Along with the beach, the wine and the A+ people watching, dining is a major draw in the Hamptons. Old favorites return with new menus, legendary chefs create Hamptons pop-ups and every year a new crop of restaurants opens, each angling to become the place to be. Don’t waste a single minute figuring out where to secure a reservation: Here’s the scoop on five new spots you need to try this season.

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Wölffer Kitchen Amagansett

You love the vineyards, the wine and the restaurant in Sag Harbor, so make sure to get yourself to the Wölffer family’s latest spot. And despite sharing a name, the new outpost (which just opened its doors on Sunday) will have a different vibe and menu from the Sag Harbor restaurant, while still keeping a focus on things that you expect from Wölffer: local, fresh,seasonal, wine-friendly food.

4 Amagansett Square Dr., Amagansett; 631-267-2764 or

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Gather your squad for a trip to the Greek isles—er, Water Mill. This newly opened eatery (from the folks behind Amali in Manhattan) takes its design and cuisine cues from Mykonos. Between the open-air bar, the 150-bottle wine list and a menu of shareable plates (like lobster bucatini or grilled peach with honey and mint), it’ll quickly become your go-to for an evening out with your besties.

1020 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill; 631-500-9292 or

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Lulu Kitchen & Bar

When you sink into a leather booth and take in the rustic chandeliers, exposed brick walls and vintage European mirrors at this new bistro, it’s hard not to feel like a 1940s movie star. With views of Sag Harbor’s bustling main street and an open kitchen, Lulu Kitchen & Bar was made for people watching. The wood-burning grill and oven turn out (what else?) pizzas, but you canalso expect locally sourced fare like grilled heirloom cauliflower and mussels a la plancha.

126 Main St., Sag Harbor; 631-725-0900 or

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The Springs Tavern

Sometimes we want to get dressed to the nines for dinner—and sometimes we just want a solid burger, a drink and maybe some live music without all the fuss. This historic space (formerly Wolfie’s Tavern, a favorite of Jackson Pollock) has reopened with a shiny new remodel that still honors the tavern’s history. Expect pub fare—at a surprisingly un-Hamptons price point—such as pulled-pork sliders, fried pickles and mac and cheese.

15 Fort Pond Blvd., East Hampton; 631-527-7800 or

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The Lucky Bee

Last fall the owners of the Lower East Side restaurant by the same name opened a pop-up, and they loved the experience so much they decided to open a permanent space. Expect a slightly more laid-back atmosphere than at the Manhattan restaurant but with the same focus on authentic Thai and Vietnamese dishes, which until this summer were hard to find out east. (And we know it’s not technically in the Hamptons, but the scorpion bowls are worth the trek.)

208 Main St., Greenport; 844-364-4286 or

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