If you're planning to visit the Hamptons at any point this season, here are 11 new restaurant happenings to put on your radar, from revamps and new chefs to luxe summer pop-ups.
The team behind Amali, Il Cantinori and Periyali will bring the ethos of Mykonos to Water Mill on Memorial Day weekend. Executive chef Dominic Rice (formerly of Narcissa and Jean-Georges) will use Long Island seafood and produce for dishes like salt-baked striped bass, lobster bucatini and rocket salad with louza (cured pork), black mission figs and Kefalotiri cheese.
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Following a complete redesign of its dining room, outdoor lounge, cocktail bar and pool by Chris Kofitsas of New World Design Builders (Toro, Catch LA, ABC Kitchen), this Capri Hotel restaurant will reopen in mid May. The menu will feature flavors and techniques from across the Mediterranean, ranging from sumac-cured hamachi crudo and beet salt-baked red snapper, to foie gras hummus and wood-fired lamb tenderloin paired with unique cocktails.
281 County Rd. 39A, Southampton; 631-500-9055
EMP Summer House
The ‘world’s best’ restaurant will decamp for the Hamptons this summer. Shortly after Eleven Madison Park closes for renovations on June 9, EMP Summer House will pop up in the old Moby’s space offering a more casual version of chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara’s tasting-menu concept. The indoor/outdoor restaurant will offer an à la carte seafood- and summer-centric menu with items like lobster rolls, burgers, fried chicken dinners and grilled fish. Reservations (available starting May 1) will be made through Tock and will require an American Express card.
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Upper East Side social spot, Le Bilboquet, was supposed to debut in Sag Harbor last summer, but was delayed. Now, the Ron Perelman restaurant will make its Hampton foray on Memorial Day weekend. Anticipate the same socialite and celebrity crowds as well as bistro classics. Chef Sylvain Portay, formerly corporate chef to Alain Ducasse, will offer Le Bilbo’s signature dishes, including the infamous Cajun chicken, as well as a crudo bar in the center of the bar area.
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Lulu Kitchen & Bar
Billionaire businessman Marc Rowan (Duryea’s Lobster Deck and Arbor) will debut another new restaurant this season. Moving into the former space of Doppio Artisan Bistro on Main Street, Lulu Kitchen & Bar will be a year-round bistro featuring wood-burning cuisine by chef Phillippe Corbet. Anticipate items like wood-fired pizzas, fish, organic chicken with porcini rub and heirloom cauliflower with spicy Long Island grapes, toasted sesame, tahini and white balsamic vinaigrette and mint oil as well as seafood platters.
126 Main Street, Sag Harbor; 631-725-0900
Photo courtesy Springs Tavern
Dan and Charlene DeSmet took over the building that housed Wolfie’s Tavern for more than 80 years, completely renovating the space for recently opened Springs Tavern. The cozy interior features restored hardwood floors with wainscoting and soft blue walls, an oak bar and historical framed photos of Springs, East Hampton and previous iterations of the Tavern along with work by local artists. Chef Michael Ruggiero (formerly Nick & Toni’s and Harvest on Fort Pond) is serving American pub-style fare like calamari fritti, veggie Reubens and Baja fish tacos with charred corn tortillas, pickled cabbage and cilantro-chile crema.
15 Fort Pond, East Hampton; 631-527-7800
The Southampton Inn is changing its restaurant again this season, from Clyde’s to Claude’s. Opening on May 13, the latest incarnation will feature breakfast, lunch and light bites on the lush courtyards and pool patios. This year, nothing on the menu will cost more than $20.
91 Hill Street, Southampton; 631-283-6500
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Highway Restaurant & Bar
This East Hampton New American spot overseen by executive chef Anand Sastry (previously Eleven Madison Park, Troisgros in France and private chef to King Hussein of Jordan) has become a favorite for its fresh, ever-evolving dishes like daily crudos and housemade steamed pork buns with spicy red cabbage slaw as well as its cocktail menu developed by NoMad Bar’s Mark Noonan. This year, the place has upped its summer cred with new outdoor dining program with alfresco tables on a secluded deck.
290 Montauk Hwy., East Hampton; 631-527-5372
Dopo La Spaggia East Hampton
Dopo La Spaggia will be expanding from Sag Harbor to East Hampton this summer with a second, significantly larger indoor and outdoor space. Chef/co-owner Maurizio Marfoglia will be offering many of his signature locally sourced, southern Italian dishes like shaved Brussels sprouts Caesar, seafood tagliolini with imported Calabrian chiles and scallop crudo with caviar, sea beans and lemon. The restaurant will offer a Bellini Brunch with a variety of updated classics like eggs Benedict with prosciutto and Limoncello hollandaise. Unlike the Sag Harbor location, which doesn't book tables in advance, same-day reservations will be accepted.
Photo courtesy the Ram's Head Inn
The Ram’s Head Inn
Executive chef Matt Murphy (Antares Café in Greenport, The Rainbow Room, The Russian Tea Room) has taken the reins at Shelter Island’s The Ram’s Head Inn this season. Since coming aboard, Murphy has revamped the Inn’s menus with a variety of locally sourced seafood, produce and game in addition to the vegetables grown in the on-site garden.
108 S. Ram Island Dr., Shelter Island Heights; 631-749-0811
East Hampton Point
This idyllic waterfront resort will get a new culinary update from a previous chef. Chef Craig Attwood will be returning to the seasonal Three Mile Harbor restaurant after a seven-year break. While they’re still working out details, the menu is expected to become more eclectic and seafood-driven this year. Head over for Reggae Sunday, Bastille Day celebrations with fireworks and prime sunset views.
295 Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Rd., East Hampton; 631-324-9191