East Hampton Grill

Key lime pie at East Hampton Grill in Key lime pie at East Hampton Grill in East Hampton. (June 2011) Newsday/Peter Gianotti Photo Credit: Newsday/

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Location: 99 North Main St. East Hampton, NY 11937

Description: Although the menu at this “grill” keeps the selections of food familiar, the appetizers and ... More »

East Hampton Grill definitely is a "summer scene." And it should be just as appealing from autumn to spring, too.

This handsome, new restaurant took over the former site of Della Femina, a local landmark for almost two decades. The dining room has been dramatically overhauled, full of polished wood, antiques and a view of the kitchen.

Go for executive chef Brian Stefano's refined take on American classics, as well as for his more contemporary dishes.

Those rosemary biscuits are essential, with a drizzle of honey. The crabcake salad, with grapefruit and avocado in a Champagne vinaigrette; and the Caesar salad with the addition of crisp, fried oysters, both stand out.

Expertly fried: the soft-shell crab po'boy, a rich version of the familiar sandwich. The house's slowly roasted, barbecued ribs arrive very tender. And the prime-rib roast with mashed potatoes is outstanding.

Atlantic cod, paired with bok choy and sticky rice, successfully brings in an Asian accent; oysters St. Charles, with creamed spinach, artichokes and lemon aioli, an eclectic touch. You'll also be tempted by the pan-fried Dover sole with sauce remoulade, the pan-roasted Arctic char, and the chicken Waldorf. The obligatory sides are led by savory deviled eggs, which could do double duty as an appetizer.

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For dessert, the Key lime pie provides a tangy taste of Florida; the hot-fudge sundae, a playful summer pleasure that crosses borders. All this is served by a very professional, hospitable staff, under dining-room manager John Kim.

East Hampton Grill, 99 N. Main St., East Hampton; 631-329-6666, easthamptongrill.com; $$$

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