While some might refer to East Hampton‘s Bostwick’s Chowder House as an upscale seafood shack, the restaurant’s stunning location in a cedar-shingled house with beautiful hardwood floors exudes an aura of classic elegance. Bostwick’s prides itself on offering an authentic Hamptons dining experience, with seaside-inspired décor filling the indoor dining area and wooden tables with market-style umbrellas dotted around the outdoor patio. With fresh, local classics in a relaxed and casual ambiance, Bostwick’s Chowder House is the place to go if you want to try some of the finest seafood in town.
The debate over the best lobster roll in the US will always be ongoing, but Bostwick’s Chowder House is definitely in the running, and has been featured in many publications for serving up one of the tastiest lobster rolls in the country. Freshly caught lobster meat is the key here, with six ounces of it lightly seasoned with mayonnaise, celery and parsley. The lobster rolls are served up in quaint checkered paper-lined baskets, alongside tangy and crunchy coleslaw, fries, and a creamy potato salad. For those of you already familiar with Bostwick’s lobster roll and want to try a different type of sandwich, the Clam Roll served with a tartar sauce, and the Oyster Po Boy served with pickles and a remoulade sauce, are always an instant success.
Bostwick’s raw bar is one of the best ways to truly experience how beautifully fresh their seafood is. From the Cherrystone clams served with a cocktail sauce to the Shrimp Cocktail featuring iced jumbo gulf shrimp, the fresh flavors always shine. If you cannot decide what to order, then the Raw Bar Sampler or the Chowder House Seafood Tower, each with a variety of different small bites, is your best bet.
When visiting a chowder house, you usually have the highest expectations for the actual chowder on the menu, and Bostwick’s does not disappoint. The New England Clam Chowder is a classic, while the Manhattan Clam Chowder is a tasty option for those who want to try something different. For those who would prefer lobster, the Lobster Bisque is exquisite, while the Corn Chowder is a great option for those who want to save the seafood for their main meal.
As if there were not already enough to choose from on the Bostwick’s menu, their fish tacos are another item that they are famous for. Served in grilled flour tortillas with shredded cabbage, cilantro and guacamole, all of the protein options are oh-so-tempting. Whether you opt for the Blackened Fish Taco or the Tuna Poke, you can be sure that you will be licking your lips after these incredible tacos.
There are few restaurants in the Hamptons that not only offer the freshest and tastiest of food, but also waterfront dining with incredible sunset views. Bostwick’s Chowder House is able to tick all of these boxes, continuously keeping it in the running as one of the hottest restaurants in the Hamptons.