We didn't realize how many eateries were new to the South Fork this season until we started compiling this list. There are over a dozen restaurants that will be open for their first Hamptons summer. Better try 'em while you can, though. We can pretty much guarantee that not all of them will be around in 2013.
Here's a quick rundown of what's out there.
Address: 39 Gann Road, East Hampton
Phone: (631) 329-3663
The Skinny: The newest entry into East Hampton's "sunset restaurants" (The East Hampton Point and The Harbor Bistro being the others) is this seafood-centric eatery on Gann Road. They use local ingredients to create dishes with a decidedly Mediterranean flare. They also make a pretty tasty baklava.
Address: 44 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton
Phone: (212) 675-2400
The Skinny: The Meatpacking District favorite has opened an East Hampton outpost in the Hamptons this season. The menu's very similar to their Manhattan location with some lighter summer fare thrown in. And don't forget about their wildly popular "beau brunch" on Saturdays and Sundays. If you go, make sure to try a Beaumarchais Limonade. It's made with vodka, cucumber and lemon juices, and fresh mint. Tastes like summer.
BELL & ANCHOR
Address: 3253 Noyac Road, Sag Harbor
Phone: (631) 725-3400
The Skinny: Brought to you by David Loewenberg (Fresno, Little | Red, Red | Bar, Beacon) and Sam McCleland (Beacon), the year-round restaurant has opened up shop at the waterfront space that Oasis once called home. The menu consists of "fresh seafood, including steamed whole lobsters & raw bar, along with great steaks & roast chicken." The view is pretty stellar as well.
BYRON AT THE SURF LODGE
Address: 183 Edgemere Street, Montauk
Phone: (631) 668-1562
The Skinny: Exit chef Sam Talbot and Edgemere Montauk, LLC, enter chef Chris Rendell and Montauk Properties, LLC. The new owners have promised an improved and refined experience and they're hoping Byron At The Surf Lodge is just the first step in making that a reality. The menu celebrates the farm-to-table movement and features?what else??local seafood and produce.
Address: 41 South Euclid Avenue, Montauk
The Skinny: Helmed by George Anthony Berkhofer (a Montauk native who grew up in a family of commercial fisherman), The Coast is another entry into the Montauk seafood scene. They'll be utilizing the area's local, seasonal produce, organic meats, "off the boat" shellfish and fish straight from Montauk waters.
HAMPTONS PLAYERS CLUB
Address: 103 Montauk Highway, East Hampton
Phone: (631) 324-1663
The Skinny: The latest restaurant hoping to break the curse of the space at 103 Montauk Highway (formerly JL East, 103 Prime and, most recently, Beachhouse) is the the Hamptons Players Club. When they open next weekend, they'll be serving typical modern American cuisine (see: steak and fish) as well as offering a 1,500 square foot beer garden that will focus on American selections curated by a Certified Cicerone.
MUSE IN THE HARBOR
Address: 16 Main Street, Sag Harbor
Phone: (631) 899-4810
The Skinny: When Matthew Guiffrida learned that 16 Main Street in Sag Harbor became available, he jumped at the opportunity to move his Water Mill eatery to the former whaling town. And while many consider that particular location "cursed," he's determined to prove the critics wrong: "It needs a restaurateur to really invest in the space... I know what I have to do to keep everyone happy year-round, not just in the summer."
Address: 95 School Street, Bridgehampton
Phone: (631) 613-6469
The Skinny: Word on the street is that the restaurant that previously called 95 School Street home?Copa?ran afoul of the law over the winter. However, a space as prime as this one couldn't possibly remain empty for long. Enter Osteria Salina, a Italian eatery offering authentic Sicilian cuisine with a Salinian slant. No word on the food just yet, but if their commitment to treating "everyone as a celebrity" holds true, this should be a welcome a welcome addition to the Hamptons dining scene.
Address: 136 Main Street, Southampton
Phone: (613) 287-5500
The Skinny: Located in the village of Southampton, this is the second eatery with Mediterranean-inspired to join the restaurant shuffle. With a menu "specially created" by Chef Emmanouil Aslanoglou of Greece, they're focusing on seafood in addition to traditional greek dishes (with a modern flair). The newly renovated space (it used to house Nello's Summertime) now features "artwork from the most promising Mediterranean artists."
Address: 221 Pantigo Road, East Hampton
Phone: (631) 324-7166
The Skinny: For those of you that miss the old Turtle Crossing (we're talking about when the menu changed, not when it closed), you'll be happy to hear that Arthur Wolf?TC's longtime manager and chef?has brought the place back to its roots this season. At Smokin' Wolf, you'll be able to get your soon-to-be-messy hands on wood-smoked barbecued ribs, chicken, brisket, and pulled pork. While you're there, make sure to try the Giddy Up...it's their signature cocktail served in a cowboy boot glass.
Address: 231 Main Street, Amagansett
Phone: (631) 267-3695
The Skinny: Picking up where Exile On Main Street left off is this northern Italian eatery from some of the folks behind Bobby Van's. We've yet to try it out, but the comments from those who have all seem to be generally positive with most complimenting the food, wine selection and service. Everyone has mentioned that it seems a little pricey, though. But, really, it's the Hamptons. "Inexpensive" sometimes feels like a four-letter word out here.
Address: 474 West Lake Drive
The Skinny: Taking over for Lenny's this season is Swallow East (there's a sister restaurant in Huntington). The brainchild of Michael Walrath (who owns Montauk Properties, LLC) and Jimmy Tchinnes, the duo plans to "remain very true to the place's roots as a dockside restaurant, do amazing food (with a focus on fresh local ingredients), and create a fun and family-oriented atmosphere." And don't worry, the charter boats on the dock aren't going anywhere.
TOPPING ROSE HOUSE
Address: The corner of Montauk Highway and Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike
The Skinny: The dilapidated Bulls Head Inn is in the process of a much needed makeover, compliments of Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio and his management group. When they open the doors (in late summer), guests will be treated to a high-end inn as well as a restaurant featuring a menu that utilizes the area's fresh produce. Look for a spa to be added some time after that.
Address: 290 Montauk Highway, East Hampton
The Skinny: We're still working on getting some more details about the new restaurant opening in this "cursed" space, but a tipster tells us that it'll be a diner/coffee/adult beverage joint. It's scheduled to open sometime in late June.
ZUM SCHNEIDER MTK
Address: 4 S Elmwood Avenue, Montauk
Telephone: (631) 238-5963
The Skinny: Another Manhattan transplant to the East End dining scene this season is the beer garden known as Zum Schneider. They're serving up traditional german food and Bavarian beer. Early word is that the vibe, food and beer are all great, but the lack of outdoor seating might be an issue for those wanting to soak in as much of the summer as possible.
If we missed any, leave a comment or shoot us an Email and we'll make sure they get included.