By Bao Ong | August 4, 2016 | Food & Drink
The Hamptons produces some of the finest oysters on earth. The only difficult decision is where to eat them.
As one of the premier waterside restaurants in East Hampton, Bay Kitchen Bar offers its guests a “sea-to-table” menu with some of the freshest local fare. The dining room overlooks a marina just off Gardiners Bay. On certain evenings, you’ll be pleased to find plump Promised Land oysters harvested in Napeague Bay. The restaurant also plans to grow its own oysters right in Three Mile Harbor. 39 Gann Road, East Hampton, 329-3663
Bostwick’s relaxed vibe is where you go to find classic New England fare in East Hampton. It’s the perfect backdrop for ordering a platter mounded with crushed ice and dotted with oysters on the half shell all summer long. Chef Chris Eggert picks all the oysters (which come from Greenport) and serves them with cocktail sauce, mignonette sauce, and Tabasco at this upscale seafood “shack.” 277 Pantigo Road, East Hampton, 324-1111
When you find your way to Little Creek Oyster Farm & Market in Greenport, you’ll not only discover an average of eight varieties of oysters on the menu, but there’s also a good chance you’ll meet one of the oyster growers. What’s more, customers can shuck their own oysters, of which they’ll find as many as 14 Long Island varieties in peak season. 37 Front St., Greenport, 477-6992
South Edison in Montauk typically keeps a daily menu of five or six varieties of oysters on hand that can be paired with four house-made mignonettes, from a kumquat vinaigrette to a ginger-scallion concoction. The mix of East and West Coast oysters means you can find Montauk Lady Killahs one week and Malpeques the next, but it doesn’t mean consuming them raw is the only option. The oyster shooters are just as popular as ordering a seafood tower filled with all your favorites. 17 S. Edison, St., Montauk, 668-4200
The French Riviera vibe at Sunset Beach begs for oysters and Champagne. Before having grilled octopus or a whole branzino, consider it mandatory to order Montauk oysters sourced from Amagansett. Add a squeeze of lemon or splash of mignonette and you’re ready to devour an oyster, sip some bubbly (there’s also a house rosé from hotelier André Balazs himself), and take in the calming waterside views of Shelter Island. 35 Shore Road, Shelter Island, 749-2001
photography by Eric StrifflEr (bostwick); rachel correra (South ediSon); noah FeckS (bay kitchen bar); MadiSon Fender (little creek); courteSy oF SunSet beach (SunSet beach)