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Hamptons for two days

flowergirl Jul 8, 2010 01:34 PM

Coming to the east coast from L.A. and spending two days in the Hamptons - not sure which town yet but dont mind driving. Would love ideas for great seafood, Continental, Italian, breakfast etc. Anything except Chinese or Indian.

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    chaz Jul 8, 2010 07:22 PM

    Plaza Cafe-Southampton

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      rrems Jul 8, 2010 08:16 PM

      I'm no expert on this, but I have done a lot of research, as my partner and I will be visiting a friend in East Hampton next week. We are planning a dinner at Della Femina and a brunch at East Hampton Point, based on recommendations from a reliable friend and some searching on the web.

      1. howler Jul 9, 2010 05:09 PM

        truth to tell, the eating out scene is pretty awful here. the american hotel in sag harbor can be nice - it certainly has the best & most reasonably priced wine list. its also got the most character. along those lines, rams head inn in shelter island is wonderful for twilight cocktails and the cooking isn't terrible. then there's mezzaluna in amagansett, an offshoot of the restaurant in manhattans ues.

        if i lived mid island, i don't think there's a single restaurant i would make a trip to the hamptons for.

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          coll Jul 10, 2010 06:38 AM

          Mezzaluna is gone, replaced by Exile Bar and Grill.

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            howler Jul 10, 2010 09:08 AM

            re: exile - same people as mezzaluna? is the wood burning oven still there? sheesh, that makes it less than a year mezzaluna lasted, i am surprised.

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              coll Jul 10, 2010 11:13 AM

              No they're connected with the place across the street (Meeting House?) The Hamptons are starting to have pop up restaurants along with all their other pop up stores, hard to keep track lately.

        2. LItransplant Jul 10, 2010 08:22 AM

          Head over to the North Forth and try North Fork Table and Inn. Featured in Bon Appetit magazine a while back.

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          1. re: LItransplant
            coll Jul 10, 2010 11:16 AM

            But if you only have two days, that might use up too much of the available time frame. There are plenty of high end restaurants on the South Fork; I was wondering if OP was looking for a certain price range, there are hundreds of restaurants that fit her above criteria.

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            rrems Jul 19, 2010 07:45 PM

            Just a follow-up to my post above, we spent this past weekend in East Hampton. Our dinner at Della Femina was superb. Food, service and atmosphere were perfect. Be warned, though, it is very expensive. We spent almost $250 for two for 3 courses and a moderately priced bottle of wine, but I would definitely return, it was that good. Brunch at East Hampton Point was also a little pricey, $32 for a buffet including a drink, but the food was reasonably good, the selection of dishes was impressive, and the view from the terrace overlooking the marina was just beautiful. We also took a day trip to Shelter Island and had a nice lunch at the Chequit Inn. The crab cakes were particularly good and the tree-shaded patio was very pleasant.

            East Hampton Point Restaurant
            295 Three Mile Harbor Rd, East Hampton, NY 11937

            Della Femina Restaurant
            99 N Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937

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              coll Jul 20, 2010 02:44 AM

              I hate to tell you, but $250 for your meal sounds just average for upscale Hamptons dining. At least you had good service at Della Femina, the maitre d' can be very unpleasant at times. Glad all your meals turned out enjoyable.

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                rrems Jul 20, 2010 04:02 PM

                Yes, I was prepared for the prices, and I think I could have spent as much for a mediocre meal in the Hamptons so I am happy with the choice I made, but I wanted to be sure the OP understood the prices out there. I could get something similar in Manhattan for well under $200.

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                  coll Jul 20, 2010 04:06 PM

                  They'll tell you with no apologies, they have to make their money in three months, and people for the most part pay it. It's all part of the experience. I've always been tempted to try Della Femina but hear so much about the attitude there. Now you're tempting me more.

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                    jfood Jul 20, 2010 04:10 PM

                    yeah, jfood used to have DF as a yearly event until he just could no stand the 'tude of the MOD any longer. Food was great but the experience was less than.


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                      howler Jul 20, 2010 07:04 PM

                      well the howler went to della femina the first time he was ever in the hamptons and swore never to go back, a promise he has faithfully kept lo these many decades.

                      in fact, the howler prefers his own cooking to almost any restaurant in the hamptons. the last sign of any soulful cooking is angora, just off exit 64 (LIE). it's all downhill from there.

                      the howler is also deeply puzzled that there are NO sit down half way decent chinese restaurants around (surely they'd be especially busy in winter when the soul craves fire and spice), nor any decent mexican holes in the wall given that all landscaping is now run by the mexicans.

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                        coll Jul 21, 2010 04:37 AM

                        Phoenix in Wainscott isn't bad for Chinese. There's also a take out place just before Amagansett in the Aboffs paint building that I remember being sort of authentic. And I know quite a few delis that make great homemade South American, although more Guatamalan and Columbian which many of the landscapers hark back to.

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                          howler Jul 21, 2010 09:26 AM

                          coll - with the utmost respect - phoenix's menu liberally features things like moo goo gai pan, sweet and sour, chop suey, moo shu, black bean sauce which are very reliable signs of gloopy, indifferent cooking for gringos.

                          i've tried a few of the deli's the landscapers use - for instance, there's one between east hampton and amagansett on 27 that i tried last year which was underwhelming. i'd love to know good ones you've found.

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                            coll Jul 22, 2010 02:41 AM

                            Not an expert on authentic Chinese food, I'm the first to admit. I just know some chefs who like to go to Phoenix. It was OK to me but that's one of my least favorite cuisines, and maybe because it's not real? Chinese food always tastes way too greasy to me. Glad to get the opinion of someone outside my circle, in case anyone else asks.

                            The delis I'd recommend are Mickey B in Bridgehampton, Melrose Deli in Hampton Bays (movie theatre shopping center) and Watermill Deli on Main St. There's also another that's in Springs, just south of what used to be Fiddlers Green, Damart I think it's called. If you want to travel, I highly recommend Taqueria Mexico in Riverhead, it's just what you're looking for. Now Mexican food I do know a little about.

                            1. re: coll
                              howler Jul 22, 2010 09:50 AM

                              does mickey b have south american dishes? wow. which ones? i certainly will stop by tomorrow.

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                                coll Jul 22, 2010 11:41 AM

                                They make their own tamales for one thing, and just got a dedicated baker to make South American baked goods. Most people go for the chicken and ribs, and mac and cheese, but they make a lot of home made style meals too. Hope you find something you like, they are very friendly so if the lines not out the door, tell them what you're looking for.

                    2. re: coll
                      rrems Jul 20, 2010 06:17 PM

                      We really didn't experience any attitude. All of the staff were very professional and welcoming, not in a "warm and fuzzy" way, but gracious and attentive, and that's just fine with me.

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                        coll Jul 21, 2010 04:37 AM

                        Maybe it was his night off?

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                hamptonsnom Jul 22, 2010 10:42 AM

                I live in the Hamptons year round and usually venture out a lot during both restaurant weeks we have. Anyway, Jamesport manor inn is a really great place. I am never disappointed by their food and they are reasonably priced. The decor is very country and is more a off the beaten path feel than the more mainstream places in the hamptons. Enjoy your trip!

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