Hamptons Gourmet Guide: Where the A-Listers Eat

From Southampton to East Hampton, gourmet connoisseurs can expect to find restaurants that not only attract celebrities but become famous thanks to gastronomic delights that generate as much buzz as a Broadway opening night.

Madame Tong’s Redeux

Madame Tong’s Redeux, a Hamptons’ favorite, comes back with a new owner, new menu, new chef and new décor when it opens July Fourth weekend. You can expect to find creative Asian fusion fare in a sexy setting. Festive Chinese lanterns, dark mahogany floors and cozy banquettes mingle with a seductive outdoor area. White Orchid and Watermelon Martini are just two of several exclusive libations.

Madame Tong’s Redeux, 256 Elm St., Southampton


OSO at Southampton Inn unites classic Hamptons’ hospitality with cuisine that has been described as modern American with a whimsical approach to classic flavors with an emphasis on presentation.  Diners can be served poolside, al fresco in the courtyard or in a decorated dining room. Chef Bryan Naylor uses farm-fresh ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

OSO, 91 Hill St., Southampton

T-Bar at Savanna’s

T-Bar at Savanna’s is a celebrity magnet with VIP patrons like Star Jones, Howard Stern and Real Housewives of New York City’s Ramona and Mario Singer making appearances on the long summer weekends. Guests enjoy innovative contemporary American cuisine with popular dishes like the Yellowfin tuna tartar, crispy Long Island duck and spaghetti “Chitara,” a dish of veal meatballs, marzano sauce and basil. The restaurant is popular among the who’s who of the Hamptons. Local luminaries are often seen in the romantic outdoor terrace and rose garden, both perfect for evening cocktails on warm summer nights.

T-Bar at Savanna’s, 268 Elm St., Southampton

Nello Summertimes

Nello Summertimes, a satellite of the celebrity-infused Nello in Manhattan, is the place to be on a hot summer night in Southampton. Whether hunting for A-list celebrities or just fashion-savvy socialites, Nello Summertimes is worth the pricey fare for the company it keeps—and its festive Italian dishes and cocktails, of course. Open until 4 a.m., this Italian eatery is known for its swanky lounge atmosphere, and also provides al fresco dining in its plush courtyard. Don’t be surprised to find Donald Trump sitting at the next table.

Nello Summertimes, 136 Main St., Southampton, 631.287.5500

The Palm

Located in the historical Huntting Inn since 1980, it was only the sixth out of more than 25 Palm restaurants to open. The Palms all over the country maintain their reputation for delicious steak and stylish atmospheres, and The Palm East Hampton is no exception. In fact, the celebrities you see there won’t be just caricatures on the walls. Billy Joel, Calvin Klein and Robert DeNiro are only a few of the elite crowd that flock to this location during summer months.

The Palm East Hampton, 94 Main St., East Hampton, 631.524.0411