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Every May, like clockwork, Hamptons restaurants start opening their doors. And along with all our old faves, we’re always excited to see what fresh dining options a new season brings. From a restaurant serving house-made gelato to a no-frills seafood shack, here’s the scoop on six places to try this summer. 

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Maison Vivienne

Maison Vivienne

This new Southampton restaurant, helmed by Michelin-starred chef Wolfgang Ban, is about to become your new favorite date spot. Part of a new inn opening Memorial Day weekend, the space will feature cathedral ceilings, indoor and outdoor seating, an herb and vegetable garden, two fireplaces and free parking. Order the roasted heritage chicken for two (carved tableside) and the signature cherry clafoutis dessert.

136 Main St., Southampton; no website yet

Il Mulino

The NYC Italian mainstay is popping up in the Hamptons this summer, and if all goes well, it will stay open year-round. Taking over the former Osteria Salina location on the border of Wainscott and East Hampton Village, the spot will offer classic Italian dishes, brunch and even some prepared food and sauces for when you want to “cook” at home.

108 Wainscott Stone Rd., Wainscott; 631-658-9122 or ilmulino.com/hamptons/

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Harbor Bistro Mobile Kitchen

Don’t feel like going out? Have the restaurant roll into your backyard instead. East Hampton’s Harbor Bistro has a new food truck available for events. Curate a menu of flatbread pizzas, fish tacos, vegan noodle bowls, clambakes and more, and you’ll never want to make a reservation again.

harborbistro.net

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Hooked

Hooked

With old-school counter service, an open kitchen and picnic tables outside, Hooked is a throwback to those childhood beach days that ended with scarfing down fries and oysters at the clam shack. Open as of May 1, Hooked serves local seafood right off the boats, including steamed mussels and lobster rolls. You’ll also find burgers and plenty of summer salads.

4 S. Etna Ave., Montauk; 631-668-2111 or hookedmtk.com

E.M.P. Summer House

OK, it’s not new new, but the most anticipated pop-up of 2017 is back for another year of relaxed picnic-table dining, lobster rolls and cornhole. E.M.P. Summer House reopens May 25 and is already accepting reservations—better get a move on.

341 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton; empsummerhouse.com

Caci Shelter Island restaurant
Caci Shelter Island

Caci Shelter Island

We know, it’s not officially in the Hamptons, but this spinoff of the acclaimed North Fork eatery is well worth hopping a ferry. With dishes including house-made gnocchi with duck ragu and pan-seared scallops with blueberry chutney, dining at Caci feels like you've jetted off to Italy. You can even order from the happy-hour menu while on the bocce court.

11 Stearns Point Rd. #2., Shelter Island; 631-749-5659

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