For a few sweet days each year, the stars align: The perfect balance of summer sun and a refreshing ocean breeze comes about, and our only thought is to find somewhere to bask in it (with a cocktail in hand, naturally). Here are eight of our favorite places to dine alfresco on those gorgeous days.
A few blocks off of East Hampton’s Main Street is one of the Hamptons’ hidden gems. Opt for a seat on the patio and tuck in. The chef’s always-changing seasonal menu features classics like calamari with sriracha-lime aioli.
8 Fresno Pl., East Hampton; 631-324-8700 or fresnorestaurant.com
Gather your squad for a trip to the Caribbean…er, Hampton Bays. Known for its specialty rum cocktails, Rumba’s island-style hideaway is the ideal place to spend a leisurely afternoon. Bonus: For that extra-authentic experience, arrive by boat. You can dock right there (or grab the water shuttle from nearby Cowfish).
43 Canoe Place Rd., Hampton Bays; 631-594-3544 or rumbahamptonbays.com
Is it really summer on the East End if you haven’t been to Navy Beach? We think not. The local favorite serves up casual seafood and some of the best sunsets on the Eastern Seaboard along a 200-foot private beach. Grab a cocktail and savor that sunset.
16 Navy Rd., Montauk; 631-668-6868 or navybeach.com
While snagging a reservation at the most anticipated summer opening of 2017 is near impossible at this point, the backyard—equipped with picnic tables under a tent, plus Ping-Pong and cornhole—is reserved for walk-ins. Bring a book; we hear it’s a long wait.
341 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton; empsummerhouse.tocktix.com
TUTTO IL GIORNO SOUTHAMPTON
We could tell you about the Southern Italian menu (delicious) and the outdoor patio (beautiful)…or we could just tell you that you need the lime-cucumber granita in your life, stat.
56 Nugent St., Southampton; 631-377-3611 or tuttoilgiorno.com/southampton
Have a cocktail on one of the daybeds in the outdoor lounge before dining in the garden or on the open-air terrace. Psst: The garden also makes a sweet venue for a private barbecue for you and your besties.
281 County Road 39A, Southampton; 631-500-9055 or oreya.com
Sit back and relax at the stunning open-air bar while sipping on a glass of wine from the 150-bottle wine list. And whatever you do, don’t forget to order the lobster bucatini.
1020 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill; 631-500-9292 or calissahamptons.com
THE BACKYARD AT SOLÉ EAST
Sink into one of the garden hammocks, snag a spot in the outdoor dining area or stop by late for drinks by the fire pit. The Backyard at Solé East has the whole “magical summer evening” thing down to a science.
90 Second House Rd., Montauk; 631-668-2105 or soleeast.com