Almond: I really love Almond in Bridgehampton. It’s laid back, has a great atmosphere, the service is stellar and the food can’t be beat. It’s really the perfect bistro.
Canal Cafe: Parker and Paul Hodges were involved with Barefoot Contessa for more than a decade before finding the perfect spot to call their own. It’s right on the marina and has a fantastic lobster roll served untraditionally on a ciabatta roll. Clam fritters are also a win.
Clam Bar: A quintessential summer stop-over, the Clam Bar at Napeague opened more than thirty years ago. Not much has changed during that time. It is still the laid-back, roadside shack pumping out ice cold beer, and even colder clams and oysters. Spurge on the lobster roll, share the steamers and don’t miss the local corn on the cob.
Crow’s Nest: It’s in Montauk so can be a bit of a drive but once you get there, it has one of the most beautiful settings out East. Great for families or date night, but go early for a table with a view. It serves excellent local food and the fact that my kids can run around on the lawn and roast marshmallows after dinner is just awesome.
Estia’s Little Kitchen: Best breakfast or brunch spot during the week. Offers healthier options and some of the best house-made hot sauce I’ve had.
Gosman’s Dock: Their market features local seafood caught from their dock out back, which makes it’s the freshest seafood I know in Montauk. I always pick up some oysters and clams, and either a stripe bass or local fluke or flounder. It’s all great for the grill.
Topping Rose House: Though the Hamptons can get fancy, this spot in a 19th-century Greek Revival mansion doesn’t go over the top. It’s elegant, but not stuffy elegant. The chef focuses on products from local fisherman and antibiotic-free ingredients. And last summer they did a communal pig roast every Sunday, and its so good. Who doesn’t love a pig roast? Bonus they are also open during the winter.
Townline BBQ: Its easy and laid back which you don’t get a lot of out there. Great for take out as well. I love the pork ribs, brisket and baked beans.