Confession: We started creating a summer food bucket list way back in February. And now that we’re hearing whispers of the season’s new crop of restaurants, we know we’re getting close to achieving our goals. From seaside oysters to family-style lobster bakes, it’s gonna be a delicious summer.
12 New Hamptons Restaurants We Can’t Wait to Try This Summer
Silver Lining Diner
Finally, a restaurant where your canine BFF is welcome. From the team behind Bay Kitchen Bar comes Silver Lining Diner. While the menu from chef Eric Miller is still in development (please let him be dishing up his signature lobster roll), you know it’s bound to be good. With a planned early June opening and a dog run, we have a feeling this place will become one of our go-tos.
32 Montauk Hwy., Southampton; 631-901-1800 or silverliningdiner.com
In the space formerly occupied by EMP Summer House, Upper East Side spot Paola’s will make its Hamptons debut. Known for dishes like cacio e pepe and bucatini all’amatriciana, Paola’s East will be the place to go for a taste of Italy in the Hamptons this summer.
341 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton; paolasrestaurant.com
We’ve been obsessed with Carissa Waechter’s whimsical bakery since her first farmers market pop-ups. This summer Waechter and her business partners are opening a 75-seat full-service restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating—and a bar. The menu details remain under wraps, but we’re going to go ahead and say you won’t want to miss this spot.
221 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton; carissasthebakery.com
Ed’s Lobster Bar East
Put down the lobster roll and pick up a lobster grilled cheese or a lobster BLT. Opening around Memorial Day weekend, this outpost of the popular Soho seafood spot will have all the lobster dishes you could ever want and then some (plus other staples like fried shrimp and scallops).
1742 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke., Sag Harbor; lobsterbarnyc.com
We’ve found your new favorite place for margs. From the group behind Townline BBQ, Nick & Toni’s, Rowdy Hall and La Fondita comes this new Mexican restaurant serving up frozen margaritas, tableside guacamole, ceviche, rotisserie chicken and more.
74A Montauk Hwy., Amagansett; 631-267-5709 or cochecomedor.com
Blu Mar Hamptons
Break out your favorite LBD. On the menu at Southampton’s new seafood-centric restaurant is caviar with buttered toast, diver sea scallops and a 200-bottle wine list.
136 Main St., Southampton; blumarhamptons.com
Bostwick’s on the Harbor
You love Bostwick’s Chowder House seafood pasta (who doesn’t?). This year you’ll have twice as many chances to enjoy it when the Bostwick’s team opens its second location. Expect steamed lobsters, lobster rolls, crab cakes, broiled flounder, New York strip steak and of course that pasta. Pair it with a glass of wine and watch the sunset.
39 Gann Rd., East Hampton; 631-324-1150
Morty’s Oyster Stand
Don’t let the name fool you. With indoor and outdoor dining space for 150, Morty’s Oyster Stand is no typical seafood shack. The full-service restaurant will serve a rotating variety of fresh oysters, as well as mains like grilled local squid with zucchini and fried chicken with spicy honey and celeriac slaw, plus desserts such as grilled pineapple with black sesame and coconut caramel.
2167 Montauk Hwy., Montauk; mortysoysterstand.com
Showfish at Gurney’s
If you haven’t yet checked out the new Gurney’s Star Island Resort & Marina in the former Montauk Yacht Club space—which underwent a $13 million makeover in the off-season—here’s a great excuse: the new restaurant from longtime Hamptons chef Jeremy Blutstein (formerly of Almond). Expect lots of seafood and locally sourced produce to pop up on the menu.
32 Star Island Rd., Montauk; showfishmtk.com
Brooklyn Chop House
Find a spot by the pool and spend a lazy afternoon sipping cocktails and ordering bites like lobster satay at Brooklyn Chop House. After a successful August pop-up last summer, the NYC-based restaurant will be in the Hamptons all summer long at Southampton’s Capri Hotel.
281 County Rd. 39A, Southampton; brooklynchophouse
The Garden at Water Mill
Gather your squad for a family-style lobster bake at the Garden at Water Mill. The new all-day restaurant features an expansive garden with lawn games, a 60-seat dining room and private dining spaces for large gatherings. The shareable menu includes large-format cocktails and creative crudos like amberjack with spicy coconut sauce, Kampachi with melon, sesame and pickled serrano, and octopus with yuzu kosho.
755 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill; thegardenatwatermill.com
T Bar Southampton
Need to grab a late-night bite? T Bar Southampton has you covered. Opening Memorial Day weekend, the NYC restaurant transplant will offer a happy hour from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. That's in addition to the surf-and-turf dishes like a tuna burger and pulpo thin-crust pizza that you'll find on the regular menu.
268 Elm St., Southampton; tbarnyc.com