The 26th Hamptons International Film Festival is unspooling. Whether you have a ticket or are spending an early fall day in the neighborhood, here are three very reliable East Hampton restaurants near the festivities.
The 1770 House has been around for more than 250 years. The restaurant at the handsome landmark is at its peak. Recommended: spicy Montauk fluke tartare; local sea scallop crudo; beet salad with blue cheese, hazelnuts, red sorrel, and local honey vinaigrette; roasted Montauk striped bass with sweet corn, runner beans, and potato ragu; apple-cider cured Berkshire pork chop; Rohan duck breast with ginger and star anise, sesame bok choy, and scallion pancake; sticky date cake with vanilla gelato and toffee sauce; coconut-and-semolina cake with pistachio gelato, honey and orange flower syrup. Expensive.
The 1770 House, 143 Main St., East Hampton, 631-324-1770, 1770house.com
Rowdy Hall, a Gallic-British, bistro-pub combination, is a mainstay for elevated casual fare with the apropos ambience. Recommended: New England-style clam chowder; French onion soup; Roquefort-walnut salad; "Rowdy burger" with blue cheese; croque monsieur; lobster roll; fish and chips made with cod; St. Louis ribs; mussels mariniere; steak frites; meat loaf; brioche bread pudding; local peach upside-down cake. Moderate.
Rowdy Hall in East Hampton, 10 Main St. (Parrish Mews), East Hampton, 631-324-8555, rowdyhall.com
Bostwick's Chowder House is a summery, informal spot that's just as appealing in early autumn, with dining indoors and out. Recommended: fried oysters with roasted corn salsa; baked stuffed clams; New England, Manhattan, and corn chowders; steamed lobster; fish and chips made with cod; broiled local flounder with lemon beurre blanc; sauteed crabcakes with sauce remoulade; Baja fish taco, with fried cod; lobster taco; lobster salad roll; warm, buttered lobster roll; oyster po'boy; Key lime pie. Moderate.
Bostwick's Chowder House, 277 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton, 631-324-1111, bostwickschowderhouse.com