For those stuck in rut, there are lots of new opportunities to expand your dining horizons this summer in the Hamptons. Here's a roundup of the latest places on the East End:
Restaurant at La Maison Blanche
11 Stearns Point Rd, Shelter Island
Now there's another reason to visit Shelter Island besides Sunset Beach and Vine Street. The restaurant at this new 8-room boutique hotel features a solid French bistro menu and will be the perfect place to eat after playing pétanque.
· La Maison Blanche [Official Site]
· All Previous La Maison Blanche Coverage [Official Site]
Tutto il Giorno
56 Nugent St, Southampton
Gabby Karan (daughter of Donna) will be opening a new branch of her popular Italian eatery in Southampton soon. Reviews of the original Sag Harbor outpost question the Italian eatery's cluttered seating, so here's hoping the new location overcomes that issue.
· All Previous Tutto il Giorno Coverage [Curbed Hamptons]
79 Jobs Ln, Southampton
Coming in mid-June, the owners of the Red Bar Brasserie will open this more casual dining option near Agawam Park. The menu promises basic american fare and an extensive wine list (with plenty of half-bottles available).
· Little Red [Official Site]
· All Previous Little Red Coverage [Official Site]
Nobu at Capri
281 County Rd 39A, Southampton
Yes, that Nobu, which is opening at the rebooted Capri Hotel this weekend. Although this will be one of the tougher reservations this summer, it doesn't mean you still can't enjoy their food (just head to the hotel's pool, which will be offering select items from the restaurant on their menu).
· Nobu at Capri [Official Site]
· All Previous Nobu Coverage [Official Site]
1 Ocean Rd, Bridgehampton
Not new, per se, but new at this location. But we are quite concerned that they currently do not offer karaoke on Friday nights right now and be picketing until they rectify this glaring omission. No karaoke, no peace!
· Almond [Official Site]
· All Previous Almond Coverage [Official Site]
1970 Montauk Hwy, Bridgehampton
Originally billed as a "Mexican sports bar," this restaurant probably won't actually be featuring too many lucha libre matches on their big bar TVs. But this place definitely promises to be the place to watch the next World Cup in 2014.
· All Previous Agave Coverage [Official Site]
16 Main St, Sag Harbor
Some of the early reviews from Curbed Readers haven't been kind, but we hope this Astoria-based French bistro will be able to break the curse of their historically doomed location.
· Pomme Café [Official Site]
· All Previous Pomme Café Coverage [Official Site]
341 Pantigo Rd, East Hampton
When the Laundry closed in East Hampton after 30 years, people were in shock. Now Spring Close is moving into the space and will make a go of it. According to one Yelp reviewer, the fact there the bar is separate from the dining room is apparently one of the best features.
· All Previous Spring Close Coverage [Official Site]
Hillstone's East Hampton Grill
99 N Main St, East Hampton
Jerry Della Femina is totally over the Hamptons, so he sold his eponymous restaurant to the Hillstone Group. The restaurant chain also owns Houston's and is the sort of corporation-owned place where the staff won't sing the familiar "Happy Birthday" song to patrons because of copyright issues.
· East Hampton Grill [Official Site]
· All East Hampton Grill Coverage [Official Site]
103 Montauk Hwy, East Hampton
From the same owners as the Boathouse, this new restaurant has a large indoor bar (home to many a Rotary Club meeting in the off season) and a great outdoor patio bar for warm weather cocktailing.
· All Previous Beachhouse Coverage [Official Site]
· Summer Preview '11 [CH]