The Hamptons, NY Weekend Vacation Getaway
Good To Know, Good To Go
Sometimes it the simple things that help you get the most out of a weekend. Where to get the morning paper, the best breakfast spot, where to have cocktails before dinner, what to do after dinner? We ask ourselves “what do you need to know? And then we go out and find the answers for you. "Good To Know" helps you experience the destination like a local.
Food & Drink
All of our Featured Properties offer breakfast and the American Hotel in Sag Harbor is also open to the public. Babette's on Newtown Lane in East Hampton has lots of healthy stuff, but it's good...Don't miss getting a donut at Dreesen's, also on Newtown Lane. The Golden Pear in East Hampton has lots of fans and Citarella's has breakfast take-out. Our new favorite is Brent's General Store in Amagansett for breakfast sandwiches, bakery goods and fresh OJ.
Feeling like a bagel and a "schmear". Head to Goldberg's in Montauk, East Hampton and Amagansett.
75 Main in Southampton is an Italian/New American restaurant serving breakfast, lunch/brunch and dinner. In nice weather, this celebrity favorite spills out onto the sidewalk and after dark its lounge is one of the Hamptons "hot" spots. Our Friday afternoon brunch was delicious with their roast beef tenderloin hash with potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, sweet peppers and poached eggs.
Pierre's in Bridgehampton may be the Hamptons best all-around restaurant serving every meal in a warm and cozy setting. Tables on the sidewalk in nice weather, a delightful book lined back room with a fireplace and booths in the main room. The food is excellent, the service is charming and they have a Wine Spectator award winning list. Try the burger on a brioche bun.
East Hampton Point, Three Mile Harbor Road has the best views around and a very good "deck" menu for lunch. (Open April-Labor Day). Rowdy Hall, down a little alley off Main Street in East Hampton offers delicious pub food and traditional "fish & chips" and with its roaring fireplace, is perfect for a rainy or cold day. In nice weather tables are set out on the patio. The Palm Steakhouse in East Hampton is open for lunch on weekends in a cozy space with comfy booths in the Hunting Inn. Also in East Hampton, Cittanuova offers a delicious lunch menu and outdoor seating. Any meal at the American Hotel is good. Lunch or Sunday brunch at the Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island is a wonderful experience in late Spring thru early Fall. Sitting on the terrace overlooking the water is a wonderful way to spend part of your afternoon.
During the season, the roadside seafood shacks between Amagansett and Montauk are fun with fresh seafood and good drink menus. Look for Cyril's Fish House and the Clam Bar.
On the North Fork, a lunch at the exquisite Jedidiah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport is an adventure and oh so romantic. Great food and wine list.
How many small towns have a branch of a nationally famous steakhouse? You'll find the venerable Palm Restaurant
right on Main Street in East Hampton with all its wonderful charm; leather booths, fireplaces and hardwood paneling.
Unfortunately, not my thing, but locals rave about Sen in Sag Harbor on Main Street. Very cool decor. Zagat says, "Satisfied sushi samurai give their seal of approval to this Sag Harbor Japanese
for its “fresh, creative” rolls and “sexy”, “stylish” atmosphere; yes, the
“service may be lacking” (but the “waitresses are beautiful”) and it could be
renamed “sin”, because at these prices “you’d think they were flying the fish in
from Tokyo”, but it’s a true “sen and be sen Hamptons hot spot”, and “there’s a
reason people wait in line to eat here”; N.B. no reservations taken."
For year round enjoyment, try the Living Room at the Maidstone. Blazing fireplaces in winter, great drinks and don't miss some of their Swedish meatballs as an app.
Head out to the East Hampton Point Inn during the season. They have a beautiful bar (with a full size sailboat inside) with great views to the harbor. In nice weather you can sit on the outside patio. Great place to watch the sunset. Closes right after Labor Day and reopens in April/May on weekends. The Blue Parrot , also seasonal, sits down a small alley off Main Street in East Hampton. Amazing margarita's, guacamole and chips. Sen, in Sag Harbor has a great vibe and a good Saki and Wine menu.
On the North Fork, you can purchase wine at any of the 50+ wineries. In
the Hamptons on the south shore, the venerable NYC wine merchant
Morrell has Wines by Morrell. in the Red Horse Shopping Center on Montauk Highway, just outside of East Hampton. Locals rave about Amagansett Wines & Spirits on Main Street.
Citarella’s, Main Street, East Hampton. Just about anything you can think of from sandwiches to salads to prepared foods. This is one of those fun places for foodie's. It's enjoyable just strolling the aisles and looking at all they have to offer. Great place to pick up dinner if you are staying in and cooking.
Three great choices for wonderful selections of cheeses and pates; Cavaniola's Gourmet, 89B Division Street in Sag Harbor, Citerella's, Main Street, East Hampton and the Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck on the North Fork.