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New, returning Hamptons, Greenport restaurants: East End eateries worth checking out

Kataifi-lobster bundles with Thai citrus slaw and spiced

Kataifi-lobster bundles with Thai citrus slaw and spiced sesame aioli served at Harbor Bistro restaurant on July 30, 2008. Photo Credit: Ellen Watson

The Hamptons and the North Fork are getting to uncork the high season for restaurants.

A new French restaurant, Maison Vivienne, is slated to open in Southampton by Memorial Day; landmark Claudio’s in Greenport, under new ownership, has the same start date; and Harbor Bistro in East Hampton returns to its waterfront site on April 19.

Maison Vivienne will move into the vintage downtown Southampton address that has housed a series of restaurants, including Kozu, Nammos, Nello Summertimes, and, for many years, The Post House.

Diners should expect dishes such as roast chicken and bone-in rib steak, or cote de boeuf; charred hearts of escarole; grilled langoustines; Nicoise salad; and clafoutis, a traditional cherry dessert

Appetizers will be in the $15 to $25 range; main courses, $25 to $45; and desserts, $12 to $15.

Maison Vivienne, 136 Main St., Southampton, 631-500-9276.

In Greenport, Claudio’s, the waterfront landmark in business since 1870, was cited the longest-running, same-family owned restaurant in the country. It’s also expected to unveil under new owners by Memorial Day.

The Claudio family sold the restaurant in March to a group that includes high-profile attorney Perry Weitz and his son, David, formerly a Tishman Speyer analyst. It will be managed by Tora Matsuoka, an East End veteran who co-owns Sen in Sag Harbor.

No major changes are expected initially at the seafood-centric restaurant, or its offsprings, Claudio’s Clam Bar and Crabby Jerry’s, which also overlook Greenport Harbor.

Claudio’s is at 111 Main St., Greenport, 631-477-0627, claudios.com

Opening for its 13th season on April 19 is Harbor Bistro, the popular waterfront, New American spot. Diners will find fare such as charred tuna tostadas, pistachio-crusted swordfish, kataifi-lobster bundles, and orecchiette pasta with clams.

Harbor Bistro is at 313 Three Mile Harbor-Hog Creek Rd., East Hampton, 631-324-7300, harborbistro.net

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