View from The Beacon. Photo by Beth and Peter Whiteley
There’s no shortage of great places to eat on the East End. Although you would never think so on a Summer weekend when you can’t get a table anywhere without advance reservations. There is, surprisingly, a dearth of restaurants right on the water--especially considering we’re surrounded by it. And sad to say, several of those have traded in good food and decent service to trade on their view. So you are even more limited if you want to eat well.
Of all the restaurants out here, with waterviews or without, our hands-down favorite is The Beacon at 8 West Water St. in Sag Harbor. I’d give you the phone number but it’s not much use. The Beacon doesn’t take reservations. It doesn’t have to. The line forms downstairs before the place opens at 6. The last time I was there, the place was jammed by seven. Those of us who were early birds had snagged the open air tables on the deck overlooking the Marina.