For those who inhabit or visit the South Fork of Eastern Long Island, the Hamptons, the high season that begins with Memorial Day inevitably includes a new crop of restaurants.
For decades, new ventures helmed by Manhattan-based chefs and restaurateurs have been a highlight. This year is no exception, though several of the exciting new spots are locally grown, like the produce and other ingredients that fill their kitchens.
Here’s a rundown. There will be more before the season winds down.
On June 7, the former Lobster Inn will become Manna at Lobster Inn with a seafood menu from the chef Thomas Bogia. The restaurant is part of a sustainability project that includes a locally run open-sea aquaculture operation, Manna Fish Farms, 5 Inlet Road West (Route 27), mannarestaurant.com.
In Southampton Village, Zach Erdem, the owner of 75 Main and Blu Mar, is opening Buddha Lounge, with Japanese food and a late-night vibe, in the building that houses Blu Mar, 136 Main Street, blumarhamptons.com. The Silver Lining Diner will reopen in the fall as a shiny new branch of the long-lived the Lobster Roll Restaurant, a.k.a. Lunch, the roadside magnet on the Napeague stretch toward Montauk. The owners of the Lobster Roll — Andrea Anthony, Fred Terry and Paul DeAngelis — have a new partner, Irwin Simon, who is helping with the expansion, 32 Montauk Highway (Route 27), lobsterroll.com.
Newcomers include Rita Cantina, a vibrantly decorated Mexican restaurant replacing what was Michael’s in Springs. Eric Miller, the chef and an owner, will depend on mostly local ingredients for his interpretations of ceviches, tacos, birrias and wood-roasted fish, 28 Maidstone Park Road (Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Road), ritacantinahamptons.com. The waterfront EHP Resort and Marina has a new restaurant, Sí Sí, a Mediterranean affair from the chef Dane Sayles, opening May 28, 295 Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Road, ehpresort.com. Kissaki, the Japanese restaurant that branched out from Manhattan to Water Mill last summer, has taken over the Zok-kon restaurant and will open O by Kissaki in June, with sushi, small plates of crudos and ingredients hot off the robata grill, 47 Montauk Highway (Cove Hollow Road), explorekissaki.com.
Donna Lennard, an owner of the various Il Bucos in Manhattan, is putting the finishing touches on Il Buco al Mare with the chef, Justin Smillie, overseeing the food and Eugenio Plaja as chef de cuisine running the kitchen. It will open early next month with a menu that says seafood but also includes duck wings with a dry rub, and smoked chicken, 231 Main Street (Conklin Lane), ilbuco.com.
La Fin Kitchen and Lounge made its waterfront debut with rustic, beachy décor and a simple menu of oysters, fluke crudo, salads, lobster toast, grilled or roasted local fish, a burger, and a toasted quinoa bowl. The chef, James Tchinnis, has Le Cirque on his résumé, 474 West Lake Drive (Town Road), lafinkitchen.com. Kissaki X Fish Cheeks (see East Hampton) is also partnering seasonally with Fish Cheeks in Montauk to open a quick-serve pop-up with sushi and some of the Thai seafood items served at Fish Cheeks, 467 East Lake Drive (Montauk Angler’s Club & Marina), explorekissaki.com.
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