The Ultimate Resy Guide to the Hamptons
Though the year-round population in the Hamptons has definitely increased over the past few years, there’s no doubt that summer is the prime moment to head out East — particularly with an influx of new restaurants dotting the scenic landscape. Whether you seek a refined eatery fit for a celebration, a casual outdoor feast among friends, or something in between, we’ve got you covered. Now, all you have to do is make the trip — and make a Resy.
MARSIN, MAGO AND ALEX. Waterside dining at Le Bilboquet.
Bounce Beach Montauk map Montauk Beach Casual fare, waterfront vistas, and DJ sets come together at Bounce Beach, which took over the location of infamous beach bar The Sloppy Tuna. Get there early and order your frosé on the double as the crowds are ever-growing or, arrive late (after 10 p.m.) on Saturdays and Sunday for the full club experience.
Le Bilboquet Sag Harbor map Sag Harbor What happens when a French Upper East Side institution goes to the Hamptons? You get a St. Tropez vibe, a legendary Cajun chicken, and waterside views, best enjoyed with a dozen oysters at hand.
Dockers Waterside Marina & Restaurant map The Hamptons A trusted Dune Road gem for over three decades, Dockers has one of the most enviable dining setups right on the water. This is the place for lobster bakes and shellfish platters, but if you’re looking for something more beachy and fun, head to their food truck.
The Beacon map Sag Harbor There’s no better place to take in the sunset and the sprawling Sag Harbor Bay than perched atop a yacht club at the Beacon. Don’t miss the sunset dinners, a $75 pick-your-own two-course dinner of their best hits.
A seafood feast for two. Photo courtesy of Il Buco Al Mare.
Kissaki Water Mill map Water Mill At the Water Mill outpost of Manhattan’s acclaimed Kissaki, grab a seat at the bar and let the chef take the wheel with the 14-course dinner omakase ($115). The classic futomaki is a worthy add-on, and be sure to start with their Shiokaze cocktail, combining mezcal and sake. End with one of the chiffon cakes courtesy of Taste Crème Bakery in Long Island City.
Lulu Kitchen and Bar map Sag Harbor The wood-burning oven and grill are a focal point of the cuisine at this year-round Sag Harbor bistro. Order accordingly: Don’t miss the grilled whole branzino or lunch-only wood-fired pizzas. To start, get a half-dozen Montauk Pearls and their wood-roasted cauliflower served with spicy Long Island grapes, yogurt, and Aleppo pepper.
Il Buco Al Mare map Amagansett When the Il Buco team heads to Amagansett, you know you’re in for a treat: local seafood finished in a wood-fired oven, tinned fish straight out of the Iberian Peninsula, and a bunch of next-door produce spruced up by chef Justin Smillie.
Nick & Toni's map East Hampton If you can swing a table on the porch, do it (get that outdoors booking slot!). There’s nothing quite like a plate of pasta al fresco at this Tuscan-inspired, see-or-be-seen staple.
Stone Creek Inn map The Hamptons An East Quogue standby and fine dining gem, Stone Creek Inn brings out the romance with string lights, tents, top-notch service, and an impeccable French-leaning menu. Don’t sleep on the soft-shell crabs when they’re in season.
Pierre's map Bridgehampton Dress up — Pierre’s is home to one well-heeled crowd imbibing in dirty martinis and a sensational, seafood-heavy menu that looks to coastal France. Do plan your meal around Pierre’s daily specials — a.k.a. don’t miss bouillabaisse Fridays.
Elaia Estiatorio map Hamptons This is yia-yia comfort food at its best. Get the lamb chops or the kotopoulo psito (a non-negotiable roasted chicken with melty lemon potatoes) and do delve into the Greek wines on offer for a more casual, but just as special, date night option.
Jean-Georges at Topping Rose House map Bridgehampton A seasonal, vegetable-forward Jean-Georges meal in a 19th century mansion surrounded by its one-acre farm? The bucolic estate at Topping Rose House is something else.
We also recommend Tutto ilil Giorno Sag, where we usually meet up with friends for dinner dancing, and Urban Zen shopping.
Serafina East Hampton map East Hampton For a dependable crowd-pleaser (particularly when it comes to younger diners) look no further than Serafina. They may not be reinventing the wheel, but their lobster ravioli and veal scaloppine always hit the spot. On the way out, stock your pantry with their homemade pesto and Bolognese sauces, and their proprietary pizza kit. Book Now
O by Kissaki East Hampton map East Hampton Though the sushi at this clubby and chic Kissaki spin-off is unimpeachable, you’ll want to pay special attention to the appetizers (think: salmon crispy rice), robata-grilled dishes, and their craft cocktail program. Score a seat at the expansive outdoor patio and, if you’re so inclined (and dining en masse), consider diving into the “O After Dinner” bottle service experience. Book Now
Rosie's map Amagansett Rosie’s is just the kind of full-service operation you want at your disposal come summertime. Open daily starting Memorial Day weekend, this casual, vegetable-forward spot offers coffee and pastries starting at 8 a.m. followed by “blunch,” happy hour, dinner, and a full bar. Feel virtuous and satisfied with the kale Caesar topped with boquerones and anchovy-yogurt dressing. Book Now
Main Prospect map Sag Harbor Village Elevated gastropub fare is the order of the day at this New American spot, which recently took over the historic John Duck’s Restaurant space. Their indulgent brunch menu, bar area, and arcade games are the main draws. For a crowd, consider sampling their three varieties of chicken wings: O.G. Buffalo Style, Korean BBQ, and Caribbean Chili-Coconut with an order of pork belly arepas. Book Now
Wolffer Kitchen Amagansett map Amagansett As a vineyard-operated project, Wölffer is the place to indulge in summer’s official pink-hued wine — rosé-inspired cuisine and all — amid a pretty dining room (turquoise walls, floral banquettes) or a stellar garden setup. Book Now
Armin & Judy map Bridgehampton As Bridgehampton’s best-kept bakery — we’re talking next-level baguettes, croissants, and quiches, among others — Armin & Judy is perfect for picnic goods on the fly or a leisurely meal where the handmade pasta shines. Book Now
Union Sushi & Steak map Southampton This is surf and turf on another level. Throw in award-winning chefs, dry-aged steak, warm service, and craveable rolls (don’t miss the eponymous Union roll, with lobster and skirt steak), and know you have a winner. Book Now
Highway Restaurant map East Hampton From the minds that brought the city Charlie Bird and Shuko comes Highway, a bona fide crowd-pleaser with a global menu ranging from Korean chicken buns and crispy duck salad to pasta and a cheeseburger that can’t be beat. Book Now
South Edison map Montauk Those who know head to South Edison for a post-beach meal, where the sesame shrimp tacos reign supreme. Don’t sleep on the duck fat fries either. Book NowMain Street Tavern map
Main Street True to its name, Main Street Tavern is posted right on Amagansett’s main thoroughfare, and is the best place for a group of friends to dive into tavern plates and summer cocktails. Do book the beer garden tables. Book Now
Southampton Social Club map Southampton High-energy vibes and live DJ sets are this nightlife hub’s promise, whether you sit indoors under glowing chandeliers or out in the beach-style cabanas. Book Now
Union Burger Bar map Southampton You’re going to want to stop by during happy hour, Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., for $5 beers and one beautifully stacked burger. Milkshake optional. Book Now