The Best Places to Eat In The Hamptons
With its abundance of local farms, and cultural emphasis on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, it's easy to eat well in the Hamptons. But even among the many good restaurants, there are some that stand out as exceptional. Below are our favorite spots to grab a bite or savor a long meal in the Hamptons.
A great lunch or casual dinner spot, Bostwick's is the perfect place for clam chowder and local beer and wine, (or a well seasoned Bloody Mary, if that's more your thing), and after a day at the beach, this is the place to get all the fried fish that's just the right amount of fried and plenty fresh.
The Crow's Nest is our dream beach bungalow. We recommend getting here early to grab a drink down by the water and sit under one of the canopied lounge chairs where you can watch locals literally sail in for dinner. After cocktails, head up to the restaurant area to eat fresh, bright dishes like Blue Crab Claw Tagliettle and Fresh Ricotta with Local Honey and Bee Pollen, while scoping out the impeccably well-dressed, white linen-clad scene.
This little spot is known for its breakfast but we actually prefer it for dinner, where their extremely fresh local ingredients (vegetables come from the garden right outside) get a chance to really shine in Mexican inspired dishes. We highly recommend the Crispy California Chicken with Chili Agave Sauce, which is the moistest chicken with the crackliest, most delicious skin. We are also big fans of their homemade hot sauce, both red and green, which are sincerely spicy - you've been duly warned.
You can't do an East Coast vacation without a lobster roll, and the best place to get one on Long Island is Lunch. Though they brag about being the originator of the cold lobster roll, we much prefer their hot, Connecticut style one, which comes with so much lobster meat that they often serve it with two buns (though lately we have noticed that only happens upon request, so make sure to ask for it). We also recommend ordering one of their frozen mojitos, one of the only ones we've actually enjoyed, as it isn't overly sweet and serves as a refreshing post-beach cocktail.
Whether dining within the 1842 Greek Revival mansion turned luxury inn, or overlooking their expansive garden adjacent to the Topping Rose House farm, we could not be more content. The local wines and well-crafted cocktails all compliment an intensely fresh menu (most ingredient come directly from the grounds where you eat, or from local farms nearby), that changes seasonally. This is one of the few places where you should never resist the bread basket, as each variation of roll comes hot out of the oven and tastes better than most desserts. And of course, leave room for actual dessert; we recommend the choice of six home-made ice cream flavors.
We never knew we wanted cheese or turkey in our dosas, but once we tried this updated take on traditional indian crepes, we decided we'd be coming back every time we're in town. We recommend a refreshing mango or peach lassi to sip on while waiting for your meal, and if you're feeling extra hungry, the assorted salads are just as good as everything else.