Oh, the Hamptons: that see-and-be-seen summer paradise where the crème de la crème of NYC society retreats to beat the heat—and chow down the best Hampton restaurants. Sure, you can check out the best restaurants in NYC but the Hamptons is awash—pun intended!—in restaurants and bars, both classic and of-the-moment. But it can be hard, especially if you only go there for short weekend getaways, to decide which of the best things to do in the Hamptons are worth your hard-earned cash. Do you go shopping? Or do you head to these spots, including everything from a breezy bayside seafood spot to a rustic wood-fired pizza joint? Here are the best Hamptons restaurants.
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Best Hamptons restaurants
Lavishing loving attention on its pristine plates of raw and cooked seafood, this dignified East Hampton spot gets our vote. The sea’s bounty is on full display here, as chef Eric Miller turns out plate after plate of local raw bivalves, light-as-a-feather fritto misto and hearty, plank-roasted whole local fish. Don’t miss out on the excellent cocktails, either: The Refreshing watermelon caipirinha will defeat even the hottest, most humid summer evening.
This light, airy East Hampton space is perennially packed with hungry Hamptonites chowing down on seasonal, market-sourced salads, pastas and the house specialty of crispy-and-chewy wood-fired pizzas topped with milky house-made mozzarella. Of the latter, we can’t get enough of the ‘nduja pie, spread with spicy, brick-red Italian pork sausage and showered with rich, creamy fontina cheese.
Just a wee bit east of the Hamptons proper, this casual spot belies the seriousness of its food. Embodying Montauk’s carefree, come-as-you-are spirit, chef Todd Mitgang plates colorful dishes chock-full of seafood, such as tender rock shrimp with curry aioli and pan-seared sea scallops with hazelnut romesco and earthy beech mushrooms. Fresh off the beach? Belly up to the shore-facing raw bar for briny oysters, sweet clams and chilled lobster.
At Bostwick’s, the Hamptons’ scene-y stylishness is stripped down to the most appealing things about the area: the surf and the delicious creatures it offers up. This East Hampton spot definitely doesn’t have a dress code, and its food is just as casual—but still impeccably prepared. You can’t go wrong with its namesake soup (opt for the creamy New England style), baked stuffed clams or a classic lobster roll, bound just so with mayo and loaded into a split griddled potato roll. Grab an outdoor table, sip a cold beer and revel in the diverse glories of summer on the beach.
A Southampton mainstay, Silver’s opened its doors on Main Street in 1923 and has nourished the summer set over since with its hearty, European-style soups, salads and sandwiches. Open only for lunch, the bistro bustles between the hours of 11am and 3pm, when deep bowls of creamy potato-leek soup, platters of ripe, mozzarella-anointed tomatoes and griddled BLTs emerge from its kitchen. For dessert, don’t miss the pot de crème, aka silky chocolate pudding heaped with fluffy whipped cream.
This cozy Italian trattoria feels like a direct import from the Eternal City, serving hearty, no-nonsense plates of utterly delicious grilled seafood and rustic, cravable pastas. The paccheri, a plate of short, fat tubes of pasta tangled with ultra-tender braised beef ragu, is a Neapolitan dream, while a fire-roasted whole branzino with a delicate herb salad is unfussy and immensely satisfying. Stuck in the city this weekend? Head to Tutto’s little sibling on Franklin Street in Tribeca.
This waterfront bistro boasts beautiful harbor views and a commitment to quality local ingredients whose freshness is evident in casual but tasty fare like fish tacos, lemongrass-steamed mussels and grilled whole local fish. Creative side dishes—a veggie black bean hash, soba noodles with citrus ponzu and pickled peach relish—reward diners with a playful palate.
Named after a small island in the Aeolian Archipelago near the coast of Sicily, this soulful spot brings Italian-accented plates from a faraway land to Long Island. Rustic salads—such as dandelion and spinach tossed with crispy capers and shaved pecorino—transition into shareable antipasti, like a standout charred octopus with bright favas and soft fingerling potatoes. Pasta is a must, and you can’t go wrong with a classic orecchiette tossed with earthy broccoli rabe and fat chunks of house-made sausage, all slicked in garlicky extra virgin olive oil.
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Salud Bar and Grill
Like any traditional Argentinian restaurant, the menu at Salud Bar and Grill focuses on beef. You might order some beef empanadas ($5.95) and fried plantains ($4.95) as an appetizer, or go for the three chimichurri sliders on tiny brioche buns ($11.95). The list of entrees also includes plenty of beef, from a classic bacon cheeseburger ($14.95) to marinated skirt steak served with grilled vegetables and yucca fries ($21.95). But of course, beef isn’t the only meat on the menu. Opt for the grilled center-cut pork chop for dinner ($18.95), order crispy chicharron ($9.95) as a snack or go vegetarian with the mango-kale salad ($11.95). Thirsty patrons will be happy to know that Salud also pours craft beer and microbrews, in addition to mimosas ($5 for a glass, $30 for a pitcher) and spicy Bloody Marys ($5) at brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
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