For all the Manhattanites out there, those last minute getaways mean an escape to the Hamptons! A string of seaside communities on the east end of Long Island, the Hamptons (which comprise Southampton and East Hampton) have long been a popular destination for affluent families in New York looking for a break from the hustle and bustle — not to mention humidity — of August in the city. While the region is known for its vast oceanside homes and Atlantic beaches, the area also happens to boast some of the best restaurants in the state. From Fresno to North Fork Table, check out the five best eateries in all of the Hamptons.
Located just off East Hampton’s Main Street, Fresno is all about laid back vibes and contemporary American bites. Fresno was founded in 2004 and is open daily from 5:30pm onwards. Regional flavours infuse all dishes, including spaghettini with jumbo lump crab, the cazuela roasted local tilefish, and the beet and cucumber salad. Though the menu is largely centred around seafood, there are lots of healthy and delicious options for all the strict vegetarians (and strict meatatarians) out there.
As the Hamptons’ first seed-to-table restaurant and the winner of OpenTable’s Diner’s Choice Award in 2016, Page at 63 Main is a must on your list of Hamptons eateries. For a “true East End experience,” there’s nothing better than the cuisine served here, all sourced from local farms and fisheries — they even have their own aquaponic produce grown in-house. The eclectic dinner menu ranges from seared sea scallops to Long Island Crescent Farm duck breast and leg confit. Page at 63 Main is open for lunch, dinner, and even Sunday brunch (you won’t want to miss the crab cake eggs benedict).
This waterfront eatery boasts some of the best views and dining in the region. Oaklands Restaurant and Marina offers everything from traditional seafood to upscale Italian. Some of our fave items include the shrimp quesadilla, short rib sliders, clam chowder, wasabi pea dusted tuna, and the refreshing burrata salad. It also has live music throughout the week and a “Lobster Bash” every Monday and Tuesday during the summer months.
The East Hampton Grill is open year round and offers gourmet cuisine combined with a fabulous art collection to peruse while you eat. House specialties sound simple, but are anything but! Highlights include the cheeseburger, made with in-house ground chuck and brisket, a USDA Prime Filet, the lobster po’ boy, and the jumbo lump crab cakes. Though there are certainly many fresh seafood options, they also serve up delicious meat options for all the carnivores — we’re talking slow roasted barbecue ribs, prime rib roast, and a rutherford ribeye. Finally, no trip is complete without a sampling of their famous “Heavenly Biscuits,” served with rosemary, butter, and honey.
Local everything is the name of the game at North Fork Table, where produce is grown organically, fish is sourced from nearby Peconic Bay and Long Island Sound, and duck and beef hail from the North Fork peninsula. Part of the North Fork Inn, this restaurant’s offerings change seasonally. In the summer, options include raw oysters, swordfish, grass fed beef sirloin, and ricotta cavatelli. A six course tasting menu is available, though separate entrées and shared plates are also an option. North Fork Table boasts an impressive whiskey list and some delicious brunch dishes.