Destinations for Delectable Local Products
The East End boasts several highly regarded, family-owned businesses that have been serving their communities and delighting summer visitors for years. For excellent wines, fresh produce and bakery items, terrific seafood and scrumptious sweets, not to mention ambience and charm galore, look no further than our recommendations below.
The 55-acre Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack is renowned for its elegant, food-friendly wines and beautiful grounds. One of its most popular features is The Wine Stand, a charming spot situated on a slight rise that offers a relaxed, casual vibe and gorgeous views of the vineyard, along with a full menu of Wölffer wines and ciders. The Wine Stand is open every day from 11 am to sunset — a great place to stop on the way to or from the beach — but the best time to visit might be during Sunset Fridays and Saturdays, from 5 to 9 pm through October. Bring your own blanket and chill to live music, while enjoying wine, cheese and charcuterie, as you watch a spectacular sunset over the vineyard. What could be more idyllic? (3312 Montauk Highway, 631.537.5106)
A must-visit for anyone who loves top-quality produce, prepared foods and baked goods, Round Swamp Farm is a veritable East Hampton institution (there’s also a newly opened outpost in Bridgeport). This half-century-old, family-owned market is a cornucopia of delicious, locally grown and sourced edibles, including just-caught seafood, freshly baked muffins and pies, and fresh produce grown right on the family’s 16-acre farm out back. Wander through the warm, homey environs of the compound’s interconnected farm buildings, and explore the tantalizing contents of each counter, shelf, rack and barrel. Whether in search of meal fixings, prepared picnic fare or a satisfying snack, you will find what you’re looking for, plus so much more. (184 Three Mile Harbor Rd., 631.324.4438)
In business since Perry Duryea Sr. took it over in the 1930s, Duryea’s Lobster Deck and Seafood Market in Montauk has evolved into one of the East End’s top outdoor dining spots, as well as a wholesale and retail seafood emporium. Offering casual lunch and dinner seven days a week in season, the Lobster Deck overlooks both Fort Pond Bay and Gardiner’s Bay, so you can admire the gorgeous views while enjoying your fresh steamed lobsters, broiled fish or other delicious menu items. For a truly relaxing dinner, bring a bottle of wine and savor the sunset with some friends or a significant other. If you must eat elsewhere, many of the Deck’s most popular menu items are available in the retail market to go, as well as fresh lobsters, fish and shellfish. (65 Tuthill Rd., 631.668.2410)
Dessert lovers, chocoholics or anyone in the mood for a sweet treat must pay a visit to The Fudge Company in Southampton. The family-owned business, in operation for over 40 years, features the largest selection of sweets and frozen desserts in the East End. Generations of vacationing families have frequented the place for good reason. Try one of the shop’s 30 flavors of ice cream, fat-free frozen yogurt or sherbet (including sugar-free choices), a delicious way to cool down on a hot day. Or sample the homemade fudge the company is named for, in traditional flavors or more exotic choices like jamocha mud slide. Another favorite is traditional salt water taffy, in an assortment of flavors. Chocolate items include truffles, covered pretzels, caramels and s’mores, and there’s old-fashioned penny candy for the nostalgic-minded. (67 Main St., 631.283.8108)