Fall South Fork Restaurant Guide

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The autumn is a magical time on the East End: less traffic, more open space, turning leaves and crisp fall air. Also: prix fixes at many local favorites. Our restaurant listing will keep you well informed about where to dine, whether you’re in the mood for fine or casual. Check it out!

The iconic Hamptons French bistro Almond (almondrestaurant.com, 631-537-5665, French) in Bridgehampton is committed to fresh, locally sourced products. Serving dinner seven nights a week.

The American Hotel (theamericanhotel.com, 631-725-3535, American & French), which has long been popular with Billy Joel and just about anyone else who graces Sag Harbor’s shores, expertly marries American and French dishes. The luxurious dining room is set inside the charming historic hotel, which was built in 1846.

If you’re looking for a go-to breakfast or lunch spot, Babette’s (babettesrestaurant.com, 631-665-2050, American) in East Hampton features an entirely organic menu that includes local fish. Babette’s has healthy options for both carnivores and vegetarians, as well as great outdoor seating on Newtown Lane.

The restaurant at Baron’s Cove (baronscove.com, 844-227-6672, American), the Sag Harbor resort, offers classic, all-American dining including surf and turf, burgers and fresh seafood prepared by Matty Boudreau, one of the Hamptons’ most acclaimed chefs.

Bay Burger (bayburger.com, 631-899-3915, Burgers) in Sag Harbor isn’t like most other burger joints. Bay Burger epitomizes freshness. Each day, homemade buns are baked and beef is freshly ground. Pair a mouth-watering burger with tater tots and be sure to save some room for homemade ice cream.

Bobby Van’s (bobbyvans.com, 631-537-0590, Steak and Seafood) in Bridgehampton has steakhouse classics and fresh fish. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

BUOY ONE (buoyone.com, 631-998-3808, Seafood)offers the freshest fish and finest steaks, daily specials, eat in or take out. In Westhampton and Riverhead (631-208-9737).

Situated on the Shinnecock Canal with views of the marina, Canal Cafè (thecanallcafe.com, 631-723-2155, Seafood) provides a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy delicious fish dishes.

Overlooking the Shinnecock Canal, Hampton Bays’ Cowfish (cowfishrestaurant.com, 631-594-3868, American) offers small plates, brunch, dinner and sushi.

Conco D’Oro (631-725-3167, Pizza) may just have the best pizza in Sag Harbor. Even if you aren’t a pizza fan, Conco D’Oro has large portions of all your Italian favorites like veal and chicken parmigiana, eggplant, and over 20 different pasta dishes.

Dockside Bar and Grill (docksidesagharbor.com, 631-725-7100, American) is in the Sag Harbor American Legion building on Bay Street. Enjoy nightly specials, local wines, seafood, or free range chicken out on the patio that overlooks the harbor.

DOCKERS WATERSIDE (dockerswaterside.com, 631-653-0653, Seafood & Steak) in East Quogue is perfect for sunsets, steak and seafood. Choose to sit in the indoor or outdoor dining spaces.

With locations in Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Southampton, Sag Harbor and at the café inside the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, the GOLDEN PEAR CAFÉ (goldenpearcafe.com, 631-283-8900, Café) has become a Hamptons classic known for coffee and artful panini.

GURNEY’S MONTAUK (scarpettarestaurants.com, gurneysmontauk.com, 631-668-2345), the resort and seawater spa, has several dining options. LDV Hospitality and Gurney’s present Scarpetta Beach, a sister restaurant to the Italian eatery in the Meatpacking District. Bartender Julio Cabrera leads The Regent Cocktail Club, with classic cocktails and weekend DJs. Tillie’s, a casual dining spot, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus brunch on Sundays. An Italian-style coffee bar, Corso Coffee, is open in the Gurney’s lobby. The Beach Club at Gurney’s, right on the resort’s private beach, serves appetizers, sandwiches and salads.

With locations in Southampton, Water Mill, Westhampton and a new location in Aquebogue, HAMPTON COFFEE COMPANY (hamptoncoffeecompany.com, 631-726-2633, Café/Mexican) serves some of the Hamptons best coffee. The Water Mill location features a full-service restaurant with indoor and outdoor garden seating.

IL CAPUCCINO (ilcaps.com, 631-725-2747, Northern Italian) in Sag Harbor has some of the best garlic knots you’ll ever eat. This romantic and family restaurant has an extensive wine list to go with classic Italian meals.

Thierry Gelormini’s French bistro LE CHARLOT (lecharlot.us, 631-353-3222, French), in Southampton, is the East End outpost of the flagship restaurant on the Upper East Side. Enjoy classics like steak au poivre while people-watching from one of the restaurant’s sidewalk tables.   

LITTLE RED (littleredsouthampton.com, 631-283-3309, New American & French) in Southampton has a menu of tasty meat and fish dishes such as seared bass and veal with French infusions. The pre-dinner menu from 3–5 p.m. includes crispy flatbreads and tasty salads.

THE LIVING ROOM @ C/O THE MAIDSTONE (themaidstone.com, 631-324-5006, American & Swedish) consistently offers special dining events, including frequent Yappy Hours, wine pairings and Jazzy Sunday brunches in East Hampton. The New American dishes pay particular homage to the Slow Food movement.

Some of the best Mexican food on the East End (and 75 tequilas) makes MERCADO (mercadony.com, 631-237-1334, Mexican) in Bridgehampton a can’t-miss.

Occupying the former site of Turtle Crossing, MOMI RAMEN (momihamptons.com, 631-324-1678, Japanese) brings the worldwide ramen craze to the East End. With a menu that features, yes, ramen, you’ll also find plates like Braised Short Ribs or Ika Geso-age (deep-fried squid legs) for the more adventurous.

MUSE IN THE HARBOR (museintheharbor.com, 631-899-4810, New American) has become a staple of Sag Harbor’s Main Street with an expanded New American menu from chef-owner Matthew Guiffrida—and an enlarged outdoor seating area that’s perfect for people-watching on Main Street. A second eatery, Muse at The End (631-238-5937), is located at 41 South Euclid Avenue in Montauk.

East Hampton’s NICK & TONi’S (nickandtonis.com, 631-324-3550, Italian & Mediterranean) serves stylish plates, which rotate seasonally. The centerpiece of the Tuscan-style dining room is a wood-burning oven covered in mosaics.

Sagaponack’s OLD STOVE PUB (631-537-3300, Steak & Greek) offers traditional Greek dishes alongside dry-aged, Black Angus steaks.

Steak and lobster are the signature dishes at THE PALM (thepalm.com, 631-324-0411, Seafood & Steak) in East Hampton, where patrons also rave about the service and cocktails.

If French food is more your style, head to PIERRE’S in Bridgehampton (pierresbridgehampton.com, 631-537-5110, French), where chef Pierre Weber creates French dishes focusing on local seafood. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Pierre’s also has a gourmet patisserie in the front with such delectable treats as brioches, croissants and homemade ice cream.

At East Hampton’s ROWDY HALL (rowdyhall.com, 631-324-8555, American), enjoy traditional pub favorites, a tasty snack menu (including fried oyster tacos, crispy eggplant fries and corn dogs) and craft brews.

RUMBA (rumbarumbar.com, 631-594-3544, Seafood & Caribbean) in Hampton Bays serves eclectic, inspired island cuisine as it harnesses the casual fun of the Caribbean. Come for the food, stay for the rum bar.

On the list of Southampton’s Italian favorites is SANT AMBROEUS (santambroeus.com, 631-283-1233, Italian), which opened its original location in Milan, Italy. The front area showcases mouthwatering pastries, gelato and an espresso bar. An elegant breakfast, lunch and dinner menu is offered in the back dining room.

SEN (senrestaurant.com, 631-725-1774, Japanese) in Sag Harbor is an upscale sushi restaurant that serves traditional favorites like yakitori, kushiyaki, teriyaki, tempura, soba and edamame.

SMOKIN’ WOLF BBQ & MORE (smokinwolfbbq.com, 631-604-6470, BBQ) promises authentic Southwestern BBQ on the South Fork at 199 Pantigo Road in East Hampton.

SOUTHAMPTON SOCIAL CLUB (southamptonsocialclub.com, 631-287-1400, American) has a wide appeal, serving innovative cuisine in style, featuring late-night DJs and bottle service. A short walk from Southampton’s train station.

THE VILLAGE GOURMET CHEESE SHOP (villagecheeseshoppe.com, 631-283-6949, Specialty & Gourmet), in Southampton specializes in artisan cheeses but also serves coffee, breakfast items, sandwiches, salads and gourmet olive oils, pastas, teas and sweets.

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