2010 Hamptons Update
There are still three weeks left of summer, which means there is time to try to fit in all of the things that we have meant to do since June. Some are favorite annual rituals and others are new favorites or even things that friends have raved about. Among them:
Lazy Point in Amagansett: The new boho-chic shop of Claudja Bicalho is the East End’s newest little shop of treasures with a mix of art and fashion.
Vine Street Café on Shelter Island: The tables to get are inside not outside (those can be buggy) but the food is the best on Shelter Island.
LT Burger in Sag Harbor: Laurent has outdone himself with burgers, including a spiced tuna burger. Consider lunch instead of dinner if you want a quieter atmosphere.
Dish in Water Mill: Snagging one of the three tables for dinner is tough but for those who want at-home atmosphere and delicious food, we wish it would stay open one more night a week not just Thursday to Sunday.
Drive-in movie at Coopers Beach in Southampton: New this summer and let’s hope it returns next year for a Monday night rite.
Organic Avenue in Southampton: Raw food and delicious juices that can be used for a serious cleanse or just a commitment to cleaner living or even just one healthy meal.
Edit Summer in Southampton: The curated designer boutique from the Upper East Side made its debut on the South Fork with favorites like Derek Lam, James Paige and K Jacques sandals.
Roberta Roller Rabbit has her blow-out sale in Southampton the last weekend in August when she brings warehouse goods and sale items from all of the stores here.
Hampton Classic in Bridgehampton: Yes it’s a scene and there’s a high probability of a Real Housewives sighting but the horses and riders remain the real draw as they should.
Sunset at Sunset Beach on Shelter Island: There is no more sublime way to end the day than with friends and family than here.
And for favorite beach reads of 2010, we love Frances Osborne’s The Bolter about the chief seductress of Kenya’s Happy Valley set and Danielle Ganek’s The Summer We Read Gatsby, which is set in Southampton and is brimming with dead-on observations on modern social maneuvering.
2008 Summer Update
ON THE WATER: The big news this season is the opening of the Surf Lodge, a hip hotel-restaurant-hang out that’s drawing folks from as far east as Southampton up to secluded Montauk. Chef Sam Talbot (read his Insider recommendations), a former contestant on Bravo’s popular cook-off series Top Chef, heads the restaurant on Front Pond, which has a breezy dining room and ultra-chill wooden deck—a perfect place to nurse a mojito or ice-cold Corona on a hot afternoon.
RELAXED AND REFINED: Further west, carnivores, meanwhile, will be delighted by the arrival of two steak houses: Oso, the new (and first full-service) restaurant at the Southampton Inn is overseen by chef Peter Dunlop, formerly of Café des Artistes and the American Hotel, and notorious restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow opened an off-shoot of his swanky Kobe Club in East Hampton.
CLASSICS: Of course, it would not be summer in the Hamptons without visiting longtime favorites, like Nick & Toni’s and Alison’s (now in the Maidstone Arms) for a big night out or the Candy Kitchen or Sip n’ Soda for a burger and shake.
There are a rash of new shops that have opened since Memorial Day weekend this year. The two main shopping towns remain East Hampton and Southampton, but there are treasures, especially items for the home, to be found in Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor.
East Hampton folks take their entertaining seriously, and Kim Seybert has doubled her tabletop options in her space near Home James!. Hosts and guests wear uniforms of the Old Guard (Lilly Pulitzer and Tory Burch) or of the rich hippy persuasion (Roberta Freymann, Scoop and Calypso).
Southampton, meanwhile, has seen an invasion of Palm Beach retailers who’ve moved north to this enclave en masse with outposts of Nancy Corzine, Giorgio’s, Altona, and Il Sandalo. Even H. Groome, which had a shop in Palm Beach, closed it last year and has expanded here. For the socialite channeling her inner surf chic or gypsy are Carleen Ligozio, Tracy Feith and Anya’s, but overall there is more of a glamour girl swathed in cashmere aesthetic.
New in Water Mill: Yigal Azourel.
New in Wainscott: Bellhaus.
New in Montauk: Tracy Feith.
2009 Summer Update
In May 2009, the New York Times proclaimed: “Low-key and beachy is the theme in the Hamptons this year.” In a matter of ten months, over-the-top parties have become a thing of the past, as have flashy restaurants and velvet-roped clubs. The newcomers this season—including two revamped hotels and a handful of unique boutiques—are more mellow and focused on quality over ostentation. (Tellingly, whereas last year’s talk of the town was the arrival of Jeffrey Chodorow’s overpriced Kobe Club, now closed, this season has gourmets buzzing about the Scandinavian-inspired slow food at the Living Room.)
Many of 2009’s most anticipated debuts, like the revamped c/o The Maidstone hotel and new Surevolution boutique, have a green-eco or giving-back angle; others, like the reopened Blue Parrot, are about reviving affordable mainstays. Even Ralph Lauren, whose stores continue to dominate East Hampton real estate, designed some specialty items for this summer (including waffle-wear shirts and baseball caps) whose proceeds will benefit the East Hampton Historical Society. Rental occupancy—and prices—are down, and the East End may also find its way back down to earth this season, rallying around such simple pleasures as uninterrupted family time, ice cream at the beach and garden barbecues.
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