The Best Hamptons Restaurants for Every Craving
A dining-out guide
One thing’s for sure: You’ll never go hungry in the Hamptons. Broke maybe, but never hungry. The constantly changing culinary landscape can be a bit overwhelming, though. So to help you branch out from your go-to spots, we’ve broken things down, craving by craving.
Casual Seafood: Saltbox
For classic Hamptons summer fare--including lobster rolls, fish tacos and seafood stew--this laid-back, attitude-free newbie located in Montauk (aka the seafood capital of New York) hits the spot. Aside from locally sourced ingredients, it also has locally crafted beers and wines.
99 Edgemere St., Montauk; 631-238-5727 or montauksaltbox.com
Ramen: Momi Ramen
If ever there were a sign that times are changing, it would be that ramen is now getting the star treatment out east. Already a hit in Miami, Momi Ramen opened its East Hampton spinoff just a few weeks ago. Given that it’s run by a chef who grew up in Hong Kong and spent ten years working at ramen houses in Japan, you can bet that these noodles are the real deal.
221 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton; 631-324-1678 or momihamptons.com
American: South Edison
Perfect for a date or to catch up with friends, South Edison is one of the few spots to serve a solid selection of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes (think grilled-corn clam chowder, braised short ribs and heirloom-tomato cavatelli). Wash them all down with a drink from the bar’s pickle martini station: Choose one of ten gins or vodkas and then pick your “pickle”--options include asparagus, green beans, ramps, Fresno peppers, cherries and more.
17 S. Edison St., Montauk; 631-668-4200 or southedison.com
Italian: Tutto il Giorno
Owned by Donna Karan’s daughter, Tutto il Giorno not only serves amazing Italian fare but is also a celebrity hot spot without being obnoxiously flashy. While the menu includes seafood and meat dishes, it’s the homemade pasta that keeps regulars coming--even if a bowl of spaghetti will set you back a cool $25.
6 Bay St., Sag Harbor, 631-725-7009; 56 Nugent St., Southampton, 631-377-3611; tuttoilgiorno.com
Burgers and Shakes: LT Burger
Many have tried (sorry, Candy Kitchen), but LT Burger takes the prize for the East End’s best milk shakes. Plus it has a solid selection of burgers, fried pickles (yeah, we said it) and now, just in time to cure summer hangovers, a new breakfast menu that includes sandwiches, quesadillas, huevos rancheros, a croque filled croissant and more.
62 Main St., Sag Harbor; 631-899-4646 or ltburger.com
Brace yourself for a long wait if you don’t know Pierre personally, as he’s been known to favor his friends when it comes to seating, which is why there’s always a line. But hear us out: The scene-y spot isn’t all show. The classic bistro fare is actually worth the time and effort. Plus, it’s centrally located on Main Street, meaning you’ve got plenty of people watching to keep you hooked while you wait for your table.
2468 Main St., Bridgehampton; 631-537-5110 or pierresbridgehampton.com
Healthy Takeout: 3 Green Hearts
Because two hours of strength training and dance cardio will only get you so far without a proper diet, hit up Tracy Anderson’s East Hampton and Water Mill studios post-workout to fuel up. Among the fittingly green fare is an ode to Lena Dunham called La Lena. It’s a “spirit and energy gazpacho” made with roasted tomato, fennel, garlic, ginger, lemon, paprika and a few other herbs and spices. Zucchini “spaghetti,” vegan burritos, salads, smoothies and juices are also available.
903 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, 212-965-1408; 30 Park Place, East Hampton, 631-604-6529; tracyanderson.com