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Dopo La Spiaggia in East Hampton has a sibling location in Sag Harbor.
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10 Breezy Dining Spots in the Hamptons

The hottest hangouts this summer in the East End

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Dopo La Spiaggia in East Hampton has a sibling location in Sag Harbor.
| Photo courtesy of Dopo La Spiaggia.

Whether it’s a seafood shack by the water or a trendy Mediterranean restaurant with an inviting garden, dishes on the East End often draw on ingredients sourced from the surrounding waters and farmland. Fishermen bring in the daily catch and farmers harvest their crops all summer long just a day trip from the five boroughs. From Westhampton to Montauk, chefs are busy transforming those ingredients in a variety of styles, and over the next few months, the menus at the hottest Hamptons restaurants will continue to evolve. Here’s our update on where to eat during the busiest time to dine in the Hamptons.

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The Tavern at The Chequit

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Part of this season’s Shelter Island renaissance, the Chequit hotel has three restaurants from North Fork chef Noah Schwartz, and this New American is farm-to-table focused. Schwartz’s signature smash burger is on the menu, along with steaks, homemade pastas, a pulled-duck barbecue, and a raw bar. In addition to the dining room with a large center bar and an antique billiard table, there is a wrap-around porch.

Navy Beach, Montauk

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There are only a few places where you can actually dine on the sand out east, and this scenic Montauk spot with spectacular sunsets is one of them. Tuna crudo with papaya, pickled serrano, and toasted sesame is a great local starter, and soy-glazed halibut with sushi rice and red curry coconut; or dry-aged ribeye with crispy smashed potatoes are solid entree choices.

Shagwong

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This funky Montauk bar made history when the Rolling Stones regularly played pool and drank there in the ‘70s, and while it still attracts a big nightlife crowd, the outdoor space has morphed into a lovely dining area where you can opt for a range of classics, from fish ’n’chips to seafood paella or a NY strip steak.

Clam Bar at Napeague

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Sit outside in shorts and flip-flops at this 40-year-old roadside spot on the Napeague stretch and indulge in various forms of lobster, from rolls to giant steamed crustaceans.  While there you might want to pick up some fun merchandise, including a baby bib and a vintage sweatshirt.

Wölffer Kitchen Amagansett

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Located within picturesque Amagansett Square, the restaurant owned and operated by Wolffer Vineyard attracts an interesting crowd and serves an array of wine by the glass - largely from its Wolffer, not surprisingly. The approachable menu includes an extremely crisp chopped Greek salad; and seared tuna with black forbidden rice.

Nick & Toni's

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Open nearly 35 years and a bit intimidating as it was a high-end haunt for such discerning diners as Paul McCartney, Brad Pitt, Richard Gere, Gwyneth Paltrow, Martha Stewart and Alec Baldwin, this Tuscan-influenced seasonal spot in East Hampton suddenly looks like a relative bargain next to some of the area’s loftily priced menus.  The legendary free-range chicken, served with crave-worthy garlic and parmesan Yukon potatoes is still just $33, and there is a sparkling rose by the glass for $15.  Save room for the massive tartufo. 

Serafina East Hampton

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The eastern outpost of the popular Italian cafe is a great spot for people watching while crunching on large salads like the Porto Cervo with romaine, hearts of palm, avocado and corn; or a range of thin crust pizzas. Entrees include Italian staples such as veal Milanese; cacao e pepe; and oven-roasted branzino.

Dopo La Spiaggia

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There are few outdoor areas prettier than the garden at this second location of Dopo. Like the original in Sag Harbor, chef Maurizio Marfoglia’s pastas — such as paccheri with slow-cooked pork ribs or authentic creations including braised octopus with manila clams and ′nduja sausage — taste as they would in Italy. Regulars here know to order wafer-thin flatbread drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with rosemary and sea salt to start a meal.

Several people sitting in a garden with string lights hanging from the top
Outdoor dining is popular at Dopo La Spiaggia.
Dopo La Spiaggia

The Living Room

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Closed for over a year, the dining room within the captivating Maidstone hotel across from East Hampton’s pond has reopened with chef Andrew Doran at the helm, and it’s still a bit under the radar. Sushi is now on the menu. In addition to sashimi made with fresh local catch and classic maki, there is a vegan roll with shiitake, cucumber, carrots, and plantain. Among the entree offerings are linguini with clams laced with Chardonnay; and Asian-roasted Scottish salmon. The Living Room has always been pet friendly, and this year there is a partnership with the Farmer’s Dog, so treats abound.

A dim-lit lounge at night with seating.
The Living Room at The Maidstone
Photo couresy of The Maidstone Hotel

T Bar Southampton

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The popular Upper East Side steakhouse may have temporarily shuttered this year, (a new incarnation is due to open on 60th Street this fall), but the Southampton outpost has been going strong.  Chopped salad that can be topped with shrimp, chicken or salmon,  is a longtime favorite, as are crispy sushi, Long Island duck, and a range of steaks.

A white dining room with tableclothed tables set with silver and glassware.
The interior of T Bar Southampton.
Photo courtesy of T Bar Southampton.

The Tavern at The Chequit

Part of this season’s Shelter Island renaissance, the Chequit hotel has three restaurants from North Fork chef Noah Schwartz, and this New American is farm-to-table focused. Schwartz’s signature smash burger is on the menu, along with steaks, homemade pastas, a pulled-duck barbecue, and a raw bar. In addition to the dining room with a large center bar and an antique billiard table, there is a wrap-around porch.

Navy Beach, Montauk

There are only a few places where you can actually dine on the sand out east, and this scenic Montauk spot with spectacular sunsets is one of them. Tuna crudo with papaya, pickled serrano, and toasted sesame is a great local starter, and soy-glazed halibut with sushi rice and red curry coconut; or dry-aged ribeye with crispy smashed potatoes are solid entree choices.

Shagwong

This funky Montauk bar made history when the Rolling Stones regularly played pool and drank there in the ‘70s, and while it still attracts a big nightlife crowd, the outdoor space has morphed into a lovely dining area where you can opt for a range of classics, from fish ’n’chips to seafood paella or a NY strip steak.

Clam Bar at Napeague

Sit outside in shorts and flip-flops at this 40-year-old roadside spot on the Napeague stretch and indulge in various forms of lobster, from rolls to giant steamed crustaceans.  While there you might want to pick up some fun merchandise, including a baby bib and a vintage sweatshirt.

Wölffer Kitchen Amagansett

Located within picturesque Amagansett Square, the restaurant owned and operated by Wolffer Vineyard attracts an interesting crowd and serves an array of wine by the glass - largely from its Wolffer, not surprisingly. The approachable menu includes an extremely crisp chopped Greek salad; and seared tuna with black forbidden rice.

Nick & Toni's

Open nearly 35 years and a bit intimidating as it was a high-end haunt for such discerning diners as Paul McCartney, Brad Pitt, Richard Gere, Gwyneth Paltrow, Martha Stewart and Alec Baldwin, this Tuscan-influenced seasonal spot in East Hampton suddenly looks like a relative bargain next to some of the area’s loftily priced menus.  The legendary free-range chicken, served with crave-worthy garlic and parmesan Yukon potatoes is still just $33, and there is a sparkling rose by the glass for $15.  Save room for the massive tartufo. 

Serafina East Hampton

The eastern outpost of the popular Italian cafe is a great spot for people watching while crunching on large salads like the Porto Cervo with romaine, hearts of palm, avocado and corn; or a range of thin crust pizzas. Entrees include Italian staples such as veal Milanese; cacao e pepe; and oven-roasted branzino.

Dopo La Spiaggia

Several people sitting in a garden with string lights hanging from the top
Outdoor dining is popular at Dopo La Spiaggia.
Dopo La Spiaggia

There are few outdoor areas prettier than the garden at this second location of Dopo. Like the original in Sag Harbor, chef Maurizio Marfoglia’s pastas — such as paccheri with slow-cooked pork ribs or authentic creations including braised octopus with manila clams and ′nduja sausage — taste as they would in Italy. Regulars here know to order wafer-thin flatbread drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with rosemary and sea salt to start a meal.

Several people sitting in a garden with string lights hanging from the top
Outdoor dining is popular at Dopo La Spiaggia.
Dopo La Spiaggia

The Living Room

A dim-lit lounge at night with seating.
The Living Room at The Maidstone
Photo couresy of The Maidstone Hotel

Closed for over a year, the dining room within the captivating Maidstone hotel across from East Hampton’s pond has reopened with chef Andrew Doran at the helm, and it’s still a bit under the radar. Sushi is now on the menu. In addition to sashimi made with fresh local catch and classic maki, there is a vegan roll with shiitake, cucumber, carrots, and plantain. Among the entree offerings are linguini with clams laced with Chardonnay; and Asian-roasted Scottish salmon. The Living Room has always been pet friendly, and this year there is a partnership with the Farmer’s Dog, so treats abound.

A dim-lit lounge at night with seating.
The Living Room at The Maidstone
Photo couresy of The Maidstone Hotel

T Bar Southampton

A white dining room with tableclothed tables set with silver and glassware.
The interior of T Bar Southampton.
Photo courtesy of T Bar Southampton.

The popular Upper East Side steakhouse may have temporarily shuttered this year, (a new incarnation is due to open on 60th Street this fall), but the Southampton outpost has been going strong.  Chopped salad that can be topped with shrimp, chicken or salmon,  is a longtime favorite, as are crispy sushi, Long Island duck, and a range of steaks.

A white dining room with tableclothed tables set with silver and glassware.
The interior of T Bar Southampton.
Photo courtesy of T Bar Southampton.

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