9 New Summer Restaurant Openings In The Hamptons
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Summer in the Hamptons comes with two guarantees: hitting an absurd amount of traffic no matter what time you leave the city, and, once you finally get there, finding a slate of new restaurants that opened just in time to welcome linen-clad weekend warriors for the season.
This year brings some fun NYC pop-ups where you can toast to being OOO with excellent pizza and craft beer, a simple seafood shack where you’ll find some of the freshest oysters around, and a hyper-local dinner spot that’s sure to be impossible to get into. Keep in mind that we haven’t been to all these spots and can’t make any promises, so go forth and be a pioneer. This is also your reminder check each restaurant’s website for the most up-to-date hours.
Torch & Crown Brewing Company, which has locations in Union Square and Soho, debuted their Amagansett pop-up over Memorial Day weekend. They've partnering with Dive Pizza Bar for a weekends-only spot that hosts live bands and DJs that you can listen to as you enjoy a grandma slice and a pint of summer ale. Their backyard location looks to be a prime spot for sunny afternoons—there’s even a skate ramp.
Like last year, Ruschmeyer’s Hotel has partnered with a buzzy NYC restaurant group. This time around, they worked with the Maison Close team to create a new concept called Talya, which has a broadly Mediterranean (but mostly Greek) menu. The dishes include charred octopus, rack of lamb, and lemon potatoes, but you can also get caviar service with blinis and cream if you want to fully throw financial caution to the wind.
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Mavericks describes itself as a “surf and turf reboot.” While we’re not really sure what that means, the Montauk spot has chic leather bar seats, martinis that feature olive oil-washed Stoli, and ingredients that are listed with the name of the Long Island town they were grown in—like Sagaponack asparagus and braised Amagansett greens. Mavericks will likely be the spot to post up for a dozen oysters and a cucumber gin rickey by the end of the season, so make your reservations sooner rather than later to secure a spot by the massive windows facing Fort Pond.
The Best Restaurants In Montauk
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After being heavily delayed, the folks behind Sí Sí, one of our favorite East Hampton spots for a sunset cocktail, opened this French bistro this past fall in Southampton. There are tons of bright windows and light pops of color throughout the space, so it’s a great option for a photo-filled brunch or bridal shower. Plus, they have a cozier private dining space with velvet banquettes where you can avoid running into your coworkers who also weekend Out East.
Located in a newly-renovated boutique hotel in Hampton Bays, the Good Ground Tavern opened in fall 2022 with a vaguely coastal menu and shiplap interiors. You can expect what we’ve come to know and love as Hamptons classics, like a wagyu burger, fluke crudo, and whipped ricotta, all of which go perfectly well with a warm afternoon on their shaded terrace. There’s also a gorgeous indoor dining room with a long bar and serpentine cocktail benches for when the weather gets a bit too stormy for your liking.
One of the most impressive raw bars in the Hamptons this year just might be a little white house in Westhampton, run by the oyster farmers themselves. You’ll find lots of freshly shucked oysters, or bags of them to take home, lots of branded hats and beach towels, plus an assortment of toppings like hot sauce, soy and ginger, and garlic butter to dress your bivalves however you’d like.
Sundae Fundae is a recent addition to the existing frozen-treat scene in Montauk, with enough fro-yo and candy to satisfy your entire family’s desire for sweets. There isn’t a ton of info available on flavors online, but if you have kids, you’re probably gonna have dinner next door at Gosman’s Dock anyway, so ending up at Sundae Fundae is more of an inevitability than anything else.
After opening up in Williamsburg, a second Fini Pizza is coming to Amagasset sometime this summer in the old Astro’s Pizza space. Fini comes from a Lilia owner, which is a fun fact you can share with your neighbor while you’re waiting in line for a white pie slice. If it’s anything like its Brooklyn predecessor, you can count on classic but fancy $5 slices, pillowy Sicilian pies, and generously dressed caesar salads.
Dockside dining is a thing in the Hamptons, and Sag Harbor Kitchen’s outdoor deck will likely have some of the hottest tables for a sunset-filled aperitif on the water. Located in Sag Harbor’s historic former American space, the menu will offer fresh local seafood (of course), burgers, and steaks alongside vegetarian and vegan options. The spot—which opens June 15th—is also a partnership with Kittch, a platform connecting chefs with people online and in person, so expect lots of personalized dining experiences, cooking classes, and other events to break up your regularly scheduled Hamptons programming—a.k.a. enjoying a beach read on an Adirondack chair or lounging pool-side.