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You tried the beet gazpacho from Arbor, and it was totally life changing. But what does the guy behind the soup like to eat for dinner when he’s not cooking? From spot-on sandwiches to off-the-chain octopus, here are personal recs from 11 Hamptons chefs.

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Chef Greg Grossman, Oreya

“One of my favorites is the simple shrimp sandwich on squishy bread at Breadzilla in Wainscott. It’s one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had: delicious shrimp salad with finely shredded lettuce on a homemade, airy and delicious bread that is sort of a cross between a focaccia and a ciabatta. Oh, and a glass of rosé. Whether on the beach or in the parking lot, you really can’t go wrong.”

84 Wainscott NW Rd., Wainscott; 631-537-0955 or

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Chef Maurizio Marfoglia, Dopo La Spiaggia

"I like to try every restaurant, but I’m particularly fond of the lobster rigatoni at Beacon.”

8 W. Water St., Sag Harbor; 631-725-7088 or

Marie Eiffel Market

Chef Edi Cungu, Sunset Beach

Marie Eiffel Market is a definite favorite. The baguettes are amazing--we even use them at the restaurant at Sunset Beach. I like mine with a good spread of Vacherousse cheese. And the eggs are always cooked perfectly.”

184 N. Ferry Rd., Shelter Island; 631-749-0003 or

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Chef Brad Stewart, The Surf Lodge

“If and when a day off arrives, I always try to make my way to Zum Schneider in Montauk. It’s a great place for a Wiener schnitzel and a beer.”

4 S. Elmwood Ave., Montauk; 631-238-5963 or

Duryea's Lobster Deck

Chef Carmine Di Giovanni, The Greenwich

“On a day off out East, I’ll head out to Duryea’s Lobster Deck with my fiancée, Meredith, for a lobster roll (or two) and some cold beer.” 

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

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Chef Marco Barrila, Manna Restaurant

“It’s rare that I get a day off in the summer, but when I do I like to head out for sushi at Sakura House in East Quogue. Their spicy tuna roll is delicious, and I also love their sashimi.”

540 Montauk Hwy., East Quogue; 631-653-9382 or

Nick & Toni's

Chef Eric Miller, Bay Kitchen Bar

"On my days away from the kitchen, I often go into Nick & Toni's in East Hampton. I love the laid-back elegance of the place. The handmade pastas and fish from the wood grill are delicious. Eating out on the patio is a great way to spend a relaxing day off."

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


Chef Pierre Sudre, Arbor & Duryea's Lobster Deck

“I love the evening scene at Bostwick’s Chowder House in East Hampton. I sit at an outside table and enjoy the casual vibe and the awesome seafood menu--they have the best stuffed clams around.”

277 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton; 631-324-1111 or


Chef Jason Weiner, Almond Restaurant

“Oh, that’s a no-brainer: East by Northeast. Their salt-and-pepper octopus is off the chain!” 

Stone Lion Inn, 51 Edgemere St., Montauk; 631-668-2872 or


Chef Anand Sastry, Highway Restaurant & Bar

"My wife and I mainly cook at home, but when I do go out I enjoy Sunset Beach for the vibe. I also love the markets in Amagansett--especially in the summer when all the fruit, corn and tomatoes are abundant."

35 Shore Rd., Shelter Island Heights; 631-749-2001 or

The Gig Shack

Chef Paul O'Shea, Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina

“My go-to restaurant is 668 The Gig Shack. It’s a family operation helmed by a very creative chef and an exceedingly friendly team. I love the tasty cuisine coupled with the relaxing atmosphere. My favorites include the blackened crunchy local fish tacos with mango salsa and the grilled Moroccan spiced lamb sliders.”

782 Main St., Montauk; 631-668-2727 or

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