What’s Hot in the Hamptons for 2012

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What’s Hot in the Hamptons for 2012

The Hamptons’ restaurant buzz is palpable. This season is shaping up to be one of the busiest in terms of new openings, with six new ventures opening in Montauk alone, and a “Top Chef” joining the scene in Bridgehampton. From Southampton to Montauk, here’s a look at what’s in store this summer.


Nammos Estiatorio is the new Mediterranean restaurant in the spot where Nello Summertimes used to be. Greek Chef Emmanouil Aslanoglou’s menu is seafood-focused with a modern twist. On weekends, customers will also be able to enjoy a late-night lounge.

(631) 287-5500; 136 Main Street, Southampton


Osteria Salina is the new spot in the former Copa space in town just off of Route 27. This Sicilian-influenced eatery promises to deliver Italian food with a Salinian accent.

(631) 613-6469, 95 School Street, Bridgehampton

The biggest project to hit the area in 2012 will most likely miss the bulk of its first summer season. Set to open in “late summer,” Topping Rose House will be the Hamptons first full-service luxury hotel, featuring 22 rooms, a spa, a historic barn available for private events, and a farm-to-table restaurant from acclaimed “Top Chef” Tom Colicchio.

1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton

Sag Harbor

Watermill’s Muse moved in March, and is now located on Sag Harbor’s Main Street, as Muse in the Harbor. Chef-owner Matthew Guiffrida has expanded his new-American menu for the move to the larger and newly redesigned space formerly home to JLX Bistro.

(631) 899-4810; 16 Main Street, Sag Harbor

From acclaimed East End restauranteurs David Loewenberg and Sam McCleland is the new year-round waterfront destination, The Bell & Anchor. Decorated by Loewenberg’s wife Sarah, the restaurant will feature a surf-centric menu of lobster whole and in rolls, shellfish plateaus, and fishes of the day as well as turf favorites including steaks and chops.

(631) 725-3400; 3253 Noyac Road, Sag Harbor

East Hampton

Boaters in Three Mile Harbor will find the restaurant Andrra where The Boathouse used to be. In addition to its waterfront location and prime sunset views, the new restaurant features Chef-owner Sam Krasniqi’s Mediterranean menu. Lunch and dinner are served daily in season, plus a late-night lounge.

(631) 329-3663; 39 Gann Road, East Hampton

Manhattan’s Brasserie Beaumarchais has expanded to the East with Beaumarchais East Hampton. Known for their DJ-driven dinners and “Beau Brunch” weekends, this new destination is inspired by “joie de vivre” lifestyle in the South of France.

44 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton

Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, The Hamptons Players’ Club is opening where The Beachhouse used to be. A redecorated open dining room with some communal tables, a large beer garden outside, and a modern American menu from Chef Hector Diaz will complete the relaunch.

(631) 324-1663; 103 Montauk Highway, East Hampton

The Miller’s BBQ is the new go-to BBQ and take-out destination in town with authentic and inventive menu items like Kansas-City Sweet & Sticky St. Louis Ribs and Millers’ Own Bacon-Wrapped Beef Hot-Dog with Caramel Onions, Baked Beans, and Jack Cheese.

(631) 329-1000; 283 Pantigo Road, East Hampton


From the team behind Bobby Van’s comes the northern Italian eatery Sotta Sopra. The menu features antipasti, salads, pastas, pizzas, and entrees, as well as a nice wine list with a good Italian selection.

(631) 267-3695, 231 Main Street, Amagansett


The first thing you’ll see when you get off at the Montauk Hampton Jitney is Tony and Sue Berkhofer’s The Coast restaurant. Located in the space formerly home to Luigi’s, the new restaurant features sushi and sashimi as well as pizza, pasta, and entrees.

(631) 668-3212; 41 So. Euclid Avenue, Montauk

Fish Bar’s Jennifer Meadows is opening Bliss Kitchen, serving fish tacos, specialty sandwiches & paninis, burritos, ceviche, and other local specials, as well as live music and some outdoor seating.

(631) 668-8206; 732 Montauk Highway, Montauk

A spinoff of the Huntington eatery Swallow, Swallow East is now located in the space formerly occupied by Lenny’s in Montauk Harbor. The space has been fully renovated, and will feature small plates as well as creative seasonal specials.

(631) 668-2500, 474 West Lake Drive, Montauk

Sammy’s has opened where Clemente’s used to be, and is serving up dishes like oysters on the half-shell, lobster salad tacos, and fluke tempura.

(631) 668-6677, 448 West Lake Drive, Montauk

Paulette Davis and former East Hampton Town Board member Julia Prince are opening La Bodega, in the space formerly home to the Plaza Restaurant.

752 Montauk Highway, Montauk

Zum Schneider MTK is the new Bavarian beer hall in town, serving lunch and dinner daily in season.

(631) 238-5963; 4 So. Elmwood Avenue, Montauk

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