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Rohan Vasa, Writer
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Some things change and yet stay the same. The Hamptons are like a lifelong childhood friend — always there, always familiar, and always ready for a good time. For tons of prominent people, the Hamptons are a consistent spot on their summer rotation. And while the familiar standbys offer comfort, the Hamptons never cease to throw some new restaurants into the mix. This year especially, there’s a boom of new restaurants. Here’s the list of the standouts.

Montauk

Little Ruby’s Café

Little Ruby’s Café is an Australian restaurant with multiple locations in New York City. This summer, Ruby’s is headed east to Montauk’s Ruschmeyer Hotel. Ruschmeyer is always a hot spot, and with Little Ruby’s in residence, the summer outlook is good. Chef Jon Meraviglia is known for his work at La Bernardin, Bouchon in Beverly Hills, and Café Boulud in Palm Beach. So there’s a more than good chance that the food will be top notch. The menu will focus on products sourced from local farmers and fisherman. At night, Little Ruby’s will serve specialty bottle packages, as well as large-format punch bowls to keep the party going.

Roberta’s

You may have heard about Roberta’s from pizza lovers in Brooklyn. The restaurant’s popular Neapolitan fare heads out to Montauk after proving its worth at Roberta locations in Bushwick, Williamsburg, Los Angeles, and Singapore. The new spot is in Montauk’s former Arbor space, right by the Surf Lodge. So after an afternoon of drinks, stop by for a slice. This 5,400-square-foot space has got you covered. It will feature a dining room, patio, and two bars. Under chef Carlo Mirachi, Roberta’s promises to bring more fresh seafood to its pastas and pizzas — without abandoning the much-loved classics. 

Mastrador Marram

Finally there’s a real luxury hotel in Montauk, and now it has a top-notch restaurant to match. Mostrador Marram is located in Montauk’s luxurious Marram hotel. Marram is a chic, minimalist place run by the people behind the famed José Ignacio hotels in Uruguay. This version is decidedly Montauk though. The Marram takes its name from the wild grass that grows along the sand dunes in the area. Mostrador Marram, the restaurant, is the creation of chef Fernando Trocca and restaurateur Martin Pittaluga. Their previous three restaurants in Uruguay are known internationally for their asado cooking. At Mostrador Marram, too, they intend to serve locally-sourced seafood and vegetables, in addition to savory meats and baked goods.

Shelter Island

Léon

This summer, Valerie Mnuchin launches Léon 1909, a quaint European bistro on West Neck Road in Shelter Island. Named after her grandfather, the restaurant is set to open in July with seating inside and on the patio for up to 70 people. Chef Mason Lindahl, who used to cook at the popular Diner in Williamsburg, will focus on French-Italian fare. Local ingredients will be sourced for seasonal dishes cooked on a warm wooden hearth. In addition, the menu will have specific wine pairings and a generous list of classic cocktails. 

Pridwin

After undergoing renovations during Covid, the Pridwin, a signature Shelter Island resort, will reopen in July. This beachfront hotel has a rich history of glamorous cocktail parties and summer cookouts dating back to the 1920s. In addition to the sea views, the Pridwin also has private dining rooms that are made for smaller intimate gatherings. The restaurant will serve local American fare with many fresh ingredients found around the island. These dishes will be paired with wines from Long Island vineyards. Pre and post dinner, the new bar, renamed the Crescent for its panoramic views of Crescent Beach, will serve a bevy of refined cocktails. 

Isola

Isola opened in 2017. Italian for island, the name is perfect for what this restaurant does: combine Italian cuisine with local ingredients from the island. This combines the fresh delicacies Shelter Island offers with a Mediterranean feel. One special thing about Isola is that the restaurant features different settings and moods within the space. There is the large dining room, the street-front porch, and the side patio with an open-air pizza kitchen. For cocktails, there’s a lively bar that will keep the party going until at least  the last ferry of the night. The seasonal menu is paired with wine made right on Long Island, in addition to European vintages. 

East Hampton

Tutto Caffe

Donna Karan started Tutto il Giorno in 2007. She wanted to create a warm, inviting restaurant that served pasta in the Neapolitan tradition. The new spot, Tutto Caffe, is set to open this summer in East Hampton. But the new café concept will be different from the other two Tutto il Giornos (in Sag Harbor and Southampton). Tutto Caffe will serve lighter bites, wines, and pastries, all in a familial atmosphere.

O by Kissaki

Kissaki is a popular Japanese restaurant in Manhattan that focuses on omakase sushi made in the kaiseki tradition. O by Kissaki, a beloved venture out along Montauk Highway, returns to East Hampton for a third season. This year, O by Kissaki is shaking things up with its new Itameshi menu (a blend of Italian and Japanese cuisines). The concept combines ingredients  like lardo and uni, or truffles and wild mushrooms. Of course, chef Mark Garcia and his team will also offer favorites like maki and nigiri, alongside signature cocktails and sake.

Si Si

It’s not quite new, but new enough, and worth a second look. Si Si is located at the EHP Resort and Marina. The restaurant is set on five acres of pristine waterfront, in the hideaway formerly known as East Hampton Point. Si Si takes its inspiration from food found along the Mediterranean coasts, whether it’s Spain or Morocco, Italy or Greece. The combination of all these cuisines makes Si Si a unique spot in East Hampton. The menu includes dishes like paella, roasted striped bass, and bucatini verde with Lobster. 

Southampton

Lobster Roll

In the 1960s, the Lobster Roll was a small clam shack by the side of the road in Amagansett. Almost six decades later, this popular restaurant, often referred to simply as, “lunch,”  finally adds another location. If you’re cruising down Route 27 in Southampton, look for a retro silver diner. At the new outpost, you’ll find a menu that includes all the originals. There are namesake lobster rolls that shouldn’t be missed, as well as classics like chowders and fried clam strips.

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