Friday Feature: Summer In The Hamptons
Here’s an update on where to eat and what to do in the Hamptons, from our lovely friends at Goop
63 Main St., Sag Harbor | 631.725.1810
Devoted to local and organic (chances are that the veggies in your order are from their on-site hydroponic garden), this Sag Harbor mainstay now has a market and café in the back, though we usually stop by to stock up for beach picnics. Opt for the grilled portobello mushrooms over quinoa and tuna tartare, which are both delicious.
39 Gann Rd., East Hampton | 631.329.3663
This place is great: The sunset water views from the balcony are stunning, and the fish is fresh and delicious. There’s a raw bar, crudos, and ceviches, though we dipped into fried calamari and the perfect martini. It also gets points for its lively, laid-back vibe. Ultimately, it might have the makings of a classic.
440 Westlake Dr., Montauk | 631.668.8260
With an all-day raw bar and a menu made for sharing, this is the perfect place to go with a big group post-beach. Open as of Memorial Day, it’s rumored to be the summer’s nightlife fixture, but if you get there before the lights dim, you’re in for some delicious food, from Farro Risotto to Drunken Lobster.
1 Long Wharf, Sag Harbor | 631.725.5858
We’re anxious to try this nautically themed outpost of NYC’s midtown restaurant—after all, it’s probably Sag Harbor’s buzziest opening this year. Good friends have gone and report that the food (raw bar, local East End wines, dressed up fish dishes) is good, though the service could be better. The best seats are on the deck overlooking the dock.
12 South Etna Ave., Montauk | 631.668.8286
Montauk’s surf and yoga crowd now have their own local juicing hangout. The small menu of cold-pressed, organic juices pretty much covers all the bases between hard-core cleansing and sweet, fruity treats.
1020 Montauk Hwy, Watermill | 631.726.6200
Filling in the gap for Chinese food in the area, chef Skinny Mei’s upscale new restaurant serves Beijing specialties like Peking Duck family style, along with Americanized classics like Sweet & Sour Chicken, Spring Rolls, and the like. We haven’t made it over there to check it out yet, but we hear it’s good, and that there’s also a nice assortment of dim sum-style dumplings.
352 Westlake Dr., Montauk | 631.668.3474
In the same vein as many old-school Montauk establishments, this newcomer offers a particular brand of no-frills dockside dining with a modernized menu, making it a nice antidote to the traditional Hamptons scene. Whether you go for lunch or dinner, the pull is the fresh fish—from sushi (very good and very well-priced), to fish tacos and swordfish BLTs.
290 Montauk Hwy, Wainscott | 631.527.5372
The sushi chefs from NYC’s beloved Neta and Masa have picked up and moved to Wainscott for the summer to introduce their next (albeit brief) pop-up venture, Shuko. With a small but mighty sushi and small plates menu based around local ingredients, and a great cocktail list, these will definitely be some of the summer’s most sought-after tables. It’s delicious, if expensive, and they have some service kinks to work out—namely, at these prices, you shouldn’t have to wait 30 minutes to order. The toro tartare with caviar is insane, though sticker shock inducing ($60), particularly because they took our single order for one to share, and multiplied it into an order for three, with the bill to match. Ouch. Don’t miss their summer tempura with the most delicious dipping sauce and the scallop and potato roll. (If you can’t make to to the Hamptons, they’re officially opening in Greenwich Village this fall.)
126 Main St., Sag Harbor | 631.808.3444
With locations in Connecticut, NYC, and Long Island, this particular branch mixes plenty of local fish into its rustic Italian menu, especially when it comes to small plates. The pizzas, for which their other branches are famous, haven’t yet made it to the menu, but the pastas and bistro-style mains make for a perfectly cozy and delicious home-style Italian dinner.
203 Sag Harbor Tpk., Bridgehampton | 631.537.4700
The menu here is full of vegetarian, vegan, organic, and gluten-free options (in a variety of different portion sizes). The other buzzword that rings true at this casual, woodsy spot is local, as Chef Todd Jacobs has a long-standing relationship with the nearby farms and fisheries where he sources ingredients.
2486 Montauk Hwy, Bridgehampton & 93 Main St., Southampton | 212.777.0034
NYC’s ever-expanding Juice Press now has two locations in the Hamptons, right in time for summertime cleansing. Along with their cold-pressed, organic juices, they also sell healthy, raw snacks like falafel, kale salad, and yogurt parfaits.
341 Pantigo Rd., Montauk | 631.527.5388
While there’s a more formal dining room up front at this summer-only pop-up from the Eveleigh/Kingswood crew, we like the great open-air patio out back best. It’s dotted with picnic benches and lounge areas, along with an on-site wood-burning pizza oven. The wait for food can be a bit insane, but if you don’t mind killing time over cocktails, it’s a good option for a low-key night out.
Buddha Berry Frozen Yogurt located at 125 Main St., Sag Harbor | 631.808.3888
851 Springs Fireplace Rd., East Hampton | 631.324.4666
The current exhibition, “Chop Wood Carry Water,” features the work of Erika Keck, Nick Theobald, and Michael Bevilacqua. Open weekends only or by appointment. Through July 21. Credit: Erica Keck. Untitled, 2014.
830 Springs Fireplace Rd., East Hampton | 631.324.4929
This small homestead from 1879—once shared by Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner—is now a National Historic Landmark. It contains many artifacts from their life, including everything that was still in the house when Krasner died—and a studio, where you can see Pollock’s process documented across the paint-splattered floor. Open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Corwith Ave., Bridgehampton | 631.537.1476
This renovated firehouse has a permanent exhibition of nine of Flavin’s fluorescent light works. There’s also an adjoining gallery. Now up: “A Friendship: Carl Andre’s Works on Paper from the LeWitt Collection.” Credit: Photo: Florian Holzherr. Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York.
79 Newtown Ln., East Hampton | 631.604.5770
Through July 14, this airy gallery will be showing the work of Lauren Luloff and Joey Piziali. Credit: Joey Piziali, Untitled (ES-HM:TYC2), 2014, Acrylic on Canvas, 60 x 48 inches
279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill | 631.283.2118
Don’t miss the theatrical adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, Galapagos, at this local institution (July 21-July 25). And while there, be sure to see the Maya Lin show, which runs through October 13.
4 Newtown Ln., East Hampton | 631.604.2386
In the show, “Positivilly Marvillainous,” you can see work from artists like Dave Sayre, Mike Bidlo, and Austin Lee. Through July 27. Credit: Kenny Scharf, SCARY GUY, 2004
Bridgehampton Historical Society, 2368 Montauk Hwy, Bridgehampton | 631.283.2118
For three days only (July 10-13), the Art Market Hamptons will descend on the Bridgehampton Historical Society: You can see work from dozens of galleries. Credit: Pablo Picasso, La Femme Au Fauteuil, 1949, Courtesy of Galerie Mourlot, New York
87 Newtown Ln., East Hampton | 631.324.5511
All summer long, Grey Area will be collaborating with Glenn Horowitz on installations, events, and exhibitions.
158 Main St., East Hampton | 631.324.0806
From August 9 to October 13, swing by Guild Hall in East Hampton to see “Robert Motherwell: The East Hampton Years, 1944-1952.” Credit: Robert Motherwell, At Five in the Afternoon, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. ©VAGA, NY.jpg
183 Edgemere St., Montauk | 631.483.5039
Through July 13, Montauk’s Surf Lodge is showing “EXSanguiNatio_n,” a Michael Bevilacqua solo exhibition. Credit: Endless Summer II, 2014. Courtesy Fireplace Project
120 Snake Hollow Rd., Bridgehampton | 631.702.2306
On Friday evenings through August 29, this gallery will be projecting movies for all comers in a series called, “Films on the Haywall.” Free. Bring your own beach chair.