The Hamptons With Kids: Best Restaurants and Activities
The Hamptons are a special place to visit, offering pristine beaches, authentic farmers’ markets, gorgeous sunsets plus so many wonderful activities for children of all ages. And to help you enjoy your time, we have you covered for the best restaurants from casual to chic to enjoy with the family. We have also mixed in a few of our favorite spots for fun activities to do with the kids when not on the beach.
From west to east, we recommend:
Come for authentic, fresh Greek dishes like grilled shrimp and succulent chicken at Elaia Estiatorio in Bridgehampton. Kids will love the gigantes beans (they’re huge!) and fava (split pea) dip, and we can’t pass up a homemade spanakopita at any time of day (they’re open for breakfast!).
The simply prepared Greek dishes at Calissa in Water Mill, served in a stylish yet simple decor with plenty of patio seating, makes for a perfect match for the Hamptons.
What to eat? Chef Dominic Rice (ex-Narcissa) is happy to make kid-friendly versions of his tasty Mediterranean dishes, although the bucatini and chicken are two items that are popular just the way they are. And we never pass up an opportunity to enjoy taramasalata and the fantastic grilled octopus.
Pipsqueak tip: The restaurant’s bocce court is a fun crowd-pleaser.
This beautiful hotel, restaurant and event spot in Bridgehampton gets the food right, with a vegetable-centric farm-to-table menu in a classic, stately Inn setting. Its casual elegance makes it a wonderful spot for a special occasion, but one that you can bring the kids along.
If you need to escape the sun or skip the beach on the odd rainy day, head to the Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE) in Bridgehampton. CMEE is a big indoor and outdoor dream playground for children of all ages where they can use all their senses and skills and have fun. And there is a lovely outdoor mini-golf course too. CMEE also offers a very impressive summer program with classes on LEGO, music, gardening to cooking and much more. Visit their website to see the full program. Open Sunday – Monday 9am-5pm, closed Tuesdays.
This is where stylish families of the Hamptons get together. Every Friday and Saturday afternoon in the summer Wölffer Estate Vineyard´s wine stand in Sagaponack puts on a free sunset concert. Kids can run safely around and play or dance to the live music while parents can enjoy a glass of wine and local cheese. Healthy snacks for children are also sold. Bring a blanket and just sit back and listen to the music while the sun sets over the vineyard.
Lulu’s is a lesson in flames: fire makes everything taste better. Whether it’s grilled cauliflower or whole black bass, almost every dish at Lulu in Sag Harbor has been cooked using Chef Corbet’s wood burning technique. The best part? The open kitchen layout lets you watch the massive wood fired grill and oven at work, and the horseshoe-shaped booths are perfect for corralling the kiddos.
Il Mulino is the Hamptons restaurant opening of the summer! This well-known New York Italian restaurant opens up shop in an expansive Hamptons location. It promises fine dining with a fun, relaxed, and summery atmosphere. The portion sizes are notoriously huge, so expect plenty of pasta and classic Italian dishes for sharing with the little ones.
LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton is a place of tranquility and peace and it is one of the most visited gardens in the world. A sixteen-acre sculpture and art installation garden featuring pieces from Yoko Ono to de Kooning. There are really no words to fully describe this place, it is a must-visit. www.longhouse.org
Eleven Madison Park is back again in Bridgehampton with their fantastic EMP Summer House. The front dining room is relaxed-formal, with pretty platings and luxe ingredients like lobster and truffles, and a menu that emphasizes summer and seafood. The back patio is a different scene altogether, with a bar, swings, and refined summer classics like fried chicken, lobster rolls and ceviche.
Pipsqueak tip No matter where you dine, the whole family can enjoy the enormous backyard after the meal — bocce, ping pong, picnic tables and lots of space!
One of our favorite go-to spots for a laid-back family dinner, this place nails the relaxed and happy vibe of the Hamptons — with indoor or outdoor seating, you can happily share some apps and mains and sides for the family (with a bottle of their much-lauded, easy-drinking rosé for the adults of course!)
Pipsqueak tip The restaurant is right on Amagansett Square so after the meal (or even during if your little one gets too antsy), go run around the beautiful lawn and poke your head into the shops.
Get your thali or dosa to-go (with plenty of dipping sauce), as well as traditional sandwiches and salads, so that you can enjoy it on the perfectly plush grass of Amagansett Square. Obviously, the pipsqueaks don’t need permission to run around in circles here, but they’ll gladly park themselves for a picnic like this.
The iconic “Lunch” sign draws the crowds — so try to get here slightly off-peak — but the simple, casual seaside fare will hit the spot. Plus, this is one of the few places where you can still get a so-naff-it’s-chic lobster bib to enjoy your steamed specimen in style. With its red, white, and blue decor, it’s pretty for pics, and the kids get crayons and an underwater scene to color.
On the highway between Montauk and Amagansett, The Clam Bar is the quintessential roadside shack, serving what is in our opinion, the best lobster roll in the East End. They’ve also got local beers by the can, super soups, plenty of fried food, and daily specials that often include oysters and steamers and a local grilled fish sandwich.
Pipsqueak tip Plastic tables and chairs is as casual as it gets so feel free to show up sandy and wet from the beach, but note that there is only outdoor seating under umbrellas, if it’s a hot day and you want to sit inside with air conditioning.
Perfect sunset spot and the place to go with a big crew! Harvest on Fort Pond in Montauk serves up family-style pastas and platters that get passed around the table. Lots of seating inside with big windows looking onto the large pond outside, and a large water-side patio for eating al fresco.
Pipsqueak tip If the kids get restless, you can always go feed the baby swans from the dock. And there are *plenty* of high chairs.
Eating your meal with pebbles underfoot and a stunning view of the sunset makes everything taste even better at Navy Beach in Montauk. The menu features a wide range of seafood, and some non-seafood options, from ceviche to swordfish, grilled avocado to truffle mac and cheese. The kids in your group will happily intersperse their meal with skipping stones (and we won’t tell if you do, too).