We know you’re going to be in Mykonos in July, Ibiza in August, and you’ll squeeze in St. Tropez somewhere in between. But when you’re not traveling the world, you plan to be in your happy place this summer. Whether you’ve been coming to the Hamptons for years or are new to the scene, it doesn’t matter. There’s something special about eating seafood in the parking lot of the Clam Bar and dining old-school style at Nick and Toni’s at least once. Then of course, there’s taking a daily run to the Golden Pear and– for those with even greater ambitions– trying to figure out how to get a table at Bilboquet. But the Hamptons always has something new up its sleeve. These are the places to mix it up with your favorites this summer.
The Hamptons always re-energizes itself with a new list of restaurants to try each season. That’s what continues to make the Hamptons relevant; it always mixes it up to keep it interesting, but also has the tried and true favorites. Our list includes both the trendy new restaurants to try out but also the old gems that keep you coming back. Here’s what you need to know about the new restaurants in the Hamptons this season.
The Restaurant: Mavericks
The Location: Montauk
Mavericks is finally open after a year of anticipation. This new surf and turf restaurant will serve up the best of both the land and the sea. The seafood is caught fresh daily, the vegetables are from local farms, and the beef is sustainably sourced from within New York. But beyond the food, which has gotten rave reviews, Mavericks outdid themselves in ambiance. The restaurant has a huge wall of windows that open out onto Fort Pond with the East End as a backdrop. While the interior features a 700 pound shark sculpture as you enter, and a sleek raised wooden bar with accented lights. Early indications are that Mavericks will be the scene of the summer.
The Restaurant: Sag Harbor Kitchen
The Location: Sag Harbor
Sag Harbor Kitchen officially opens June 15th but is a-buzz. The new restaurant is operated by Michelin-acclaimed chef Melissa O’Donnell in partnership with Kittch, a new culinary platform. Its space will feature an open kitchen and communal dining tables, all by the waterfront. They will serve freshly caught seafood and farm to table produce, taken to the next level. In addition, there will be cooking classes and other exclusive experiences run by Kittch, which aims to connect popular chefs with consumers. If you truly can’t wait, Sag Harbor Kitchen has its soft opening Memorial Day weekend with a limited menu.
The Restaurant: Maison Close Montauk
The Location: Montauk
After its lively opening in SoHo last Summer Maison Close is coming to Montauk. This new location aims at bringing diners into an intimate setting by the beach. The menu will feature an elevated take on the classic bistro dishes found in Paris. It will have leadership from executive chef, Geoffrey Lechantoux who brings his experience working at Michelin star restaurants alongside chefs Alain Ducasse and Gordon Ramsay. The restaurant’s interior was created in partnership with DMDesign and is a throwback to a Moulin Rouge aesthetic. Its waterfront location aims to inspire a “Summer in Saint-Tropez” like feeling. There is a lavish outdoor dining area to watch the sunsets and a dock space for those arriving by boat.
Unfortunately, since this was published a fire broke out at the restaurant on May 25th. We are thankful no one was hurt and will keep you updated.
The Restaurant: Talya
The Location: Montauk
Talya is a new Greek and Mediterranean restaurant by the same team at Maison Close Montauk including chef Geoffrey Lechantoux and DMDesign. This new concept will bring out the diverse culinary spirit of the Mediterranean while placing special emphasis on Greek cuisine. Tayla will be occupying space in Ruschmeyer’s Hotel. The lively atmosphere of the interior dining room, bar, and lounge is inspired by the Greek islands. Created by DMDesign, it incorporates vibrant hues, hanging lanterns, disco balls, and a firepit for the outside space. The dim lighting, music, and creative cocktails add to the cool and inspired ambiance.
The Restaurant: Vin Sur Vingt
The Location: Sag Harbor
Vin Sur Vingt, the popular French wine bar located in New York City and Washington D.C., has finally made its way to the Hamptons. This new Sag Harbor bistro will be open for lunch and dinner will feature 250 wines, including 40 options for wine by the glass. This outpost is led by founder Sebastien Auvet who will be premiering Vin Sur Vingt’s first ever craft cocktail menu here. The dining menu is inspired both by the dishes of Auvet’s grandmother and the renowned bistros of France. Additionally, there will be a special late night deal of 25% off all bottles from 10pm to close.
The Restaurant: Enchanté
The Location: Southampton
Enchanté is the new culinary concept by the team that created Sí Sí, Sunset Harbor, and Crash Cantina. With Enchanté they pay homage to French brasseries and seafood restaurants from the South of France. The new restaurant is set in the space that was previously occupied by the historic Red Bar. The EHP Hospitality Group has transformed the space into a romantic affair that will allow guests to move seamlessly between its three main spaces. Its airy atmosphere is accented by marble top cafe tables, natural linens, and pops of color. A marble bar is animated by brass details and bistro chairs. The reimagined space is sure to be one of the hottest new restaurants in the Hamptons this summer.
The Restaurant: Rosie’s Pop Up Dining Series
The Location: Amagansett
Although Rosie’s in Amagansett isn’t a newcomer to the Hamptons, its pop up dining series has refreshed its list of participants for the season. This beloved spot in Amagansett has served healthy dishes made from locally sourced ingredients for years. Its modern and inviting space brings in a diverse range of chefs to the Hamptons each season for two weeks at a time. Their past winter pop up series was incredibly popular and sold out almost every week. Here is the list and dates for the Summer season, be sure to reserve a spot.
Bottino, May 25-28 / June 1-4
Rangoon, June 8-11 / June 15-18
Jia, June 22-25 / June 29-July 2
Odo, July 5-9 / July 12-16
Isabelle’s Osteria, July 20-23 / July 27-30
Wayan, August 3-6 / August 10-13
Charlie Bird, August 17-20 / August 24-27
Leland Eating & Drinking House, August 31-September 3 / September 7-10
Wayla, September 14-17 / September 21-24
Little Owl, September 28-30
The Old Favorites
Although you should enjoy these new restaurants in the Hamptons it’s always a treat to stop by your favorite spots. We’ve put together a list of old favorites. You’ll recognize some that you love and hopefully even find new restaurants to check out while in the Hamptons this Summer.
Tutto Il Giorno
Nick + Toni’s
East Hampton Grill
O by Kissaki
The Clam Bar
Little Ruby’s Cafe