Slideshow: 10 Great Bites In (and Around) East Hampton

Fried Puffer Fish at Lobster Roll Restaurant
Fried Puffer Fish at Lobster Roll Restaurant
They make a solid lobster roll, the lobster salad minimally mayonnaise-y and speckled with celery, but we actually prefer the fried puffer fish—a Long Island specialty, not poisonous like the Japanese kind —they're coated in a thin batter and fried, with steaming-hot firm white fish under that initial crunch. They're better than any fish and chips we've had recently, particularly with an appealingly salty anchovy-laced remoulade for dipping.

Lobster Roll Restaurant: 1980 Montauk Highway Amagansett, NY 11930 (map); 631-267-3740; lobsterroll.com

Lobster Roll at Clam Bar at Napeague
Lobster Roll at Clam Bar at Napeague
Across the highway from Lobster Roll (Lunch), Clam Bar serves fried clams that we like less than the fried seafood at Lobster Roll, but a lobster roll we like better. (Go figure.) It's a little more lobster-stuffed, slightly better-seasoned, and definitely more buttery on the bun—all of which makes it a pretty optimal lobster roll experience. Outside seating only.

Clam Bar at Napeague: 2025 Montauk Highway, Amagansett, NY 11930 (map);631-267-6348; clambaronline.com

Fish Tacos at La Fondita
Fish Tacos at La Fondita
Plenty of modern taco joints have a menu that sounds great on paper, but when you take your first bite, things aren't quite right—ingredient ratios totally off, or great toppings on sub-par tortillas. But La Fondita gets it right. We're particular fans of the fish tacos, huge chunks of cod lightly battered and fried crisp, so that you get the satisfying crunch of fried seafood but really get to appreciate the fish within, too.

La Fondita: 74 Montauk Highway, Amagansett NY 11930 (map); 631-267-8800; lafondita.net

Burger at Rowdy Hall
Burger at Rowdy Hall
A pleasantly lived-in restaurant and pub, Rowdy Hall is best for a beer and a burger—a classic pub-style specimen with a really great char, super-juicy and beefy in all the right ways.

Rowdy Hall: 10 Main Street East Hampton, NY 11937(map); 631-324-8555; rowdyhall.com

La Capannia
La Capannia
A totally old-school pizzeria—counter-service, by-the-slice, both square and normal slices. A Sicilian slice was a little too bready and doughy, but the plain cheese slice was a fine example of the form: crisp-chewy crust, slightly sweet tomato sauce, ample bubbly mozzarella blanket. (The sort of traditional slice spot that we wish still existed all over New York, but increasingly doesn't.)

La Capannia: 364 Montauk Highway, Wainscott NY 11975 (map); 631-537-2626; lacapanninapizza.com

Baked Goods at Mary's Marvelous
Baked Goods at Mary's Marvelous
This somewhat nondescript-looking shop in Amagansett sells all manner of sandwiches and prepared takeout foods, but we're crazy about the baked goods: their muffins (just-interesting-enough flavors like zucchini-ginger) and sweeter treats (like pecan squares, or a peanut butter cookie sandwich with peanut butter filling) are both excellent.

Mary's Marvelous: 209 Main St, Amagansett, NY 11930 (map); 631-267-8796; marysmarvelous.com

Heroes at Villa Italian Specialties
Heroes at Villa Italian Specialties
Right across from the East Hampton LIRR station, this no-frills Italian deli makes huge, tasty heroes where every element is just as it should be: precisely layered deli meats and cheese, just crusty enough rolls, summer-fresh lettuce and tomato, and just enough vinaigrette to brighten everything up. Super-cheesy chicken and eggplant parms are worth a try, too.

Villa Italian Specialties: 7 Railroad Ave., East Hampton NY 11937 (map); 631-324-5110; villaitalianspecialties.com

Nick & Toni's
Nick & Toni's
There are no shortage of pricier restaurants in the area, but Ed Levine's continued favorite is Nick & Toni's, whose menu makes excellent use of local farms' summer vegetables and seafood caught off the Long Island shores. Nothing is that complicated, it's just really well done, with much of the food cooked in a wood-burning oven. And though it's frequented by celebrities, it's not a pretentious place. If Steven Spielberg is eating at the table next to you, you don't feel that he's getting better food. Executive chef Joe Realmuto has run the kitchen for more than 15 years—ensuring the quality of the food.

Nick & Toni's: 136 North Main St., East Hampton NY 11937 (map); 631-324-3550; nickandtonis.com