Start off the summer on a sweet note and celebrate the Fourth of July with my five favorite dessert spots in the Hamptons, serving up everything from a classic fountain soda to a sophisticated chocolaty confection.
Sip ‘N Soda, Southampton
This family luncheonette is the perfect spot to relax after a day at the beach or before an evening at the theater. Its handmade ice cream is so creamy and especially fun to build on with different toppings. I love to order a traditional banana split or ice cream sundae with rainbow sprinkles and velvety hot fudge or butterscotch.
Topping Rose House, Bridgehampton
If I am not sitting at a table on its wraparound porch eating crispy salmon sushi paired with a glass of rosé, I am sitting opposite the bar with a cappuccino and a warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. I love that the restaurant is open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so I could swing by almost anytime and grab a bite.
Tate’s Bake Shop, Southampton
Tate’s is, of course, famous for its crispy chocolate chip cookies, but have you ever tried its ice cream cookie sandwich dipped in chocolate? Pick up a dozen or so and arrive at the BBQ feeling like a champion. They are a hit with everyone, of all ages. Tate’s is also my favorite spot for picking up housewarming gifts and treats for friends and family visiting for a weekend.
Levain Bakery, Wainscott
I never make it through the month of July without stopping at Levain Bakery at least once a week for a cup of iced coffee and one of its decadent chocolate chip walnut and/or chocolate chip peanut butter cookies. I bring home a small bag and split the cookies amongst my family and guests.
BuddhaBerry, Sag Harbor
I feel like a kid again each time I step inside. My family and I stop in almost every time we are in Sag Harbor. My go-to creation is its soft serve vanilla or watermelon sherbet. If it is vanilla, I top it with fudgy quinoa, chia seeds, and candied ginger.