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The only guide you need for enjoying every aspect of Hamptons life by Cindi Cook

East Hampton


1770 House: Contemporary American cooking upstairs and a more relaxed pub atmosphere downstairs. You will immediately be charmed by this restaurant inside a colonial house and its quaint outdoor patio. 143 Main Street, 631.324.1770,

The Backyard at Solé East: Another star in the Montauk constellation has risen. This sophisticated spot adjoins Solé East, the chic resort in the center of town. Sip a Caiprinha poolside at the Bossa Nova brunch and let the weekend begin. 90 Second House Road, 631.668.2105,

Babette’s: Stop by for lunch, brunch or dinner in a relaxed but upscale atmosphere. Healthy Hamptons fare is served by a friendly staff and don’t skip out on the fresh juice-based cocktails—it is summer after all. Closed on Wednesdays. 66 Newtown Lane, 631.329.5377,

Harvest on Fort Pond: Settle into a gorgeous garden on the waterfront to enjoy a fresh, muddled cocktail—served in a mason jar—and a couple of delicious TuscanMediterranean plates. 11 South Emery Street, 631.668.5574,

CittaNuova: The Euro feel, small plates and carafes of wine served in stout glasses will have you frequenting this hotspot again and again. 29 Newtown Lane, 631.324.6300,

DINING Amagansett Clam Bar at Napeague: It doesn’t get any better—classic steamers, clams, shrimp cocktail and lobster rolls are the fare that keeps them coming back season after season. 2025 Montauk Highway, 631.267.6348, Bridgehampton Pierre’s: Solid French food, great wine and a convivial atmosphere form a nearperfect dining experience. 2468 Main Street, 631.537.5110, The Restaurant at Topping Rose House: At this new hot spot, expect to get a reservation next summer—bookings are currently three months out. Tom Colicchio, star of kitchen and screen, runs the restored grand home, now a modern luxury spa and inn located right on Bridgehampton’s main drag. 1 Bridgehampton - Sag Harbor Turnpike, 631.537.0870, 56 | AVENUE ON THE BEACH • JUNE 2013

East Hampton Grill: Fantastic new and traditional American food—from stellar salads to fresh caught fish—with a fun vibe and chic crowd. The dark, woody décor lends something different to the beach-dining scene. 99 North Main Street, 631.329.6666, The Living Room at c/o the Maidstone: With a wine cellar that beats all, afternoon tea and one of the coziest locales around, the Living Room lives up to its name. Take a drink in the Buddha garden while you peruse the menu filled with fresh local produce and organic foods at this self-professed New York slow food restaurant. 207 Main Street, 631.324.5006, Nick & Toni’s: At this power center of Hamptons dining, everyone’s a VIP. Regulars love Nick & Toni’s meats, cooked in a woodburning oven, and the appetizer of crispy fried zucchini chips. 136 North Main Street, 631.324.3550, The Palm: Characteristic hearty portions go down simply when served at the charming Huntting Inn. 94 Main Street, 631.324.0411,

Byron at The Surf Lodge: Montauk’s hip hangout brought the end of the South Fork back to life. Take in the ocean view over a crisp glass of summer rosé. You’ll be glad you did. 183 Edgemere Street, 631.483.5037, Sag Harbor The Beacon: Christie Brinkley is a regular and you will be too. The Beacon serves up some of the best food on the East End, with delicious fresh fish and a stellar wine list. 8 West Water Street, 631.725.7088, Dockside Bar & Grill: It’s just as the name implies. Seafood served in an unpretentious atmosphere and alfresco dining with marina views. 26 Bay Street, 631.725.7100, Estia’s Little Kitchen: Mouthwatering garden-to-table—grown in their own backyard—dining at its best in this little gem. 1615 Bridgehampton - Sag Harbor Turnpike, 631.725.1045, Madison and Main: New American seafood is on the menu here, the latest player to dive into the culinary competition in this harbor town. Proud Slow Foodie Michael Gluckman—of The Lodge, The Boathouse, and Phao fame—calls the Peconic Bay his “personal Mediterranean.” 126 Riemanns Alley, 631.725.6246,

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