The Hamptons

Restaurants in The Hamptons

Saunter right off the sand at this beachfront surf shack and cool off at the bar, shoes and shirt optional. The provocative name is befitting of the jolly scantily-clad crowd, replete with an occasional Charlie Sheen sighting.

The Meatpacking District staple moved east and brought its globally notorious Beau Brunch with it. White tablecloths grace the outdoor brick patio while thumping house music pours out the doors and party patrons tuck into Nutella pancakes and smoked salmon eggs benedict. Not hungry?

International comfort food in a stylish brasserie and bar.

The most coveted reservation continues to be East Hampton’s 24-year-old Nick & Toni’s, which is a who’s who: Howard Stern, Lou Reed, and Naomi Watts, just to name a few.

One block from the ocean, Runaways is the spot for just-caught seafood, such as flounder stuffed with lump crab.

Smell the roses while lunching on scallop-laden bruschetta in the magnificent Tuscan-inspired garden.

In a weathered cottage on Sag Harbor’s wharf, groupies line up at the Dock House for the clam chowder and steamed lobsters; the live specimens are kept in an antique bathtub next to the front door.  Come for pan-fried crab cakes and lobster salad to be  gobbled up at outdoor picnic tables.

Tucked in the back of a marina, this open-air restaurant is worth seeking out for its grilled Mexican corn on the cob.

For a light dinner, try tender littleneck clams with a gorgeous view of the harbor.

Bring a bottle of rosé to Duryea’s Lobster Deck, set on a rocky Montauk outcropping and renowned for its well-priced lobster. Just be prepared for a long wait.

New owner Jayma Cardoso has dialed back the Bacchanalian revelry and returned the Surf Lodge to its more mellow origins.