Navigate the Hamptons food scene like a pro with my five favorite spots, from the best in al fresco dining to where to sneak off in the early AM for the best coffee!
The American Hotel
This Sag Harbor restaurant has so much character and Old-World charm. The bar is one of my favorites in the Hamptons; I could sit there for hours mixing it up with talking to neighbors and reading. I love to drink tea and play backgammon in the lounge during the afternoons. It’s the perfect escape. I love to do brunch on the front patio.
Jack’s Stir Brew
Though most known for its Amagansett location, I frequent its Sag Harbor coffee shop as it is within easy walking distance to the Long Wharf and Marina. I always love to grab a honey latte or cappuccino before going sailing in the mornings, or after a workout at the nearby gym.
This Southampton restaurant is one of my favorite places to stop on my way out from the city. Its lunch buffet is one of the best deals around. My favorites are the korma curry and the mango chicken. For dessert, order a traditional Indian gulab jamun, a spongy dessert soaked in rose scented syrup.
Lulu Kitchen & Bar
I would come to dine at Lulu, in Sag Harbor, every day if I could. I love to sit next to its open kitchen that is anchored by the wood burning grill and oven. My top choices are Lulu’s grilled heirloom cauliflower, which can easily be split among four people, and the Trufata pizza.
East Hampton Grill
A staple dining spot in the Hamptons, it offers some of the best service and is highly regarded among residents and visitors alike. Go for its heavenly rosemary biscuits with honey, and for me, it is always a tossup between the barbecue ribs and crab cakes. Either way, I know I will have a substantial portion to take home with me for the next day.
Vanessa Gordon is the founder and publisher of www.eastendtaste.com. Follow her @EastEndTaste.