New East End restaurants worth checking out
Almost outpacing the feverish cost of East End real estate is the 2015 restaurant boomlet in the Hamptons and on the North Fork. Come hungry. And check you credit line, too.
The cuisines include New American, Japanese, Chinese, French, Caribbean and Greek, from Riverhead to Greenport and Montauk.
Most of the expected openings have taken place; a few are later starters. But you have months and sometimes to savor what's cooking in the sunniest region of Long Island.
The Restaurant at Baron's Cove(Credit: Baron's Cove)
The Restaurant at Baron's Cove, Sag Harbor: The renovation at the resort includes the restaurant, which has a water view and serves American food. The dinner menu includes oysters and clams, shrimp cocktail, tomato-based local fish stew, gazpacho, steamed lobster, a lobster roll, linguine with clams, seared local scallops, swordfish, tuna, fluke, asparagus-and-chickpea cakes, roast chicken, the house burger and steaks.
Chef Matty Boudreau is at the helm of The Restaurant at Baron's Cove in Sag Harbor serving classics and dishes with a twist such as this shrimp and herbed stuffed lobster tail.
Beautique(Credit: Jessica Earnshaw)
Beautique, Southampton: Situated at the Capri Hotel, owned by celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos, Beautique is the eastern outpost of the Manhattan lair of the loaded, both boldface and newly moneyed. Greg Grossman, now 20, received much ink last year as the teen chef at the now-gone Georgica in Wainscott. His main menu includes duck confit salad, red snapper crudo and flat iron steak. There is dinner, brunch, and a poolside menu. French chef Alain Allegretti is the "culinary director." Outdoor dining available.
Seared scallops are one of the small plates served at Beautique, the restaurant inside the Capri in Southampton.
Le Charlot(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Le Charlot, Southampton: Channel your inner boulevardier at this bright and summery extension of the East 69th Street boite, which took over the address long-occupied by Barrister's. The Gallic fare reflects an all-seasons approach. Among the specialties are steak frites, frisee salad, rustic pork pate, onion soup and a version of tarte Tatin. The kitchen also prepares steamed mussels, tuna tartare and a refreshing lobster salad, which is ideal at lunch. Outdoor seating available.
Cod is served over lemony mashed potatoes in a chorizo sauce at Le Charlot, a new French restaurant in Southampton.
Scarpetta Beach(Credit: Aaron Zebrook)
Scarpetta Beach, Montauk: This is the new, main restaurant at the under-renovation Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa. It's also the fourth spinoff of the Italian spot in Manhattan. Fresh pastas and local seafood are a highlight in the ocean-view dining room. Scarpetta Beach is one of several Gurney's newcomers. Tillie's offers American dishes, including a warm lobster roll; Corso Coffee is a coffee bar; retro-style Regent Cocktail Club will specialize in drinks and DJs; and The Beach Club at Gurney's serves light fare on the resort's private beach. Outdoor seating available.
Scarpetta Beach in Montauk serves classic beach fare with an upscale touch inside the new Gurney's. The spaghetti bolognese recipe is identical to the one in the city: hand spun with fresh tomoatos and basil.
Osteria Salina(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Osteria Salina, Wainscott: Osteria Salina has relocated from School Street in Bridgehampton to the Wainscott site previously occupied by Georgica -- and Saracen, Sapore di Mare and, decades ago, Charlotte's Hidden Pond. The cuisine is Italian and the restaurant is perched on an inlet of Georgica Pond. Osteria Salina received a two-star rating in 2012. Outdoor seating expected soon.
Scottaditti, grilled lamb chops, are served at Osteria Salina in Wainscott.
Philippe, East Hampton: Philippe returns to this Hampton address for the new season after a hiatus, with both a restaurant and a nightclub. Expect the Philippe Chow showcase, with dishes such as Beijing duck, flash-fried lobster, green and black prawns, steamed black bass, chicken satay, kung pao chicken, spring rolls, plus noodles, dumplings and lettuce wraps. In addition to DJs, The Club at Philippe will offer a late-night menu. Outdoor seating available.
A medley of Chinese classics at Philippe Chow's restaurants, the latest which has opened in East Hampton.
The Saltbox Restaurant & Bar(Credit: Aaron Zebrook)
The Saltbox, Montauk: The Saltbox takes over the Carl Fisher Plaza location where O'Murphy's served pub fare for a quarter-century. O'Murphy's has relocated next to the Tipperary Inn on West Lake Drive. The Saltbox selections include lobster rolls, grilled oysters, seafood stew, fish tacos, jerk chicken, pan-seared dayboat scallops, Korean short-rib lettuce wraps, ginger-soy crisp Asian shrimp and cheeseburgers.
The Ahi tuna crudo is served like sashimi with pickled cauliflower, red onion, and peppercorn balsalmic at The Saltbox in Montauk.
Uncle Joe's Pizzeria Cafe(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
Uncle Joe's Pizzeria Cafe, Riverhead: This offshoot of an East End pizza-pasta chainlet from Hampton Bays and Mattituck is newly installed in the downtown space that last hosted Parto's. Some of the personal pizzas from Parto's remain on the menu, which is similar to the menus at the other branches. Specialties include spaghetti carbonara, eggplant Parmigiana and chicken scarpariello. There's beer and wine, as well as table service.
A half Hawaiian and half Margherita pizza pie at Uncle Joe's in Riverhead.
Highway Restaurant & Bar(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Highway Restaurant, East Hampton: Under new ownership, the successor to pop-up Shuko and the Highway Diner is an eclectic, New American destination for fare that includes local fluke crudo, kale salad, steamed pork buns, linguine with clams, rigatoni Bolognese, chicken potpie, roasted chicken, cheeseburger, grilled rib-eye steak, potato-wrapped striped bass, sauteed langoustines and table snacks such as smoked eggplant and hummus, and ricotta toast with spring vegetables.
Long Island Fluke Crudo is served at the Highway Restaurant in East Hampton.
Winston's Bar and Grill(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Winston's Bar and Grill, East Hampton: Caribbean cooking, seafood and steak are on the menu at Winston's Bar and Grill, which moves into the site occupied for many years by Nichol's and The Quiet Clam. Winston Lyons previously was chef at East Hampton Grill and the departed Turtle Crossing. The style is casual. The food goes from jerk chicken with plantains and strip steak with mashed potatoes to steamed lobster and breakfast items, including a spicy shrimp omelet. Winston's is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Outdoor seating available.
A vegetable panini is served at Winston's Bar and Grill in East Hampton.
The Crazy Fork Too at Four Doors Down(Credit: Randee Daddona)
The Crazy Fork Too at Four Doors Down, Mattituck: Now under the same new ownership as Crazy Fork, this remodeled pub has ditched its Italian-German repertoire. Chef Eric Linker, who previously cooked at Digger O'Dell's in Riverhead, offers such items as thin-crust pizza, baby back ribs, Philly cheesesteak, burgers and a pork po'boy. Some outdoor seating is available.
A Texas BLT -- smoked bacon, romaine lettuce, tomato and roasted garlic mayo on Texas toast -- is served at The Crazy Fork Too at Four Doors Down in Mattituck.
Tikal I(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Tikal I, Greenport: A combination of Central American dishes are served at this colorful, capacious counter-serve eatery whose owners are from Guatemala and whose chef, Gilberto Leon, hails from Mexico. Mexican dishes include enchiladas, quesadillas and chicken with mole. From Guatemala, there's carne adobada, a marinated pork dish, and kaquik, chicken with a pipian (pumpkin seed) mole. Early risers will find a few breakfast items, too.
Guatemalan and Mexican dishes like these tacos are served at Tikal I in Greenport.
O'Mally's(Credit: Randee Daddona)
O'Mally's, Southold: This Southold standby is now under the same ownership as Tom's (with branches in Brooklyn's Prospect Heights and Coney Island). It sports an updated look and a new menu, too, with such dishes as corn fritters, a bacon burger, a lamb burger, a seafood basket and a sirloin steak platter. During the summer, look for breakfast and brunch, as well as outdoor dining.
The Super Duper Burger -- topped with bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomato and string onions -- is served with steak fries at O'Mally's in Southold.
Ammirati's of Love Lane(Credit: Randee Daddona)
Ammirati's of Love Lane, Mattituck: This spiffy little deli serves omelets and pancakes in the morning and, the rest of the day, sandwiches, wraps and panini. Take your food out, or eat at one of the cafe tables inside.
Chicken Paradise, served with homemade breaded chicken cutlet, American bacon and Thousand Island dressing, is a house favorite at Ammirati's of Love Lane in Mattituck.
Lucharitos(Credit: Randee Daddona)
Lucharitos, Greenport: Light, bright and filled with contemporary art, this Mexican wrestler-themed eatery has expanded into neighboring space, more than doubling its size. The menu has been expanded, as well, with such additions as a Cuban sandwich, pork and pina empanada and pork huaraches. Every day, a different salad is featured.
Lucharitos(Credit: Randee Daddona)
Traditional style tacos -- pork, shrimp and carne asada, with fresh cilantro, onion, radish and salsa verde on corn tortilla -- are served at Lucharitos in Greenport.
Deep Water Bar & Grille(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Deep Water, Greenport: The bi-level space that once housed BBQ Bill's now hosts this seafood-centric American spot with a driftwood-themed interior and an upstairs outdoor deck. Chef Jorge Castellanos, who previously cooked at Digger O'Dell's in Riverhead, offers such menu items as a hot crab dip, "bistro" pots filled with clams and/or mussels, burgers, a Cuban sandwich, and "captain's potpie" wherein lobster, shrimp, crab and vegetable are capped with mashed potatoes. Owner Beth Pike said that the restaurant should remain open year-round. It delivers to boats.
Pan-roasted monk fish, as served at the Deep Water Bar and Grille in Greenport.
Greek Bites Grill(Credit: Randee Daddona)
Greek Bites Grill, Mattituck: The counter-serve spinoff of a Moriches Greek eatery is situated in the strip mall that houses the Mattituck 8 Cinemas. On the menu: spinach pie, souvlaki, gyro and Greek salad.
A small Greek salad with romaine, lettuce, scallions, dill and feta cheese served at Greek Bites Grill in Mattituck.
J & L's Chicken Fish & Ribs(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
J and L's Chicken Fish and Ribs, Riverhead: Southern fried chicken, fried whiting, jerk chicken and burgers are only some of the dishes at this new counter-serve eatery offering breakfast on weekends and, in summer, during the week. Chef and co-owner Leroy Hines, who spent the past 30 years running his own catering business, makes almost everything on the menu from scratch. In summer, you can dine outdoors.
Jamaican jerk chicken with rice, corn bread and collard greens at J and L's Chicken Fish and Ribs in Riverhead.
Muse at the End(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Muse at the End, Montauk: Matthew Guiffrida's branch of his Sag Harbor restaurant is where The Coast was last year. Look for Jamaican jerked local black bass (pictured), Peconic Bay scallop mac-and-cheese, a trio of tuna preparations, horseradish-Gorgonzola crusted strip steak, "Not-Yo-Mama's-Meatball," with pesto ricotta, Parmesan and tomato sauce, seafood cakes, and lightly blackened "south of the border" Montauk swordfish with green-chile salsa cream and Mexican street corn-hominy hash.
American Beech(Credit: American Beech Restaurant)
American Beech, Greenport: The Stirling Square manse that last hosted Main will soon house American Beech Restaurant & Inn, slated to open in early July. The place will have hotel rooms upstairs and a restaurant on the main floor. Owner Brent Pelton described a courtyard dining patio with a wood-burning fireplace and a bar built around the restaurant's eponymous beech tree. Executive chef Arielle Ferrara cooked at the former Riverhead Project, whose owner, Dennis McDermott, now manages American Beech. Ferrara's coastal New American menu includes seared tuna crudo (pictured), local oysters, local striped bass, buttermilk fried chicken, wild mushroom and fennel ragu and vegetable bibimbap. Brunch will be served Saturday through Monday, in season. Outdoor dining is available.
Stirling Sake(Credit: Stirling Sake)
Stirling Sake, Greenport: Serious sushi and sake are the draws at this authentically Japanese newcomer. When it opens, it will have an omakase room, a Japanese garden patio and a sake tasting bar. Co-owner and sake specialist Yuki Mori, who hails from Japan, used to be general manager of the sake bar at Decibel in Manhattan's East Village. Japan-born sushi chef Akio Kon worked in his native country as both a fisherman and chef before traveling to Peru to work alongside celeb chef Nobu Matsuhisa. In addition to sushi and sashimi (pictured), the restaurant will serve ramen and a number of other authentic Japanese specialties. Opening early July. Will have outdoor dining.