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Rooms That Will Make You Go Wow!

These East End dining rooms make dining a designer-friendly event.

Level up your dining this summer by visiting some of the most designer-friendly restaurants on the East End. Some of our favorite restaurants have some of the most beautiful dining rooms around, and we’ve rounded up a list of a few of them, including some newcomers. Read on for this design-forward look at where to eat on the East End right now. 

This summer, Buttero, an Italian restaurant located on Race Lane in East Hampton, will be temporarily reimagined as two Indonesian concepts from Cedric and Ochi Vongerichten move in for the summer. The New York City imports Wayan and Ma*dé will take over the space from May 24 through September 1. But the space will remain largely the same, outfitted with charming brick floors, wood rafters, and skylights that allow in plenty of natural light. 

Guests can enjoy a little respite from the East Hampton crowds at this tucked-away spot, which retains plenty of its original charm in a dining room that feels both spacious and intimate. The pop-up menu, operating four days a week, will feature ingredients sourced from local purveyors, and dishes like tuna with sambal hijau, sweet corn fritters, heirloom tomatoes with sambal oelek vinaigrette, ginger turmeric-dressed fluke sashimi, and lobster noodles with black pepper butter and Thai basil. 

Crow’s Nest, Montauk

On May 17, the Crow’s Nest, in Montauk, opened again for the summer season. Still imminently popular in its second decade of life, the Crow’s Nest, with its batik-patterned walls, teak tables, built-in fireplace, and irreplaceable sunset view of Lake Montauk, is a bohemian stunner. Imagine being at summer camp with your most grown-up companions and you have hotelier Sean MacPherson’s design vibe down to a tee.

Food at this de rigueur Montauk hot spot has always edged toward the Mediterranean, with tasty bowls of pasta, freshly sourced vegetable sides, and platters of spreads filling out the menu. But it’s the décor that wins repeat customers over year after year, a dining room that feels as cozy and inviting as the chillest and most popular New York City hotel bar you can dream up. 

At the comfortable-yet-beautiful Good Ground Tavern, the dining anchor at Canoe Place Inn & Cottages in Hampton Bays, guests can cozy up in beautiful leather booths or among the built-in banquettes that are part of the restaurant’s detailed décor. The restaurant’s wood-slat ceiling is just another design detail that’s hard to miss in this extremely decked-out space (other notable design elements: patterned tile accents, sconces, beadboard, and plenty of bespoke light fixtures that bring the entire scheme together). 

Good Ground Tavern, Hampton Bays

Don’t think, of course, that the food is secondary to the design. At Good Ground Tavern, dayboat scallops arrive grilled with potato gnocchi, marinated radicchio, and a creamy pesto, while the region’s famed clam Peconic Bay clams are converted into a pizza. The charred pie is made with Cherrystones, pickled chili peppers, and Parmigiano Reggiano. For dessert, try the homemade brioche donuts, served with a vanilla crème Anglaise and an equally compelling chocolate sauce.