Why wait for the Memorial Day weekend traffic? Visit the South Fork now. Here are three reliable and very Hamptonian restaurants with summer flair and fine food.
The 1770 House in East Hampton is an East End landmark, for the historic inn and the excellent kitchen. Recommended: chilled spring asparagus soup; cavatelli with asparagus, bacon, ramp and hazelnut pesto; rack of lamb with saffron risotto; Montauk fluke and roasted cod with truffle sauce. Expensive.
The 1770 House, 143 Main St., East Hampton, 631-324-1770, 1770house.com
The Bell & Anchor in Sag Harbor stands out with New American and Italian fare, and a water view. Recommended: seafood chowder; fritto misto; steamed lobster; “old school” lobster garganelli with corn, bacon and saffron rice; potato-crusted local fluke; grilled sirloin burger. Expensive.
The Bell & Anchor, 3253 Noyac Rd., Sag Harbor, 631-725-3400, bellandanchor.com
Red/bar brasserie in Southampton is a mainstay for American cuisine and local style. Recommended: oysters mignonette; grilled Spanish octopus with potatoes and nduja sausage; grilled Montauk striped bass; miso-crusted tilefish; grilled Painted Hills strip steak; crackling pork shank. Expensive.
Red/bar brasserie, 210 Hampton Rd., Southampton, 631-283-0704, redbarbrasserie.com