49 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Open seven days. Breakfast, 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Lunch, noon-4 p.m. Dinner weekdays 5 p.m.-10 p.m., weekends to 11 p.m. Reservations taken one day in advance, starting at 9 a.m.
Ever since Ted Conklin’s 1972 reinvention of the American Hotel, built in 1846, it has been writing a new chapter of its long history. He has established a place where plumbers and carpenters are comfortable at the bar with literary heavyweights. With Empire and early Victorian furnishings, an anteroom and four small dining rooms have an intimate feel, and the service and ambience are both traditional and top notch. The serious menu is grounded in classical French cooking with some Italian or Asian additions. While some prices may top other South Fork restaurants — a $150 seafood platter with caviar, for example — the restaurant has nicely prepared simple entrees at prices that are standard. Eggs Benedict and French toast are served on Saturdays and Sundays. The wine cellar, reputed to be the most distinguished on Long Island, has about 1,700 selections, ranging from below $35 to $5,000 a bottle. The hotel has eight suites available upstairs.
1742 Sag Harbor Turnpike, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Seven days year round, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Bay Burger is low-key, and you wouldn't think of reservations. Burgers, hot dogs, draft beer, sandwiches, grilled cheese, fries, and tater tots are standard, and the beef is freshly ground on site. The bread is made in-house. A nice treat is homemade ice cream, which you can get at a walk-up window if you aren't there for a meal. There is an Xbox 360 and a 50-inch plasma TV to play it on. Live music on Thursdays from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Sit indoors or outside. There's a small patio to one side. Bay Burger is also noted for jam sessions on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m.
8 West Water Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Dinner from 6 p.m., closed Tuesday. Lunch in July and August, Saturday and Sunday, 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The Beacon, high on the second floor of a waterfront building, gives no sign from the road that it has a great view of the boats in Sag Harbor Cove, North Haven, and the setting sun. Beacon doesn't take reservations, so you can't be sure of getting a coveted table outdoors. But even indoors, you can share the view. The kitchen pays attention to detail. Roast chicken comes with carrots and shallots and smoked bacon-pecorino risotto. Steamed mussels have a creamy-tomato sauce. And bouillabaisse, with mussels, clams, lobster, and grilled scallops and shrimp in a tomato, fennel, and saffron broth, has become a favorite.
43 South Euclid Avenue, Montauk, NY 11954, 125 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
631-668-8393 (Montauk), 631-808-3888 (Sag Harbor)
Breakfast-late night, seven days, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., 11 p.m. weekends.
Twelve self-serve yogurt flavors changing daily with 60 toppings and bases. There are tasty ready-to-go sandwiches, smoothies, Belgian waffles, and snacks for the beach. The coffee is specially roasted by the Hampton Coffee Co.
3284 Noyac Road, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
The separate menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner are huge. This might be called a red-sauce Italian restaurant but take note: You can design your own omelette at breakfast, enjoy focaccias and heros at lunch, and order half or full portions of the many entrees at dinner, which range from myriad pastas to veal saltimbocca. A full bar and takeout, of course.
89 Division Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Tuesday.
Michael and Tracy Cavaniola started out with small production wines and cheeses from around the world in two small buildings including the historic Umbrella House. They opened Cavaniola's Kitchen three years later, in another building at the site, and it offers some of the most inventive dishes around. How about prosciutto and artichoke on a "pipette." Homemade potato chips and good bread are staples and you can get an idea of the Kitchen's entrees from the pork loin stuffed with fontina and spinach. Cavaniola's opened a Greenport branch in the Vines and Branches cafe in the spring.
138 Division Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cilantro's is the name now of Agave. It bills its Mexican food as healthy, authentic, and fresh. It also does catering.
103 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Lunch and dinner, Tuesday-Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, from noon. Closed Monday. Eat in or take out. No reservations.
Conca D'Oro offers big portions of nicely cooked standards like veal parmigiana, meatballs, sausage and peppers, stuffed eggplant, endless varieties of pizza, and no fewer than 22 different pasta dishes. Daily specials might include farfalle with broccoli rabe and sun-dried tomatoes. It has a double row of tables along one side of the front room, a pizza counter opposite the takeout counter, and a small, cozy dining room at back. Some swear its pizza is the best. Prices are low, service is fast, business is booming.
1 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Lunch and dinner, seven days. Monday-Saturday, from 11:30 a.m - 11 p.m. Sunday noon - 10 p.m.
The Corner Bar is a hangout with a fine hamburger, cold beer, and a seat by the window, where you can watch Sag Harbor go by. Beer on tap may be a better idea than the inexpensive wines by the glass. You might be surprised by the menu. Sure, it has nachos and fish and chips, hearty fried chicken and some quesadillas, but it also has some dishes for the Harbor's health-food crowd, such as tofu vegetable curry and kale salad with fennel and sunflower seeds. The noise rises to a crescendo as the evening progresses.
1 Long Wharf, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Seven days, 11a.m.-9 p.m.
Dock House, owned by Andrea Shastid and Rob Gettling, is right on the wharf in Sag Harbor and a great place to eat in or take out fresh seafood. Watching boats go by while eating is a plus. Grilled platters with spicy shrimp, tuna, swordfish, or scallops, with a choice of french fries or salad, are well-priced and ample. You might try the award-winning clam chowder, Manhattan or New England, both great.
26 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturdays until after 10 p.m., and brunch until 2 p.m. Sundays until 9:30 p.m.
The Dockside, in the Sag Harbor American Legion building, has a patio overlooking the harbor for ideal outdoor dining as well as a pleasant space inside. Local wines, such as a rosé from Channing Daughters, are sometimes featured. The menu is of modest size and the kitchen turns out some inspired entrees like brick-pressed chicken cooked with preserved lemon. A few healthy dishes are marked with a W for wellness. (You know, they probably include kale.) Regulars know to ask for the specials every night. The Dockside uses free-range poultry, meats with no hormones or antibiotics, and provisions are local otherwise.
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.
30 Madison Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Seven days. Monday-Saturday 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday, noon-9 p.m., brunch until 3 p.m. Reservations for parties of four or more.
Il Capuccino is a traditional Italian restaurant, right down to the raffia-covered Chianti bottles hanging from the rafters. It has little nooks and corners, one small room leading to another, soft lighting, and a menu with the old favorites. If it didn't invent garlic knots, it certainly brought them to the East End. The menu has familiar and comforting dishes, along with calamari fra diavolo, and salads with a special house dressing. The wine list, mainly Italian, is classified by region and reasonably priced.