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Insiders’ Hamptons: Where to Go and What to Do This Summer

There is something timeless about summer in the Hamptons: bike rides through the countryside; long afternoons at the beach; seaside picnics; a stop at the farmers market or a farm stand for tomatoes and rhubarb pie; and cocktail hour followed by lobster bakes and alfresco dinner parties. But in addition to its classic appeal, the favorite warm-weather escape is constantly evolving, welcoming new shops, restaurants and attractions with each season. To kick off the summer season, Indagare surveyed local insiders to learn about what’s new and on their radar, as well as their go-to places that never go out of style.

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Indagare Insiders

Kate Betts
Author of My Paris Dream and Founder/President of Kate Betts+Co

How long have you been going to Sag Harbor?
I’ve been coming to Sag Harbor since the early 1980s. My father bought a house here when the village was still relatively undiscovered by New York City weekenders. He liked the fact that it was a year-round community and he loved the Victorian architecture. I was married in the Old Whaler’s Church and my dad is buried in Oakland Cemetery, along with many of the village’s whaling captains, George Balanchine and James Salter. Although the village has changed a lot, and the town has allowed too many historical houses to become overbuilt McMansions, I still love the fact that Sag Harbor is a real American town filled with characters and politics and intrigue.

What are your favorite spots for breakfast, lunch or dinner?
I cook a lot so Pike’s Market on Sagaponack Road is a must, as is Serene Green on the Noyac Road. These are my go-to farm stands and they are the best in the Hamptons. Breakfast is coffee at the Golden Pear on Main Street. They have the best coffee and, if you’re a dog owner, the clutch of fellow dog owners sitting outside is fun. Lunch is a toss-up between LT Burger (if you can get a table in high season), Harbor Market (great salads and pizza) or Bay Burger on the Bridgehampton turnpike. Both places have great burgers. And Bay Burger owner’s Liza and Joe Tremblay make their own ice cream. For dinner, I’m eagerly awaiting the reopening of Sen, the popular Japanese restaurant on Main Street, which recently underwent a huge renovation. It used to be a kind of funky little place, but it looks like they’re adding a giant roof deck (I’m expecting the restaurant to skyrocket into Nobu stratosphere). Also, the iconic pizza parlor, Conca d’Oro was recently purchased by Laurent Tourondel and we’re all waiting to see what he does with it—word has it he will keep the authentic neighborhood pizza joint vibe.

Related: Summer Escapes from New York: 5 Resorts Near the City

– Indagare on June 26, 2018

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I still love the fact that Sag Harbor is a real American town filled with characters and politics and intrigue.
~ Kate Betts, author of My Paris Dream and Founder/President of Kate Betts+Co

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