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Destination Infatuation Hamptons

Destination Infatuation: Hamptons


*Updated for 2013* Summer in the city is upon us, and that means a mass exodus via 495 East every Friday afternoon. Yes, some of those Hamptons bound people are really, really obnoxious. But don’t let the obscene display of wealth and ridiculous outfits turn you off completely. The Hamptons are all about how you do it and we can help in that department. In the 2013 edition of The Immaculate Infatuation Guide To Killing It This Summer, we map out a couple Hamptons specific “Best Day Ever” blue prints. Those blue prints are only available in the iPad edition of the guide though, so bite the bullet and fork over that $2.99. You can thanks us later.

Despite all the glitz and high levels of douchery, the Hamptons are home to the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast…and some of our favorite things to eat. Rent a zipcar, toss your boogie board in the back and use this Destination Infatuation as your guide to where to eat on the East End. Just make sure you bring a nice big stack of cash too. The grubbing ain’t cheap.

As you can see by how the list shapes up, we spend a lot of our time further out on the island, so this guide is East heavy. Check back next week for a Destination Infatuation dedicated only to Montauk. If Immaculate Infatuation could permanently set up shop in MTK for the summer and “work from home” all week, we’d feel really good about that. Dare to dream.


Lunch

Lunch (Lobster Roll)

Perfect For
Classic East End Establishment

Lunch (Lobster Roll)
1980 Montauk Hwy
Amagansett, NY 11930
631-267-3740

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There aren’t a lot of things in life that make us happier than a huge lobster roll from Lunch. In our opinion, not only is this the best lobster roll in the Hamptons, it’s the best lobster roll in the world. It’s heavy on the mayo, salt, pepper, and celery, and served with slaw and crinkle cut fries. Heaven.


South Edison

South Edison

Perfect For
Friday/Saturday Drinks & Dinner

South Edison
17 South Edison Street
Montauk, NY 11954
631-668-4200

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Chef Todd Mitgang may no longer be in the kitchen (he recently opened Crave Fishbar in Manhattan), but this lively restaurant two blocks off the ocean at the far end of town is still putting out the best restaurant food on the East End. The menu is loaded with exciting seafood, but there’s also plenty of other land-dwelling animals to eat too. The awesome wine list, solid local beer selection, and a bloody mary with a crab claw sticking out of it also keep us coming back. We know this menu inside and out, and for starters suggest anything from the raw bar, the spicy tuna chalupa, octopus tacos, and the grilled romaine salad. As for the mains: tuna, salmon, porgy, and the grilled lobster with couscous are the current fan favorites.


Round Swamp Farm

Round Swamp Farm

Perfect For
Serious Take-Out Operation

Round Swamp Farm
184 Three Mile Harbor Road
East Hampton, NY 11937
631-324-3393

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There are farm stands every five miles in the Hamptons, and they all have great produce. But no one runs an operation quite like Round Swamp. The prepared foods here are absolutely insane. Literally, every single item at Round Swamp is f*cking ridiculous. Chicken buffalo balls, chicken salad, pesto bowtie pasta, dumplings, spring rolls, grilled vegetables, the breads, the guacamole, the fresh produce…it’s all the things that belong in your Hamptons fridge, without having to do the work. And don’t even get us started on the desserts. That Lisa, who’s name is on all the homemade baked goods…good lord. Girl has special talents. Just make sure you check with accounting before going. Nothing is labeled with a price tag, which is how you know it’s gonna be stupid expensive. We like to play the “predict the bill game” while waiting in line. Spending $200 at a farm stand never tasted so good.


Estia's Little Kitchen

Estia’s Little Kitchen

Perfect For
Chronic Brunch

Estia’s Little Kitchen
1615 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
631-725-1045

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The fancy people line up for overpriced healthy food at Babette’s in East Hampton. The smart people go get breakfast burritos and hash browns at Estia’s. A tiny mom-and-pop operated restaurant on Route 114 between Sag Harbor and Bridge Hampton, Estia’s is our go-to brunch spot and it should be yours as well.


Topping Rose House

Topping Rose House

Perfect For:
Special Occasions

Topping Rose House
One Bridgehampton – Sag Harbor Turnpike
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
631-537-0870

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While the local produce and seafood are as good as it gets, that hasn’t translated into a more refined dining scene worthy of your big bucks. Until now. Tom Colicchio and his team recently opened the first legitimate destination restaurant on the East End. All nice dining establishments out here are expensive, but Topping Rose House is the one that actually delivers the goods.


Juice Lane

Juice Lane

Perfect For:
Cold Pressed Juice/Being Healthy

Juice Lane
354 Montauk Highway
Wainscott, NY 11975
631-527-5057

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There’s been a void in the Hamptons marketplace when it comes to cold press juice, which is surprising considering how popular they’ve become #RichPeopleProblems. Well, The Hamptons finally got a legit juice spot. New for 2013, Juice Lane is conveniently located in the same little Wainscott shopping center that houses both Breadzilla and Levain Bakery, two of our other favorite spots. Their juices are great, and made fresh daily. But we could go for some smoothies too. There’s still no one doing that out here right, and paying $16 for a sh*tty from concentrate juice sundae at The Golden Pear is no way to live.


John's Drive In

John’s Drive In

Perfect For:
Ice Cream

John’s Drive-In
695 Montauk Highway
Montauk, NY 11954
631-668-5515

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Ice Cream, it’s an integral part of the beach weekend experience. If you’re not eating ice cream out here, you’re doing it all wrong. John’s Drive-In in Montauk is, hands down, our favorite. They make everything themselves, from the soft serve, to the hard stuff. We’re obsessed with the double chocolate fudge Oreo, as well as the mint chip. Plus, they have the best rainbow sprinkles in town. John’s isn’t the only game in town though. Big Olaf in Sag Harbor is awesome. They don’t make their own ice cream, but they do make their own waffle cones, which is sweet. Candy Kitchen in Bridgehampton isn’t fancy, it’s just very solid. Their chocolate fudge brownie flavor is insane. Also, Jack’s Coffee in Amagansett now carries Blue Marble ice cream, one of our favorites from Brooklyn.


The American Hotel

The American Hotel

Perfect For:
Classic Hamptons Establishment

The American Hotel
49 Main Street
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
631-537-8570

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Break out your finest blazer and have a meal with the old folks. A Hamptons landmark, The American Hotel is a classic. So much so that once inside, all the white hair makes it feel like you’ve been transported back in time to Colonial Williamsburg. Their classic French food remains delicious, but be sure to ask about sitting out on the porch or in the atrium. The back room is not where you want to be.


Bostwick's Chowder House

Bostwick’s Chowder House

Perfect For:
All Purpose Utility Spot

Bostwick’s Chowder House
277 Pantigo Road
East Hampton, NY 11937
631-324-1111

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It’s not our favorite restaurant out East, but it’s the one that we wind up going to the most. Bostwick’s is the perfect spot to visit when you can’t decide where else to go, or just don’t have the energy to cook yourself. It’s quick, it’s casual, and the food is pretty damn good. You can eat outside on their patio (on top of route 27, which isn’t exactly ideal), or take it to go. The menu is seafood heavy, but there’s something fried, grilled or on a bun for everyone. Their lobster roll is also solid, and we’re all about their massive baked clams.


Tutto Il Giorno

Tutto Il Giorno

Perfect For:
Pasta

Tutto Il Giorno
6 Bay Street
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
631-725-7009

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Tutto Il Giorno is a Sag Harbor staple, filled with the pretty and the famous, yet off the beaten path enough so it’s not overly sceney or annoying. They have a nice outdoor patio situation across the street from the harbor and overall it’s a very pleasant dining experience. Princes are steep, but they are everywhere out here. Just be prepared to drop $25 on a bowl of spaghetti with tomatoes. Somehow, it’s worth it. We generally only come here for pasta and salads, that’s their meal ticket.


Silver's

Silver’s

Perfect For:
Sit-Down Lunch

Silver’s
15 Main Street
Southampton, NY 11968
631-283-6443

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We’re not breaking any news here, but Silver’s is a classic. It’s been around since 1923, serving nothing but lunch in the heart of Southampton Village. Soups, salads, and sandwiches are the name of the game here. And all those people waiting out front for a table know what’s up – New Yorkers don’t wait unless it’s worthwhile. Make sure to order the clam chowder when you’re there.


LT Burger

LT Burger

Perfect For:
Burgers

LT Burger
62 Main St
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
631-899-4646

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Keep LT Burger in your back pocket for the time you’re craving a burger, but don’t want to cook one on your own. These here are the real deal. Burgers come stacked high with all kinds of different toppings and themes. Come with the whole family and sit in a big booth, or just sit at the bar with a beer. Either way, it’s an ideal scenario. Also, their milkshakes – wow. Bringing The Infatuation boys to the yard. If $15+ burgers the size of your face is too much action, Bay Burger is also a cheaper, quicker option. Their veggie burger is particularly tasty.


Pierre's

Pierre’s

Perfect For
Celebrity Sighting

Pierre’s
2468 Main Street
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
631-537-5110

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The Hamptons see and be seen game is not our thing, but if you want a little taste of that action, go to Pierre’s. Right smack in the middle of Bridgehampton, Pierre’s is a boisterous French bistro designed to appeal to the Hamptons crowd that winters in St Bart’s. The food is actually really good, and Pierre’s can be a damn good time if you’re in the right mindset. Just slick your hair back and wear your finest white pants. You’ll fit right in.


Beacon

Beacon

Perfect For
Eats With A View

Beacon
8 West Water Street
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
631-725-7088

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The food at Beacon is solid, but not special. The crowd is older, and sometimes a little snotty. But the view is spectacular. Overlooking the harbor from which Sag Harbor gets its name, there’s no better time to come than at sunset, when the sun lowers over the water, illuminating all the boats and fancy yachts in a deep orange glow. Look at that. We just found our inner Ruth Reichl writing this one. Must be from reading Garlic and Sapphires in its entirety this weekend.


La Fondita

La Fondita

Perfect For
Taco Fix

La Fondita
74 Montauk Highway
Amagansett, NY 11930
631-267-8800

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Every beach community needs a high quality taqueria, and La Fondita fills that void out East. Order at the counter, grab a Modelo, and set up shop at one of their outdoor picnic tables while your food is prepared. Some of our favorite go-to plates here are the chorizo tacos (or anything with their chorizo for that matter), the daily specials, the refried beans, and plantains with salsa verde. Also, the aguas frescas are great, as are the Mexican wedding cookies.


Race Lane

Race Lane

Perfect For
Dinner With The Parents

Race Lane
31 Race Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937
631-324-5022

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Photo Credit: Hamptons Mag

Located in an old farmhouse, this year-round restaurant has a huge outdoor bar and patio, but is also appropriate for the cold weather months, when the big fire place sets a warm and cozy mood. Race Lane offers a nice balance – it’s hip and modern enough for people who fancy themselves hip and modern, but it’s also devoid of any scene and quiet enough for conversation. The food also happens to be pretty great. The beer braised short rib with poached egg is excellent, as is the pork chop and chocolate chocolate chip bread pudding.


Breadzilla

Breadzilla

Perfect For
Sandwiches

Breadzilla
84 Wainscott Northwest Road
Wainscott, NY 11975
631-537-0955

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Photo Credit: Serious Eats

Sandwiches are a necessary beach accessory – almost as essential as flip flops and a 12 pack of Coors Light. The East End is stocked with bomb delis and specialty markets that huge, delicious creations to fuel your your day on the sand. Breadzilla is king of the sandwich game out here. Check out all these incredible options. We’ve never been disappointed by anything we’ve ordered here. Other sandwiches we’ll travel for include those of the focaccia and hero variety at Espresso Italian Market in Sag Harbor. The traditional style deli sandwich made with love and care at Hampton Marketplace in East Hampton is worth the wait and not only is the fried chicken at Herb’s Market in Montauk good, but so are the sandwiches.


Harvest On Fort Pond

Harvest On Fort Pond

Perfect For
Outdoor/Patio Situation

Harvest On Fort Pond
11 S. Emery Street
Montauk, NY 11954
631-668-5574

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The menu hasn’t changed in forever, and many of us who’ve been coming here for years are kind of over it, but there isn’t a better location for patio dining than Fort Pond at Harvest. It’s a good choice for the family or a big group of friends, just be sure to bring bug spray and some bread to feed the enormous fish by the dock. Our go-to’s here are the mussels, the calamari salad, and the skirt steak.


Suki Zuki

Suki Zuki

Perfect For
Sushi

Suki Zuki
668 Montauk Highway
Water Mill, NY 11976
631-726-4600

In terms of reasonably priced sushi joints, there aren’t too many options out here. Thank goodness for Suki Zuki. Located right on Route 27 in Water Mill, it’s the convenience and spicy tuna sandwich that keep us coming back. Zuki is the perfect pit stop for dinner on the way out Friday night, or on the way home Sunday evening. The traffic can wait.


Gosman's Dock

Gosman’s Dock

Perfect For
Stroller Friendly

Gosman’s Dock
484 West Lake Drive
Montauk, NY 11954
631-668-2549

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Got kids? It doesn’t get much better than Gosman’s. The dock, the boats, the clam bar, the ice cream…it’s a children’s paradise. But big kids like us can appreciate it too. Drinks overlooking the water at Topside are certainly never a bad idea. However, you don’t want to eat up there. Eat down at the clam bar on the dock where you can dig into freshly caught local fish, delicious clam chowder, steamers, lobster, sandwiches… you get the picture. Or check out Inlet Cafe overlooking the water for a more formal dock experience, they’re known for having the best sushi and raw fish in Montauk.


Levain Bakery

Levain Bakery

Perfect For
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Levain Bakery
354 Montuak Highway (Wainscott Village Center)
Wainscot, NY 11975
631-537-8570

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We’re obsessed with chocolate chip cookies. One of the first things we ever did as Immaculate Infatuation was our Cookies Across The City video, which, despite being shot on a handheld from 1986, is probably the best video we’ll ever make. We agreed with our rented 9-year-old’s. Levain Bakery makes the best cookie in Manhattan. Lucky for us, they also have a bakery out East. Now you can enjoy delicious baseball sized cookies in your bathing suit.