Each summer, the villages which make up the Hamptons, such as Southampton, Bridgehampton, Amagansett, East Hampton and Montauk to name a few, becomes one of the hottest destinations to visit. Celebrities and socialites escape from New York City to Long Island’s East End to take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy some of the best dining and socializing the area has to offer. From steakhouses to cafés, here are some of the hottest places to dine this Hamptons 2015 season.
1. Breakfast at the Southampton Inn’s Café Oso
A hidden Southampton gem, the Southampton Inn’s Café Oso serves its guests and residents quality, traditional breakfast. Executive Chef Peter Ammar is celebrating a decade st at the Inn this year and is particularly well-known for his pancakes, which are served with Vermont maple syrup and Chantilly cream. If you prefer your breakfast cooked in a skillet, Café Oso also serves quality egg dishes including Le Sag Harbor which are two farm eggs scrambled with Nova Scotia smoked salmon, sautéed scallions and cream cheese. Café Oso is open for breakfast, lunch and supper from 7:00 AM- 7:00 PM every day.
Café Oso at the Southampton Inn
91 Hill Street Southampton, NY 11968
2. Brunch at 75 Main
The ultimate place for people watching over brunch, 75 Main, with its South of France feel, has attracted such high-profile clientele as Barbara Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Vice President Joe Biden, and Alex Rodriguez. James Beard Award-winning Executive Chef Mark Militello’s menu, which assisted in its recognition as one of Long Island’s best brunch spots by USA Today, includes creative classics such as The Watermelon Salad with arugula, crumbled feta, chopped pistachios, red onion and passion fruit vinaigrette; Challah French Toast with melon, berries and whipped cream; or the Mark’s Burger with onion tomato jam, bacon, arugula, gruyere, blue cheese and secret sauce. Late night, 75 Main Owner and Host Zach Erdem turns the restaurant into a bustling lounge where some of the world’s best-known DJs play sets until the early hours.
75 Main Street Southampton, NY 11968
3. After the Beach Supper at Sotto Sopra
Amagansett eatery Sotto Sopra brings Northern Italian dining coupled with a taste of a traditional steakhouse to the Hamptons, inviting guests on a culinary journey that highlights the region’s traditional flavors and cooking methods. Sotto Sopra’s expertly crafted menu developed by new Executive Chef Fermin Jimenez who takes advantage of the restaurant’s wood-burning oven to offer up freshly baked breads, crispy Italian style pizza and whole roasted fish. Deliciously fresh salads, antipastos and impeccably flavored pasta dishes round out the menu along with classic “Bisteccheria” options. Under the direction of Managing Partner Rose Evangelista, Sotto Sopra has quickly become one of the most sought-after restaurants on the East End, known for its frequent celebrity guests, relaxing atmosphere, exceptional service and fresh, flavorful fare.
231 Main Street Amagansett, NY 11930
4. Steak Dinner at Bobby Van’s Bridgehampton
Opened by pianist Bobby Van in 1969, the Bridgehampton location is the original location to establish the great heritage of the Bobby Van’s steakhouse dining experience. The restaurant combines the sophisticated feel of a traditional steakhouse with the airiness of the Hamptons. Guests are able to enjoy signature dishes such as the Harry Salad, named after real estate mogul Harry Helmsley, which includes shrimp, bacon, tomato, string beans, red onion & red pepper; Seared Tuna with edamame, succotash, wakame and miso; or the Porterhouse Steak. Back in the city, the Bobby Van’s steakhouse experience can be savored at five different locations throughout New York including Park Avenue, East 54th Street, West 50th Street, Times Square and at 25 Broad Street.
Bobby Van’s Bridgehampton
2393 Montauk Highway Bridgehampton, NY 11932
5. Sicilian Dinner on Georgica Pond at Osteria Salina
After three years building a loyal following at the original Bridgehampton location for its authentic Sicilian dishes which highlight the specialties of Salina located in the Aeolian Islands, Osteria Salina has moved this season to 108 Wainscott Stone Road in Wainscott, NY adjacent to Georgica Pond. The new Osteria Salina has undergone a thorough refurbishment that has restored the grandeur of this iconic location known formerly as Sapore di Mare. Experience the intimate private dining room, La Saletta as well as the Georgica Room, which boasts views of Georgica Pond. Socialize in the main room against the backdrop of a castle-like fireplace and hand hewn beams. Osteria Salina offers boasts a wood burning pizza oven in addition to a classic baby grand piano bar lounge, and is continuing its tradition of serving fresh, clean local fare coupled with genuine Sicilian hospitality. Osteria Salina, helmed by Executive Chef & Owner Cinzia Gaglio and Host Tim Gaglio, can now accommodate private events. Guests will also enjoy live entertainment in the piano lounge, with singer Vanessa Trouble singing Saturday nights throughout the month of July, while dining in one of its many old world dining rooms.
108 Wainscott Stone Road Wainscott, NY 11975