This summer, I was lucky enough to spend my Fourth of July weekend in the swanky Hamptons of Long Island, New York. My only issue was that I wasn’t staying in a house with a kitchen, so preparing vegan meals was not an option for me. Additionally, I was with my 20 year old son who is not a vegan.
If you are fortunate enough to visit, rent or own a Hamptons’ home, you will be able to prepare fabulous vegan meals with delicious and healthy whole foods because there are so many farmers’ markets in the area selling locally grown fruits and vegetables. But if you are dining out, you will have to make somewhat of an effort to seek out restaurants, cafes, and eateries with vegan options.
Babette’s, located at 66 Newtown Lane in East Hampton, provides several vegan options on its menu. It’s a really happening place, and my son was excited to see Alec Baldwin on the street outside of the restaurant. Alec was behaving very nicely too, and even said “hi” to my son. Bill Clinton, who follows a vegan diet, is known to have frequented Babette’s.
Here are photos of my Babette’s breakfast which included scrambled tofu with mushrooms, onions and peppers, and barbecued tempeh “bacon.” This was some very expensive scrambled tofu but, hey, it’s the Hamptons. What do you expect? FYI, there was a vegan carrot cake on the dessert menu which looked extremely good. I behaved, and didn’t order it.
For breakfast and lunch, the Naturally Good Foods and Cafe located at 38 S. Etna Ave in Montauk has plenty of vegan breakfast and lunch options. It’s a super-casual place, and the tables are outside on the patio; but it’s extremely vegan-friendly, so that’s “naturally good.” Ha ha…play on words there. They also have a vegan bakery!
My son wanted to go to the nearby pancake house for breakfast (not vegan pancakes either) so I didn’t eat at the Naturally Good Foods and Cafe. However, I was fine with this toasted bagel with peanut butter and bananas at the non-vegan pancake house. Clearly, it’s not that hard to find something vegan just about anywhere.
One night for dinner, we ate at World Pie located at 2402 Montauk Hwy in Bridgehampton. They make custom pizza pies and I ordered mine cheeseless with roasted onions, mushrooms, garlic, and “other stuff.”
We tried to get reservations on a Sunday night at the popular Nick & Toni’s located at 136 North Main Street in East Hampton because their menu contains clearly-marked “vegetarian” options. I figured they could take it a step further to “vegan,” but they were having a “private party” that night so the restaurant was not open to the public. Hmmm! I wonder who the private party was for. You may want to store Nick & Toni’s in your memory bank for future reference as another possible dining choice.
Believe it or not, there were veggie burgers on the menu at the famous “Lunch Lobster Roll” place on Montauk Highway in Amagansett, and the restaurant prepared one for me without butter. I’m not promoting eating lobster with this photo. Just showing off my son.
If you want a luscious fabulous vegan dessert, you must try Sorbabes Gourmet Sorbet found in various eateries and market places throughout the Hamptons, including Cavaniola’s Gourmet Kitchen in Sag Harbor.
Sorbabes Gourmet Sorbet is vegan, gluten-free and made with fresh ripe seasonal ingredients.
Sorbabes Gourmet Sorbet is also found in other markets and eateries throughout the New York area, and I was lucky enough to find it in my neck of the woods at Grace’s Marketplace in Greenvale, New York. I bought two flavors: Peanut with Banana & Dark Chocolate and Juicy Passionfruit with Lychees.
I did not go here, but rawOASISfoods is on my radar. RawOASISfoods, owned by Chef Ann Harper, is the Hamptons’ first raw vegan Bed & Breakfast, and is located in the Springs area of East Hampton. Additionally, rawOASIS’ organic living foods can be found at Farmers’ Markets throughout the Hamptons, and provides catering, raw food training services, and “Juice Feast” packages.
On her blog, Gwyneth Paltrow talks about some other vegan food options in her recent post The Hamptons Summer Update. According to Gwynnie, Fresh Hamptons located at 203 Sag Harbor Tpke in Bridgehampton, has a menu which is full of vegetarian, vegan, organic, and gluten-free options (in a variety of different portion sizes). She states that Chef Todd Jacobs has a long-standing relationship with the nearby farms where he sources his ingredients so, in my opinion, Fresh Hamptons sounds like a great dining option for vegans.
Gwyneth also gives a shout out to the Montauk Juice Factory located at 12 South Etna Ave in Montauk, and Juice Press with two locations at 2486 Montauk Hwy in Bridgehampton & 93 Main St in Southampton. Along with their cold-pressed, organic juices, Juice Press also sells healthy, raw snacks like falafel and kale salad. Good to know! Thank you, Gwyneth!
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this little sneak peek into my vegan summer eats in the Hamptons.
Click here to go to Babette’s website where you can check out the menu
Click here to go to the website of Naturally Good Foods & Cafe
Click here to go to Nick & Toni’s website
Click here to learn more about Sorbabes Gourmet Sorbet, and to find other locations
Click here to go to the website of rawOASISfoods
Click here to check out Fresh Hamptons website
Click here to read Bill Clinton & Me: Still Voraciously Vegan
Click here to read Gwyneth Paltrow Mocked With Meat At East Hampton Library’s Authors Night
Click here to read Debby Sunshine Stars On The Rachael Ray Show (With Gwyneth Paltrow)