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2022-07-12 00:00:00 Avenue Magazine Where to Eat, Drink, and People Watch in the Hamptons This Summer

Where to Eat, Drink, and People Watch in the Hamptons This Summer

To dine for
Photo by Clay Leconey, via Unsplash

Trust the Hamptons to consistently provide new and novel places to dine and drink. In time for the summer season, entrepreneur Heath Freeman opens Sunset Harbor in East Hampton, offering seafood fra diavolo — along with drop-dead views of Three Mile Harbor (313 Three Mile Harbor–Hog Creek Road, East Hampton). Freeman also bought the beloved former Red Bar Brasserie in Southampton and has plans to open a French bistro there called Enchanté — think Gallic classics, including a Hamptons version of steak frites but with lobster — with Dane Sayles, formerly of Gurney’s, as head chef (210 Hampton Road, Southampton). Famous for its pivotal role on Showtime’s The Affair and its eponymous sandwich (hot or cold, both delicious), Amagansett’s Lobster Roll, known simply as LUNCH, opens in Southampton (32 Montauk Highway, Southampton). Meanwhile, chef Andrew Doran (formerly of SALT and Inlet) joins the Maidstone hotel, bringing a modern American seafood concept to the restaurant with a highly seasonal “catch of the day” (207 Main St., East Hampton).

Restaurateur Maurizio Marfoglia of East Hampton’s Dopo La Spiaggia fame, has taken over the former World Pie space for Dopo Il Ponte and will use a wood-burning oven to turn out pizzas (and classic Italian dishes) to a chic crowd (2402 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton). Sant Ambroeus opens in East Hampton, promising Milanese fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in addition to people watching at the former Babette’s space (66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton). Little Ruby’s Montauk takes over Ruschmeyers, where Le Bernardin veteran Jon Meragiglia will serve up local dishes and a unique pizza program (161 Second House Road, Montauk). Beloved Bushwick pizzeria brand Roberta’s opens in the space formerly occupied by Arbor in Montauk, with popular Neapolitan pies paired with pastas and whole fish cooked in a wood-fired oven (240 Fort Pond Road, Montauk). Gabby Karan de Felice’s Tutto Il Giorno opens Tutto Caffé, a casual place for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus there’s a coffee and wine bar (55 Main Street, East Hampton). Rooted Café serves up couscous, charcuterie boards, and other shareable finger food. Oh, and there’s caviar (440 West Lake Drive, Montauk). Root Hospitality (of Rumba and Cowfish in Hampton Bays) have opened Fauna in the former Starr Boggs space, with entrees such as cumin-dusted salmon and steaks for two (6 Parlato Drive, Westhampton Beach).

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