The stately Victorian homes of East Quogue are a class unto themselves with wraparound porches,wide lawns perfect for putting or puttering, and a surprising number have their own dock slips.
East Quogue is set amid cascading acres of farmland, scenic pine forest, and the vast reflecting pools of bay and ocean waters. Tiana Beach, on Dune Road, shows off a spectacular 1,000 feet of sandy beach coastline. Main Street, with its many historic structures from the late 1800s, is charming for both its architecture and its lovely shops. The Hamlet Green, especially its summer concerts, adds to the romance.
Living in East Quogue
East Quogue is one of the most charming neighborhoods in the Hamptons, a quiet town that still retains the friendly feel of an old-world fishing village. The unincorporated area sits between Hampton Bays and Quogue Village, and is 10 and 15 minutes by car from both Westhampton and Southampton.
It’s not just proximity that makes East Quogue special. This is the only neighborhood in the Hamptons that offers direct access to all of the waterways in the area. It’s also the second busiest commercial fishing district in all of New York. The area’s natural beauty drives much of the activity: you can spend time on the wide expanse of beach, wander through a stunning nature preserve or stroll down charming Main Street and take in the quaint shops and restaurants.
East Quogue real estate
The East Quogue real estate scene has a varied character. Homes range from stylish post-moderns and sprawling ranches to traditional properties with gazebos and two-story contemporaries. Many of the most historic homes date from the turn of the century, and still include the defining features that make the architecture of the time so charming, including wraparound porches and colorfully painted exteriors. East Quogue apartments are quite rare, with the majority being situated on the coast to make the most of sweeping waterfront views.
East Quogue history
East Quogue was founded in 1673, and at the time was known as Fourth Neck. The area wasn’t officially settled until the early 19th century, when a group of farming families made their homes there. The land was plentiful, and allowed for ample fishing and agricultural activities. Carpentry was also a key element of their livelihood, as the area in the north was known for its extensive woodlands.
In the mid-19th century, Fourth Neck’s name was changed to Atlanticville. By then, the neighborhood was thriving in modest fashion: the main road was Montauk Highway, and over the years the number of residents had grown. The area also had the basic necessities, including a school, a post office and stores. When the Long Island Rail Road was constructed in Atlanticville toward the end of the century, it brought with it a steady increase in population. The neighborhood was renamed East Quogue in 1891.
East Quogue restaurants
For over a century, the Stone Creek Inn has much-loved a central part of East Quogue’s culinary landscape. It has a colorful history; set in a converted, three-story home, it opened in 1910 as the Ambassador Inn before transitioning to a speakeasy during Prohibition. It eventually became a restaurant in 1938 and was renamed the Stone Creek Inn in 1996. Today it’s a favorite in part due to its extensive wine list and exotic seafood dishes. Popular options include the grilled octopus, tiny cheese ravioli, local sea scallops and the shareable cheese plates.
One of the best places to enjoy waterfront dining is Dockers Waterside Marina and Restaurant. For nearly 30 years, the seasonal eatery has delighted with its menu of fresh seafood. Sunday brunch is an especially elaborate affair, with a raw bar, refreshing salads and hearty egg dishes accompanied by a basket of fresh pastries. It’s the place to be seen at night—the upscale eatery is also a chic spot that hosts live music. It’s especially popular during summertime, when residents take advantage of the long evenings and warm weather to sit in one of the two outdoor spaces and admire the views.
The New Moon Cafe is another neighborhood mainstay that has been through several incarnations over the years, from pizzeria to the present-day family restaurant. The relaxed bar and grill is one of the best places in the Hamptons to visit for delicious, home-style meals and ice cold drinks. The menu includes a range of Tex-Mex specialties, as well as barbecue, seafood and hearty sandwiches. Desserts are made on-site, and include some of the most beloved pies in the neighborhood, including the crispy Texas pecan pie and rich, fluffy chocolate derby pie.
For hearty plates of food and delicate flavors, Tony’s Asian Fusion is the place to go. The menu is filled with Japanese, Thai and Chinese cuisines. The restaurant itself is dramatic, elegant and upscale all at once, with warm lighting sconces dotting the dark walls. Diners who opt for a hibachi meal will be able to watch it being prepared on the table in front of them.
Things to do in East Quogue
Just five minutes from East Quogue, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge is a 300-acre nature preserve. Since 1934, the refuge has been home to a variety of wildlife, including many that are permanently injured. The natural elegance of the Butterfly Garden is breathtaking, with its colorful blossoms and thick, leafy plants.
Tiana Beach is about 15 minutes from East Quogue, and is a peaceful choice that’s often free of crowds. The amenities are perfect for a day out: there are picnic tables, shaded decks and showers. Come nightfall, revelers from the nearby Neptune Beach Club make their way onto the sand to dance and mingle to the music drifting out from inside.
East Quogue shopping
Roses & Rice opened in 1994 and has been the neighborhood’s go-to source for floral creations since. The store is more than an average flower shop—it’s filled with fragrant candles, upscale bath products, stylish jewelry and clothes and a selection of gift-worthy chocolates. Adjacent to the New Moon Cafe, East Quogue Wines & Liquor is a family-owned and operated establishment that offers regular wine tastings and an extensive selection of drinks and free local delivery.
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