Move over eggs and bacon! For breakfast — available all day — head to Carissas the Bakery (carissasthebakery.com; 631-527-5996; 68 Newtown Ln., East Hampton), tucked away behind the main thoroughfare in East Hampton. Carissa Waechter has been baking bread locally since she moved to the area in 2009 — the same year a farm named Amber Waves was established in nearby Amagansett to bring wheat cultivation back to the area. With this wheat, which she mills herself, and a starter dough from 1965, Waechter bakes the best breads on the East End ($6 to $12), but the story doesn’t stop here. Waechter apprenticed with World Pastry Champion Michel Willaume and worked as a pastry chef in New York City for a decade. For breakfast, beside chubby croissants and other viennoiseries ($5 to $7), she offers polenta cakes with peaches and crispy crumb ($8), avocado toasts topped with quail eggs ($13) and ricotta toasts with seasonal fruits ($6). Snag the chairs in the front and dig in!
Let’s face it, no one wants to interrupt a perfect Hamptons day for a formal multicourse lunch. Now, chef Jason Weiner and business partner Eric Lemonides, who recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of their Franco-American restaurant Almond, have opened L&W Market next door (landwmarket.com; 631-537-1123; 2493 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton). Their special blend of rustic chic is on display with lavender plants on the metal high tables and a mosaic tile floor, as is their personal way with food. Deviled eggs zing with mustard ($2 per piece); feta cheese is smoked and marinated ($7); the banh mi sandwich features sriracha-laced mayo ($13). Charcuterie ($9.99 to $14.99) gets smoked in the magical basement, where oils are infused with basil, chili and curry ($12.99). Local vegetables evolve into pickles ($14.99) and many products are bottled by Almond co-chefs Jason Weiner and Jeremy Blutstein, under the brand name #kimchijews.
At dinner in Sag Harbor, don’t be fooled by the cafe-style tables spilling onto Main Street or by the perched Manolos sipping cocktails. Lulu’s Kitchen & Bar (lulusagharbor.com; 631-725-0900; 126 Main St., Sag Harbor) is a true restaurant and it dispenses both regional and Mediterranean fare. Start with a shot of local in the form of Montauk Pearls ($18) — deliciously crisp oysters — or a cold chickpea soup redolent of tahini and paprika ($14). Then, allow yourself to be drawn by the powerful flames jetting from the open kitchen, where the huge wood-burning oven and grill presides. Go with anything grilled. The artisan pizza ($18) could well be the best pie in the Hamptons — a chewy but somehow crispy bite that you’ll still think about next winter. Grilled cauliflower roasted whole, Israeli style ($22), emerges charred and sweet, and serves two or three. The branzino ($38) reveals a bouquet of fresh herbs, while grilled buttermilk chicken ($32) retains tenderness. Stop eying your neighbor’s skillet mac and cheese ($10); there’s always tomorrow.
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