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From savory seafood to sweet treats, The Hamptons is a hot spot for fresh, local and seasonal food, especially in the summer. Here are our picks for the five best food experiences in the Hamptons.
1. Lobster roll. Succulent lobster married with rich mayonnaise and tucked into a grilled bun — “sandwich” just isn’t enough to describe this seafood delight. Outside of Maine, the Hamptons may be the best place to indulge in this traditional fare, and you have plenty of options to choose from, including East Hampton’s Bostwick’s, Southampton’s Silver’s and, of course, Amangasett’s eponymous Lobster Roll.
2. Wine. With its mostly mild climate, The Hamptons is one of New York’s many wine-producing regions, and there are a number of wineries to savor a sip of the local vintages, including Wölffer Estate Winery and Channing Daughters.
3. Salt water taffy. A trip to the beach wouldn’t be complete without popping a salt water taffy or two. Stop by the Fudge Company to stock up on chocolate, banana and creamsicle varieties.
4. Chefs and Champagne. The Hamptons play host to a number of food festivals throughout the summer, the glitziest of which has to be the James Beard Foundation’s annual Chefs and Champagne, in which more than 30 chefs (many James Beard award winners) gather to provide tastings of their most delicious dishes.
5. Mecox Bay Dairy. Bucolic pastures probably aren’t the first image that comes to mind when thinking of the Hamptons, but the East End is home to a number of stellar dairies, including Mecox Bay. Sample some of the farm’s tasty cheeses including the Mecox Sunrise and Farmhouse Cheddar and take a wheel home for yourself.