Maximize What’s Left of Summer By Eating Like This Beloved Local

Follow in the food-loving footsteps of beloved Hamptons’ realtor Tim Davis.

It’s official: We’ve entered the “Sunday of Summer.” School supplies have snuck their way onto the shelves of local stores and the sun has started to sink beneath the waves earlier and earlier each day—but that doesn’t mean we’re ready to give up on the season just yet.

Instead, we’re following in the food-loving footsteps of beloved Hamptons’ realtor Tim Davis, who, in addition to being the number one real estate agent on the East End, is an avid fan of local food and drink. Take one look at his prolific Instagram feed and you’ll find evidence of both of these passions; Davis often posts images of beautiful homes—and equally beautiful eats.

But what, and where exactly, does he love eating on the East End? We decided to ask him just that, and so much more. Read on to find out what he said.


Edible East End: Your love of great local food and drink is well-documented—and who could blame you? So we have to ask: What are some of your favorite places to dine out on the East End?
Tim Davis: My dining preferences are quite seasonal, as I tend to go to restaurants not only for the good food, but for the setting and ambience as well.

The outdoor dining experience is one of my favorites and for this my choices are: The porch at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor, the alley at Sant Ambroeus in Southampton, the garden at Tutto Il Giorno in Southampton, the Aft Deck at Bilboquet in Sag Harbor, any outdoor space at Scarpetta Beach at Gurneys in Montauk. In the winter, I love a bar table at Jobs Lane Gastro Pub, Page in Sag Harbor and Nick and Toni’s in East Hampton.    

EEE: So that covers the food, but what about the wine? Do you have a favorite local winery?
TD: Wolffer is the best and their restaurant in Sag Harbor, Wölffer Kitchen, is fantastic.

EEE: Like you, we love us some Wölffer. Still, we have to ask: What rosé do you prefer once Wolffer inevitably sells out for the season?
TD: Domaine Ott.

EEE: Professionally, you bring a lot of new-to-the-area people to our region. What do you think they are most surprised/impressed by about our local food community once they arrive?
TD: The freshness of the locally caught seafood and the amazing fresh organic produce.

EEE: What do you love most about your work as a realtor?
TD: I’ve been selling homes, and the Hamptons lifestyle, for 38 years. I live and breathe the business and have sold some of the most incredible residences and met some of the most amazing people.

EEE: Have our region’s restaurants, wineries, and breweries ever helped you make a sale? 😉
TD: Dining with a client at one of my favorites always adds to the experience of a transaction or relationship. All good and delicious!

EEE: Where do you eat for businesses lunch? Do you like to mix it up, or do you have some set-in-stone favorites?
TD: The latter. I like Topping Rose, Charlot, Pierre’s and Bobby Vans.

EEE: Do you have a favorite summertime dessert?
TD: Round Swamp Farm’s berry pie and Tate’s cookies.

EEE: You’re good at the grill? That’s awesome. What’s your favorite seafood to grill? Favorite are some of your favorite things to grill?
TD: Soft shell crabs and bronzino, turkey burgers and butterflied lamb, zucchini and tomatoes.

EEE: All good choices—which makes us really want to hear the answer to this question: What do you love most about summer on the East End?
TD: The energy is amazing. Also, my wife and I enjoy entertaining dinner guests on our waterside terrace at sunset. It’s magical and I’m pretty good on the grill!