The 2014 smash hits are yet to be determined, but foods great and small are always available
Unlike nightlife and its seasonal peaks, dining in the Hamptons is a year-round activity. While hot clubs-to-be are more rumor-mill than ready-to-go until Memorial Day Weekend, everything from upscale dinners to comfort foods are always serving.
For anyone who’s not currently living east of Westhampton Beach, chances are that you will be seeking a chef-driven meal once you land in the Hamptons — the kind that foodies and socialites alike crow about! To this end, consider an iconic Hamptons spot: Nick & Toni’s. An annual press darling due to its high volume of celebrity sightings, its popularity hasn’t scared the rich and famous away, as they frequently come for its well-reviewed dinner options (and Sunday brunch) from Executive Chef Joseph Realmuto and Head Chef John C. Baron. (136 North Main St., East Hampton)
Visiting Gothamites can also head to the restaurant at Topping Rose House, a place that should inspire confidence due to its celebrity chef, Tom Colicchio, having already won over city dwellers with NYC restaurants Craft, Craftbar and Craftsteak. His work at this Bridgehampton hotel eatery has been a critical success for its fashionable, farm-to-table food. It also serves breakfast and lunch daily, with brunch on weekends. (1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke).
Now that the big time meals are covered, how about some more earthly munchies?
The lobster roll is a dish that seems to constantly be an object of necessity and desire for many who eat in East End style, and one spot that is often a designated stop for such a bite is Cyril’s Fish House in Amagansett (2167 Montauk Hwy). Also known for its teeming bar crowds that at times practically overflow into the street, Cyril’s nevertheless bodes an enjoyable atmosphere that feels as popular with locals as it is with visitors. Another restaurant with a popular lobster role is Bostwick’s Chowder House in East Hampton, and while it too sees massive patronage, its outdoor space is fenced in and more of a family-friendly environment to take on a crustacean club. (277 Pantigo Rd.)
Finally, if you will be spending any time in the Hamptons and must find a way to eat like an insider, be sure to visit one (or both) of the two Mary’s Marvelous shops – either the original in Amagansett (207 Main St.) or its sister in East Hampton (105-107 Newtown Ln.). Serving takeout breakfast and lunch items, its offerings combine modern energy with homemade richness. With menus full of savory treats, just disembark from the Hampton Jitney upon arrival and make your way to a Mary’s with confidence. It’s a place where any summer newbie can find proof that, sometimes, the best eats on the East End can also be among the easiest to procure.