Notable Dinner Destinations

Vanessa Gordon
Red Bar. Independent/Vanessa Gordon

There are quite honestly dozens of great spots for dinner, yet these five are spots I set special time aside for each summer season. I either look forward to that one-of-a-kind dish, breathtaking sunset views, or both of course! According to me, these are also the restaurants where you could set your expectations high and still leave more than satisfied.

Harbor Bistro

I started going to Harbor Bistro in East Hampton three years ago and instantly came to see why this waterfront restaurant is so popular. I usually come for sunset happy hour. My favorite dishes are the flash-fried calamari and Montauk fluke. After dinner at sunset, my family and I love to head to Maidstone Park beach or out boating.

The Beacon

I almost count down the days until The Beacon is open for the summer season. Though I used to come here more often for brunch on Sundays, I find myself having dinner here on a late Saturday evening. I love the activity at this Sag Harbor spot and I always meet the most pleasant, lighthearted people here. Its lobster rigatoni is out of this world! Don’t let the summer pass by without trying it.

Red Bar Brasserie

If you cherish fine dining paired with the kindest service around, then you will instantly fall in love with Red Bar in Southampton. Any choice is a five-star decision when it comes to the menu. For me, I always choose its crackling pork shank or braised boneless beef short ribs. Its baked Alaska is presented so beautifully and is a must have.

The 1770 House

When people ask me where to take someone on a first date or where to spoil their significant other on their anniversary, I always recommend The 1770 House in East Hampton. Ideally located if you wish to go to a movie or show before or after, the menu by Chef Michael Rozzi evolves with the seasons. I always try to order its signature sticky date cake for dessert! For a more laid-back experience, visit the downstairs tavern for its famous meatloaf and burger.


I always like to visit this Hampton Bays eatery during the week and on the earlier side to avoid crowds. Rumba is tons of fun for the whole family with its casual, upbeat Caribbean vibe. I love to order its fish tacos and duck empanadas.

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