One of the unique quirks of the East End food scene is that there are plenty of institutions that have been serving delectable dishes for years, but only during the summer and maybe a month before and after. This means locals and fall visitors run the risk of missing out on their favorite eateries and will have to wait until next summer to make their reservations. Below, you’ll find 10 popular Hamptons and North Fork restaurants set to close soon, so read up and dine while you still can!
Southampton Social Club’s last party of the epic summer season is this weekend — starting at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and ending at 4 a.m. the next day. The first night offers sick beats spun by DJ Loki while night number two will be bopping to music spun by DJ Drazen. Drinks will be flowing, food will be served and the party will rage all night long. Reservations are required, so if you’re feeling lucky, email [email protected] to try and secure a spot to this grand finale event. 256 Elm Street, Southampton. 631-287-1400, southamptonsocialclub.com
The Gosman’s Dock restaurant sits at the edge of the entrance to Montauk Harbor, making it a premier dining spot in the heat of summer — not the dead of winter. That’s why the team is packing up on October 11, ready to welcome seafood lovers back next season. Grab Atlantic salmon, yellowfin tuna steak, black angus reserve strip steak, Gosman’s burgers and more before it’s too late. The restaurant is open Monday to Friday, 4:30–9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, noon–9 p.m. 500 West Lake Drive, Montauk. 631-668-5330,
One of Montauk’s newest family-owned eateries is Hooked, and its mission to provide something for every taste and budget is certainly getting diners hooked. Grilled mahi mahi, tuna poke bowls, Montauk pearl oysters, baby back ribs and so many more delicious dishes are available noon–7 p.m. through Columbus Day weekend. 34 South Etna Avenue, Montauk. 631-668 2111, hookedmtk.com
Crabby Jerry’s, the casual quick-serve member of the Claudio’s family, is expected to close on Columbus Day weekend, meaning there’s still a little time to order crispy calamari, shrimp quesadillas, crab cake sandwiches, crispy clam rolls, tuna nic and more. No date had been set for the main Claudio’s restaurant. 111 Main Street, Greenport. 631-477-0627, claudios.com/crabby-jerrys
Serving the Hamptons’ most famous lobster rolls — just watch Showtime’s The Affair — The Lobster Roll aka LUNCH is a popular destination for many summer visitors either heading to Montauk for the weekend or coming out just for lunch under the iconic red, white and blue awning and matching sign. This seasonal favorite is giving its many fans a few more weeks to enjoy its namesake dish until its off-season hibernation begins on October 18. However, rumor has it that a new second location will be opening at the old Silver Lining Diner in Southampton early November. 1980 Montauk Highway, Napeague. 631-267-3740, lobsterroll.com
Post Stop Cafe is a must-brunch for anyone dining in the Westhampton Beach area — smoked salmon eggs Benedict, anyone? And their lunch and dinner options, such as baked stuffed clams and Prince Edward Island mussels in white wine, are incredibly popular among loyal patrons, as well. The cafe is open Friday–Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., through October 31. They may stay open another week or so after that, but call or check out their Facebook page for hours before showing up ready to dine. 144 Main Street, Westhampton Beach. 631-288-9777, facebook.com/PostStopCafe
With a location overlooking Montauk Harbor, it’s no wonder that popular casual dining spot Star Island Grill is a seasonal establishment. During the Star Island Yacht Club restaurant’s short off-season from Labor Day to Halloween, fresh seafood, burgers, barbecue items and more are available Thursday to Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with dockage available for all but breakfast. And if a local fisherman happens to catch their own meal, the chefs here can grill and serve it up to the angler’s liking. Now that’s service! 59 Star Island Road, Montauk. 631-317-0370, starislandyc.com
Clam Bar is as tied to summer as pumpkin picking is to fall — the season isn’t complete without at least one trip. Every day through October from 11:30 a.m. to sundown, diners can enjoy chowders, lobster, steamed mussels, shrimp cocktails, tuna sandwiches and more fresh-from-the-sea goodness. And now, longtime fans can don the classic Clam Bar logo on tees, sweatshirts, hats, bags, bibs and more. 2025 Montauk Highway, Napeague. 631-267-6348, clambarhamptons.com
Another establishment open only through October, is The Dock House on Sag Harbor’s Long Wharf. Known for its lobster tub, guests can order their lobster dinner or choose from one of the many other delights on the menu — the New England clam chowder paired with the waffle fries is a personal favorite. It’s open 11 a.m.–8 p.m., seven days a week, so there are plenty of dining opportunities before season’s end. 1 Long Wharf, Sag Harbor. 631-725-7555, dockhouseny.com
Moby’s season in its original home continues through the fall with dinner starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday and lunch added on weekends, noon–3 p.m. Shrimp pomodoro, zucca pizza, tuna crudo and more await at this popular Hamptons hot spot, so get a group of family and friends together for a special night out between now and November. 341 Pantigo Road, East Hampton. 631-604-2227, mobysny.com
Unfortunately, some Hamptons and North Fork restaurants are quicker to close up shop for the season than others, so if your favorite already closed or you won’t be able to make it to the 10 restaurants listed here, keep an eye out next spring for reopening announcements, plus new pop-ups and more. Until we eat again next summer!