There’s no shortage of amazing bites to tuck into this summer, but where do local gastronauts go on their off-hours to source the Hamptons' finest meals? Here, superstar chefs and catering wunderkinds spill their secrets to living like a culinary master.
1. Know Where To Get The Best Catch
Bay Kitchen Bar owner and executive chef Eric Miller, who also operates East End catering services Food & Co. and Hampton Clam Bake, gets texts from fishermen about their daily catch before they even bring it back to the marina. As a native Long Islander, he dishes that the best spots to score fresh lobster are Stuart's Seafood Market in Amagansett and Duryea's Lobster Deck in Montauk, and Clam Bar, a roadside trailer from the guy who owned the Seafood Barge, is another tucked-away gem not to be missed.
Jason Kallert, corporate chef at LDV Hospitality who oversees five new food and beverage programs at Gurney’s, promises drool-worthy local catch at Montauk's Gosman’s Dock and Dock to Dish. “They use true, hard-shell Long Island lobsters,” he says. “Once they are pulled from the cages, they are then driven right over to Gurney’s for our use.”
Convenience is king in the Hamptons, which is why Huylo replenishes herself with a healthy option from Lisa’s Lovely Organic Juice Bar in East Hampton. For something more substantial, Harbor executive chef Roy Wohlars stays true to his own place: “Swing by Booby Trap MTK, the takeout stand located at Harbor, to pick up some freshly pressed juices and delicious Greek food to take to the beach or on the boat.”
4. Plan a Surfside Picnic
Two Mile Hollow Beach (which has lifeguards and restrooms) and off-the-beaten-path Left Sagg Beach are Miller's favorite sand spots for picnicking this time of year. Kallert recommends venturing to Camp Hero State Park and nestling under the bluffs on the beach. “It’s truly gorgeous and not crowded,” he says.
Keep the food simple: Lexi Stolz and Louisa Young, owners of Hamptons Aristocrat, recommend The Red Horse in East Hampton for burrata to take to the beach. “It’s ready fresh at 10 am every morning, so plan ahead—it’s worth the trip.”
5. Source the Freshest Produce
Richard LaMarita, private chef and instructor at the Natural Gourmet Institute, swears by the farmers markets at Round Swamp Farm, while Huylo suggests opting for the CSA service from Amber Waves Farm to get fresh, local produce all summer long. You'll spot Stolz and Young gathering microgreens and edible flowers at Good Water Farms: “[It] has the best microgreens and Brendan, the owner, will happily show you around his beautiful greenhouse while you're there.”
6. Amp Up Your Tabletop
Stolz and Young can create a tablescape in a snap: “Swing by the Green Thumb Organic Farm for a few bundles of their homegrown flowers, run to Sag Harbor Variety and grab some fabric, cut it into 10" squares, and roll them up for your napkins with some garden twine. Mixed and matched plates and silverware are totally fine.”
7. Snack Smart
“The whole-grain snack bars at Joni’s in Montauk are my perfect snack for a day at the beach,” says Huylo, who also relies on Provisions in Sag Harbor for groceries like dried mulberries and dates, gluten-free tortillas, vegan products, and more.
8. Upgrade Your Carbs
Huylo suggests treating yourself to something from Wainscott's Levain Bakery, where the country boule and signature cookies get high marks from locals.