Keep the Summer Vibes Going at 5 New East End Gems

Though the end of August is inevitable, the weather is still warm, the scenery is still spectacular and there is still plenty to do (and, at least until pumpkin picking starts, a little less traffic!). Some new East End restaurants and businesses arrived a little later to the party this summer but are worth checking out before we officially kiss the season good-bye Sept. 22. Hop on Sunrise Highway East one or two or five more times for a taste of something new in our region’s favorite playground. And if you’re looking for a Sunday Funday further West, come out for Pulse‘s Picnic & Polo classic Sept. 17.

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Isola, Shelter Island Heights

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This new eatery specializing in Italian cuisine embodies the island way of life. Between a menu that is heavy on local seafood and produce and a spacious front dining porch, patrons get a native experience from sight to taste. Isola is also home to an array of brick-oven pizzas like the calabrese (spicy salami, san marzano tomato, basil, mozzarella, garlic, white wine, parmigiano) or the fish-focused vongole (local cherrystone clams, parsley, white wine, parmigiano). Word to the wise: The pies fare wonderfully with a glass of Provence Rosè. Phone: 631-749-9036 | Address: 15 Grand Ave Click to taste

Peconic River Salt of Joshua Place, Riverhead

It looks like the salty sea breezes are never leaving. At Peconic River Salt, visitors will find a salt cave, a new trend in wellness and holistic health. Riverhead’s version includes one room lined with Himalayan salt blocks and two rooms containing a float pod filled with salt water. Sit, breath, meditate and just take it all in. The cave’s website says that a salt lounge session can boost the immune system, reduce stress, ease respiratory ailments and induce a sense of calmness. It also says the pods offer pain relief, deep relaxation and improved sleep. Tell us how it goes for you on our Facebook page or in the comments below. Phone: 631-369-SALT | Address: 125 East Main Street Click to visit

Goldberg’s Famous Bagels, Greenport

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Unlike the other North Fork locations (Mattituck and Riverhead), the new Greenport Goldberg’s offers acai and pitaya bowls, nitro cold brew coffee by Rise Brewing Co. and smoothies. Visitors can also find the classic deli sandwiches and bagels that taste even better down by the Mitchell Park Marina. Address: 137 3rd St Click to taste

Seamore’s, Montauk

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Another newcomer to the dining scene, Seamore’s, located in the newly renovated Breakers Motel, is serving superb seafood fare. The menu is similar to its NYC locations (Nolita and Chelsea) with standout dishes like tuna poke with ponzu, peanuts and avocado and seared fish tacos with mole, pickled onions, avocado and jalapeño mayo. Grab a seat outside and order a watermelon margarita, the motel is open until Columbus Day. Address: 769 Montauk Hwy Click to visit

Boutique at American Beech Hotel, Greenport

Tropical, colorful and filled with treasures, the new boutique at American Beech Hotel is an inviting space to browse. There are Brazilian wood floors, banana leaf wallpaper, a hanging swing chair and parrot-shaped lighting. Not to mention, the store is stacked with American Beech-branded shirts and bags, as well as runway pieces from fashion designer Alex Vinash. Phone: 631-477-5939 | Address: 300 Main St Click to visit