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Hamptons restaurants offer unique dining experiences

19 Mar 2014 5:45 PM
Hamptons restaurants offer unique dining experiences

Largely thanks to its coastal location, proximity to New York City and concentration of affluent gastronomes, the collection of East Coast communities known as the Hamptons are home to a number of high-end gourmet eateries. These fine dining establishments routinely serve patrons upscale cuisine from all over the world, created from accomplished chefs using the freshest ingredients and diverse preparation styles. 

Whether you're craving a plate of savory pork belly in Sag Harbor, delicate mushroom risotto in East Quogue or a seasonal vegetable fricassee in Southampton, you can find it all within the Hamptons on any given day. If you consider yourself a culinary enthusiast, it could greatly be to your benefit to visit any of the following fine establishments, as they were recently selected to participate in the 12th annual Hamptons Restaurant Week.

The Bell & Anchor
Specializing in contemporary American cuisine with a traditional twist, this waterside eatery has grown into a local institution during its few years in operation. Offering diners the opportunity to sample oysters from its raw bar, gourmet entrees from its dinner and prix-fix menus, intricate confectionery creations from its unique dessert menu or vintage blends from its extensive wine list, The Bell & Anchor never fails to satisfy. 

Founded and operated by David Loewenberg & Sam McCleland, the restaurant pulls inspiration for its dishes from the regions rich history, spotlighting local seafood, steak and vegetables, as well as beer and wine. Popular orders include the Montauk pearl oysters, guava baby back ribs, cherry wood-smoked shredded duck salad, "old school" lobster garganelli, pan-roasted duroc pork chop with mascarpone polenta and maple crème brûlée.

Stone Creek Inn
Operated by Christian Mir and his wife Elaine DiGiacomo since 1996, this East Quogue restaurant servicing French inspired American cuisine is often considered one of the best kept secrets in the Hamptons. Boasting an interior design scheme as upscale as the exquisite menu items, the Stone Creek Inn's dining rooms are regularly filled with local residents and visiting gastronomes every night. A typical visit could afford you the opportunity to dine alongside the rich as famous, in addition to area celebrities.

Mir, a native of South France who previously worked at fine dining establishments in Paris, doubles as head chef, providing patrons with unique dishes that have complex flavor profiles. Among the restaurant's most celebrated combinations are the herb and mustard crusted rack of lamb with roasted fingerling potatoes, Italian pork roast with roasted pears, grilled Painted Hills Farm sirloin with black truffle mashed potatoes, braised rabbit soft polenta and the grilled asparagus with a farm poached egg.

The Coast Grill
Nestled in the Peconic Marina on Wooley Pond in Southampton, this sophisticated eatery offers diners the chance to enjoy fine wine and savory culinary creations in a breathtaking waterfront setting. The offerings and ambiance created by owner and executive chef Brian Cheewing - who has previously worked at such East End establishments as George Martin Steakhouse and James on Main - are a cut above the rest, blending cosmopolitan style with a bucolic panache.

By putting an emphasis on cooking execution and plate presentation, Cheewing has helped the restaurant to receive praise from area food critics and local gastronomes alike. Whether ordering from the dinner, bar or dessert menu, there is a dish that all diners can enjoy - and other selections that will guarantee subsequent visits. Popular plates here include the sesame pepper seared tuna, lobster risotto, roasted free range chicken with horseradish smashed potatoes, grilled Scottish salmon with braised French lentils, day boat stew and Coca Cola BBQ boneless short ribs.