Every parent knows the trauma of daring to bring a toddler to a public dining space. The booster seats have run out, the kids’ menu is limited to pizza and chicken fingers, and no amount of chocolate milk will make him stop screaming. But with child-friendly setups and programming, these East End eateries will make families feel free to dine in peace.
THE CROW'S NEST Ask a Hamptons local where the best place is to spend a summer evening out, and the answer will likely be The Crow’s Nest in Montauk. The hot spot is especially welcoming toward families, who can watch the sun go down from the beachy restaurant interior or outside cozied up by a fire pit. The open, indoor-outdoor setup is perfect for Hamptonites who want to enjoy their dinners without worrying that their little ones are in everyone’s way. 4 Old West Lake Drive, Montauk
GURNEY'S MONTAUK Following a comprehensive renovation, Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa is more beautiful than ever. The year-round estate features a number of family restaurants with early reservation times, including Scarpetta Beach, Tillie’s, Corso Coffee and The Beach Club. If parents want some grown-up time at The Regent Cocktail Club, they can drop their brood at the seasonal kids’ club, where they can enjoy beach time, arts and crafts, lunch and swimming in the indoor ocean-fed seawater pool. For a full stay, the hotel offers family-size rooms stacked with amenities. 290 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk
THE SURF LODGE Although known for booming concerts and see-and-be-seen parties, The Surf Lodge has transitioned into a locale that is as appropriate for families with young children as it is for Hamptons influencers. The expansive property is safe for children to relish the beach and restaurant, where produce is sourced locally. Every Wednesday this summer, families can gather to hear local musician Nancy Atlas perform rock and folk tunes from 6pm until sunset. Children’s crafts and painting begin at 4pm, so parents can relax and enjoy Atlas’ serenading until night falls over the shore. 183 Edgemere St., Montauk