Joseph Smith and Rick Passarelli, well-known owners of Bobby Van’s Steakhouse restaurants, have made a mark in the competitive Hamptons restaurant scene with Italian eatery, Sotto Sopra in Amagansett.
Zach Erdem, the new owner of Southampton’s 75 Main restaurant, has turned the 20-year-old landmark into a year-round destination combining its familiar Hamptons style with a New York City nightlife vibe.
Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton is widely recognized as the most sought-after seat in the Hamptons, and each year brings fresh praise. Gael Greene of New York magazine wrote: “I’ve practically leased a table at the East Hampton Nick & Toni’s. The crew meshes as if they’ve been doing this forever – as some of them have. Am I imagining it? The food is better than ever.”
Blue Sky Mediterranean Lounge in Sag Harbor will open in May at the former site of Spinnakers. Executive Chef and Managing Partner Giuseppe “Beppe” Desiderio teams up with owner Jerry Wawryk to serve reasonably priced Mediterranean cuisine. The light and airy restaurant features French windows, bright-whitewashed walls with blue accents and banquettes, skylights, an indoor patio and rotating art exhibits.