Summertime coffee fixes in the Hamptons don’t come stronger than at these brew houses
Whether it’s black or with milk and sugar, blended or on ice, flavored or decaf or single-origin dark roast, everyone gets their coffee fix in different ways. And from high-end beans and machines to the most basic, deli-style cups of joe, these four Hamptons joints have their own styles too.
With the look of a surf shack and the fare of a farmer’s market food stall, Joni’s Kitchen is an instant favorite of nearly everyone who goes. Born and raised on the Upper East Side, owner Joan Brosnan opened the shop in Montauk—where she’d been coming to spend summers her entire life—in 2000, and it’s since become a breakfast spot of choice for just about everyone who tries it. Dawn-patrol surfers, families, fedora-hatted young things, even the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow flock to the surfboard-lined turquoise eatery, lounge on its large outdoor patio, or grab picnics to-go and head back to Ditch Plains to watch the waves. The menu is long with cheekily named sandwiches and smoothies made primarily from local ingredients, but in the morning hours, the best bets are the build-your-own breakfast wraps and drinks from the coffee bar. The list is comprised of basic espresso drinks and little else (though don’t overlook the homemade chai), but like everything else here, expect something fresh and potent, sure to get you going. (9 S Edison St., Montauk)
Having started out as a quaint little storefront in Southampton in 1987, the Golden Pear Café has come a long way, now with outlets in all four Hamptons villages—Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor, and East Hampton too. Attractively designed with gold-embossed awnings and wicker chairs, Golden Pear is a breakfast and lunchtime favorite for its espresso and chai drinks, freshly brewed coffee (house blend, decaf, French roast, or flavored), and healthy fare, all at very reasonable prices. There are protein omelets and spa breakfast burritos; all manner of soups, salads, sandwiches, and combos; and baked goods including rugelach to snack on and a mean blueberry crumb cake. (99 Main St., Southampton; various locations)
Coffee aficionados were thrilled when Sag Town opened its doors two years ago. It’s got a creative vibe going with a wood counter, menus listed on chalkboards, walls hung with local art, and two giant lion statues flanking the register, all setting the stage for the star coffee, made using La Colombe beans and a La Marzocco espresso machine—two of the most respected brand-name products in the coffee business. (Tea lovers are equally well taken care of with leaves hailing from Harney and Sons.) For those who care to learn more, coffee workshops are regularly run here; for those who don’t, grab your hand-stamped cup of joe, get a couple of croissants and macarons to go, and head on back to the beach. (78 Main St., Sag Harbor)
For the quintessential New York meal of coffee and a bagel, there’s only one place to go in the Hamptons: Goldberg’s. Open 365 days a year at its East Hampton, Montauk, and Napeague locales, Goldberg’s bagels are called “famous” for a reason. They’re big and fluffy and come in 15 flavors, not to mention the flagels, bialys, and twists; salads, smoked fishes, and spreads. The coffee is suitably deli-style and simple, but who would want otherwise from such a classic bagel shop? Stake out some chairs in the busy cafes because try as you might, you won’t want to wait to chow down as soon as your order is up. (100 Pantigo Pl., East Hampton; various locations)