A health food restaurant for the cashmere-clad, Babette’s serves all-organic cuisine and is more mod than earthy (the interior has funky, colorful lights and fake palm trees). Though lunch and dinner are also served, brunch—when the menu features items like whole grain pancakes and homemade fruit smoothies—is the most popular meal. Carnivores beware: there’s no red meat.
Eight Fresno Place, which used to house the Southwestern joint Sante Fe Junction, got a sleek new makeover in 2004, when it was taken over by David Loewenberg, a co-owner of both the Beacon in Sag Harbor and Southampton’s Red Bar and Michael Nolan, the former owner/manager of New York’s Miracle Bar & Grill. The décor is minimalist with exposed wooden ceiling beams, a long leather banquet on one side (as well as several round, individual tables for diners who want more space) and a chic, zinc-topped bar located in the back of the restaurant. Executive chef Gretchen Menser previously worked at Nick & Toni’s and her New American menu emphasizes fresh, local produce.
If Maya’s on St. Barth’s had a twin brother, it would be this little French bistro in Bridgehampton. The restaurant buzzes all summer long with a beautiful crowd and their celebrity friends. Its seasonal menu revolves around seafood and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The next-door gourmet market offers food stuffs like pastries and gelato for those on the go. The food is good; the scene is better.
Shippy’s Pumpernickels Restaurant East
Though it’s one of very few German restaurants on Long Island, Shippy’s is a little reminiscent of an Irish pub: it’s dark inside and there’s always a crew of locals kicking back at the bar with a cold one. Make no mistake though—should you get a craving for Sauerbraten or Schwarzwälderkirschtorte while in the Hamptons this is the place to go. “Shippy” refers to William “Shippy” Casgrain, an earlier owner, who ran it as a friendly little bistro (with American fare) and brought in big names like Jack Dempsey, Gary Cooper, and Art Carney (all of whom he befriended during an earlier stint bartending at the famous Toots Shar Saloon in New York City). Today you won’t find as many movie stars at Shippy’s but the warm, convivial atmosphere lives on and draws old-time Southamptoners.
Tom Wolfe’s never had a bad meal at Silver’s (so he claimed in an interview for hamptons.com), a casual, family-run café in Southampton. Lunch is a great time to go, as head chef/owner Garrett Wellins is usually manning the kitchen, and though there’s sushi on the menu, it’s the standard, American bistro fare, like sandwiches and soups, that Silver’s does best. Tom’s favorite dish? The crab cakes appetizer.
Tutto Il Giorno
This cozy Italian restaurant, run by Condé Nast CEO Steve Florio and Larry and Maria Baum is the perfect spot for an intimate dinner. The 38-seat place with a patio does not take reservations, and dishes like light and crispy fritto misto and indulgent homemade pastas ensure the wait will always be long. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
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