East Hampton
Along with the standard rolls sushi lovers are used to enjoying, Zokkon also has special chef’s creations that vary from day to day.