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Welcome to the Hamptons: A Newcomer's Eating Guide

Here are some top spots that will make your first trip to the East End a memorable one.

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Welcome to the Hamptons

The East End of Long Island, N.Y., is home to beautiful beaches, incredible real estate and reputable traffic (especially during prime summer season). In the many villages and hamlets of the towns of Southampton and East Hampton, restaurants can cycle through as quickly as summer tourists. But an abundance of local produce and access to both the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean for fresh seafood mean you're guaranteed to get a great meal at any time of the year. To help craft this tour we reached out to a few experts, including Food Network stars Katie Lee and Geoffrey Zakarian; the publisher of the local iconic paper Dan's Hamptons, Dan Rattiner; and Kathleen King, founder and owner of Tate's Bake Shop. And we added a few of our personal favorites.

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Estia's Little Kitchen

1615 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike, Sag Harbor, N.Y.

This favorite of locals and summer visitors alike was opened by Chef Colin Ambrose in 1998 and has been attracting crowds ever since. The menu is influenced by Mexican flavors, with breakfast and brunch platters like the George's Ranch (tortillas with eggs, avocado, black beans, cheese and salsa) and Fish Creek Huevos Rancheros (refritos, tomatillo salsa and queso fresco). Even better, the hefty portions won't break the bank.

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Garden Seating

Chef Ambrose built a kitchen garden on one-third of an acre behind his restaurant and supplements his entrees with local produce from neighboring farms. While you can call ahead to make dinner reservations, brunch is your best bet. Waiting for a table has never been more enjoyable: Read the paper on an Adirondack chair in the grassy area of the garden.


Head farther east to Joni's for a wholesome breakfast with plenty of vegan options (South Edison Street between South Etna Avenue and South Elmwood Avenue, Montauk, N.Y.). The breakfast wraps are customizable, the smoothie menu is epic and the homemade granola is so tasty you'll want to take a tub of it home.

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Photo: Michael Weber ©

Topping Rose House

1 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, N.Y.

Iron Chef, Chopped judge and host of the The Kitchen Geoffrey enjoys both a meal and an overnight stay at Tom Colicchio's first establishment on the East End. The property features a luxury hotel and restaurant complex complete with a spa and a pool.


Photo Courtesy Michael Weber

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