Universally known as a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of New York City, the Hamptons is the legendary string of villages in Long Island that takes the good life to another level completely. This famous area of Long Island is a playground retreat for all things exquisite in North America: accommodation, shopping, fashion and, of course, fine dining. The Hamptons are much more than simply high-society hoopla and mega-mansions, as beyond the glitzy, glamorous surface lies an unforgettable All-American dining experience. The farmlands, fields, and waters of the East End have always been a dream for the top chefs and restauranteurs of New York, providing them with seafood and produce on a moment’s notice. From unpretentious waterfront eateries to those on the cutting-edge of culinary innovation, it’s no wonder the restaurants in the Hamptons have drawn everybody from celebrity couples to food critics for decades.
Bay Kitchen Bar
After bursting onto the scene in 2014, Bay Kitchen Bar has become a mainstay among locals and visitors. The establishment is situated on the top floor of the Harbor Marina with sweeping views of the Three Mile Harbor making for picturesque waterside dining. The latest from the famous Chef-Restauranteur Eric Miller and his partners, the establishment has intimate relationships with local clammers, fisheries, lobsterers and other purveyors to source the best possible ingredients in the region. Bay Kitchen Bar takes advantage of the bountiful ocean at its disposal with some of the best dock-to-table cuisine in the Hamptons with a menu of local and east coast seafood classics. The dramatic coastal vistas of the marina turn especially beautiful at sunset, which are perfectly complemented by the outstanding selection of cocktails by a seasoned mixologist.
Jean-Georges at Topping Rose House
Located in the scenic community of Bridgehampton, the Jean-Georges at Topping Rose House is a casually chic restaurant that puts forth a true farm-to-table cuisine. The delectable menu uses ingredients grown right next door on the property’s one-acre farm with seafood sourced from the area’s most reputable fishermen. The sensible fare changes as the seasons do, but the menu sticks to simple bites that are casual yet polished. Housed in one of the town’s most iconic buildings that dates back to 1842, the atmosphere has a contemporary Hamptons vibe and welcoming atmosphere that’s pleasant from top-to-bottom. This is the perfect place for a special occasion dinner that’s not too flashy but rather understated, while there’s also a formal dining room and fully-restored barn available for larger groups and intimate parties.
One of the most iconic spots in the Hamptons, Pierre’s makes for an authentic culinary experience that will charm you with its creative versions of traditional French fare, bistro classics and local seafood. The establishment is located on Main Street in Bridgehampton and lies at the very heart of what the extraordinary Hamptons is all about. The concept was brought to life by Pierre Weber, whose family of bakers go back generations, and his vision of an elegant, chic and casual establishment catering towards the utmost sophisticated New Yorkers and Long Island locals. The atmosphere pulls inspiration from Europe with hip and classic décor making for a cozy atmosphere. For many locals, Pierre’s is a routine lunch spot with a traditional French flair to it, while upstairs is a members-only social club and private space where some of the biggest names in New York come to congregate.
Ever since its debut in 2015, Scarpetta Beach became an instant heavy hitter on the east end of the Hamptons. The establishment brings its signature restaurant concept that originated in New York’s meatpacking district with a philosophy that stems from crafting bold flavors by amplifying the essence of locally-sourced ingredients and freshly-caught seafood. This soulful Italian hotspot is a favorite among the regular clientele of the Hamptons for its ever-expanding plates that are simple and refined in both taste and preparation. Take your pick among several signature classics, seasonal dishes and fresh seafood selections with an award-winning wine list to boast. In addition to a world-class kitchen, the establishment is located on the beach in Montauk and boasts panoramic views of the gorgeous coastline. The airy, light mid-century aesthetic plays on its natural surroundings, while an expansive outdoor patio opens during the summer months.
The Restaurant at Baron’s Cove
Located at Sag Harbor, The Restaurant at Baron’s Cove is an All-American classic defined by its old-world décor and maritime charm felt throughout the dining room, lounge and bar. The menu features a number of mouthwatering American classics such as surf and turf, expertly grilled burgers, succulent fish and buttery lobster rolls. The space is bright and airy with doors that open out into a wrap-around balcony on which guests can dine, while superior service and friendly staff members are a staple of this delightful establishment. Head up to the second-floor location for stunning views of the nearby harbor, which makes for an especially romantic ambiance after the sun goes down alongside chocolate truffles and champagne.