From Southampton to Montauk, East End Taste’s Vanessa Gordon dishes on the restaurants she will frequent this summer season.

Notable New Dishes & Restaurants




Maison Vivienne, Southampton

Maison Vivienne’s lamb burger. Vanessa Gordon.

This elegantly modern French culinary destination is centrally located in Southampton Village on Main Street. Notable dishes on the menu include bouillabaisse, côte de boeuf, and yellowfin tuna tartare by collaborating Executive Chef Florian Hugo. My favorite dishes are the honey lavender glazed Long Island duck breast and the lamb burger with mint yogurt. 

Hooked Mtk, Montauk

Hooked’s lobster roll. Vanessa Gordon.

Hooked is officially my new favorite lobster roll destination! This “elevated takeout” destination offers outdoor picnic table seating and is owned and operated by locals Brian and Gillian Mooney. Try its tuna poke bowl, fish tacos, the Hooked house salad with kale and quinoa, and of course, the lobster roll.

Claude’s at the Southampton Inn

Southampton Inn’s lobster salad. Vanessa Gordon.

The ideal spot to dine with young children, you can enjoy your lunch poolside while they play and meet new friends. You could easily spend hours relaxing and enjoying your meal. To start, I recommend the lobster mango salad with avocado mousse and the Jamaican breast chicken sandwich, presented by its new executive chef James Carpenter. 

Jue Lan Club, Southampton

Jue Lan Club is located just across from Southampton’s train station. I recently visited the restaurant for the first time just two weeks ago and was instantly blown away by the deliciousness of its appetizers and dim sum. Dishes that I cannot get enough of include the edamame dumplings with truffle oil, chicken satay, and shrimp crystal dumplings. You may want to order a second plate of the edamame dumplings for the road as you will miss them the second you step outside.

Calissa, Water Mill

Calissa is an upscale Mediterranean restaurant that draws inspiration from Mykonos. Come in for brunch and try the lemon ricotta donuts with chocolate ganache, the brisket with browder’s birds eggs, and the whole branzino served encased in parchment and opened table-side. Calissa will also host a winemaker series throughout the summer and pop-up shopping on the weekends.