Whether this is your first time adventuring out east, or you find yourself stuck on a Jitney coming from Manhattan every Friday night, no matter where you travel from, the dishes listed below are an absolute must. And when we say must, we mean a requirement — as in you may or may not be literally barred from leaving the East End after your weekend retreat.
The East End is famous for arguably the most delicious food in the continental United States, as nothing can beat freshly caught local fluke, locally grown asparagus, or a perfectly toasted NY bagel accompanied with a piping hot cup of coffee on a chilly June morning. Below is a list that has been mulled over and edited multiple times, just so we could be sure we are featuring eateries that one just can’t stay away from.
If you are hungry, be forewarned, this article may produce unbearable cravings and stomach pangs.
Sushi at Inlet – Montauk
Never before have you tasted better sushi than at Inlet Seafood, where the marriage of locally caught seafood and Japanese cuisine is so harmonious that peace on earth may truly be possible. The Montauk Roll is to-die-for: spicy tuna inside with mango on top, drizzled in a mango sauce. The local fluke sashimi is another must-try. If you are a sushi fanatic in general, Inlet is an absolute must.
Quesadillas at The Hideaway – Montauk
If you are craving absolutely mouthwatering Mexican food, then the Hideaway is the place for you. With a quintessentially Montauk vibe, the quesadillas are utter perfection, as the cheese-to-stuffing (i.e. chicken, veggies, or pulled pork)-to-tortilla ratio cannot be replicated in your own kitchen. Their various margaritas are equally as delicious and are the perfect pairing with their amazing quesadillas.
A Rowdy Burger at Rowdy Hall – East Hampton
Who can resist that finger-licking hamburger pictured above? We certainly can’t. The Rowdy Burger is the answer to all of your prayers if classic English pub-style noms are your calling. Just look at those perfectly sliced fries and the quintessential sesame seed bun. Hear them calling your name?
Hampton Chutney – Amagansett
The richness and flavorful-ness of the chutneys are what brings us back to Hampton Chutney again and again (and again and again). From mango, peanut, curry, cilantro, pumpkin, or tomato, the possibilities of the pairings of chutney with sandwiches and dosas are endless. The only decision you have to make is which chutney you will have with what, which may be the hardest decision of your life.
Goldberg’s Bagels – East Hampton
Bagels upon bagels upon bagels. What more could you want? Long Island in general is know for its incredible bagels, but Goldberg’s does bagels best in our eys. Even better, they also do flagels (flat-bagels). Whether you prefer the simple but classic toasted bagel with butter or an extravagant breakfast bagel, you won’t be able to have just one.
Pizza at Fierro’s – East Hampton
A list of noms we at Whalebone can’t resist would not be complete without including the pizza from Fierro’s. From the tantalizing, perfectly toasted garlic knots to the cheesy pizza itself, you can’t pick a wrong slice at Fierro’s, and you definitely cannot have just one slice. Apologies ahead of time if you look down at your plate realizing you just consumed the equivalent of half a standard pizza pie.
Fried Chicken at Herb’s Market – Montauk
Crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, Herb’s fried chicken is so delectable you will certainly need an entire box for yourself. It’s the perfect treat after a long day at the beach, as it’s the kind of food that just keeps the beach day going. So grab some fried chicken, grab some s’mores, build a bonfire, and relish in all that is the glory of summer.
With this list at its end, we have only one last suggestion: enjoy your impending food coma!