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macamc Jun 26, 2008 05:14 AM

My DH has never really experienced the Hamptons and I haven't been in years, though I used to spend alot of time there in my 20s. We are going for 4 nights and I am looking for the current great spots. We will be staying in east hampton and we don't want to travel too far for dinners. Places in EH, Amagansett, Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor would be preferable. Looking for great food, great atmosphere-- dinner is our "night out." I am going to try to get res at Nick and Toni's, but can't do that for a few more weeks. Any thoughts? TIA!

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  1. jfood RE: macamc Jun 26, 2008 06:50 AM

    Add Laundry to your list.

    And when you go to N&T (another jfood favorite) make sure you immediately order the zucchini chips while you look at the menu, they're great. Would love to see if they have the return of the silliest amouse bouche this year.

    1. southlake RE: macamc Jun 26, 2008 09:10 AM

      World Pie in Bridgehampton is a fav of mine

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        jeanki RE: macamc Jun 26, 2008 09:50 AM

        I loved Harvest on Fort Pond in Montauk. Gorgeous waterside setting, relaxed yet polished vibe, fresh delicious locally caught Mediterranean food. The only caveat is they serve portions for 2 (hence the seemingly high prices), but the value factor accordingly is good. I had an awesome halibut special, and the shrimp/pancetta appetizer is delicious. It's not that much farther away than Amagansett.

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          Fred19 RE: jeanki Jun 26, 2008 11:07 AM

          We love the Harvest in Montauk. Usually, we go with four to six people and eat family style. Their food is delicious and unpretentious. The problem is, sometimes it is impossible to get a reservation for the time that you want it since they are so busy.
          ~Fred19

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            jeanki RE: Fred19 Jun 26, 2008 11:26 AM

            The policy when I called last week was to call the same day you wanted a reservation and leave a message, and they would call you back if they had availability. I left a message around 1PM and got the time I wanted (but I chose an early time on purpose to enhance my odds, 6 PM). Hope that helps!

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          mangiamama RE: macamc Jun 26, 2008 12:45 PM

          The Beacon in Sag Harbor is it if your looking for atmosphere. It's on a second story deck overlooking the Sag Harbor bridge and marina. They don't take reservations, but you can have a drink at the bar or there is a small sitting area outside where you can wait.

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            mom22tots RE: macamc Jun 26, 2008 02:38 PM

            Love Sen in Sag Harbor for sushi, but expect a wait...no reservations. We also really love Rowdy Hall right in town in East Hampton...a bit more casual, but the food is consistently delicious. Second Laundry, although haven't been to new location.

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              macamc RE: macamc Jun 27, 2008 05:16 AM

              Thanks all- wondering, is Prime 103 any good. My husband likes anything with the work prime in it :-). the website is confusing, as i can't tell if it's like a chain restaurant- that sign- it's so "outback", or if it is good. any thoughts?

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                coll RE: macamc Jun 27, 2008 08:32 AM

                No it's not good, I've heard nothing but complaints from everyone who's been there. It's part of "Jean Luc"s little empire and he cares more about image than quality.The name has acually changed once or twice since he's been there anyway, but nothing "prime' about it. Avoid!
                If I wanted great steak I would head to the Palm myself.

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                  mangiamama RE: coll Jul 1, 2008 05:44 AM

                  Have to agree with Coll on Prime 103. Stay away. I'll second The Palm for great steak. Just keep in mind that they do not take reservations for 2 people. Bobby Van's (Steakhouse) in Bridgehampton does take reservations.

              2. streamwise RE: macamc Jul 1, 2008 11:04 PM

                I just did the tasting menu at the 1770 House in East Hampton and it was my best meal out on the East End so far this season. It's a neat place, an old inn, but fairly casual with solid food. My other recommendation would be someplace in Montauk with a sunset view.....I'd recommend Inlet Seafood, on the east side of Lake Montauk. The food is straightforward and very good (try the scallop entree), and the views are outstanding from every table. I'd also try the Surf Lodge for outdoor waterside drinks in Montauk (the food was underwhelming however).

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                  jenniebnyc RE: streamwise Jul 11, 2008 07:57 AM

                  Another rec for 1770 House here. Went a few weeks ago and the food was supberb. Such a nice place somewhat low key. So sick of the rizty glizty be-seen restaurants. It was a pleasure eating here and I will be back. The scallops were unbelievable!

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                  bonacbub RE: macamc Jul 21, 2008 11:03 AM

                  Il Cappucino in Sag Harbor some of the best italian i've had, the stuffed clams are huge, the garlic knots hot out of the oven are the best ever and their entrees are fantastic. Reasonable prices too. The new BBQ joint in Wainscott, Townline BBQ is excellent as well, good food, nice place. Matto on N. Main in EH is new and I've only had the pizza but its excellent. For take out nothing beats Luigi's on Montauk Hwy, owned by the family behind the great La Parmigiana in Southampton, the paninis are outstanding! Avoid Turtle Crossing like the plague, lousy BBQ at rip-off prices.

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                    coll RE: bonacbub Jul 21, 2008 02:20 PM

                    I was just at Turtle Crossing today, we really love this place personally. Their margaritas are the best on the East End. I prefer the fancy wraps, like lobster, but everyone else loves the brisket and chicken. Sides are fantastic too. Prices are correct for Easthampton I would say, Townline is cheap but nothing special either.
                    Saracen is our favorite for Italian, both service and food are impeccable.

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