As summer comes to a close, Hamptons and North Fork kitchens are still going full-throttle. Savory entrées, delicious soups and stews, roasted fall vegetables and apples, apples and more apples. Oh, and don’t forget pumpkin. Lots of pumpkin. These new and newly-relocated restaurants offer fresh dining options at establishments helmed by famous chefs serving innovative dishes. This guide will help you keep track of who, what and where. So many tasty reasons to come in from the cold!
75 Main owner Zach Erdem purchased the former Nammos site on Southampton’s Main Street and turned it into Kozu, a Japanese restaurant featuring a menu created in part by John Keller of Nobu. Additionally, Erdem has transformed another part of the space into HotelZE, where a suite costs $1,000 a night.
Marc Rowan (the current owner of Duryea’s) has opened Arbor in the former Ciao by the Beach location (240 Fort Pond Road) in Montauk. Arbor serves a Mediterranean-style menu and has a “casual chic vibe”—not to mention a 30-foot bar and well-stocked wine cellar. For more information call 631-238-5430 or check out arbormontauk.com
Chef and author Arie Pavlou, whose Bistro Été was packing them in over the summer at the former Robert’s restaurant space, is busy nailing down a new venue for serving up his brilliant culinary creations. Arie hopes to reopen this fall in a new location, so keep your eyes peeled. Call 631-500-9085 for more information.
Woo-hoo! Bring your own bottle of vino to the Bridgehampton Inn Restaurant on Sundays and imbibe sans corkage fee! Other exciting additions this season include a weekly six-course tasting menu for $125, and a winetasting menu that runs between $40 and $85. The Inn has expanded its seating indoors and out! It’s now an even better venue for functions. For more info visit bridgehamptoninn.com or call 631-537-3660.
In Tutto Il Giorno news, the Sag Harbor location is now Dopo La Spiaggia and still offers Italian classics, though the dishes are lighter than before. For more information call 631-725-7009. Dopo is rumored to be expanding into the former Race Lane space in East Hampton this October.
There was much speculation about what kind of restaurant would replace it when Duryea’s Lobster Deck was sold in the spring of 2014. Rest assured, the seafood eatery has been freshened up a bit, but otherwise not much has changed. After undergoing some renovations, Duryea’s and its fish market reopened April 15. For more info visit duryealobsters.com or call 631-668-2410.
Perennial favorite Espresso da Asporto (formerly known as, simply, Espresso) is settled into its new home: the former Cigar Bar at 2 Main Street in Sag Harbor. Visit espressodaasporto.com or call 631-725-5668 for more information.
If you can’t get enough locally sourced goodness, visit Farmers Kitchen on Main Street in Riverhead. Owned by the Zaweskis, fourth-generation farmers, Farmers Kitchen sells a wide variety of locally sourced products (including pickled asparagus, honey and various dressings) in addition to “operating as a functioning processing kitchen which will allow for other farm families to develop a special recipe or certified product for sale.” For more information check out farmerskitchens.com or call 631-727-7044.
Where Red Stixs once stood now stands The Greenwich, a New American eatery located at 1020 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. Featuring a curated cocktail program by The Mulberry Project, an extensive wine list, and an emphasis on local food with four types of crudo and a charred local corn salad. The restaurant is open for dinner during the off-season on Friday and Saturday nights. Visit the greenwichrestaurant.com or call 631-726-6200 for more information.
Great news for donut lovers: the former Pepalajefa storefront at 7A Main Street in Sag Harbor now houses Grindstone Coffee and Donuts, owned by none other than Kyle Symon, the stepson of East Hampton resident and host of The Chew, Michael Symon. Grindstone officially opened its doors August 1. For more info go to grindstonecoffeeanddonuts.com.
Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee has expanded from Amagansett and into the space previously occupied by The Juicy Naam in Sag Harbor. Owner Jack Mazzola has turned the interior of the 400-square-foot store into a “boat cabin” and incorporated the whaling heritage of the town into the design. Visit jackstirbrew.com for more information.
Karamba Tropical Restaurant has opened in the old Squiretown location at 26 West Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays. This cheery addition to the foodie scene boasts a menu as varied as chicken marsala, Argentinian churrasco (skirt steak), Cuban sandwiches, and empanadas. You can also find plenty of seafood, including lobster rolls! Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Call 631-594-3815 for more information.
Café Klyde at the Southampton Inn has replaced Café Oso. True to its roots, the restaurant continues to offer a “Best of the Best” breakfast all year long, as well as lunch and dinner in the high season. Focusing on locally sourced ingredients and freshly picked vegetables and herbs from the Inn’s own garden, Klyde’s specializes in modern salads, classic sandwiches, inventive small plates, and gourmet burgers at dinner. Draft beer, wine, and specialty tropical drinks are served poolside during the summer season as well. For more info, visit southamptoninn.com or call 631-283-6500.
Manna is the new kid on the block in Water Mill. The Italian restaurant is located at 670 Montauk Highway in the space formerly occupied by Mirko’s. Chef Marco Barrila serves up lunch and dinner seven days a week, and brunch on the weekends. For more information, visit mannarestauranthamptons.com or call 631-726-4444.
Momi Ramen in East Hampton is staying open late on Fridays and Saturdays this fall, featuring saké, cocktail and wine specials—along with Japanese bar snacks—from 9 to 11 p.m. As for music, Friday is ’80s night and Saturdays move to the reggae beat. 631-324-1678, momihamptons.com.
The North Fork Shack has opened! Southold’s newest take-out restaurant on County Road 48 seats just
16 people, but is great for grab-n-go as you make your way to the wineries. Featuring an eclectic menu (clam chowder to zucchini fritters, pulled chicken to Cajun fish, and skirt steak tostados and tacos), North Fork Shack serves lunch and dinner year-round. For details call 631-876-5566 or visit thenorthforkshack.com
A new way to try local wines and craft beer—North Fork Taps and Corks in the Feather Hill Village of Southold. They opened for business last August. Tasting flights are available, along with favorites by the glass. Or try one of their many domestic beers. Bring your own food pairings. And don’t miss open mic night every Wednesday from 7–10 p.m. The space is also available for parties. Call 631-876-5246 for reservations. Find them at 23345 Main Road in Southold.
Southampton’s Capri hotel has a new restaurant: Oreya. Billed as “not a meal, [but] a lifestyle experience,” the décor is Mediterranean-inspired, complete with al fresco seating, a revamped pool and open-air lounge. Much of the menu is prepared on the wood-fired grill and is influenced by the flavors of Greece, the Riviera, and Turkey. Head to the bar for Aprés-Beach Wednesday through Sunday from 4–6 p.m., but only through Columbus Day weekend, after which they close for the season. Check out oreyahamptons.com or call 631-500-9055.
Pierre Weber, the mastermind behind Pierre’s in Bridgehampton and the exclusive Pierre’s Upstairs, has taken over the former Sagg General Store on Sagg Main Street in Sagaponack. The new space retains the general store feel, but with more food choices and has been re-branded as Pierre’s Market Sagg Main. For more info, visit pierresbridgehampton.com or call 631-537-5110.
Riverhead gets another restaurant: Pulaski St. Grille opened its doors in May in the space that was formerly Doc’s Tavern. Meeting House Creek Inn owner Tom Drake heads the new establishment he describes as an “upscale pub.” Offering local and craft beers and menu classics like chicken saltimbocca, po’boy sandwiches and burgers. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week at 424 Pulaski Street. 631-722-4220 pulaskistreetgrille.com
Pure North Fork Craft Bar & Bistro has taken over the old Blackwells space at the Great Rock Golf Club in Wading River. The dining room and bar have been renovated and the new menu offers tapas and flatbread pizzas, and includes locally sourced dishes. Craft beers on tap. For more information call 631-886-2777 or visit purenorthfork.com.
There’s a new presence in the kitchen at red|bar Brasserie in Southampton: Chef Todd Jacobs, formerly of Fresh in Bridgehampton, will be infusing the menu with his signature brand of delectable vegan and farm-to-table dishes. Meat lovers needn’t worry—staples like foie gras and duck leg confit aren’t going anywhere. redbarbrasserie.com 631-283-0704
The Service Station (“pull in and fill up”) has moved into 100 Montauk Highway. Michael Gluckman, along with Shane Dyckman (of SagTown Coffee), have created a restaurant featuring American comfort food like slow-roasted rotisserie chicken and classic spinach and artichoke dip. Open for lunch and dinner. Visit servicestationrestaurant.com or call 631-267-5603 for more information.
Tony Meatball has brought its classic (7-ounce!) meatballs, made with high-end dry-aged and grass-fed beef, veal and pork to Bridgehampton’s Main Street. Of course this popular chainlet also offers chicken and beef “skinny meatballs,” as well as gluten free meatballs. Call 631-537-6825, tonymeatball.net is in the works.
Union Cantina, a high-end Mexican restaurant helmed by Ian Duke (the owner of Southampton Social Club), has taken up residence in the old Publick House space at 40 Bowden Square in Southampton. Their menu features staples like guacamole and stuffed poblano peppers, as well as fancier items like Asado Ancho Melocoton Vidriado Lomo de Cerdo (roasted ancho peach glazed pork tenderloin, fried smashed plantains, grilled asparagus).
Taste the Mediterranean on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike: the duo behind Almond snapped up the space formerly occupied by Fresh. They’ve opened Zigmund’s, a late nightspot replete with bar and pool table. On the limited menu are small plates of lamby, lemony, Greeky goodness. Amber Waves Farm is working the garden out front, from which fresh cocktail ingredients are sourced. 631-919-5340.