The Hamptons is not all about beaches, pool parties, and charity events. It’s also about high-quality food. I love to cook at home, but I never miss the opportunity to go out for dinner in one of the many great Hampton’s restaurants. Whether it is a night out with friends or a family gathering, there are certain places in the South Fork where you can have always sophisticated dining experience. In this post I propose you a list of my favorite restaurants in the Hamptons.
Pierre’s (2468 Main St, Bridgehampton, NY 11932; 631-537-5110). If you are into brunches, this place is definitely for you. Pierre’s restaurant serves the best Eggs Benedict in the Hamptons and awesome Mimosas — no wonder the restaurant is usually fully booked and it is almost impossible to reserve a table. If you are lucky enough to make a reservation, you will definitely enjoy a Parisian atmosphere at this Bridgehampton’s culinary gem and you will want to come back. In addition to brunch, Pierre’s also serves tasty dinners (I wrote about it here) and has a spectacular dessert menu.
Babette’s (66 Newtown Ln, East Hampton, NY 11937; 631-329-5377). This tiny organic restaurant is located just a couple of blocks away from the house where we stay in East Hampton, and it is my favorite healthy restaurant option in the Hamptons. Babette’s serves huge salads, smoothies, grilled fish, and fresh juices and more. Most of the time you don’t need to book a table in advance which is unusual for the Hamptons and very convenient. My favorite dish at Babette’s is Vietnamese Spring Rolls with spicy shrimp and piquant dipping sauce — I love it so much that I don’t even look at the menu and order it right away.
Osteria Salina (95 School St, Bridgehampton, NY 11932; 631-613-6469). Italian cuisine is my favorite, especially if I’m eating at this family-owned restaurant. There are many wonderful Italian places in New York that I am in love with, but only one great restaurant in the Hamptons that I keep coming back for its Italian delicacies. Everything in Osteria Salina — from service to dessert variety — is perfect. Last time in Osteria Salina, I ordered fresh salmon tartar and a salad with shaved aged pecorino and crispy capers. I also highly recommend trying their flourless chocolate lava cake — it is decadent.
LT Burger (62 Main St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963; 631-899-4646). I do not like and rarely eat comfort food, but those times when I had a cheat day I remember for a long time. For instance, last time I ate pizza at New Year’s Eve in Miami, or my French fries experience last August in The Palm, East Hampton (see below). I had my last remarkable burger treat at LT Burger last summer — and it was absolutely incredible. If you are into desserts, LT Burger also serves spectacular milk shakes and fried Oreos. I do not encourage you to eat at LT Burger often, but if you really need a cheat day, make sure to have it in the right place like this Sag Harbor-based hot spot.
The Palm (94 Main Street at the Huntting Inn, East Hampton, NY 11937; 631-324-0411). I believe that The Palm is the perfect place for a family gathering, especially if you are not the only foodie in the house. The restaurant serves great lobster, incredible seafood dishes, and the best steak in East Hampton (the chef recommends it medium rare). Keep in mind that it is almost impossible to book a table at the Palm on Friday and Saturday nights, so plan your family outing in advance. Also, make sure to stop by the Palm’s bar. There are always an interesting mix of people both local and tourist there and the mahogany bar is classic.
Of course, this list does not represent all possible dining options available in the Hamptons. But it is definitely a great starting point. All restaurants described in this post have a great reputation and have been in business many years as opposed to the hotspots that change owners every summer. Remember to book your reservations in advance and let me know how you like your South Fork dining experience.
Photo by Vital Agibalow