Sometimes you want a fancy, LBD-required dinner. Other times, you want a taco stand on the side of a road. And sure, while spending wildly on cheffy food may be second nature in the Hamptons, this is also an old-school beach town at heart with some seriously delectable cheap eats. Here are five of our favorites.
SAG HARBOR: HARBOR MARKET AND KITCHEN
Less than $10 is all you need at this Sag Harbor gem. It’ll get you a grilled cheese with organic American cheese (which is apparently a thing) or a mini, yet perfectly satisfying, Margherita pizza with a gluten-free option and more—this is the Hamptons, after all.
184 Division St., Sag Harbor; 631-725-4433 or harbormarket.com
GREENPORT: JENNIE’S AT DROSSOS
OK, it’s not in the Hamptons, but this weekend pop-up restaurant in an unlikely location at Drossos Motel is worth a visit to the North Fork. Choose from fried chicken, duck sandwich, fresh farm salad and more at snack bar prices. You can even play mini golf next door.
69125 Main Rd., Greenport; 518-256-7183 or jenniesatdrossos.com
AMAGANSETT: LA FONDITA
This adorable taco joint in Amagansett has some of the best (not to mention most authentic)Mexican food on the East End. Order your choice of beef, chicken or pork tacos for $3.50 each or fish for $4.50.
74 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett; 631-267-8800 or lafondita.net
BRIDGEHAMPTON: CANDY KITCHEN
In business for more than 90 years, this luncheonette is a throwback to another era. Candy Kitchen has classic diner food: omelets, sandwiches and, of course, milk shakes. Psst, stop at the ATM—it’s cash only.
2391 Main St., Bridgehampton or 631-537-9885
WESTHAMPTON BEACH: BOOM BURGER
Some days you just need a big, juicy burger. And on one of those days, you should head to this laid-back burger joint in Westhampton Beach. You can get a single, double or triple with toppings for under $10.
85 Montauk Hwy., Westhampton Beach; 631-998-4663 or boomburgerwhb.com