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The Plaza Cafe, at 61 Hill St. in (Credit: Photo by Gordon M. Grant)

The Plaza Cafe, at 61 Hill St. in Southampton, is a trendy eatery offering a full menu and delicate desserts, such as a pear strudel in a port wine sorbet, a white chocolate cheesecake, or a traditional artisanal cheese course culled from local ingredients.

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The Plaza Cafe, at 61 Hill St. in
(Credit: Photo by Gordon M. Grant)

The Plaza Cafe, at 61 Hill St. in Southampton, is a trendy eatery offering a full menu and delicate desserts, such as a pear strudel in a port wine sorbet, a white chocolate cheesecake, or a traditional artisanal cheese course culled from local ingredients.

Plaza Cafe, Southampton
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Plaza Cafe, Southampton

Chef de cuisine Paul LaBue will prepare your
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Chef de cuisine Paul LaBue will prepare your $25 Kobe beef hot dog exactly to your specifications at The Laundry Restaurant in East Hampton. Here, LaBue shows a typical fabrication, with the dog covered in sweet-and-sour peppers and onions.

Diners at The Laundry Restaurant in East Hampton
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Diners at The Laundry Restaurant in East Hampton can order a Kobe beef (really Wagyu beef) hot dog for $25. Locally grown vegetables for salads and barbecued ribs are also on the menu.

Fishbar on the Lake's owner-manager Laurie Cancellieri tends
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Fishbar on the Lake's owner-manager Laurie Cancellieri tends bar in the eatery at the Gone Fishing Marina. The restaurant's personal touch, now in its second summer, extends to its executive chef, Jennifer Meadows. Starting May 27, guests can take a $45 lesson with Meadows and sous chef Travis Graham on how to prepare, grill, sear or fry the day's catch. A cutting board and fresh ingredients will be provided. The result? A meal that's priceless.

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Fishbar on the Lake, at the Gone Fishing
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Fishbar on the Lake, at the Gone Fishing Marina, boasts open views and a menu featuring locally caught seafood. You can sometimes catch a boat pulling up to the dock to deliver the day's fare.

Local seafood and fish are the stars at
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Local seafood and fish are the stars at Fishbar on the Lake, inside Montauk's Gone Fishing Marina. Owner-manager Laurie Cancellieri adds that the fare is augmented by house-made pastas, focaccia and mozzarella. The East Lake Drive eatery boasts a Nantucket-style menu and marina views, and a setting evoking a "small seaside town on the Mediterranean," Cancellieri says.

Skylights expand the high ceilings at the Gulf
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Skylights expand the high ceilings at the Gulf Coast Kitchen creating an open, airy atmosphere inside the Montauk Yacht Club.

Bright natural light and airy ocean views accompany
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Bright natural light and airy ocean views accompany breakfast at Gulf Coast Kitchen inside the Montauk Yacht Club.

A sea-inspired wood carving is part of the
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A sea-inspired wood carving is part of the decor at Gulf Coast Kitchen, inside the Montauk Yacht Club.

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Guests of Gulf Coast Kitchen can enjoy a
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Guests of Gulf Coast Kitchen can enjoy a warm atmosphere with comfortable seating and ocean views inside the Montauk Yacht Club.

Wicker seating and floor-to-ceiling windows with ocean views
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Wicker seating and floor-to-ceiling windows with ocean views are a few of the soothing touches inside the Gulf Coast Kitchen restaurant at the Montauk Yacht Club.

Danielle and George Greene, of Wading River, enjoy
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Danielle and George Greene, of Wading River, enjoy breakfast at the Gulf Coast Kitchen at the Montauk Yacht Club. The restaurant prides itself on using local ingredients.

Dig into a chorizo-and-jack scramble -- made with
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Dig into a chorizo-and-jack scramble -- made with homemade chorizo -- Southern-style grits, homefries and a sweet potato biscuit with honey butter at the Gulf Coast Kitchen at the Montauk Yacht Club. The Montauk restaurant offers a menu of comfort food influenced by classic Cajun, Cuban, Mexican and soul food.

The entree Paella D'Espana is $24 at Blue
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The entree Paella D'Espana is $24 at Blue Sky Restaurant and Lounge in Sag Harbor. The traditional Spanish dish comes with lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp, chicken, chorizo, orzo and roasted garlic tomato broth. You can enjoy it with other moderately priced Mediterranean cuisine at the eatery, at the former Spinnakers site on Main Street. Chef and managing partner Giuseppe Desiderio's menu specializes in such dishes as tuna Provencal with olive tapenade, fettuccine with braised lamb, a lobster-broccoli rabe roll and panini.

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Green prawns with cashew nuts, red peppers and
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Green prawns with cashew nuts, red peppers and black mushrooms is among the colorful creations offered at Philippe East Hampton. The beachside restaurant is the fourth venture from the co-owners of Philippe in Manhattan. Co-owner Stratis Morgen and co-owner and chef Philippe Chow opened the beachside eatery mid-May, a year after opening an outpost in Miami's Gansevoort Hotel.

Chicken satay with peanut sauce is a specialty
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Chicken satay with peanut sauce is a specialty at Philippe East Hampton. The beachside eatery, at the former Kobe Beach Club site on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton, also have a catering service. For Hamptonites who want more specialized service, chef and co-owner of Philippe in Manhattan Philippe Chow will come to your home and cook his haute-Chinese dishes.

Peking duck is a staple at Philippe East
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Peking duck is a staple at Philippe East Hampton, the latest from the owners of luxe-Chinese restaurant Philippe in Manhattan. The East Hamptons eatery, which specializes in nouvelle Chinese cuisine, brings its city forebear's flavors beachside to the former Kobe Beach Club site on Three Mile Harbor Road.