From Beach to Table: Dining on the East End

Hamptons dining options

Nothing says summer like a weekend, week or season at the Hamptons, New York’s seaside playground.

Let’s check out the new and notable Hamptons dining options that will excite your palate from Montauk to Southampton.


Southampton

Maison Vivienne

136 Main Street

(631) 500-9276

The elegant new restaurant offers a trip through the French culinary landscape. As part of The Inn, the restaurant is led by executive chef Florian Hugo who offers a modern take on classic South of France cuisine. The space will feature cathedral ceilings, indoor and outdoor seating, an herb and vegetable garden and two fireplaces.

Claude’s

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91 Hill Street

(631) 283-6500

The Southampton Inn has scored veteran James Carpenter for its restaurant Claude’s. The chef, who previously ran the kitchens of the Living Room in East Hampton and Centro in Hamptons Bays, will use vegetables and herbs from the hotel’s garden. The restaurant has undergone an overhaul – both the dining room and outside European courtyard and poolside patios have been renovated offering the prettiest outdoor dining in Southampton.

Sushi by Bou at Jue Lan Club

268A Elm Street

(631)408-8339

Sushi by Bou, is a sushi pop-up hosted by the Chinese restaurant Jue Lan Club and is an incarnation of a New York City omakasé where the chef selects his or her choices for the guests. The concept here is that of a speakeasy; exclusive and hard to find; an eight-person omakasé bar is tucked away amid Jue Lan’s back patio and the bar has a small cocktail menu.

Nikki Beach

Oreya Southampton @ The Capri Hotel

281 County Road 39A

(305)213-5857

The luxury lifestyle and hospitality brand was bound to come to the Hamptons eventually, and the company will be testing the waters this summer during a six-day extravaganza at Oreya Restaurant and Lounge at Capri Hotel. Features an outdoor restaurant, lounging spots, a bar, a terrace, and a pool with an epic “au revoir” celebration on the Fourth to wrap it all up. 


Water Mill

Culaccino

670 Montauk Highway

(631) 500-9310

Chef-owner Jon Albrecht is bringing Italian staples to Water Mill with Culaccino. This new spot which means ‘the mark left on a table’ is hoping to leave a positive mark on guests with a menu drawn from all regions of Italy.

Calissa

1020 Montauk Highway

(631)500-9292

Calissa is Mykonos on the East End. After a successful opening last summer, the upscale Mediterranean restaurant is back with a new Sunday brunch along with an Aperol Spritz Bar and an outdoor marketplace called the Agora, featuring local designers selling jewelry, eyewear and other items.


Sag Harbor

Sag Pizza

103 Main Street 

(631) 725-3167

BLT creator Laurent Tourondel, who owns LT Burger in Sag Harbor, has turned the town’s local pizza spot into a more sophisticated Neapolitan-style parlor. He’s brought a wood-fired oven from Naples and will be using local ingredients.


East Hampton

Il Mulino

108 Wainscott Stone Road 

(631) 658-9122 

The iconic Italian restaurant, with a famed flagship in the West Village and locations from Miami to Aspen, has opened in a large house on Georgica Pond. The Il Mulino of the Hamptons will be a streamlined version of the larger, grander restaurants in metropolitan areas and resort towns. The pop-up will stay open year round if its first season goes well.

Harbor Bistro Mobile Kitchen

(631)324-7300

You can now have the restaurant roll into your backyard. 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. 

E.M.P. Summer House

341 Pantigo Road

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The world’s best restaurant came out east last summer because its home location was closed for renovations. Eleven Madison Park is back open now, but EMP Summer House is coming back for a second edition with a pop-up restaurant in partnership with American Express. The more casual outpost offers an a la carte menu, indoor dining room, covered patio area, and picnic tables on our backyard. Reservations are exclusive to American Express Card Members and are available for the dining room, limited seating in the covered patio, and special experiences. The backyard is for walk-ins only.

Moby’s

295 Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Road

(631) 329 – 2800

Last summer took a real hit when beloved hotspot Moby’s did not return for the season – and now, the Hamptons favorite is back! The new location is on the water at East Hampton Point, a resort complex and marina. The restaurant has two kitchens, two bars and seats more than 250. 

Shuko Beach at Highway Restaurant & Bar

290 Montauk Highway

(631) 527-5372

New York City’s acclaimed Japanese omakase and kaiseki restaurant, Shuko, will be heading East for a unique pop-up dining experience at Highway Restaurant & Bar. A special Omakase and signature sushi bento boxes will be available. 


Montauk

Hooked

34 South Etna Avenue 

(631) 668-2111

Brian Mooney, who worked at the Clam Bar in Napeague for 24 years, has opened his own restaurant. Featuring an open kitchen with counter service and picnic tables outside on the patio, the casual take-out seafood spots also has an interior space with a casual, beachy feel and nautical décor.

George’s Lighthouse Café

2000 Montauk Highway 

(631) 668-2058 

The state park facility has been upgraded by Mike Torreiro, who founded the catering service Picnic in the Park. The food concession stand adjacent to the lighthouse at Montauk State Park offers a full bar and live music.

Salt Box

99 Edgemere Street 

(631)238-5727

Restaurateur Jon Krasner has partnered with yoga teacher and former Navy Beach manager Lauren Musselman and Josh Mazza (Seamstress in NYC) to bring a healthier bent to his Montauk restaurant.


Bridgehampton

L&W Market

2493 Montauk Highway

(631)537-1123

Recently unveiled this June, L&W offers a specialty grocery store as an offshoot of Almond restaurant. Some of Almond’s favorites are available to grab and go, alongside picnic basket staples.

As the salt air of the East End beckons, these exciting new Hamptons dining options are more than enough to keep us occupied well into the Fall! Happy Dining!

Faith Hope Consolo
Faith Hope Consolo, Chairman of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group, writes the "Faithful Food" column for Total Food Service. Ms. Consolo is a leading retail broker and advisor who covers the national market. She is a specialist ranging from fine restaurants to fashionable fast foods. "To find the best retail space, You Need Faith." Email her at fconsolo@elliman.com