The food scene across the Hamptons has gotten quite serious this season. My five restaurants to know this summer are ones you should be moving to the top of your to-visit list.
Located in the Village of Southampton and situated within the new hotel Harpoon House, Blu Mar is open for dinner and weekend brunch with a focus on Mediterranean and American seafood. Each menu features mezzes, a raw bar, pastas and grains, and fresh, simply-grilled seafood.
Dinner includes caviar service to start, in addition to shareable plates including Whole Roasted Cauliflower with za’atar and harissa yogurt sauce, and a selection of crudos including Live Diver Sea Scallop with black truffle salt. Don’t skip on their pasta plates! Blu Mar’s pastas are made in-house and cooked to order including the Trofie Alla Genovese with pesto, green beans, and potatoes.
Brooklyn Chop House
Open at the Capri Hotel in Southampton, Brooklyn Chop House offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a focus on Pat LaFrieda steaks alongside Asian fare like Peking duck. Poolside lunch and brunch options will be available as well. Some of my favorites include unique dumpling selections, including cheeseburger-inspired dumplings, Reuben-inspired dumplings, and a super-moist red velvet cake. Seating outside makes it perfect for young families to stay a while and enjoy the warm summer air and total privacy.
It is no wonder that this restaurant is always packed every time I drive through Amagansett. The menu features regional Mexican cuisine inspired by local products. Menu items are sourced locally and a wood-burning grill and rotisserie produce roasted chickens, meats, and seafood, all paired with house-made tortillas.
The menu features a raw bar, tableside guacamole, moles, and wood-grilled meats. A lively bar offers a large selection of tequilas and mezcals with an emphasis on margaritas. It’s open Wednesday through Sunday, and brunch is served on the weekends.
The Garden At Water Mill
Another perfect destination to bring the whole family or a group of friends for a leisurely afternoon meal, the menu at The Garden features American summer fare. To start, a selection of shareable snacks and summer crudos, like Salmon with pear, truffle oil, and sea salt; Day Boat Scallops with pickled wasabi stems; and Octopus with yuzu kosho and crispy chickpea
Groups can enjoy barbecue platters by Stuey’s of Locust Valley, like smoked pulled pork and brisket, or opt for the family-style lobster bake for larger groups of up to 12. For dessert, a selection of pastries, including a daily fruit cobbler, pop tarts, cinnamon buns, and assorted seasonal cookies are available.Currently open every day.
I am already a fan of TBar Steak’s Upper East Side location, and was thrilled to hear the restaurant was opening a location in Southampton opposite the railroad station for the season. New dishes served up by chefs Ben Zwicker and Segundo Pelaez includes Surf N’ Turf Lobster Roll, Tuna Burger, Whole Lobster, and Pulpo Thin Crust Pizza, in addition to new lighter seafood and sushi items.
Classic dishes on the menu synonymous with its NYC location include signatures from its famous TBar-Steak Bar offering juicy cuts of Black Angus Steak, Aged NY Strip, Prime Aged Rib, and Porterhouse, as well as from its Burger Bar, with Prime Aged Angus, Amish Turkey Burger, and Lamb Burger.
Look out for some upcoming giveaways on East End Taste’s Instagram page @eastendtaste, and you may just see some fantastic prizes throughout the season.