The “Eat” End: New Places to Eat, Drink and Be Merry on the East End

Thursday, May 26, 2016

What’s new in the East End dining scene? Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, and the Great East End Restaurant Shuffle is under way. Foodie staples have been revamped, new soon-to-be favorites are opening, and Montauk is still as hot as ever. Check out these new dining destinations for Summer 2016.

Vive Le Français!

Pierre’s, the iconic French restaurant on Main Street in Bridgehampton, has exciting news. Last year, founder Pierre Weber launched Pierre’s Upstairs, a members-only club located above the restaurant. The exclusive space offers a discreet, comfortable place for Pierre’s longtime fans to regroup. Members enjoy special access to Pierre’s social events and the option to rent the space out for private gatherings, as well as preferred seating at the restaurant and priority access to the lounge and bar. More recently, Pierre has taken over the former Sagg General Store on Sagg Main Street in Sagaponack. Newly renamed Pierre’s, the market will maintain the feel and spirit of the general store, but with a more updates and more food choices.

Pierre’s Market, 542 Sagg Main Street, Sagaponack. 631.537.0833, pierresbridgehampton.com

The Southampton Scene

Zach Erdem, the restaurateur behind iconic Main Street establishment 75 Main, is expanding his Hamptons footprint. Erdem has purchased the space at 136 Main Street, Southampton, which was most recently Nammos Estiatorio and, previously, Nello’s, where Erdem once worked. The space will be a revamped restaurant, hotel and nightclub called Kozu. Chef John Keller, formerly of Nobu, will helm the space, which will feature Japanease flavors and sushi with a Peruvian influence. Erdem has also purchased 125 Tuckahoe Lane, which was 1OAK nightclub last summer. It will soon be turned into a new club called AM Southampton, featuring weekly hip hop nights, as well as special house DJs

Kozu, 136 Main Street, Southampton. 631.619.6660

AM Southampton Nightclub, 125 Tuckahoe Lane, Southampton. 631.353.3888, amsouthampton.com

Jean-Georges Heads East


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Topping Rose House Credit Barbara Lassen


Celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will take over the restaurant at Bridgehampton’s historic Topping Rose House. Though Vongerichten is behind a number of New York City restaurants, including his namesake Jean-Georges, this will be his first foray into the Hamptons dining scene. The space, which is a part of a luxury hotel, is no stranger to celebrity chefs; it was originally helmed by Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio, who left in 2014. The restaurant is housed in the 1842-era Greek Revival home built for Judge Abraham Topping Rose, which opened in 2012 after a complete renovation.

Topping Rose House, 1 Bridgehampton–Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton. 631.537.0870, toppingrosehouse.com

Gone Fishin’

Dave’s Grill, long hailed as one of the best restaurants on the East End, has closed, but another iteration of the Dave’s family is coming to Montauk. Located on East Lake Drive, the new Dave’s Gone Fishing will serve small plates.

Dave’s Gone Fishing, 631.668.9190, davesgrill.com

Cantina and Craft Brews

The beer is still here, and tequila has joined the Southampton party! Iconic Southampton brewpub Southampton Publick House has moved from its Bowden Square digs into the former Driver’s Seat space at 62 Jobs Lane. Union Cantina, a modern Mexican eatery, is coming into the Publick House’s former home. Created by owners of the nearby Southampton Social Club Ian Duke and David Hilty, with a menu helmed by Social Club chef Scott Kampf, Union Cantina will feature bottomless brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, and it will be open year-round for lunch and dinner.

Southampton Publick House, 62 Jobs Lane, Southampton. 631.283.2800, publick.com

Union Cantina, 40 Bowden Square, Southampton.

A Grey Day in Montauk

Grey Lady, which focuses on seafood and New England coastal fare, is coming to Montauk. With locations on the Lower East Side and in Aspen and Nantucket, the restaurant is now set to take over 440 West Lake Drive, Montauk, which was the former Harbor space. Grey Lady Montauk will open Memorial Day weekend, with plans to serve brunch, lunch and dinner over the course of the summer. The menu will be similar to the one in the city, but heavily influenced by the local East End bounty.

Grey Lady, 440 West Lake Drive, Montauk. greyladymtk.com

Wölffer Kitchen

Wolffer Kitchen Interior

Opened to great fanfare last summer, Wölffer Kitchen in Sag Harbor is ready to make a splash for its first full season. New chef Brian Cheewing focuses on a new American menu with a Mediterranean flair, and fresh, local ingredients. Everything, from the pasta to the desserts, is handmade. Also new for Summer 2016 is brunch. Enjoy the savory midday menu on weekends from the beginning of June until June 25, and then seven days a week for the rest of the summer.

Wölffer Kitchen, 29 Main Street, Sag Harbor. 631.725.0101, wolfferkitchen.com

Jue Lan Club Heads East

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The Jue Lan Club, which opened in New York City in December, is heading to Southampton. Founded by restaurateur Stratis Morfogen and his partners, shampoo magnate Alex Amano and Richie Romero, the upscale Asian restaurant will open at 268 Elm Street, in the space formerly occupied by Circo’s, over Memorial Day weekend. The restaurant is named after the Jue Lan Society, a secret Chinese art club from the 1930s. The innovative boite will bring a fresh take to the Hamptons with signature Asian dishes and a nightclub—the Barn @ Jue Lan Club—set with artistic ambience.

Jue Lan Club, 268 Elm Street, Southampton. juelanclub.com

New Wine at The Plaza Café

The wine keeps flowing at Southampton’s Plaza Café. Consistently ranked one of the top seafood restaurants on Long Island, The Plaza Café has added a Croatian wine, Dingac Postup, to its by-the-glass offerings. Says chef/owner Doug Gulja: “I am of Croatian heritage and have been carrying a few wines from this region for many years. At first many people hadn’t even heard of Croatia, let alone that they made wines. But now word is getting out, and the quality is getting even better. I love the white wine produced there like Poip, Debit and Malvasia, as these wines are made near the coast and are great seafood wines.” The premium red dry wine on offer is from Vinarija Dingac, located on the Peljeac peninsula. Haven’t tasted Croatian wine before? Gulija’s extensive and meticulously prepared five-star menu is reason enough to frequent The Plaza; ask about the best food pairings with the wine!

The Plaza Café, 61 Hill Street, Southampton. 631.283.9323, plazacafe.us

Peconic Escargot a Go

Coming this fall: Fresh escargot! Partners Taylor Knapp and Sean Nethercott have founded Peconic Escargot, with the mission of bringing locally sourced escargot to East End and New York City restaurants. The duo conceived the idea after Knapp, a Johnson & Wales—trained chef whose experience includes a stint at Noma in Copenhagen, was searching for an alternative to imported, canned escargot. The French petit gris (little gray) snails are fed a diet of locally grown greens. Check back for more updates!

Peconic Escargot, PO Box 908, Cutchogue. peconicescargot.com


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