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May 17, 2006

Independent Dining

A Touch of Venice (Mattituck 298-5851) Delicious Italian on the North Fork; special prix fixe menus are offered. Get a taste of the Venetian dessert table.

Almond (Bridgehampton 537-8835) One of the most popular spots on the East End. French flair, but the secret here is the freshness and simplicity. Packed bar every night.

Almondito (East Hampton 329-6700) Much like its sister restaurant, Almond, reservations are suggested at this busy, high-end Mexican restaurant. Shrimp tamales will leave the mouth watering. Margaritas are the best on the East End and pack a punch.

Armand's (North Sea 283-9742) Top-notch Italian for 15 years. Go hungry. Brick oven pizza. We love the veal dishes and the veggie lasagna is outstanding.

Athens Gyro & Grill (Riverhead 727-1301) Finally, an authentic place for genuine Greek food in Riverhead. Open for lunch and dinner — the lamb kebob is reason enough to go.

Atlantica (Westhampton Beach 288-2700) The ocean. The view. Master chef Todd Jacobs. Nothing more needs to be said. Located in the Westhampton Beach and Tennis club.

Babettes (East Hampton 329-5777) Has grown over the years from a health-food restaurant to a restaurant so good you won't realize the food is actually good for you. Everything is organic and free range. Tofu, Tempeh but also great fish, chicken, and shrimp. Has taken on an Oriental flair of late.

B. Smith (Sag Harbor 725-5858) The deck may be the best place around for frozen cocktails. This is where the yacht crowd hangs. The definition of summer in Sag Harbor.

Blackwell's (Wading River 929-1800) Traditional steakhouse with outstanding golf course vistas, and ice-cold martinis. Impressive atmosphere.

Buckley's Inn Between (Hampton Bays 728-7197) There's always something going on at Buckley's, where lunch and dinner are served seven days a week. Buckley's features Ladies Night on Thursdays and Karaoke on Wednesdays. It's a fun place and it's reasonable. Call 728-7197.

Buoy One (Riverhead 208-9737) The fresh seafood knocks you out, and the reasonable prices add to the allure. Formerly called One Fish Too Fish.

Chen's Garden (East Hampton 329-0333) This Chinese restaurant offers Szechuan and Cantonese specialties and free delivery for orders over $15.

Chinatown Restaurant (East Hampton 324-1999) Free deliver for orders over $15 and a delicious array of soup, chicken, and pork dishes.

Cliff's Elbow Room (Jamesport 722-3292) You've heard of it: The famous Elbow Room, home to the world's best marinated steaks. They've been doing it for 45 years.

Cooperage Inn (Baiting Hollow 727-8994) A great place for showers, christenings, and special event parties. Staff knows how to pull it together. Good people place.

Crow's Nest (Montauk 668-2077) Nothing is out of reach at the Crow's Nest; in addition to delectable lunches and dinners, they do weddings, parties, clambakes, all with the added treat of waterfront dining.

Della Femina (East Hampton 329-6666) Trust master chef Michael Rozzi to deliver one of the best meals you can buy on The East End. Leave room for dessert. Gorgeous room, impeccable service.

Dockers Waterside (East Quogue 653-0653) Amazing waterside sunsets and extraordinary lobsters make a surefire recipe for success.

Duryea's Dock (Montauk 668-2410) How come the lobsters are so good? Maybe because the Duryea family has been doing it for nearly a century. It doesn't get any better.

Elbow Too (Laurel 298-3262) And then there were two. The famous Cliff's gets a clone. Same famous marinated steaks — don't miss it.

Fairway East (Montauk 238-5216) If hunger pangs set in after a round of golf, this is the place to go — it's located at the Montauk Downs Golf Course and is open for breakfast and lunch Friday through Sunday.

Fiddler's Cove (East Hampton 329-7577) The best ground sirloin burger on the East End resides here, as do baby back ribs, grilled swordfish, and some fun buzztime trivia.

Finn McCool's (Westhampton Beach 998-3271) Formerly Jimmy Boylan's, you feel like one of the guys here, and it's also a great place for an inexpensive family meal. Irish pub food includes delicious burgers, shepherd's pie, and chicken.

Fisherman's Rest (Cutchogue 734-5155) Home of the original thin crust pizza and much, much more, from prime rib to burgers.

Funcho's (Riverhead 369-7277, Westhampton Beach 288-2408) Affordable Mexican, and good, too. Fun place to relax and unwind — dig into a burrito. Come hungry!

Golden Sun Restaurant (Amagansett 267 8801) Free delivery is offered from this tasty Chinese takeout place. Specials include free wonton soup for orders over $10 and free egg rolls for orders over $20.

Gordon's (Amagansett 267-3010) This East End icon has been a mainstay for decades. Simple yet elegant, the service is superb and the prices, especially the prix fixe, are very reasonable.

Gosman's Dock (Montauk 668-5330) Everybody on Long Island owe themselves at least one trip out to Montauk every summer, and there's nothing like sitting outside enjoying a lobster lunch and watching the fishing boats roll by.

Indian Cove (Hampton Bays 728-5366) One of the best places to sample local seafood, and why not? — they catch it right outside the kitchen door.

Il Cappuccino (Sag Harbor 725-2747) A tradition for 30 years. Yes, the garlic rolls are as good as you've heard, and they give you as many as you want. Classic Italian like grandma used to make. Old World ambiance adds to the allure.

JT's Place (Hampton Bays 723-2626) Family-style restaurant has an informal, fun feel and a great prix fixe on Mondays and Tuesdays. Sunday brunch is delectable.

James Lane Café @ The Hedges Inn (East Hampton 324-7100) A touch of Old East Hampton, this landmark eatery is the home of the well heeled, yet the menu is timeless and stylish.

JL East (East Hampton 324-1100) Has quickly become a Hamptons tradition. Large but intimate, with several different sitting areas. Food is eclectic and beautifully prepared and served. Yes, you'll see plenty of celebs.

JLX Bistro (Sag Harbor 725-9100) Instead of opening up a clone of his popular East Hampton restaurant, Jean Luc has created a totally unique dining experience that melds perfectly with Sag Harbor's unique atmosphere. Sensational food.

John Duck's (Southampton 283-0311) A Hamptons landmark. The upper crust, the elite, old money crowd, has been coming here for decades. They'll treat you like royalty, too. And yes, the duck is a sublime masterpiece of culinary delight.

John Papas (East Hampton 324-5400) We love the place. A kid-friendly luncheonette that transforms into a tasty restaurant for dinner. Everyone goes there for breakfast. Staffers are genuinely nice.

The Laundry Restaurant (East Hampton 324-3199). The ever-popular restaurant has moved from its Race Lane location to 341 Pantigo Road (formerly The Farmhouse). What hasn't changed is the great food.

Le Chef (Southampton 283-8581) Yes, it's really French, and really good. Small room but big meals. Three course prix fixe all night every night. Lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Legends (New Suffolk 734-5123) Sophisticated American dishes are on the menu here, with choices ranging from seafood pot pie to chicken satay.

Leif Hope's Restaurant (East Hampton 324-5022) The legend is back and he's better than ever. Open every day; brunch and lunch are offered on weekends.

Lobster Roll Northside (Riverhead 369-3039) Just minutes from Tanger Mall (north to Sound Avenue) and well worth the trip.

Michael's (East Hampton 324-0725) A new owner, Richard Gherardi and a new chef, Juan Flores, have rejuvenated this popular eatery hidden near Maidstone Park in Springs. Intimate spaces and a huge menu, and friendly service.

Modern Snack Bar (Aquebogue 722-3655) The essence of home cooking. You feel surrounded by good neighbors. Makes you feel like a part of the community. A must-stop on the vineyards tour.

Mumbo Gumbo (Sag Harbor 725-0055) The latest offering by restaurateur Jean Luc will be opening in what was formerly Jeff & Eddies.

New Moon Café (East Quogue 653-4042) Shana and Ron have been doing it for 25 years, and here is their secret: this place is REAL. All they offer is unpretentious food at extremely reasonable prices without the silly frilly stuff.

Nichol's (East Hampton 324-3939) Where the literati meet. Inspired pub fare, huge portions, great prices and an inspired staff, especially behind the bar, make this a winner. Special thanks for the large glasses of wine.

Nick & Toni's (East Hampton 324-3550) The definition of a Hamptons restaurant, Nick & Toni's has been a mainstay favorite for over a decade. Intimate setting compliments the innovative cuisine and excellent wine list. Reservations are a must.

Oakland's (Hampton Bays 728-6900) Breathtaking waterfront setting. Call for hours and specials. Top-notch fare.

Oasis (Sag Harbor 725-7110) Overlooking one of the East End's most beautiful harbors, Oasis manages to match the view with breathtaking food. Call first.

O'Mally's (East Hampton 324-9010, Southold 765-2111) You know 'em, you love 'em. Burgers of every description, tell em what you want on it. We love the sizzling steak with garlic and the crispy yet creamy corn fritters.

Orient By The Sea (Orient 323-2424) Great water views, go by boat or car. Interesting menu and easy atmosphere make this place a winner.

Pacific East (Amagansett 267-7770) The sushi bar packs 'em in, and a fine dining menu which draws inspiration from across the far East. Mussels to die for. May be the martini epicenter of the Hamptons. Hip crowd.

Pizza N' Things (East Hampton 324-7974) Delicious pizza, soups, salads, and pasta dishes. Full menu served all hours.

Rowdy Hall (East Hampton 324-8555) This traditional pub offers excellent burgers and beer, as well as tasty choices like fish and chips and a superior French onion soup. Crowd is certainly rowdy and full of locals.

Saracen (Wainscott 537-6255) Inspired Northern Italian fare; one of the most varied, biggest, and best menus One of the few places that serves Tony Soprano's favorite — the stuffed zucchini flowers.

Southampton Publick House (Southampton 283-2800) Classic pub food and enough different kinds of tasty beer to keep you happy for years. Like the shepherd's pie with a couple cold ones. Great night crowd.

Sam's (East Hampton 324-5900) When you've been around for nearly 50 years, it's because people love you. The pizza is a Newtown Lane fixture but all of the classic Italian fare is scrumptious and reasonable.

The Clubhouse Restaurant on Indian Island (Riverhead 727-0788) Great steaks. Open for both lunch and dinner.

The Coast Grill (North Sea 283-2277) The one and only. Still the place for fresh, local fish and seafood, and water views that will take your breath away.

The Corner Bar (Sag Harbor 725-9760) The way Sag Harbor used to be. Brash and comfortable, a great place for a burger and brew. Fun crowd. You never know who you'll see: a lot of the rich and famous drop in to mingle.

The Inn and Spa at East Wind (929-6585 Wading River). From pasta to chicken to eggs Benedict — the restaurant is only the beginning here. Catering, spa services, and a conference center are also available.

The Lobster Roll "Lunch" (Amagansett 267-3740) A place you can walk into off the beach and feel like you might see Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe. Timeless and super casual. Don't miss the bottle fish if it's on the menu. Yes, the lobster salad is THAT good.

The Palm at Huntting Inn (East Hampton (324-0411) The crowds can get a little scary during the summer, but this big-time steak house delivers the goods. The lobster is magnificent.

The Plaza Cafe (Southampton 283-9323) Everything's tasty here. Try the grilled local baby asparagus or the pan roasted king salmon — the restaurant comes well recommended by Zagat.

The Sea Grille at Gurney's Inn (Montauk 668-2345) Literally one of the most beautiful places in the world, and very few restaurants can make that claim. Classy but comfortable. Menu variety rarely seen in the Hamptons ensures there's something for everyone. Italian influence coupled with traditional seafood brings extra charm.

Tide Runners (Hampton Bays, 728-7373). Come by car or boat to this popular H.B. locale on the canal. The soup of the day is complimented by delicious burgers, chicken cordon bleu, and much more.

Trumpets On The Bay (Eastport 325-2900) One of the best water views in the state. Great place for weddings or dinners — try the lobster. Great Sunday brunch — try the Eggs Benedict trilogy — to die for.

Turtle Crossing (East Hampton 324-7166) You know the score — genuine Southwest smoked ribs, barbecue chicken, and real baked beans. The Oklahoma style barbecue sauce is good enough to drink. A raucous, loveable, lets-have-fun place that everyone likes. Get it "to go" if you like.

Villa Tuscano (Hampton Bays 728-7262) New Executive Chef Marshall Bonnes has spiced up the menu, and the traditional fare like the great lasagna and veal dishes are better than ever.

World Pie (Bridgehampton 537-7999) What a great place to eat! Truly a "world" class menu, fun and inspired. Go hungry and splurge. The best paninis this side of Cuba.

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