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The South Fork’s hottest new restaurants To Try This Fall

If you’re looking to harness the South Fork’s restaurant’s dining scene, look no further than these scene-stealing restaurants. These restaurants are new, white-hot, and commanding the attention of East End diners. Now trending: an incredible meal. 

In Springs, the Springs Tavern, a casual place to meet up and grab a meal (it closed last summer) has been resurrected. Alex Rossi, a Springs resident who grew up in the restaurant business in New York City — his father, Rubrio Rossi, owned Parioli Romanissimo on the Upper East Side — has created a year-round restaurant, featuring affordable prices and a revamped interior. Partnering with Raul Rodas, a veteran who has worked at places like Indian Wells Tavern, 1770 House, and Coche Comedor, and chef Fabian Rodas, Rossi has created a place for locals to enjoy a laid-back vibe. Starters, salads, mains, and grilled selections round off a casual menu in the South Fork’s most casual neighborhood.  

Photo: Kirstin Boncher

Not far away, in Amagansett, another trending restaurant this year also shares the name of its predecessor. Astro’s Pizza, on Main Street, is now owned by PJ Calapa, owner of Scampi and The Spainard, in New York City. Investor Ben Leventhal, one of the founders of Resy, joins Calapa in the mission to reinvent Astro’s, which still serves up compelling pizzas, as well as a host of other casual Italian-American dishes that speak to the vibe of this beachy place. 

PJ Calapa of Astro’s

The original Lobster Roll, on the Napeague stretch, was purchased in 1965 by Frederick H. Terry, Sr., and his father, Richard C. Terry. You may know it from its part in the television series “The Affair.” But this year, the trending restaurant is the newest branch of the Lobster Roll (AKA Lunch), which has taken over the former Princess Diner in Southampton. The classic hand-picked lobster roll, made from cold-water lobster, is as fresh as ever at this diner. (You can also order your lobster roll hot, also known as Connecticut-style, served with drawn butter and a side of creamy coleslaw.) 

In Bridgehampton, where World Pie once stood another trending pizzeria now reigns. Maurizio Marfoglia of Dopo La Spiaggia in Sag Harbor and East Hampton has opened Dopo il Ponte, a wood-burning oven pizzeria dedicated to thin-crust-style pizza. There are pastas here, too, as well as other types of entrees (eggplant Parmesan with San Marzano tomatoes; filet mignon with a green peppercorn and mustard sauce; linguine alla vongole with Manila clams and pancetta). But you’d be smart to order any of the crisp pies, like the San Daniele, topped with 36-month-aged San Daniele prosciutto. 

All the way out in Montauk, Stephanie Williams and Demi Gonzalez have opened an all-day café known as Rooted Montauk, with casual meals by day and composed plates by golden hour. The Montauk docks have long been known as the place to be when it comes dining variety. At Rooted, you can enjoy both a view of the water and an exemplary meal. Want caviar service? The world is your oyster (served with a Thai mignonette, of course).