Lifestyle: Travel & Dining

Visit These South Fork Restaurants Over Labor Day Weekend

By Hannah Selinger - August 19, 2020

The last grand weekend is nearly upon us. Sigh. Instead of singing a mournful song, though, let’s plan our carefree goodbye to summer. Some of the South Fork’s restaurants remain open through the season only, making it even more pressing to visit them while they’re still open. Check out these spots now, as a last hurrah, or suffer the long wait until they open again next year.

Omakase by Uni King
In Sagaponack, at the Hamptons stalwart known as Old Stove Pub, Chef Kazuo Yoshida is showcasing his skills for a limited time only — and it ends right around the time that summer does. Omakase by Uni King is a summer pop-up that pays tribute to uni, the butter of the sea (thanks to the luxury item known as sea urchin). The pop-up menu is limited to a selection of nigiri, a futomaki selection with uni and ikura, or a two-roll special. Because sourcing is highly selective, only a limited number of items are available, Wednesdays through Sundays, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. When summer ends, so does the omakase.

Morty’s Oyster Bar
Once the site of the infamous Cyril’s Fish House, this restaurant honors the spirit of the old space by serving up the BBC, a frozen drink that has always spoken to a certain summer joie de vivre in the Hamptons. In addition to that easy-drinking concoction, grab local oysters on the half shell and enjoy the beach scrub that dots the area known to locals as The Stretch, as you soak up those last perfect moments of summer.

Duryea’s Lobster Deck
In Montauk, Duryea’s Lobster Deck enjoys one of the best perches in all of the East End, with a dining area that juts out onto the water. But The End’s most famous lobster roll (or one of them, anyway) is only available while the season is in full swing. So you’ll want to make sure to get your seat on the water while you still can.

Clam Bar
A quintessential East End restaurant that speaks to summer, this classic is a season-only spot that you’ll want to catch before it’s over. There are plenty of seaside dishes to choose from here, and nothing disappoints, but Clam Bar is also one of the few places on the South Fork that serves proper steamer clams, belly and all, along with broth and butter, just like you’d find up in New England.

Sag Harbor’s most famous dining sunset is also a limited affair. And, as anyone who has ever had to battle for a seat on the slim patio overlooking the Bay knows, sometimes getting the best view is just a matter of luck. Beacon remains open a little into the fall, so you will have a chance to try for that sunset view if you don’t make it this weekend. Still, time is running out to check out this gem before another season is behind us.

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