One of the most dreaded questions of any relationship is the age old, “Where do you want to eat?” With a seemingly endless array of restaurants out east, it can be impossible to figure out where to dine. You'll never wonder again with these six impeccable options.
For a night out, this upscale Chinese restaurant serves food until 4 am, with DJ sets in the back room on weekends so you can let loose on the dance floor after dinner. The dim sum menu, noodle and rice options, and sides for two are perfect for sharing. Try the bone marrow and prawn dumplings or the salted fish and chicken fried rice. They also host a three-course bottomless brunch and art exhibitions for a well-rounded day date. 268 Elm St., Southampton, 353-3610
This local joint is ideal for a cozy morning date where you can chow down on omelets, pancakes, French toast, and breakfast burritos with a southwestern kick. Try a breakfast platter like Stu Z’ Jackson Huevos with delicious eggs, creamy refried beans, queso fresco, and tomatillo salsa for a bit of heat to wake you up. For something sweet, take on Sedona’s chocolate chip pancakes with pure Vermont syrup. The “no cell phones” sign will allow you to enjoy each other’s company. 1615 Sag Harbor Bridgehampton Tpke, Sag Harbor, 725-1045
Whether you want to dazzle on a first date or celebrate an anniversary somewhere special, Nick & Toni’s is a shining star in East Hampton. The rustic Italian-Mediterranean eatery utilizes prime seasonal ingredients from its very own organic garden. Try the watermelon salad with arugula, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, and garden mint for a summery starter before savoring the pasta, seafood, or steak. 136 N. Main St., East Hampton, 324-3550
Not only does the Ram’s Head Inn have a idyllic private beach, it also has an elegant eatery where you can arrive by boat for a truly grand entrance. The farm-to-table menu boasts a raw bar of east coast oysters with a cucumber-ginger mignonette, seasonal summer options like Long Island sweet corn bisque with crispy bacon and scallions, and an enticing wine list. Even if you don’t have a boat, you can still grab a seat on the harbor-facing patio to watch a romantic sunset with your other half. The Ram’s Head Inn, 108 Ram Island Dr., Shelter Island, 749-0811
This lively bar and grill is the perfect spot to sit outdoors and get to know your date in a low-key and fun environment. The Mexican summer-inspired appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and mains are easy and shareable. Try the red, white, and blue tacos with crispy rock shrimp, salsa rojo, avocado, queso fresco, and blue corn tortilla or the carnitas with chipotle pulled pork, cucumbers, radish, and jalapeño sauce in a soft flour tortilla. There are a ton of flavored margaritas and refreshing cocktails to sip in the sun, like The Summer, with partida reposado tequila shaken with mint, fresh watermelon, and fresh lime juice all topped with blueberries and club soda. 83 Main St., Westhampton Beach, 288-5252
We all have busy lives, but you can carve out some time to grab a quick bite with your significant other at this corner café for no-fuss quality time together. There is something for everyone thanks to their menu replete with waffles, breakfast burritos, omelets, sandwiches, and wraps featuring simple yet delicious ingredients. Go for the Shinnecock Hills with all-natural chicken breast, savory apple-wood smoked bacon, melted provolone, herb-mayo, lettuce, and tomato on rustic ciabatta bread. 99 Main St., Southampton, 283-8900