Summer in the Hamptons is winding down but that doesn’t mean the restaurants are closing up shop this year. The times are unusual and some of the restaurant pop-ups that would typically pack their bags until next Memorial Day have happily kept their doors and outdoor seating areas open until the foreseeable future.
Enjoy the Hampton's Extended Dining Options
So, make your reservations now, quickly, and enjoy these fabulous options from Southampton to Montauk.
Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi’s Manhattan hot spot Carbone sits in a catering event space in Southampton. With Carbone’s lovely garden on Elm Street, you won’t have to worry about social distancing as there’s no indoor seating to consider. City faves like the oversized veal Parmesan or branzino with salsa verde are standard choices on the menu, supplemented by nightly specials. Carbone also serves a Hamptons-appropriate rosé, Dirty French Rosé, named after another of their Manhattan restaurants, the popular Dirty French bistro. As in New York City, it’s advisable to make your reservations at least a week out so you won’t be disappointed. Tables are available Wednesday through Sunday, as is takeout.
At the newly refreshed Old Stove Pub in Sagaponack, Chef Trevor Lombaer’s Brooklyn-based food truck holds what is called the Sagaponack Supper Club. Scheduled on Tuesday evenings with a set $85 meal served family-style on the patio, each of four seatings offers dishes from a rotating menu of inventive Thai dishes that profit from the area’s bountiful farms. Expect to see the likes of minced chicken holy basil stir fry with soy gooey eggs and chilled Pikes Farm summer corn salad with golden cherry tomatoes and crispy prawn chips. Faithful to Warung’s Roadside’s food-truck roots, vegetarian options are also offered. Beverages are provided by Old Stove Pub. Takeout and delivery are available on select evenings.
For sushi, and especially, omakase fans, Kissaki is a dream-come-true in the Hamptons. Located in Water Mill, the high-end Manhattan sushiya offers hungry Hamptonites a choice of raw fish options. Diners can sit at the chef’s counter, a small-seating bar, and order an omakase meal selected by the chef for a set price of $200. For an outdoor omakase experience, tables are available on the lovely covered veranda. Patio diners have two choices: an a la carte menu or a $147 omakase box. The omakase boxes are also available for takeout and delivery. www.explorekissaki.com
Manhattan’s Il Buco entices diners to its Hamptons outpost with an all-day café at the Marram hotel in Montauk. Residing in the Marram Mostrador, the beachy Argentina-inspired restaurant has a menu ranging from semolina blueberry muffins and bomboloni at breakfast to sandwiches and mains like seared Long Island duck. All is served takeaway style, including cocktails, allowing you to decide whether to eat at a picnic table, on a couple of remote chairs or on your blanket on the beach just steps away. Chef Justin Smilie of Il Buco and Il Buco Alimentari in Manhattan oversees the kitchen. Paying homage to the restaurant’s mostrador concept, a popular option is the “mostrador” (counter) at lunch or dinner featuring market salads, grilled vegetables, legumes and grains. Don’t miss Chef Smilie’s notable wood-fired pizzas or his very Hamptons-y take on a lobster roll with lovage aioli on house-baked focaccia fino.
If you don’t feel like dining out, you can also create your Italian-influenced pop-up at home with three NYC favorites that deliver to the Hamptons every Friday. Order from the Delicious Hospitality Group Sunday through Thursday for your home-based feast from Charlie Bird, Pasquale Jones and Legacy Records. Meal kits are family-style and serve four or more. Menus change weekly but recent offerings have included the ever-popular fried chicken, duck breast, meatballs, summer minestrone, quattro formaggi pizza, macaroni & cheese, lamb sausage marinara pizza, peach sorbet and Madagascar chocolate cake. Pair these with bottled cocktails and wine bundles from Parcelle.