All of our Featured Properties offer breakfast and the American Hotel in Sag Harbor is also open to the public. Babette’s on Newtown Lane in East Hampton has lots of healthy stuff, but it’s good…Don’t miss getting a donut at Dreesen’s, also on Newtown Lane. The Golden Pear in East Hampton has lots of fans and Citarella’s has breakfast take-out. Our new favorite is Brent’s General Store in Amagansett for breakfast sandwiches, bakery goods and fresh OJ. Feeling like a bagel and a “schmear”. Head to Goldberg’s in Montauk, East Hampton and Amagansett.
75 Main in Southampton is an Italian/New American restaurant serving breakfast, lunch/brunch and dinner. In nice weather, this celebrity favorite spills out onto the sidewalk and after dark its lounge is one of the Hamptons “hot” spots. Our Friday afternoon brunch was delicious with their roast beef tenderloin hash with potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, sweet peppers and poached eggs.
Rowdy Hall, down a little alley off Main Street in East Hampton offers delicious pub food and traditional “fish & chips” and with its roaring fireplace, is perfect for a rainy or cold day. In nice weather tables are set out on the patio. The Palm Steakhouse in East Hampton is open for lunch on weekdays in a cozy space with comfy booths in the Hunting Inn. Also in East Hampton, Cittanuova offers a delicious lunch menu and outdoor seating. Any meal at the American Hotel is good. Lunch or Sunday brunch at the Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island is a wonderful experience in late Spring thru early Fall. Sitting on the terrace overlooking the water is a wonderful way to spend part of your afternoon. On the North Fork, a lunch at the exquisite Jedidiah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport is an adventure and oh so romantic. Great food and wine list.
Pierre’s in Bridgehampton may be the Hamptons best all-around restaurant serving every meal in a warm and cozy setting. Tables on the sidewalk in nice weather, a delightful book lined back room with a fireplace and booths in the main room. The food is excellent, the service is charming and they have a Wine Spectator award winning list. Try the burger on a brioche bun.
How many small towns have a branch of two nationally famous steakhouses? You’ll find the venerable Palm Restaurant right on Main Street in East Hampton with all its wonderful charm; leather booths, fireplaces and hardwood paneling. Bobby Van’s in Bridgehampton is the other. Both fantastic.
Unfortunately, not my thing, but locals rave about Sen in Sag Harbor on Main Street. Very cool decor. Zagat says, “Satisfied sushi samurai give their seal of approval to this Sag Harbor Japanese for its fresh, creative rolls and sexy, stylish atmosphere; yes, the service may be lacking (but the waitresses are beautiful) and it could be renamed sin, because at these prices you’d think they were flying the fish in from Tokyo, but it’s a true sen and be sen Hamptons hot spot, and there’s a reason people wait in line to eat here; N.B. no reservations taken.”
I’ve always been a fan of the burger at Rowdy’s, but the opening of Union Burger Bar in Southampton has created a whole new standard. Incredible selection of burgers, the best fries in the Hamptons and they have a cocktail bar! Yeah!
Morty’s Oyster Stand, on the site formerly known as Cyril’s Fish House, features an assortment of daily rotating fresh oysters, Maine uni and other raw bar noshes. Boswick’s on the Harbor in East Hampton is another seasonal oyster and raw bar. The Bell & Anchor in Sag Harbor and its sister restaurant Fresno in East Hamption offer $1 Montauk Pearls every Sunday night.
Duyrea’s in Montauk is a casual waterside, seasonal restaurant, but if you are there Spring-Fall and want the freshest seafood (particularly lobster), this is the place. Literally right off the boat fresh!
The #1 place to drink wine in the Hamptons is the American Hotel in Sag Harbor. First, because it is open all the time, second because its a great venue, but most importantly, it is the only Wine Spectator Grand Award winner in the Hamptons. Honorable mention to 1770 House, a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner and Pierre’s Bridgehampton, Best of Award of Excellence winner, both open for lunch.
The #1 place for cocktails and an incredible sunset is the Montauket Hotel. Few places anywhere can match it. For year round enjoyment, try the Living Room at the Maidstone. Blazing fireplaces in winter, great drinks and don’t miss some of their Swedish meatballs as an app. The Blue Parrot, seasonal, sits down a small alley off Main Street in East Hampton. Amazing margarita’s, guacamole and chips. Sen, in Sag Harbor has a great vibe and a good Saki and Wine menu. The American Hotel is a gathering place for locals, Pierre’s in Bridgehampton has a lively Happy Hour crowd and Topping Rose, also in Bridgehampton makes some of the most creative cocktails around. When the weather is nice, I love the Firepit at Gurney’s on Montauk.
On the North Fork, you can purchase wine at any of the 50+ wineries. In the Hamptons on the south shore, locals rave about Towne Cellars in Manorville for selection of quality wines.
Citarella’s, Main Street, East Hampton. Just about anything you can think of from sandwiches to salads to prepared foods. This is one of those fun places for foodie’s. It’s enjoyable just strolling the aisles and looking at all they have to offer. Great place to pick up dinner if you are staying in and cooking.
Three great choices for wonderful selections of cheeses and pates; Cavaniola’s Gourmet, Amagansett, Citerella’s, Main Street, East Hampton and the Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck on the North Fork.
Hampton Bagel on North Main opens at 6am, papers are usually there by 6:30. Good coffee and bagels too!
While Away a Rainy Day
When its cold, locals congregate at Rowdy Hall around a warming fireplace. A bit of Irish flavor. Pierre’s is open all day with great food and wine and in Sag Harbor, the American Hotel and Page at 63 Main are a great gathering places.
Maidstone Park Beach on Three Mile Harbor. See Special Things.
After Dinner Fun
Assuming you, like me, want to steer clear of the clubs and all the craziness, The Maidstone in East Hampton and the American Hotel in Sag Harbor, offer weekend entertainment, usually in the form of a piano player. Both are wonderful, cozy places, great just for an after dinner drink, made even better with the piano bars.
The Firepit at Gurney’s Montauk is a wonderful after dinner drink spot with music, a great vibe and those magical ocean views.
Naturopathica, just outside East Hampton on Montauk Highway in the Red Horse Plaza. Full day spa services. Recommended by the locals.
East Hampton Gym, behind Citarella’s on Main Street in East Hampton. Branches in Sag Harbor and Southamptom. No frills, full range of equipment. $20/day.