Discover 7 New East End Restaurants

Summer is quickly approaching, which means the East End will soon enjoy a swell of vacationers. A new season brings fresh new eateries as well. This summer diners will have their pick from a cute and cozy tea house, picnic-style outdoor eating and farm-to-table fare across the North Fork, Hamptons and Shelter Island. In preparation for Memorial Day, these seven new outposts are open, or will be soon, ready and eager to serve.

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Hooked, Montauk

Lobster Roll at Hooked

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Hooked opened in Montauk this month with a menu founded on the simplicity of fresh, hyper local seafood. Its manta is “pure and simple,” which is reflected in the offerings of locally sourced fried and grilled seafood, steamed lobsters, steamers, lobster rolls and chowders. The raw bar features the regionally famous Montauk Pearl Oysters. For landlubbers, burgers, barbecue ribs, chicken and salads are available. Diners can order food to-go at the counter to take home or enjoy at one of the picnic tables onsite seven days a week. Phone: 631-668-2111 | Address: 34 South Etna Avenue Click to go

Preston House and Hotel, Riverhead

Recently opened in downtown Riverhead, the Preston House & Hotel restaurant is led by chef Matthew Boudreau, formerly of Vine Street Café on Shelter Island and Barons Cove in Sag Harbor. Using organic, local ingredients, he aims to offer a new approach and fresh take on classic dishes. The New American menu includes East Coast oysters, prime strip steak and the chef’s signature bombolotti with veal and pork Bolognese. The restaurant also includes an 850-bottle wine cellar. This summer they expect to expand seating to the outdoors. Phone: 631-775-1500 | Address: 428 East Main Street Click to go

Il Mulino, Wainscott

Il Mulino chicken Parmigiana

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Famed Italian restaurant Il Mulino has locations throughout New York (including one in Roslyn) and other cities in the US, and is expected to open early this summer in Wainscott. Guests can enjoy pasta dishes like capellini with wild mushrooms, spaghetti with clams and rigatoni alla Bolognese, along with local fish and produce and wood-fired pizzas in a fine dining restaurant. The setting will be fun and relaxed with a summery atmosphere. Address: 108 Wainscott Stone Road Click to go

Caci, Shelter Island Heights

Homemade Pasta at Caci

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Caci Restaurant of Southold is expanding with a new location on Shelter Island set to open Memorial Day Weekend. Housed in a recently renovated space in the Shelter Island House hotel, Umbria-born chef Marco Pellegrini will bring his signature Northern Italian fare with a seasonally inspired menu that is simple and inventive. Locally sourced and imported Italian ingredients along with house-made pasta, gnocchi, bread and gelato will be available as well. Happy hour can be enjoyed at the bar, outdoor lounge and bocce court. Shelter Island House guests can also enjoy a new breakfast menu to be unveiled this summer. Phone: 631-749-5659 | Address: 11 Stearns Point Road Click to go

Salt Drift Farm, Bridgehampton

Salt Drift Farm brunch

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Hamptons Aristocrat has been offering high-end catering services on the East End for the past four years. Just this month, co-founders Lexi Ritsch and Louisa Young opened a new catering hub and “Hamptons Street Food Eatery” called Salt Drift Farm in Bridgehampton. The menu features lobster rolls, short rib nachos and farmers pizza, along with a family-style prix fixe brunch menu. Share shrimp corndogs and jam, sweet potato tarts, bibimbap short rib with pickled pear, smoked salmon and all the fixings with a glass of sparkling included. Helpful hint: brunch reservations are required as part of their sustainability efforts. Address: 203 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike Click to go

Maison Vivienne, Southampton

A new elegant and modern French restaurant is poised to open its doors in Southampton this Memorial Day Weekend. Maison Vivienne will feature an inn, along with a restaurant boasting indoor and outdoor seating, an herb and vegetable garden, bar and lounge. The menu, created by Michelin Star executive chef Wolfgang Ban, will feature twists on classic southern French cuisine with dishes like côte de boeuf, stuffed turkey breast and lamb Milanese. The setting will be open and bright, reminiscent of the French countryside. Phone: 844-271-6829 | Address: 136 Main Street

SpecialTea House, Greenport

SpecialTea House

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Though not exactly a restaurant, SpecialTea House makes the list as afternoon tea is something of a rarity on the East End. The quaint and intimate space inside Special Effects Salon and Spa is dedicated to the recently opened tea house. Think white linen tables with mismatched and dainty china for black, green and herbal loose-leaf teas. Menus feature tea sandwiches like North Fork lavender egg salad, classic cucumber and seasonal chicken salad, and scones with jam and clotted cream. Try the Special Tea tasting menu for a bit everything. The outdoor tea garden is coming early summer. Address: 455 Main Street Click to go