“Old School” East End Eateries

“Old School” East End Eateries

People love to bemoan how much the Hamptons have changed, whether they arrived on these shores five decades—or even just five years—ago. Sure, the changes that each year brings can be head-spinning, but if you know where to look, vestiges of the Hamptons of yore still remain and are right there for your enjoyment. There are several spots in particular that seem to be stuck in a kind of delightful time warp that really capture the soul of the old Hamptons. So, if you’re craving a bit of old-school East End flavor to offset the spectacle of yet another glitzy pop-up shop, dip into one of these spots for a stroll down Memory Lane:


Sip’n Soda
| Opened in 1958 by the Parash family (who three generations later, still run the joint) Sip’n Soda is a perennially popular spot for families, located right in the heart of Southampton village. Dive into their BLTs, deluxe cheeseburger platters, homemade ice cream sodas, and extra-thick milkshakes for a real taste of Hampton’s fast food history. New this summer: pick up a bottle of their own Cherry Lime Rickeysyrup to craft their signature drink at home! 40 Hampton Road, Southampton. SipnSoda


Candy Kitchen | Established in 1925, this is another one of those spots that transport you back in time—from the retro exterior signage to the classic soda fountain set-up inside, the Candy Kitchen is practically synonymous with old-timey Hamptons memories. Grab a seat at the counter and order a chocolate egg cream and grilled cheese and think about the countless masses of seersucker-clad diners who’ve passed through these doors over the last (nearly) 100 years. 2391 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton. (no website)

Sam’s Pizza | Ahh, Sam’s. A small spot of sanity in a village overrun with designer boutiques. If you’re looking for a low-key, solid meal in a casually comfy setting, dip into Sam’s for a taste of old East Hampton. Virtually unchanged since their opening in 1947, Sam’s has been run by the Nasca family for three generations. Don’t miss their classic thin-crust pizza—it’s really good. 36 Newtown Lane, East Hampton. Sams

Lobster Roll | This retro spot on the Napeague stretch has been serving lobster rolls and other seafood dishes since the 1960s. Affectionately known as “Lunch” due to its iconic neon rooftop sign, it’s been featured in many films and TV shows—most recently in Showtime’s “The Affair.” Although the owners have expanded the space a bit over the years, its roadside seafood shack charm remains. It’s the perfect spot for a summery lunch with a side of nostalgia. 1980 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett. Lobster Roll

The Dock Restaurant | Owned and operated by the Watson family since the 1970s, The Dock is known for great food, reasonable prices, and its casually authentic-Montauk vibes. Its dark and woodydécor—accented by quirky vintage signs, taxidermy, and local memorabilia—hasn’t changed much over the decades and neither has its basic menu. Don’t miss the mussels in white wine and garlic sauce, served with crusty hot French bread—delish! 482 West Lake Dr., Montauk. The Dock Montauk

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