These Hamptons eateries pride themselves on the most important meal of the weekend
The Hamptons are deservedly prized for their fine-dining establishments and rustic seafood joints, but what they don’t often garner attention for is the meal-of-choice of many a vacationer: brunch. These four restaurants seek to change that with their late-morning menus that make for well-plated starts to days.
By night, 75 Main is one of Southampton’s hot spots, with its glitzy lounge drawing high-heeled crowds including the likes of Kim Kardashian. But come morning, its open French doors and clay pots overflowing with flowers draw a lower-key crowd in search of a sunny setting to enjoy their Belgian waffles and fluffy omelets cooked up by James Beard award-winning chef Mark Militello. Walls are hung with work by local artists, and an equally impressive sight is the people-watching on Southampton’s Main Street. (75 Main St., Southampton)
Tucked amid East Hampton’s numerous plush eateries, Nichol’s of Easthampton is a cozy gem that immediately puts diners at ease with its homey wood-walled interior and umbrella-shaded outdoor tables set among its lush gardens. Its pub-fare is especially beloved during weekend brunch hours, when locals and vacationers alike come for the generous portions of pancakes and breakfast quesadillas, crispy bacon and home fries. Coffee is fresh, and the lobster-and-cheese omelet is a quintessentially Hamptons palate-pleaser. (100 Montauk Hwy, East Hampton)
In a daffodil-colored ranch house in the outskirts of Bridgehampton, Almond has been a dining destination since it opened in 2001. Countryside-chic with white-painted brick and distressed wooden chairs, the restaurant concocts local ingredients into brunch favorites that couldn’t taste fresher: smoked salmon Benedict, buttermilk waffles, and warm biscuits, best washed down with Bloody Marys. Testifying to its popularity, the restaurant now operates an outpost in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, but find the Long Island original still pleasantly calm on weekend mornings. (1 Ocean Rd., Bridgehampton)
As the new outpost of Manhattan’s Tacombi, La Brisa channels authentic Yucatan flavors – proven beloved by Tacombi’s never-ending lines of a well-heeled Soho crowd – to Montauk’s shores. Starting at 7 a.m., surfers and beach-goers can get a head start on their day in the rounded-glass taco shop, where sunlight floods into the industrial space cheerily colored in teal and white. Tortillas made fresh in-house case the breakfast tacos, chilaquiles verdes, and huevos rancheros, while banana pancakes and an exotic fruit plate offer a sweet side to the early menu. Fresh-pressed juices come in combinations such as pineapple, ginger and mint; brunch-appropriate cocktails include a Bloody Mary made with fresh salsa and, of course, the signature sangria. (725 Montauk Hwy., Montauk)