Although winter is considered the “off-season” in the Hamptons, some of the best restaurants on the East End do not shut down when the weather gets cold. Few places are “hotter” than these locations. Be sure to check out the places that the locals dine in all year ’round; they know best. With fewer people vying for a prime reservation, this may be your best chance for great meal at these Hamptons favorites.
Nick & Toni’s
One of the standard-bearers for Hamptons dining, Nick & Toni’s has been a favorite among visitors, residents, and the celebrity crowd for 25 years. The authentic wood burning grill and oven are put to great use: the short ribs are incredible, and the fish is always fresh and grilled to perfection. Be sure to check out the drinks menu- in addition to some great specialty cocktails (the Big Apple combines vodka, apple liqueur, local apple cider and a cinnamon-sugar rim), you’ll also find a number of local and small batch liquors to help warm up a chilly winter evening. (136 Main Street, East Hampton)
The perfect blend of English Pub and French Bistro, Rowdy Hall has been a Hamptons favorite since 1996. The menu is filled with comfort foods, perfect for a chilly Hamptons winter. Warm up with a French onion soup followed by fresh Long Island duck, or have a crisp order of authentic English fish and chips (paired with a perfectly poured Guinness). There’s also a great snacks menu, ideal to nosh on if you’re hanging out at the bar. A perfect spot for a casual lunch or dinner, it’s a favorite with the Hamptons crowd. (10 Main Street, East Hampton)
Authentic Southern Bar-b-que in the Hamptons! Enter Townline BBQ and feel like you’ve been transported to the heart of Texas. Great for any size group, the menu has everything from appetizers to family style feasts. Don’t worry if you’re not sure what to order- combo plates allow you to mix and match pork, chicken and brisket! Don’t miss the thick cut fried onions, and be sure to give the TL Hush Puppies a try. And yes, they do serve salad, but it is available with bacon! Great bar-b-que, great drinks, and a crackling fireplace add up to the perfect formula for a winter warmup. (3593 Montauk Highway, Sagaponack)
East Hampton Grill
The Hillstone group, operators of two very popular Manhattan restaurants, opened this location in 2011. While the menu is similar to the NYC locations, there are more than a few nods to the East End to make this spot stand out. The Oysters St. Charles appetizer is a fantastic and flavorful way to start your meal. If you want to stick with seafood, the jumbo lump crab cakes are incredible, and served with some of the best hand cut French fries you will ever taste. Otherwise, try the French Dip sandwich, with tender prime rib cooked to perfection. This lively restaurant is only open for dinner- be sure to make a reservation so you don’t miss out. (99 North Main Street, East Hampton)