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The Highway burger -- smoky, crusty, oozy --

The Highway burger -- smoky, crusty, oozy -- at Highway Diner is served with grand hand-cut fries. (May, 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick

The 2013 East End summer dining scene promises to be as vibrant as any in recent memory. Here's a sampling of the many new restaurants open for business.

Highway Diner in East Hampton occupies the former
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Highway Diner in East Hampton occupies the former Rugosa digs near the roadside World War II tank. Owner Gunnar Myers describes his very Hamptonesque diner as "beachy ... with an easy, groovy vibe" and a modern, sophisticated edge. (May 26, 2013)

Highway Diner in East Hampton serves upscale American
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Highway Diner in East Hampton serves upscale American classics. (May 26, 2013)

Highway Diner's brioche French toast is crowned with
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Highway Diner's brioche French toast is crowned with caramelized bananas. (May 26, 2013)

Gumbo at Highway Diner in East Hampton. (May
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Gumbo at Highway Diner in East Hampton. (May 26, 2013)

The Highway burger -- smoky, crusty, oozy --
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The Highway burger -- smoky, crusty, oozy -- at Highway Diner is served with grand hand-cut fries. (May, 2013)

La Brisa, a Montauk offshoot of the Manhattan
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La Brisa, a Montauk offshoot of the Manhattan taqueria Tacombi at Fonda Nolita, is now turning out tacos and more on the East End. (May 26, 2013)

La Brisa in Montauk occupies the former La
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La Brisa in Montauk occupies the former La Bodega space, whose curved outer walls are lined with expansive windows. (May 26, 2013)

Fish tacos at La Brisa in Montauk. (May
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Fish tacos at La Brisa in Montauk. (May 26, 2013)

La Brisa in Montauk serves Mexican breakfast fare
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La Brisa in Montauk serves Mexican breakfast fare including chilaquiles. (May 26, 2013)

Chef Eric Miller, who also owns Miller's Real
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Chef Eric Miller, who also owns Miller's Real Barbecue in East Hampton, calls his new place -- Madison & Main, which is housed in the old Paradise Café space -- "a modern American seafood tavern." The local waters, he says, inspire him the way the Mediterranean inspires cooks in France. He is preparing "anything that swims within 100 miles" of the restaurant's Main Street location. (May 26, 2013)

Madison & Main is in the heart of
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Madison & Main is in the heart of Sag Harbor. (May 26, 2013)

Montauk tuna is served with roasted, Sicilian-style eggplant
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Montauk tuna is served with roasted, Sicilian-style eggplant at Madison & Maint in Sag Harbor. (May 26, 2013)

Pan-seared local filet of sole is served with
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Pan-seared local filet of sole is served with brown butter, capers, lemon, parsley, and red potatoes at Madison & Main in Sag Harbor. (May 26, 2013)

The Cuddy gastropub (brainchild of Sen owners Tora
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The Cuddy gastropub (brainchild of Sen owners Tora Matsuoka, Jesse Matsuoka and Jeff Resnick) has been packed since it opened in mid-April. The idiom seems just right for Sag Harbor, a whaling town that's long had a lively bar culture but no comparable bar food. (May 26, 2013)

The Cuddy is an American gastropub on Main
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The Cuddy is an American gastropub on Main Street in Sag Harbor. (May 26, 2013)

The Cuddy in Sag Harbor serves a fresh
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The Cuddy in Sag Harbor serves a fresh take on fried chicken and waffles, putting the chicken over a scallion waffle topped with green tomato chutney, truffle butter and honey. (May 26, 2013)

The Cuddy's namesake burger, of house-ground Painted Hills
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The Cuddy's namesake burger, of house-ground Painted Hills beef, is topped with aged cheddar, tomato jam and caramelized onions on a brioche bun and served with hand-cut truffle fries. (May 26, 2013)

Chef Todd Jacobs, who helmed the kitchens at
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Chef Todd Jacobs, who helmed the kitchens at The American Hotel in Sag Harbor and Tierra Mar in Westhampton Beach before moving on to the Allegria Hotel in Long Beach, returns to his old stamping grounds with Fresh. Taking over the rustic Southfork Kitchen space in Bridgehampton, Jacobs, shown checking vegetable gardens at the restaurant, serves farm-to-table food, family style. (May 14, 2013)

Whole-roasted white sea bass at Fresh restaurant in
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Whole-roasted white sea bass at Fresh restaurant in Bridgehampton. (May 14, 2013)

A mixed berry salad is served with mesclun
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A mixed berry salad is served with mesclun greens, organic berries, Gorgonzola, toasted walnuts and raspberry vinaigrette at Fresh Hamptons in Bridgehampton. (June 22, 2013)

A salad of raw Tuscan kale, sugar plum
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A salad of raw Tuscan kale, sugar plum tomatoes, red peppers and cracked hemp seed at Fresh in Bridgehampton. (May 14, 2013)

The owners of Nammos in Southampton have kept
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The owners of Nammos in Southampton have kept the name (and the vintage sign, with its neon red arrow pointing up the long driveway) of Hamptons institution The Old Stove Pub in Bridgehampton but have renovated the interior and built a new outdoor dining patio for their first summer in the spot. (May 14, 2013)

The Old Stove Pub in Bridgehampton has a
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The Old Stove Pub in Bridgehampton has a renovated interior and newly built outdoor dining patio. (May 14, 2013)

The Old Stove Pub in Bridgehampton offers Greek
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The Old Stove Pub in Bridgehampton offers Greek specialties such as tsatziki prepared with Greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic and olive oil. (May 14, 2013)

The Old Stove Pub in Bridgehampton also serves
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The Old Stove Pub in Bridgehampton also serves steakhouse classic, including a 24-ounce, dry-aged steak. (May 14, 2013)

Mercado Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar in Bridgehampton
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Mercado Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar in Bridgehampton is the new incarnation of the former Agave Mexican Grill. Chef-owner Marcel Link describes it as modern Mexican. (May 14, 2013)

Warm colored walls and dark wood details set
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Warm colored walls and dark wood details set the tone in the dining room at Mercado Mexican Grill in Bridgehampton. (May 14, 2013)

Mercado Mexican Grill in Bridgehampton serves Mexican fare
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Mercado Mexican Grill in Bridgehampton serves Mexican fare and homemade sangria. (May 14, 2013)

Carnitas (slow-roasted, spiced pork) at Mercado Mexican Grill
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Carnitas (slow-roasted, spiced pork) at Mercado Mexican Grill in Bridgehampton. (May 14, 2013)

Quesadillas, served with chipotle salsa, at Mercado Mexican
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Quesadillas, served with chipotle salsa, at Mercado Mexican Grill. (May 14, 2013)

Red Hook Lobster Pound is a spinoff of
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Red Hook Lobster Pound is a spinoff of a casual Brooklyn seafood joint serving locally made Sweet 'Tauk lemonade. (May 26, 2013)

Several different styles of lobster rolls are served
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Several different styles of lobster rolls are served at the Red Hook Lobster Pound in Montauk. (May 26, 2013)

The Red Hook dawg at Red Hook Lobster
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The Red Hook dawg at Red Hook Lobster Pound in Montauk is a Berkshire pork hot dog, served here with a watermelon-cucumber lemonade from Sweet 'Tauk. (May 26, 2013)

Delmonico's of Southampton, the newest offshoot of the
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Delmonico's of Southampton, the newest offshoot of the venerable restaurant group, is located in the spot formerly occupied by Savanna's and has a seaside spin. (May 23, 2013)

The renovated interior of Delmonico's of Southampton features
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The renovated interior of Delmonico's of Southampton features hand-carved butcher block tables and vintage photos from the restaurant's 175-year history. (May 23, 2013)

On sunny weekends, brunch is served on Delmonico's
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On sunny weekends, brunch is served on Delmonico's of Southampton's outdoor decks. (May 23, 2013)

South American chef Lucia Soria has come north
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South American chef Lucia Soria has come north for the summer to cook at Station, which will be open in East Quogue from Memorial Day to early September. Soria, who has two restaurants in Uruguay, has designed a menu of seasonal dishes with Italian, Spanish and Argentine influences. (May 26, 2013)

Station in East Quogue, which formerly housed La
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Station in East Quogue, which formerly housed La Lanterna, has been renovated and decorated in casual chic with textiles from Sag Harbor's Custom Cool. There is outdoor dining on the covered porch. (May 26, 2013)

Tuna ceviche is served with ginger, wasabi, red
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Tuna ceviche is served with ginger, wasabi, red onions, peppers and mango at Station in East Quogue. (May 26, 2013)

Station restaurant in East Quogue serves the haute
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Station restaurant in East Quogue serves the haute cuisine of Argentina and Uruguay, including a rib eye steak with traditional chimichurri, domino potatoes and criolla salsa. (May 26, 2013)

Keith Luce, former chef-partner at Jedediah Hawkins House
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Keith Luce, former chef-partner at Jedediah Hawkins House in Jamesport, has launched a multi-venue compound at Stirling Square in Greenport. "The Square" is anchored by Main, which takes over the former North Fork Oyster Company. (May 26, 2013)

The menu at Main is characterized by owner
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The menu at Main is characterized by owner Keith Luce as "regional American comfort with a twist." (May 26, 2013)

Main has a raw bar featuring a dozen
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Main has a raw bar featuring a dozen varieties of oysters from both the East and West coasts as well as Europe. (May 26, 2013)

House-made spaghetti with pancetta and white clam sauce
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House-made spaghetti with pancetta and white clam sauce is served at Main in Greenport. (May 26, 2013)

Swordfish at Main, one of the Keith Luce
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Swordfish at Main, one of the Keith Luce restaurants in Greenport's Sterling Square. (May 26, 2013)

Prep is one of the three restaurants at
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Prep is one of the three restaurants at Greenport's Sterling Square launched by Keith Luce. Prep is Luce's street-food takeout operation; he also runs Main and Nosh. (May 26, 2013)

Prep offers a flatbread called the lucifold that's
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Prep offers a flatbread called the lucifold that's part sandwich, part pizza, with guanciale, ricotta, arugula and olive oil. (May 26, 2013)

Prep in Greenport serves a Kobe beef hot
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Prep in Greenport serves a Kobe beef hot dog. (May 26, 2013)

Lucharito's is a Mexican restaurant in Greenport. (May
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Lucharito's is a Mexican restaurant in Greenport. (May 24, 2013)

Justin Smith from Mastic Beach, left, Stacey Taxler
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Justin Smith from Mastic Beach, left, Stacey Taxler from Westhampton and Fredrick Grace from Greenport, at Lucharito's in Greenport. (May 24, 2013)

A lemon and raspberry mojito is served at
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A lemon and raspberry mojito is served at Lucharito's in Greenport. (May 24, 2013)

Lucharito's in Greenport serves nachos demon de pollo:
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Lucharito's in Greenport serves nachos demon de pollo: marinated abobo, pulled chicken, salsa fresca, beans, sour cream, jalapenos, guacamole and cheese. (May 24, 2013)

Three soft shell tacos -- from left, picadillo
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Three soft shell tacos -- from left, picadillo of adobo ground beef, roasted pulled pork and carne asada of marinated flank steak -- at Lucharito's in Greenport. (May 24, 2013)

With Crazy Fork in Mattituck, chef and co-owner
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With Crazy Fork in Mattituck, chef and co-owner David Distenfeld offers the North Fork what he felt has been lacking: a casual family-friendly place. (May 24, 2013)

Crazy Fork in Mattituck is characterized by oak
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Crazy Fork in Mattituck is characterized by oak floors, wood chairs and ceiling fans. (May 24, 2013)

Crazy Fork in Mattituck is owned by chef
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Crazy Fork in Mattituck is owned by chef David Distenfeld. (May 24, 2013)

A lobster roll is served with tomato, lettuce
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A lobster roll is served with tomato, lettuce on a classic soft bun with coleslaw and a pickle at Crazy Fork in Mattituck. (May 24, 2013)

A chopped smoked salmon salad at Crazy Fork
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A chopped smoked salmon salad at Crazy Fork in Mattituck. (May 24, 2013)

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