They’re shiny and new, and full of things that are oh-so-delicious. Long Island’s North and South Forks have a bevy of new restaurants that are open now and others coming soon. It’s time to satiate the cravings for local cuisine with what’s fresh and great on the East End. And don’t forget the rosé, this is summer after all.
Beloved North Fork bartender Andy Harbin is opening his namesake gastropub-style restaurant this summer on Greenport’s Front Street. The restaurant is looking to bring family-friendly yet thoughtfully prepared cuisine to the East End and will focus on comfort food created with local, organic ingredients. Grab a burger, watch a game and just come as you are. Andy and partners are aiming for a June opening. Phone: 631-333-2525 | Address: 34 Front St. Click to taste.
Barba Bianca, Greenport
Manhattan is coming to the North Fork as chef Frank DeCarlo takes the helm. He is bringing his regional Italian cooking from his NYC restaurant Peasant. Guests can expect hyper local seafood in dishes like zuppa di pesce and wing of skate. Barba Bianca, which translates to “white beard,” is opening on the docks of Greenport this June. Click to taste.
Bistro Été, Water Mill
Chef Arie Pavlou brings coastal French cuisine to his new Water Mill location. Born in Cyprus and formally trained in France, his menu is delicious, and anything but pretentious. It’s not just the food that is something to awe at, but his knack for creating interesting cocktails like the truffle martini. And yes, that’s truffle as in fungi. Get going, it’s open now. Phone: 631-500-9085 | Address: 760 Montauk Highway Click to taste.
Eleven Madison Park – EMP Summer House, East Hampton
Like most New Yorkers, Eleven Madison Park is vacaying in the Hamptons this summer. While the Manhattan outpost is closed for renovations, the pop-up called EMP Summer House will open on Pantigo Road in East Hampton. Expect snacks like crispy zucchini with garlic yogurt and main courses like striped bass seared with lettuce and ginger, and even a fried chicken feast. Though they don’t open their doors until June, patrons can make reservations now. Reserve: empsummerhouse.tocktix.com | Address: 341 Pantigo Rd. Click to taste.
The Halyard Restaurant at the Sound View, Greenport
Just as expected, this waterfront spot overlooks the Long Island Sound, and is one of the first eateries heading East into Greenport. The menu, by James Beard award-winning chef and owner of NYC’s Mas (farmhouse), Galen Zamarra, and atmosphere will have a maritime focus reminiscent of the village’s history, featuring local fish, produce and wines. For an added bonus, visitors can book a stay at its neighboring Sound View hotel. Both are undergoing renovations and expected to open come summer. Phone: 631-477-0666 | Address: 58775 Route 48 Click to taste.
Lulu Kitchen & Bar, Sag Harbor
Sag Harbor’s Main Street has a new kid in town occupying the former Doppio restaurant. Between an open kitchen and pretty much wood-fired everything on the menu, executive chef Phillipe Corbet is going heavy on the seafood and even heavier on the local veggies–there’s a whole section on the menu called “The Farm Stand.” Open now. Phone: 631-725-0900 | Address: 126 Main St. Click to taste.
Wölffer Kitchen, Amagansett
Like a true local, this new spot in Amagansett has a lot of seafood and locally sourced fare. Joey and Marc Wölffer opened their first location in Sag Harbor in 2015. And with a successful Sagaponack vineyard, opened by the late Christian Wölffer, guests can only expect great and delicious things to come. Plus, they sure do know their way around a rosé. Open now. Phone: 631-267-2764 | Address: 4 Amagansett Square Drive Click to taste.