Every summer, the East End grows a new crop of trendy restaurants and tony boutiques. But food shops also bloom in the Hamptons and on the North Fork, selling everything from local mushrooms to Ethiopian coffee beans. Here are some inventive newplaces to stock up.
The East End Mushroom Company
The East End Mushroom Company (22355 County Rte. 48, Unit 23, Cutchogue; 631-876-5401; theeastendmushroomcompany.com)
"Farm" doesn't really capture the spotlessly clean, temperature- and humidity-controlled chamber in which Jane A. Maguire and John Quigley grow their mushrooms. But it's the heart of their operation, which opened to the public in March. Maguire and Quigley grow their own shiitake, oyster and maitake (hen of the woods) mushrooms; they also sell portobellos, cremini, king oysters, pioppini and brown and white beech mushrooms to offer their customers a fuller range. Any fresh mushroom that doesn't sell in two or three days is dehydrated. Open Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Plans to open on Sundays by July 5.
Jane A. Maguire and John Quigley, owners of the East End Mushroom Company in Cutchogue, stand in the growing room.
North Fork Chocolate Company
North Fork Chocolate Company (740 Main Rd., Aquebogue; 631-599-4944; northforkchocolate.com)
Steve Amaral and his business partner, Ann Corley, had been selling chocolates online and at farmers markets until February, when they opened this spacious store in the former home of Esprit de France. They sell a range of locally produced foods (including Aldo's coffee, roasted in Greenport), but pride of place goes to the chocolates made by Amaral, former chef-partner at Amarelle in Wading River. Each uses its own blend of dark, milk and/or white chocolate. Fillings are imaginative and, wherever possible, local: white chocolates infused with Miss Lady Root Beer (Wainscott), salted caramels with North Fork Sea Salt (Southold). Coming this summer: ice cream made with milk from Goodale Farms (a mile down the road). Open Thursday to Monday 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Plans to open on Wednesdays in mid-June, seven days a week from July 4 to Labor Day.
Owners Ann Corley and Steve Amaral at the North Fork Chocolate Company, Goods and Gifts in Aquebogue.
North Fork Roasting Co.
North Fork Roasting Co. (55795 Main Rd., Southold; 631-876-5450; noforoastingco.com)
North Fork Roasting Co. opened in February but already has the vibe (and crowds) of a long-standing local hangout. Jennilee Morris has been roasting coffee commercially for a few years (Love Lane Kitchen is a customer); her partner, Jess Dunne, had the pastry chops. Now they are selling their own beans as well as pulling, dripping, pressing, cold-brewing and pouring over about half a dozen blends in a charming little wood-shingled house comfortably furnished with a whimsical industrial chic and original artwork. Open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.
Jess Dunne, left, and Jennilee Morris, owners of the North Fork Roasting Co. in Southold, pose at their shop. North Fork Roasting Co. roasts coffee, prepares it (via brew, pull, pour-over and press) and sells it, along with home made baked goods.
Marie Eiffel Market
Marie Eiffel Market (184 N. Ferry Rd., Shelter Island; 631-749-0003; marieeiffelmarket.com)
First Marie Eiffel opened stylish apparel boutiques in Sag Harbor and Shelter Island. Then she took over Shelter Island's Reddings Market, renaming it Marie Eiffel earlier this year and making it every bit as fashionable as her dress shops. Home cooks will find fresh meat, fish and produce and a range of well-curated dry goods. Day trippers will want to focus on sandwiches, pizzas, breakfasts, salads, soups and especially pastries. Take out, eat at the large communal table or grab a seat on the porch overlooking Dering Harbor. Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Owner Marie Eiffel, left, and head pastry chef Annabelle Cohen, at the Marie Eiffel market on Shelter Island.
Harbor Market and Kitchen
Harbor Market and Kitchen (184 Division St., Sag Harbor; 631-725-4433; harbormarket.com)
Paul Favero was the chef who put Nick & Toni's on the map in the '90s before moving to Las Vegas to work for Bobby Flay. Now he has returned to the Hamptons and, with wife Susana and partner Abbey Warsh, opened a takeout shop in Sag Harbor where everything -- from the roast turkey to the corn tortillas -- is made in house. There are pizzas from the wood-fired oven, sandwiches, fish tacos, lobster rolls, salads and sides by the pound, roast meats and pastries. The breakfast menu features bagels and lox (from Russ & Daughters in Manhattan) as well as a vegan breakfast bowl with scrambled tofu, quinoa, tempeh bacon. Open every day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. except Tuesdays. Plans to open Tuesdays, too, starting July 7.
A selection of appetizing sandwiches at the Harbor Market and Kitchen in Sag Harbor.