1 Ocean Road, Bridgehampton, NY 11976
Dinner seven days, Sunday-Thursday 5:30--10 p.m., Friday till midnight, Saturday until 11 p.m.
Almond has settled into the charming building at the corner of Ocean Road, to which it moved last year, and its following has grown. Jason Weiner is the co-owner and executive chef with partners Eric Lemonides and Antonio Rappazzo. The wine list is mainly French, to match a menu that includes escargots, red wine-braised short ribs, and steak frites, but dishes are far from routine. Macaroni and cheese? It comes with proscuitto and truffles. There’s a “plat du jour” daily and a specal Meatless Monday. Almond also has a New York branch, on East 22nd Street.
2044 Montauk Highway (Bridgehampton Commons), Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Weekends until 10 p.m.
Traditional savory Italian-American pizza and pasta is how the owners describe this Commons storefront, which also serves a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees, and gelato. Patrons can create their own pastas from a variety of sauces and shapes or choose from a menu of baked specialties. There are a number of specialty pizzas such as Buffalo Chicken, Hawaiian, Taco, and stuffed, as well as calzones and pizza rolls.
2393 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Seven days. Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday, until 10 p.m.
The well-known writers who used to hang out at Bobby Van's, Truman Capote, James Jones, and Willie Morris, for example, are long gone, as is the pianist and bon vivant who gave the place its name, but the institution has thrived as a steakhouse chain, with five locations in New York City, two in Washington, D.C., and one at J.F.K. The dining room is light and airy and the facade folds open in summer for people-watching (and vice versa). If you aren't in the mood for one of BV's steaks or a burger with fries and onion rings, you'll find fish and seafood entrees and even lobster mac and cheese on the extensive menu. French toast and pancakes are served on Saturday and Sunday.
Main and School Streets, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Seven days, 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
The Candy Kitchen is popular for its old-fashioned style and ice cream parlor counter. In addition to house-made ice cream and frozen treats, it serves everything you would expect at a luncheonette, and the chef offers daily specials. Second-home owners like to gather for breakfast and customers find its down-to-earth ambience refreshing. Newspapers available.
2 Pantigo Road, East Hampton, NY 11937, 2209 Montauk HIghway, Bridgehampton, 20 Hampton Road, Southampton
212-874-0383, 631-537-5990, 631-283-6600
The cafes and retail stores are open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Citarella cafes offer fresh and fully stocked salad bars, a hot-food counter, where you can get nice burgers and wraps, as well as freshly prepared salads, fried chicken, steak, and sushi, too. They are convenient places for patrons to appease their appetites or pack a picnic. In East Hampton there are tables with a view of the sidewalk and, outside, concrete tables with umbrellas that allow customers to enjoy meals in the fresh air. The Bridgehampton branch has pizza, but no outdoor seating.
1615 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Breakfast and lunch, Wednesday-Monday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Dinner, Thursday-Sunday, 5:30-9 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.
Estia's Little Kitchen has been so popular that its owner, Colin Ambrose, has opened a branch in Darien, Conn. The menu has typical American dishes, but Mexican influences are strong. A number of breakfast dishes are based on flour tortillas. Dinner might start with crab tostadas or Mexican sweet corn soup, and the entree might be grilled fish tacos with Tequila sunrise salsa. A prix fixe is offered Friday-Sunday before 6:30 p.m. This fun and unpretentious place is very small, so reservations will help you get a table.
203 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Seven days. Dinner, Monday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m., and Sunday, 4-9 p.m. Lunch, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday brunch, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. No reservations.
With a name like Fresh, you know the kitchen will offer farm-to-table ingredients. Todd Jacobs, the acclaimed chef at the American Hotel in the mid-1990s, opened Fresh last year. The dishes are a la carte, and you can choose small, medium, or large portions, which allows taste tests and a range of prices, but don't be surprised it it mounts up. Asian influences - lemongrass, kimchi - are sprinkled through the menu as is the word organic. Hemp-flour crusted flounder and a raw vegan soup would be hard to find elsewhere. There are nightly specials during the week, including the popular Taco Tuesday with a choice of meat, fish, chicken, or vegetarian fillings.
2426 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY 11932, 34 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 11937, 111 Main Street, Southampton, 11968, 93 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 11963
631-537-1100, 329-1600, 283-8900, 725-2270
Breakfast and lunch, seven days, 6:30 a.m. until dusk.
This daytime cafe is a year-round favorite, having added branches over the years. All menu items are available for eat in or take out. The eateries pride themselves on their coffees, gourmet breakfasts, and catering. You could say the Golden Pear is tried and true.
100 Pantigo Road (Rt. 27), East Hampton; 10 South Etna Avenue, Montauk; 2101 Montauk Hwy, Amagansett, and 2123 Montauk Hwy, Bridgehampton, 819 County Road 39, Southampton.
Seven days, Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-4 p.m. (till 3 p.m. in Southampton), Sundays, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
Goldberg's Famous is a formidable Jewish deli. Its mainstays are bagels and flagels baked daily. It's also a great source for Jewish rye, kasha varnishkas, stuffed cabbage, and chopped liver, among other mouth-watering staples of the cuisine. There's a veggie tuna salad if you're watching your weight. Try freezing some stuffed cabbage to serve summer house guests on a rainy day.
112 Maple Lane, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Seven days, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
After 17 years in Sag Harbor, Java Nation, a no-frills, small-batch coffee roastery whose owners take their beans very, very seriously, moved to Bridgehampton last year, taking a space in a semi-industrial row of buildings near the train station. A small cafe in front serves up hot cups of Joe, cappuccino, and espresso with a few baked goods and teas to round things out. The big deal here is beans, with devotees willing to drive miles to stock up.
1970 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Seven days. Lunch and dinner, Monday-Thursday, and Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday until midnight. Saturday until 1 a.m. "All-U-Can-Drink Brunch" Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Mercado is a grill and bar with 75 tequilas on hand and 20 beers on tap. Marcel Link, the owner, was inspired to revamp the menu, making it more authentic, after a recent trip to several cities and small villages in Mexico. He also enlisted help from Julieta Ballesteros, the chef and owner of Creama and China Latina in New York, making the fare more upscale. The menu has little devil icons to indicate just how spicy dishes are. There's a prix fixe on Wednesday and Thursday, and Tuesday night offers $2 and $3 tacos.
95 School Street, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Lunch and dinner seven days. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday.
Think Sicilian ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts, currants, fennel, fava beans, couscous, and candied oranges. Authentic Sicilian and family recipes from the Aeolian Island of Salina, including caponatina, bucatini con sarde, pesce spada, polpo, artisanal cannoli, and Salina's signature dessert, "panino di gelato."
2044 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days. Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
This bakery and cafe is a part of a franchise with branches all over the country. With its mission "a loaf of bread in every arm," the company knows the art and craft of bread-making. Choices on the menu range from sandwiches to tossed-to-order salads, and soup served in bread bowls, an innovative treat, especially for children. The bakery has breads, bagels, pastries, and sweets. Catering is available.
2468 Main Street, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Dinner, Sunday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m. Weekends until 11 p.m. Breakfast, 8-11 a.m. Lunch/brunch, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Pierre Weber has been serving up all things French for 13 years and has a loyal following. The restaurant's small, adjacent market features patisserie made in-house and is open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. every day. Pierre's changes its long and very French menu seasonally. Duck magret with lychees and parsnip puree, white asparagus from Holland, and mussel soup with coconut milk, curry, apple and banana were recent offerings. The ambience is sophisticated, the noise level moderate, and the wine list extensive. Pierre's has live music from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, except in July and August.
1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Seven days. Breakfast, 7-10:30 a.m., lunch, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., dinner, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday brunch, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Tom Colicchio, who has a mini restaurant empire, opened this 85-seat Bridgehampton restaurant in the new 22-room inn and spa at the old Bull's Head Inn in 2013. The menu is focused on locally grown vegetables, including harvests from a nearby acre. The cooking has contemporary American and Italian elements. The menu features some tasty seasonal starters, like kale salad with pine nuts, currants, and pecorino Romano, or asparagus with egg, rhubarb, and paddlefish caviar. Pastas include smoked linguine with poached egg and pancetta, while entrees include blackfish with razor clams, grits, and baby leeks or roasted lobster with carrot fregola, potatoes, and bok choy. Mr. Colicchio is known for Craft, which he opened in Manhattan in 2001, and is responsible for several Craft branches, in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and at Foxwoods in Connecticut, along with "wichcraft" sandwich shops elsewhere. He has won several James Beard Foundation awards and been a head judge on Bravo's hit reality cooking series, "Top Chef."