The Ultimate Hamptons Summer Food Bucket List

If you’re like us, you spend the better part of the summer feasting on seafood and ice cream. But since the season always seems to pass in the blink of an eye, you’d better make sure you’ve checked off every lobster roll and milk shake before it’s too late. Here are 14 quintessential Hamptons summer eats to hunt down ASAP.

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A Shake From Lt Burger

We’ll admit it: We’ve gone to LT Burger with every intention of eating a proper meal and ended up skipping straight to the ice cream. With flavors like French Toast, Death by Oreo and Berry Good, we may need to stop in for “lunch” a few more times before Labor Day.

62 Main St., Sag Harbor; 631-899-4646 or

A Burger From Union Burger Bar

Resist the urge to stop at McDonald’s on your way back to the city and instead get your burger fix before you leave. From the classic grass-fed Black Angus beef to the turkey, chicken or veggie options, Union Burger Bar’s patties are some of the best around.

40 Bowden Square, Southampton; 631-377-3323 or

A Cocktail At Nick & Toni’s

The drinks at the East Hampton mainstay are one of summer’s greatest pleasures, especially when consumed on the charming patio. Our favorite? The Lazy Bee, made with gin, freshly squeezed lemon, local honey and chamomile-flower syrup.

136 N. Main St., East Hampton; 631-324-3550 or

Neapolitan Pizza From Il Forno

Two of our favorite words in the English language: pizza night. Especially when said pizza makes you feel like you’re on the Italian coast. At Il Forno at Gurney’s Star Island Resort and Marina, beloved Hamptons chef Jeremy Blutstein dishes out seven different Neapolitan-style pies. Keep it traditional with the Margherita or grab a slice of the ocean with the white clam.

32 Star Island Rd., Montauk; 631-668-3100 or

A Beer On The Patio At Montauk Brewing Company

If the come-as-you-are motto doesn’t give you a hint to the laid-back vibe of Montauk Brewery, the welcoming outdoor picnic area will. The brewery celebrates its seventh anniversary this summer, which seems like a pretty good excuse (not that we needed one) to grab a seasonal Watermelon Session Ale for a summer toast.

62 S. Erie Ave., Montauk; 631-668-8471 or

A Lobster Roll From…the Lobster Roll

If you’re going to have only one lobster roll in the Hamptons, make it one from Lunch, aka the Lobster Roll Restaurant. The casual eatery is, after all, named for summer’s favorite sandwich for a reason. The Classic (Maine-style) is the most popular, but we also love the Hot (Connecticut-style) and the lobster sliders. You can even get a gluten-free bun.

1980 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett; 631-267-3740 or

A Glass Of RosÉ From Wölffer Estate Vineyard

Look, we’ve never been subscribers to the idea that rosé season comes to a hard stop the minute September rolls around. But summer would be incomplete without a stop at Wölffer and a tasting of its rosé cider and table wine.

139 Sagg Rd., Sagaponack; 631-537-5106 or

The Salty Soured Pickled Rye From Carissa’s The Bakery

Straight-up or stuffed with smoked salmon and chive crème fraîche, baker Carissa Waechter’s salty soured pickled rye is the bread you’ll crave all year round. Luckily the bakery does ship—but you need to try it straight from the oven at the East Hampton bakery at least once.

68 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; 631-879-7179 or

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A Burrito From Estia’s Little Kitchen

It’s not so much about which burrito you choose—the shredded beef and chili chicken are equally amazing—but about the setting. Estia’s Little Kitchen has a hot burrito pop-up at its Sag Harbor location, where you can eat outside in the adorable (and, until recently, off-limits) garden.

1615 Sag Harbor Tpke., Sag Harbor; 631-725-1045 or

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A Clam Bake At Duryea’s

Few meals are more summery than an unfussy eat-with-your-hands clam bake, complete with delicious fresh seafood and the company of friends and family. Dig into one of Duryea’s generously sized mains on its gorgeous waterfront deck.

65 Tuthill Rd., Montauk; 631-668-2410 or

Sweet Corn From Local Farms

For those backyard barbecues, make sure you pick up some peak-season corn on the cob. Grilled to a char and drizzled with butter, its summer in vegetable form.

284 Town Lane, Amagansett; 631-267-5635 or

Treats From Tate’s Bake Shop

From the unicorn and sunflower cupcakes to the buttery chocolate-chip cookies to the ice-cream sandwiches, Tate’s Bake Shop is the one line everyone is willing to stand in. Sure, you can find the packaged cookies back in the city, but trust us: You’ll want to indulge in the freshly made treats while they’re just a few minutes away.

43 N. Sea Rd., Southampton; 631-283-9830 or

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Blueberry Pie From The Blue Duck Bakery Cafe

Summer fruit pie season is short and sweet, so don’t miss it. Take a trip to the North Fork, where the Blue Duck dishes out the type of pies you dream about long after you’ve had the last bite. We’re partial to the blueberry and the cherry.

56275 Main Rd., Southold; 631-629-4123 or

A Cone At Gemelli Gelato

You didn’t think we’d leave ice cream off this list, did you? Order one of Gemelli’s flavored waffle cones (the toasted coconut can’t be beat) and fill it with the gelato or sorbet of your choice before heading outside to snag a picnic table on the giant lawn out front.

139 W. Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays; 631-594-5600 or

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