Now that the weather is warming up, the Hamptons are buzzing once again. There are countless fun places to choose from and it’s hard to pick which ones are worthwhile, especially for twenty-somethings who are watching their wallets. There are quite a few restaurants, as well wineries that definitely deserve a visit.
The first place on my list that is delicious, and also really fun, is LT Burger in Sag Harbor; you feel like a little kid again when you go there. Their burgers and shakes are out of this world! The signature LT Burger with bacon is a must-have. The mixture of meat they use gives the burger a great beefy flavor that isn’t too fatty, yet is succulent. The perfect accompaniment to this burger are LT’s shoestring French fries; and when I say shoestring, I mean perfect, thin strands of fried potato. The jerk chicken sliders are also delicious. The chicken is smoked with allspice and Scotch bonnet peppers.
If you have never tried deep-fried pickles, then you must try them at LT. These Horman pickles are dipped in beer batter, deep fried to crunchy perfection and served with a homemade buttermilk ranch dipping sauce that is fantastically tangy. Last, but certainly not least, are their indulgent milkshakes. The toasted marshmallow with vanilla ice cream tastes like a S’more without the chocolate and the Oreo shake with chocolate ice cream is thick and super chocolaty.
The second restaurant, or pub in this case, that is highly recommended is Southampton Publick House in Southampton. The Publick House is a great place to sample their own craft beer, and also have some great bar food. Each of their homemade brews on tap and each one has its own distinct flavor. My favorites are the Double White and the Burton Indian Pale Ale because they’re light and go with a lot of the food they serve. If you want to try more than one of their beers, they offer a sampler with little tastes of multiple beers. The Publick House has the traditional bar food like Buffalo wings, Irish nachos and cheese quesadillas, but they also offer more fancy fare. On their dinner menu, besides all the bar munchies, is local duck, osso bucco, and seared salmon.
For the third restaurant I had to enlist the help of a friend, who happens to be a local of the Hamptons. I asked what are his favorite spots, and he raved about La Capannina in Wainscott, which, apparently, has the best pizza in the Hamptons. (Thanks, Jordan!) I mean, who doesn’t love pizza? And who doesn’t love an awesome Italian meal? I don’t know anyone like that, so this is a great place to go. They offer the common Italian cuisine, such as fettuccine alfredo and chicken Parmesan, but obviously if they have the best pizza, you have to get a slice or five. I was told that the Original and the Buffalo Chicken are perfect for late night, drunken munchies.
The fourth must-go place isn’t a restaurant, but a winery, probably the best winery in my opinion. Wölffer in Sagaponack is the best place to have “A Taste of the Hamptons,” which usually consists of a sparkling chardonnay, a rosé, a merlot and their dessert wine, Dirosa. Wölffer is best known for their rosé, which they call “summer in a bottle;” it’s so popular, in fact, that people usually buy it by the case. The rosé has a beautiful peach color and a floral, semi-sweet flavor. A few summers back Wölffer started a wine club for the young or “young at heart.” The Hidden Cellar Society will help the millennial crowd of vinoscenti learn more about wine and show that wine isn’t just an old-people-thing. They also have Twilight Thursdays with live jazz music and Sunset Fridays where people can come to relax after a long workweek. Not only is Wölffer a great place to learn about wine, and sample it, but it’s also a beautiful, Tuscan-inspired winery.
So, this summer when you’re in the Hamptons and looking for a great time, good food, wine and beer, these are just four awesome places to go.
LT Burger, 62 Main Street Sag Harbor, 631-899-4646, ltburger.com.
La Capannina, 631-537-2626, lacapannianpizza.com.
Southampton Publick House, 40 Bowden Square Southampton, 631-283-2800, publick.com
Wölffer Estate Vineyard, 39 Sagg Road Sagaponack, 631-537-5106, wolffer.com