Sweet As Can Be

From pies to sundaes, indulge in this batch of Hamptons sweet spots

Nothing says summer like a cone of homemade ice cream or a slice of key lime pie, and out on Long Island, no one makes them better than these favorite dessert joints. Made from quality ingredients and recipes tried-and-true, sugar-fixes have never tasted better.

With its white-and-blue striped awning and neon window signs proclaiming its homemade ice cream, Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen is about as old-school as a diner can get—it’s not hard to imagine saddle-shoed teenagers ambling into the luncheonette to sip milkshakes in its vinyl booths that have been here since 1925. Now, vacationers as well as locals still flock in for its fruit-flavored scoops made with fresh produce and classic hot-fudge sundaes. Coupled with grilled cheeses, black coffee, chrome-trimmed twirling bar stools and an endlessly cheerful staff, the Candy Kitchen is a trip into Bridgehampton’s past, still as popular as ever. (2391 Montauk Hwy, Bridgehampton)

In a humble red-roofed seaside shop in Westhampton, Holey Moses Cheesecake couldn’t have a more appropriate name. It’s rich, decadent namesake cakes—recognizable by their signature hole in the middle—have won multiple awards, acclaim further bolstered by the number of fine restaurants, clubs and catering companies that swear by the shop’s creamy creations. Offerings such as caramel apple and Oreo cheesecakes, fruit pies with fresh blueberries and peaches, and the staple key lime pie soured with fresh-squeezed lime juice are written on a chalkboard, and though the bakery will happily ship its cakes anywhere—freezing and delivering them within two days—they’re best enjoyed fresh. (Francis S. Gabreski Airport Bldg. 115, Westhampton)

Don’t be dissuaded if you pull up to Montauk Bake Shoppe only to find people lined up out the door—they’re waiting for a reason. Only open from March through December, the shop closes its doors for a quarter of each year to make sure its offerings stay tops. Jelly- and cream-filled croissants are a favorite here, as are their “cruffins” (a crossbreed of a croissant and muffin), best enjoyed with the shop’s fresh coffee, which lives up to its claim as being the best in town.  Wraps and sandwiches round out the savory side of the menu, and brides-to-be will be hard-pressed to find a better wedding cake around. (29 The Plaza #A, Montauk)

Go into any corner store in Manhattan or gourmet grocer elsewhere in the country, and amongst all the Kit-Kats and Lays, you’ll likely find prettily packaged bags of stacked cookies hailing from Tate’s Bake Shop. The quaint, sea foam–green cottage in Southampton has garnered a cult following for its baked goods made with wholesome ingredients, including award-winning gluten free options. Its addictive crunchy cookies are the most widespread favorite (go for the whole wheat dark chocolate), but brownies, squares, bars, cakes and pies assure that there’s a cure for every sweet tooth. Gift baskets make for fantastic surprise—or just an easy way to stock your own pantry. (43 North Sea Rd., Southampton)