The master chef and restaurateur picks his favorite East End eateries.
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If you’re a seasoned foodie and plan on being in the Hamptons this summer (in other words, if you live in New York), consider this your must-visit list of eateries on the East End, courtesy of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Best place to go if you just want snacks and drinks Fresno, in East Hampton, has a large starter selection, which is great for sharing, and a wonderful wine list that has a good mix of European and American wines. 8 Fresno Place, East Hampton, 631.324.8700
Best lobster roll on the island The Lobster Roll, in Amagansett, has this famous dish as its namesake for a reason—it’s simply the best. Also, try their shrimp roll! 1980 Montauk Highway, Amagansett, 631.267.3740
Go-to place for great seafood Southfork Kitchen has great seafood done right, but I also love the ceviches at Navy Beach, in Montauk. Southfork Kitchen: 203 Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, 631.537.4700
Navy Beach: 16 Navy Road, Montauk, 631.668.6868
Best low-key dining after a long day at the beach Rumba Rum Bar, in Hampton Bays, has wonderful, relaxed BBQ and island cuisine. And if you’re looking for a good burger, Banzai Burger. Rumba Rum Bar: 43 Canoe Place Road, Hampton Bays, 631.594.3544
Banzai Burger: 2095 Montauk Highway, Amagansett, 631.267.3175
Upscale night on the town
The North Fork has some very quiet, more formal options for an intimate dinner, like Luce & Hawkins or North Fork Table & Inn. It’s definitely worth venturing north of the Hamptons for these gems. Luce & Hawkins: 400 South Jamesport Avenue, Jamesport, 631.722.2900
North Fork Table & Inn: 57225 New York State Route 25, Southold, 631.765.0177