For those who live in Harlem and summer in the Hampton’s, each year is full of discovery on the culinary scene. The topography shifts with some familiar restaurants gone and new one’s filling the void.
Here is the skinny on this season from our friends at NY Eater:
1. Claude’s at Southampton Inn
Nothing will be above $20 at Southampton Inn’s new indoor/outdoor restaurant, offering a menu of smoked salmon pinwheels, lobster roll sliders, grilled veggie sandwich, prosciutto de parma sandwich and Cobb salad.
Claude’s at Southampton Inn, 91 Hill St, Southampton, New York, 631.283.6500, www.southamptoninn.com
2. T Bar at Kozu
Veteran restaurateur Tony Fortuna is returning to the Hamptons, bringing his Upper East Side T-Bar steakhouse and dishes like Black Angus porterhouse and chopped salad with him. Fortuna is teaming up this time with Zach Erdum, who will keep a substantial part of the menu from the Japanese dining lounge he premiered in this space last summer.
T Bar at Kozu, 136 Main St Southampton, New York, 11968, 631.619.6660. kozuhampton.com/
3. Bistro Ete
Cordon Bleu trained chef Arie Pavlou and his wife Liz have moved into the space that had been Muse in the Mill Center. They’ve added a coastal French feel with driftwood and large woven rattan chandeliers and installed an herb garden out back. Pavlou serves up French classics like pan seared foie gras, escargots and summer truffles, as well as papardelle with braised short ribs, smoked duck, and paella. Don’t miss the ice cream made with fresh mint from the garden.
Bistro Ete, 755 Montauk Hwy, Watermill, New York, 631.500.9085, bistroete.com
Steve Tzolis and Nicola Kotsoni’s foray into the Hamptons will be an offshoot of their East 60th Street restaurant Amali. They are teaming with New York partner James Mallios in a Mikonos inspired restaurant in Water Mill, serving fresh fish along with other modern and classic Greek dishes.
Calissa, 1020 Montauk Hwy, Watermill, NY, 631.500.9292, www.calissahamptons.com
5. Elaia Estiatorio
The husband and wife team of Chris Boudouris and Sofia Crokus have taken over the space at 95 School Street that has had many incarnations, and are transforming it to an estiatorio. Greek chef Yanni Tobas will whip up classic dishes such as spanakopita, grilled octopus, and whole grilled fish.
Elaia Estiatorio, 95 School Street, East Hampton, New York 11937, 631.613.6469, www.elaiaestiatorio.com
Please send your picks below.