Rowdy Hall in East Hampton in an autumnal mood. (Oct....

Rowdy Hall in East Hampton in an autumnal mood. (Oct. 21, 2012) Credit: Ian J. Stark

Before meeting Bruce Dern and Helena Bonham Carter or seeing "August: Osage County," you'll need some food.

Here are three restaurants near the 21st Hamptons International Film Festival, which opens Thursday. They know how to put on a show.

Rowdy Hall has become a local landmark. And on this dreary night, the onion soup, New England clam chowder and steak frites look especially good.  Tasty fish-and-chips with Guinness stout batter, too.

The very reliable East Hampton Grill will comfort you with "heavenly biscuits"; fried oysters with creamed spinach, artichoke and lemon aioli; and the prime rib roast with whipped potatoes.

And Cittanuova calls for sunglasses anytime. Try the grilled octopus with chickpeas, cheeses and cured meats, spaghetti with crabmeat, chicken Milanese and, of course, the Cittaburger.

Rowdy Hall, 10 Main St. (Parrish Mews), East Hampton; 631-324-0555.

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

Cittanuova, 29 Newtown Ln., East Hampton; 631-326-6300.


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