28 Maidstone Park Road, East Hampton, NY 11937
Dinner seven days, 5-10 p.m.
Michaels' has been a favorite of locals, folks from Manhattan, and visitors from afar. It focuses on quality dishes, and uses Angus beef, organic produce, and farm-raised poultry. The restaurant also has a first-class wine list. The dining room is cozy and comfortable, with a number of booths and the noise level under control. Some consider it a welcome relief from the trendy Hamptons.
100 Montauk Highway, East Hampton, NY 11937
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Weekends till 11 p.m. The bar, which has its regular bon vivantes, stays open late.
Burgers, chicken, sandwiches, salads, wings, nachos in a basic no-frills place with a small bar and dedicated group of fans.
136 North Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937
Dinner seven days in season 6-10 p.m., 11 p.m. on weekends, Sunday brunch from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday off season.
Nick and Toni's, which opened in 1988, has become almost as celebrated as the celebrities who frequent it. Aware that reservations can be very hard to get, Nick and Toni's has added four high-top bar tables for walk-ins. The menu changes seasonally, making use of its own garden produce and dairy from local farms. Wood-roasted whole fish is among the popular staples and tartufo has been a classic dessert for over a decade. As for libations, there are 15 wines by the glass and over 50 bottles for $50 or less, although it has rare finds for aficionados. Cocktails use fresh-squeezed juices, infused liquors, and ice orbs, and don't forget the grappa. The real story about Nick and Toni's, as told by The New York Times a year ago, is Bonnie Munshin, the maitre d', who runs the show that everyone tries to get in on.
94 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937
Dinner seven days. Monday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m. Friday until 11 p.m. Saturday, 4-11 p.m. Sunday, 4-10 p.m. Reservations for four or more.
The Palm, though part of a large enterprise with branches elsewhere, almost seems to be from an earlier era. In part that's because it is in the 18th-century Huntting Inn and because of its pressed-tin ceiling and banquettes. The Palm has its service and cooking down pat, and you will get your steak or lobster exactly as desired. Though the prices are high, it is almost de rigueur to share because portions are huge. The signature side dishes are home fries, fried onions, and creamed spinach, and there are Italian specialities such as veal parmigiana. The wine list is extensive, focused on American and Italian vintages, and there's a good selection of wines by the glass. Regulars can join the restaurant's 837 Club, entitling them to rewards such as free desserts.
281 Springs-Fireplace Road, East Hampton, NY 11937
Weekdays, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Weekends until midnight in season.
Pepperoni is known for its pizza and ice cream parlor, but its menu is huge. It has been serving the local community since 1996, with the goal of offering the best products to the best people. The newest addition to Pepperoni's is Ryder's Bakery, which is named after the family's newest addition.
31 Race Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937
Dinner seven days after July 1 from 5 p.m., with the bar from 4 p.m. Closed Tuesday till then.
Race Lane, in walking distance from the East Hampton Village railroad station, is holding forth in the pleasant place that was converted years ago from a laundry to a restaurant. Other eateries there have come and gone, but fans say Race Lane is here to stay. Local oysters are available as a starter and a 9-ounce filet mignon ($41) with montepulciano sauce, pearl onions, beech mushroom, and whipped potatoes is a winner. Dining is indoors in a large room with a fireplace or outdoors in good weather.
74 Montauk Highway, East Hampton, NY 11937
Sunday-Thursday, 8 am.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday until 8 p.m.
"A butcher, a baker, and a mozzarella maker," according to the website, collaborate here on specialty foods including what many consider this the best pizza around, not to mention calzone, stromboli, and handmade fresh mozzarella from Pasquale Langella. Alongside a barista coffee bar, nine kinds of doughnuts, and two dozen kinds of cookies you can find ready-to-go foods from egg sandwiches to 34 different salads, dinner entries like pot pies, sole casino, and chicken cordon bleu, as well as cakes, pies, and tiramisu. Along with select groceries and cheeses, the shop carries the butcher's fresh meats and fish.
184 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton, NY 11937
Seasonal, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sundays until 2 p.m. Closed Tuesday.
Round Swamp branched out this spring with a market in the parking lot behind the Candy Kitchen. Brian Niggles, who is in charge, is a member of Lester family, of course, and it is carrying almost everything found at the East Hampton original. Both shops have house-baked muffins, cakes and cookies, and a wide variety of prepared dishes. The bulk of the fresh food is raised on the family's farm or caught by family members. Many dishes freeze well; jams and some vegetables are put up in jars. Weekend crowds are frequent and prices are high, but the lines move steadily and most customers say it's worth it for the quality.
10 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937
Lunch and dinner seven days. Lunch, noon-3:30 p.m. Dinner, 5-10 p.m., and weekends till 11 p.m.
Boasting a copper-topped bar and faux Arts and Crafts surroundings, the bar scene is lively, especially when sports fans watch TV. Tucked into the Parrish Mews off Main Street, Rowdy Hall takes its name from a turn-of-the-century boarding house frequented by artists. The restaurant is small but a few tables are available outdoors in good weather. The menu has year-round mainstays, such as the huge Rowdy burger, fish and chips, French onion soup, local flounder, moules, and steak frites. Domestic and imported brews are on tap and there's a well-chosen wine list. Rowdy Hall is owned by the folks at Nick and Toni's, and you can count on its culinary influence. Look for some healthy options, like kale salad.
36 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937
Seven days. Lunch, seasonal, 12-3:30 p.m. Dinner, 5-11 p.m. No reservations.
Sam's has been a favorite since 1947 and locals now share the place with celebrities. (Steven Spielberg has been spotted.) Individual thin-crust pizzas, veal Milanese, and frutti di mare pasta among other dishes make for solid, good eating. The old-fashioned bar is a good place to wait for a table while sipping a pint.
104 North Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937
Seasonal. Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-midnight. Closed Monday. Starting July 4th, lunch and dinner every day.
The folks from the popular New York City Serafina chain have made a go of it in East Hampton's northern Italian alley - otherwise known as North Main Street. The place has flowing white fabric on the ceiling and yellow umbrellas outside. In addition to a large selection of pizzas, the menu includes seafood, poultry, and meat entrees, grilled fish, risottos, and plenty of pasta, boasting "homemade desserts" and "the freshest locally grown produce." A 45-seat outdoor dining area opens into a vine-covered pergola, where guests are encouraged to have a drink.
143 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937
Dinner seven days. Open, 5:30-10 p.m. weekdays. Weekends until 10:30 p.m.
The 1770 House has a small dining room, with old-wood tables, soft lighting, and Oriental rugs, and a more casual dining area and tavern-style bar in the basement with less extravagant prices. The restaurant offers cosseting service, high-quality contemporary American food with an emphasis on simplicity, beautiful presentation, and has a comfortable sound level. Michael Rozzi (formerly executive chef of Della Femina Restaurant in East Hampton) is at the helm with signature dishes like a spicy local fluke tartare appetizer with Hijiki and marinated cucumbers, or miso marinated golden beets with Pomelo over Tatsoi. Entree choices include seared scallops with sweet peas and potatoes and Chanterelle mushroom fondue, melted leeks and black garlic. Local products are served whenever possible. A nice addition is the outdoor patio where, along with enjoying your food, you can enjoy a beautiful evening outside.
290 Montauk Highway, East Hampton, NY 11937
Dinner, seven days, 5:30 p.m. to midnight.
Shuko Beach popped up at the Highway Diner and Bar in Wainscott this summer. Its chefs, Jimmy Lau and Nick Kim, opened Shuko NYC last fall after working in the city at Neto. The menu has small as well as shareable plates. The chefs’ selection of cold and hot plates from the kitchen, followed by sushi and rolls from the counter, goes for $95, $150, or $250.
44 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton, NY 11937
Dinner, Monday and Wednesday-Sunday, 6-11 p.m.
The celebrity chef and television personality Donatella Arpaia brings her talents to Sienna this summer. A lively bar scene is predicted, along with a modern Italian menu featuring show-stopping desserts. The menu will include Donatella's famous veal meatballs, eggplant parmesan, branzino, and seared boat scallops.
85 Springs-Fireplace Road, East Hampton, NY 11937
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The goal of the Logie sisters, who opened this small place where one sister bakes and the other prepares takeout foods, is to make sure that healthy foods are tasty. Mexican, Greek, or Thai flavors infuse the wraps, and salads are made with edamame or quinoa. Kids might order AB and B, a takeoff on peanut butter and jelly, with almond butter and banana. Gluten-free and vegan items are available.