Summer 2017 Hamptons Restaurant News


As the summer season approaches Hamptonites are fixated on a few things: forgetting about the rainy days of spring, plotting warm weather garden planting, and eagerly anticipating the new restaurant openings for the upcoming summer season. Here’s what KDHamptons knows so far…

11 Madison Park in NYC


Lucky us! When Will Guidara and Daniel Humm close legendary Eleven Madison Park for renovations this summer, they’ll be shipping off the chef and staff to the East End to take over the Moby’s space in Amagansett for a summer pop up. EMP Summer House will open in June with three different dining areas: an indoor restaurant, outdoor dining under a tent with picnic tables, and open air tables. Here’s a new twist for the Hamptons, only American Express card carriers can make a reservation, or pay with credit card. Non-Amex holding diners can still go, but only if they can nab a table by walking in and if they pay by cash. Location: 341 Pantigo Rd. in East Hampton.



Owned by Apollo Global Management co-founder, Marc Rowan, has announced the newest addition to its restaurant group, Lulu Kitchen & Bar in Sag Harbor. MAH is a new hospitality group with a small collection of restaurants in Montauk including Duryea’s Lobster Deck and Arbor and most recently Lulu Kitchen & Bar in Sag Harbor.  Taking the place of the former Doppio Artisan Bistro on Main Street, Lulu Kitchen & Bar will be a year-round convivial bistro featuring woodburning cuisine. The menu and open kitchen will be centered around a woodburning grill and oven. The rear of the space will offer table clothed dining with rustic chandeliers, exposed brick walls, vintage European mirrors, and leather chairs. A back deck will feature outdoor dining under an awning with chic but casual patio seating and potted plants for ambiance.

The kitchen will be under the direction of Phillippe Corbet, a French-trained chef with several years of experience in Michelin-star rated restaurants as well as top tables throughout Long Island. Offering lunch, dinner and a late night menu, Lulu Kitchen & Bar will offer a menu focused on local products. Seafood platters including Montauk Pearl oysters, Bonac razor clams and tuna tartrate will be available throughout the day, while other appetizers such as Duck leg confit with frisee salad, Mecox blue cheese, raspberry Dijon mustard vinaigrette; Grilled heirloom cauliflower with spicy LI grapes, toasted sesame, tahini & white balsamic vinaigrette and mint oil; and house meatballs with wood fired roasted tomato sauce and goat cheese risotto round out a bountiful start to the menu. Wood fired pizzas will be a popular item with creations such as the Market pizza with prosciutto, onions, raclette cheese and tomatoes.

Lulu Kitchen & Bar will be open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and brunch on Sundays. A special late night menu will be offered every night from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Lulu Kitchen & Bar plans to open late March, early April.  Location: 126 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-0900,

LT Burger


Dan and Charlene DeSmet will launch The Springs Tavern (15 Fort Pond, East Hampton, 631-527-7800, this March in the location formerly known as Wolfie’s Tavern. The historic location has served the local community as a tavern, restaurant, bar, live music venue and gathering spot for over 80 years. The Springs Tavern will honor and perpetuate this historical role by providing their customers with a comfortable, clean, tavern environment with good food, live entertainment and a full schedule of sports viewing.

Frequented by famed abstract artists Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning in the mid 40s, the décor will pay homage to the history of the neighborhood and famed guests. After a complete renovation and redesign the Springs Tavern will feature a restored original hardwood floor in the dining room with bead-board wainscoting and wood trim.  Eight state-of-the-art HD and 4K televisions will feature NFL Sunday Ticket, every MLB game and Premiere League Soccer games with a multi-zone 8-speaker sound system.

Springs Tavern will feature American pub-style fare executed by Chef Michael Ruggiero at an affordable price point with a children’s menu, in a warm and family friendly environment. Ruggiero brings his culinary experience from Hamptons hot spots including Nick & Toni’s, Harvest on Fort Pond, Fresno and Montauk Lake Club.

The menu will feature seasonal soups, salads and appetizers with an entrée selections that includes fish dishes, burgers, fries, grilled chicken, specialty sandwiches and fries. Vegetarian and gluten free items will also be available. The Springs Tavern kitchen will be serving dinner 7 days as well as a lunch menu on weekends and holidays.

Wolffer Kitchen


Wölffer Estate Vineyard, which is preparing for world domination, one umlaut at a time, confirms to Eater that it is taking over the former Meeting House restaurant space in Amagansett. The plan is to be open by #MDW (Memorial Day Weekend).