Indy Scene: Hamptons restaurant menus transport diner to France, Italy, and South of the Border

World-Influenced Cuisine




It’s that time of the summer when although the Hamptons is the perfect retreat from New York, some of your friends have taken off for Europe or elsewhere. Why not have the best of both worlds and travel away while staying in paradise at one of these places which capture the feel and taste of the rest of the world?

That South Of France Feeling

Duryeas Lobster Deck

For a dose of the South of France in Montauk, Duryea’s Lobster Deck offers a raw bar with seating alongside the theater of the team at work preparing the oysters, clams, and seafood in front of diners. Outside, the deck has those hard to get tables by the waterfront (time to call Stephane Dupoux) where you can take in that sun, sea, and those magnums of rosé wine. www.duryealobsters.com

Le Bilboquet. Independent/Doug Young

For that sense of chic dining alongside the gleaming white yachts, why not experience Le Bilboquet at the Sag Harbor marina. The clientele represents a mix of the beau monde and New York personalities all seeking one of this year’s must-haves — an outdoor table with a full view of the marina and, of course, a view for everyone else of your own skill in securing the reservation. www.lebilboquetny.com

Five years of the Southampton Le Charlot, whose twin resides in the Upper East Side in New York, have already passed quickly for this staple. The classic Upper East Side bistro from brothers Bruno and Thierry Gelormini offers all the classics of French cuisine on Main Street, Southampton, ready for their strong following from the City as well as first-time diners. www.lecharlot.us

Sunset Beach

Created by owner André Balazs, Sunset Beach is a hideaway, with 20 hotel rooms and a restaurant on three floors. Sunset is the ideal time to watch the world go by and let the stresses of the day flow away with the tide. Feel the sand between your toes on the ground floor, hang out at the second-floor bar, or rise above it all to dine on the upper deck in the fresh air and take in the view. www.sunsetbeachli.com

Born In The USA

Union Burger

Union Burger. The instant-hit, no-reservation restaurant Union Burger Bar adjacent to Union Cantina with a range of quality burgers and delectable milkshakes from Ian Duke and Chef Scott Kampf is this summer’s go-to for those who are still mourning the loss of Red Bar and Bay Burger. www.unionburgerbar.com

TBar Southampton

Tony Fortuna and Derek Axelrod have opened TBar Southampton this summer, directly across from the Southampton LIRR station in the former Jue Lan space. While you’re waiting for the weekend to experience their fabulous cuisine, you can always try and get that reservation at Tony’s namesake New York neighborhood gem on the Upper East Side. www.tbarnyc.com

In its second season under new ownership, Gurney’s Resorts offers some 107 luxury waterfront guest rooms, suites, and villas inside 15 acres of grounds boasting outdoor amenities such as a swimming pool by the yacht dock, restaurants, and bars. Registered boat owners at the marina can place services on their account — think of it as a super-yacht version of a drive-thru. www.gurneysresorts.com

American Hotel stands astride Main Street with its iconic architecture and outdoor veranda seating, making it the number one-place to ensure you are seen in Sag Harbor. Chef Jonathan Parker is in his second decade at the establishment, bringing his classical training to a varied menu sure to satisfy all tastes and appetites. www.theamericanhotel.com

South Of The Border

The Nick & Toni’s team have brought spice to Amagansett’s dining scene this summer with the opening of the new restaurant, Coche Comedor, featuring regional Mexican cuisine inspired by local products such as rotisserie roasted chicken, meats and seafood seasoned with the flavors of Mexico, all paired with house-made tortillas. www.cochecomedor.com

Union Cantina. Independent/Barbara Lynn

Top slot for Mexican cuisine in the Hamptons this season remains Union Cantina, located in Southampton. Ian Duke and David Hilty working alongside award-winning Executive Chef Scott Kampf, who has been featured on Food Network’s “Iron Chefs of America,” the trio continues to bring innovative Mexican cuisine to Southampton throughout the year. www.unioncantina.net

Macchu Pisco, a taste of Peru created by Lizzie and Melanie Asher, is perfect for any dining situation and distilled from 100 percent quebranta grape. www.macchupisco.com

Pizza Resistance From Italy

Steffano Marracino has opened an East End branch of Paola’s in the former location of EMP Summer House in East Hampton. An offshoot of the Upper East Side restaurant, it features traditional northern Italian fare and service, as well as pizza prepared in a wood-burning oven. www.paolasrestaurant.com

Restaurateur Gianpaolo de Felice, Donna Karan’s daughter Gabby, and David Mayer created the Southampton Italian cuisine hotspot Tutto il Giorno. Tutto il Giorno remains one of the harder reservations to secure this summer season, for a dining experience that will be certainly bellissimo. www.tuttoilgiorno.com

Nick & Tonis

Celebrity spot Nick & Toni’s enters its fourth decade. This restaurant is the East Hampton hub for classic, seasonally inspired dining in a Tuscan farmhouse-style location. Reserve an outdoor table and engage all five senses, from the sights and sounds to the delicious taste of the cuisine. www.nickandtonis.com

East Hampton Point is today better known as Moby’s. With a minimalist website indicating reservations can only be made three weeks in advance, it is one of this season’s hot tables, known for its location and views of the water. It offers coastal Italian cuisine and a lively bar environment. www.mobysny.com