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In an area known for its stunning beaches, bays and sounds (have you seen Wiborg, recently?), there are surprisingly few options for waterside dining.

Sure, you can wait your turn at Navy Beach or hoof it out to the Crow?s Nest, but bring a good book since you?ll be hanging around long enough to lose your appetite. Miraculously, the East Hampton Point restaurant serves a mean bowl of mussels, is off the weekender grid and has an insane view of Three Mile Harbor (especially at sunset). It?s enough to make us say, "This is why we love the Hamptons."

On a recent Friday night, we were able to secure a last-minute table for five on the deck. We kicked things off with fresh local littleneck clams and North Fork-harvested oysters paired with refreshing cocktails like the Summer Breeze (dark rum, fresh ginger and ginger beer) and Lemongrass Sour (vodka, fresh lemongrass and fresh lime juice).

In the mood for some surf and turf, we ordered the bouillabaisse in tomato-saffron broth and the strip steak nestled atop local arugula and heirloom tomatoes. The Shinn Estate rosé went down easy as we watched the sunset, feeling pretty proud of ourselves for avoiding the cluster of foolishness in town.

The Point is also great for lunch (go for the lobster roll) and Sunday-night reggae.

295 Three Mile Harbor Rd., East Hampton; 631-329-2800

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