East End Shuffle: New Hamptons Restaurants

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sag Harbor is shaping up to be the Hamptons “It” town once again this summer. The energy brought to the onetime whaling village by places like Tutto Il Giorno, which morphed into Dopo La Spiaggia last summer; the hotel and restaurant Baron’s Cove; and celebrity magnet Buddhaberry frozen yogurt will once again be spiked with new blood.

Pack your white Birkin and Louboutin sandals: kiss, kiss! After a long turf war over Sag Harbor’s prized Long Wharf restaurant—the former home of B.Smith’s and briefly, Harlow—Ron O. Perelman and his partners Philippe Delgrange, Eric Clapton and Steve Witkoff beat out many contenders to open an East End sister of the oh-so-social Le Bilboquet.

Over on Sag Harbor’s Main Street, private equity honcho Marc Rowan is expanding his holdings with a new restaurant, Lulu. Rowan, who already owns Arbor and Duryea’s in Montauk, is unveiling a wood-burning oven concept in the space that was last home to Doppio.

Joey and Marc Wölffer have not only spruced up their restaurant Wölffer Kitchen, also on Main Street, but have taken over the Meeting House in Amagansett. Dopo La Spiaggia has also expanded into East Hampton, taking over the premises formerly occupied by Race Lane.

Buddhaberry too is growing, opening a third location (the first was Montauk in 2013) in Southampton, called Buddhaberry Bijou. This one, across from the movie theater, will be a bit smaller, but offer the same array of treats, including frozen yogurt, waffles, açai bowls and coffee.

Hamptons foodies can’t believe their luck that Eleven Madison Park is migrating East for the summer. Partners Daniel Humm and Will Guidara will open a pop-up in partnership with American Express. EMP Summer House will replace the former scene restaurant Moby’s. As to be expected, people are already angling for seats.

The Mediterranean diet is perfect for the beach, and this summer there will be no shortage of places to go to. Elaia Estiatorio, a Greek restaurant, will be taking over the space at 95 School Street in Bridgehampton. It once housed Osteria Salina but was empty for two years. The team behind the East 60th Street restaurant Amali has co-opted the former Greenwich on Montauk Highway and transformed it into Calissa. Of course they will have to compete for customers with longtime favorite Greek steakhouse Old Stove Pub. Let the games begin!

Hampton Bays, which is gaining steam, has a Mediterranean spot of its own, Centro Trattoria & Bar. The restaurant opened this winter with James Carpenter, who served as executive chef at Della Femina and the American Hotel, manning the range. “There is a new market west of the Shinnecock Canal,” says Carpenter. He is working with the restaurant’s owner, Salvador Biundo, to serve up some of his family’s traditional recipes like meatballs and buccatini, along with lighter options like Greek salads and impressively large whole grilled branzino. Indian food was never big in the Hamptons until Saaz came along. The Southampton spot has become so popular that owner Sam Mohan is opening a more casual eatery in Bridgehampton on the bones of the old farm-to-table restaurant Fresh. (It was Zigmund’s for a hot minute in between.) “There will be traditional dishes, but also new ones that are out of the box, like lamb burgers with Indian spice,’’ says Mohan. “We will also be bringing in local bands.’’

The iconic Dave’s Grill shuttered last year, with owners David and Julie Marcley opening up small-plates restaurant Dave’s Gone Fishing instead. Gabby Karan was in negotiation to take over the original Dave’s space, but that deal went south, and Eric Miller, who has a mega success with Bay Kitchen & Bar on Three Mile Harbor, has grabbed it up. He will be serving a seafood-focused menu.

Highway Bar & Grill is opening an outdoor area this season. This ups your chances of scoring a table and enjoying chef Anand Sastry’s creations, like his now legendary spit-roasted chicken; farro salad with watercress, roasted root vegetables, pistachios and lemon; or grilled rack of lamb with pea and quinoa tabouli and mint tahini.

Those who aren’t headed to the South Fork this June can get a taste of the beach at a new East Village spot called Out East, which celebrates cuisine of the New York coastline.

Fish from farther away will be the mainstay of Sen Sakana, a new Japanese/Peruvian fusion restaurant in Midtown that offers sushi and ceviche from the waters in between those two countries, along with robata and other cooked dishes.


Some of the hottest new Hamptons restaurants:

Buddhaberry Bijou

16 Hill Street 





1020 Montauk Highway

Water Mill



Centro Trattoria

336 West Montauk highway

Hampton Bays



Dopo La Spiaggia

31 Race Lane

East Hampton



Elaia Estiatorio

95 School Street



EMP Summer House

341 Pantigo Road

East Hampton



Highway Bar & Grill

290 Montauk Highway

East Hampton



Lulu Kitchen and Bar

126 Main Street

Sag Harbor



Le Bilboquet

1 Bay Street

Sag Harbor


Out East

509 East 6th Street

New York




203 Bridgehampton–

Sag Harbor Turnpike



Sen Sakana

28 West 44th Street

New York



Wölffer Kitchen Amagansett

4 Amagansett Square



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