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The Hamptons restaurants

As droves of Manhattan's boldface names overrun the Hamptons' tiny seaside hamlets each summer, some restaurants become known more for banquette-dancing than quality cooking. Expect plenty of celebrity sightings at this year's hot-spot restaurants as well as at perennial favorites such as Nick & Toni's. But alongside the trendy boîtes, low-key seafood shacks, and blue-blood haunts, many East End eateries are setting a different trend. As eating locally has become a national craze, chefs here have highlighted the bounty of nearby farms and sea: springtime asparagus and rhubarb, locally raised Iacono Farm chicken, summer's cucumbers and tomatoes, and fall's plump squash, plus fresh-caught flounder, local littleneck clams, Montauk lobster, bluepoint oysters, and scallops from Peconic Bay. Wines from the North Fork's many vineyards—along with bottlings from the few South Fork wineries—perfectly complement the homegrown cuisine.

Notable recent restaurant openings include a Southampton outpost of Nobu at the new Capri hotel; also in Southampton, popular Hamptons restaurateurs David Loewenberg and Kirk Basnight unveiled Little Red, a casual counterpart to their well-trafficked Red/Bar Brasserie. In Montauk, ceviche specialist Todd Mitgang serves up modern seafood and summery cocktails at South Edison; meanwhile, the gentrifying surf hamlet's party crowd has descended on the seafood-oriented kitchen at the new Ruschmeyer's hotel.

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Vine Street Café, Shelter Island

On summer evenings, this Shelter Island favorite, housed in a white-shingled ranch with flower-filled window boxes, quickly fills up with a beach-chic crowd...more

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Turtle Crossing, East Hampton

Although it arguably still serves up the best house-smoked meats in the Hamptons, Turtle Crossing isn't the humble barbecue joint it used to be. The...more

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Townline BBQ, Sagaponack

If minimalist architect Richard Meier designed a BBQ joint, then Townline BBQ might be the outcome. A boar's head over the fireplace and a pool table are the...more

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Sant Ambroeus, Southampton

Southampton is the most self-consciously dressed-up of the Hamptons, so it makes sense that Main Street would be the spot for an outpost of this Manhattan...more

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Red/Bar Brasserie, Southampton

For a relaxed dinner at a French bistro, head to the Red/Bar Brasserie early on a weeknight—in the off-season. Between June and September, Red/Bar's...more

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Pierre's, Bridgehampton

Pierre's is the perfect Hamptons microcosm: wicker bar stools, white linens, retro-chic pressed-tin ceilings, a well-heeled but dressed-down crowd, and a hint...more

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Nick & Toni's, East Hampton

Here's a taste of Hamptons hospitality, accompanied by a heaping side of boldface names: A gracious hostess guides you past tables helmed by the likes of Sarah...more

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Mirko's, Water Mill

It takes a little work to find Mirko's, located behind an enclave of shops and through a small parking lot. Ferraris and Jaguars mark the spot—they belong...more

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Lobster Roll (a.k.a Lunch), Amagansett

Since 1965, the Lobster Roll has been the quintessential Long Island seafood joint. Also known as Lunch, thanks to the sign on top of its roof, this seasonal...more

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The Living Room, East Hampton

Attached to the Maidstone hotel, the Living Room takes the typical Hamptons experience (white linens, grilled meats and fish) and injects it with Swedish...more

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