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Eat Your Heart Out

By Suzanne Zuppello

Photo courtesy of Flagship


The incredible interior design at these East End restaurants is second only to the delicious eats.

ARBOR “When you are in a restaurant, you should be able to see the sparkle in people eyes,” says master lighting designer Nathan Orsman, who recently outfitted Arbor in his signature glow both indoors and out. Custom filament lights, made in Brooklyn, hang in varying heights over central tables, giving each one an intimate, upscale feeling. “Our goal was to elevate the dining experience in Montauk,” Orsman says. Mission accomplished. 240 Fort Pond Road, Montauk

DURYEA'S After 80 years of the simple, family-owned Duryea’s, Marc Rowan, the Montauk restaurant and shop’s new owner, gave the space a serious spring cleaning while maintaining a classic seaside vibe, again with the help of lighting designer Orsman. “There’s nothing else around it,” Orsman says. “It’s superchic.” The bayside building feels right at home with updated, sturdy wood seating and clean lines that keep customers’ focus on sundry items from local purveyors. 65 Tuthill Road, Montauk

Swings are given the chic treatment at EMP Summer House

EMP SUMMER HOUSE Chef Daniel Humm and business partner Will Guidara held on to the bones of Moby’s while pushing their team, sans designer, to inject their influence into the bright, airy space. Leaning toward a minimal Scandinavian aesthetic, EMP Summer House incorporates tiny pops of yellow, turquoise and even millennial pink into the striking space. 341 Pantigo Road, East Hampton

FLAGSHIP Flagship is the third resto from the Hamptons’ favorite father-son duo, chef Eric Miller and Adam Miller, who are behind East Hampton’s Bay Kitchen Bar. The waterfront restaurant boasts a seriously beachy vibe, including bamboo-lined ceilings and turquoise leather booths contrasted by deep walnut peppered throughout the space. The restaurant is already an Instagram favorite thanks to the neon “Reel Tauk” sign and bottled cocktails branded with clean and colorful labels, best sipped while relaxing on the restaurant’s wraparound porch. 466 W. Lake Drive, Montauk

LULU KITCHEN & BAR The Sag Harbor spot draws from Mediterranean inspiration when it comes to both the restaurant’s menu and design. Lulu steps slightly to the left of bright and clean beachside design with exposed brick, and deep-colored walls and bistro-style semicircle booths, which look into the open kitchen. The contrast between the sunny docks down the street, the seafood-stocked menu and the moody vibe of Lulu set the restaurant apart from most other Hamptons spaces. 126 Main St., Sag Harbor  

Orsman’s work at Arbor