East End Taste’s Vanessa Gordon picks her favorites.

Favorite Dessert Spots For July 4

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

Vanessa Gordon

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

Vanessa Gordon

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.