While everyone else is taking the long way out to Montauk, we suggest visiting the quaint town of Westhampton Beach instead. It’s a 30-minute walk (or short car ride) from the Long Island Rail Road station, has excellent beaches and so many restaurants on Main Street alone that you will never go hungry. Here are seven spots to try for your next trip out East.
① Tonino’s Pizza: Locals love this Italian place for its authentic cuisine, rainbow-sprinkled cannoli and reasonable prices. Take one bite of bread crumb-topped clams oreganata, and we’re pretty sure you’ll love it, too.
② Pizzetteria Brunetti: For pizza on Main street, go to the tiny counter at the Hamptons offshoot of this beloved West Village joint. While you wait, hit up the pay-by-the-pound candy corner: It has all the gummy coke bottles you could ever want.
③ Farm Country Kitchen: If you have a car, take the 15-minute drive north for classic dishes like shrimp-tossed pasta and local duck, which you can enjoy while gazing out at the Peconic River. It’s located in Long Island wine country, and those hitting the vineyards for the day can stop by for a boxed lunch to enjoy with all those wine samples.
④ Deliciously Dorie’s Joyful Juice: Balance your summer lobster roll addiction with fresh juices featuring of-the-moment add-ins like maca powder and turmeric. There are also smoothies, lattes and homemade nut milks, plus fresh-baked goods and veg-friendly food for you to make a meal out of.
⑤ The Patio at 54 Main: Grab a seat at the bar or settle in at a table for homemade pasta, thinly sliced fried zucchini and more top-notch seasonal fare. We suggest you go on a Thursday, when you can get half off select wine bottles. Plus, if you’ve already made it to Main Street, it’s one restaurant you won’t need a GPS for.
⑥ Sherin’s Seafood Market: For those nights you don’t want to eat out, head to this tucked-in spot for local fresh catches. Pick up ready-made crab cakes and seasonal pies, and your dinner plan dilemma is instantly solved.
⑦ Mambo Kitchen: This is the ideal place for a quick bite on Main Street. It’s known for both its sweet and savory crepes, but we suggest the avocado-hummus sandwich: It comes on perfectly toasted whole-grain ciabatta and makes you wish you had three more.
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