The best of the Hamptons 2016: Parties, restaurant trends, events, more
Star-studded parties, trendy restaurants, haute shopping — summer in the Hamptons brings all that and more. Whether you’re daytripping to the South Fork for staying for a long weekend, here’s a rundown of things to do.
NEW BITES(Credit: Hoodoos MTK)
If you’re looking for a stylish new sandwich shop for the Paleo set, consider Hoodoos MTK for its protein-centric brunch and sandwich menu. What’s with the name? It’s an homage to the Hamptons surfing spot as well as the rock formations in Montauk’s Shadmoor State Park. Chef Corey Neigherbauer's menu includes a farmer’s frittata ($8.95), a grass-fed burger on brioche ($13.95) and the “OG egg sandwich” with avocado, bacon and pickled jalapenos on brioche ($7.95). Hoodoos offers a handful of seats inside as well as in a garden. It serves suds from Montauk Brewing Co. and wine from Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily except Tuesday with plans to stay open through October. (38 S. Etna Ave., Montauk; 631-238-5791, hoodoosmtk.com)
MONTAUK JAM(Credit: Ian J. Stark)
Steve Smith, most notably the singer for the band Dirty Vegas, does a double at Montauk Beach House this weekend, starting with a 5 p.m. acoustic set Friday, Sept. 2, featuring music from his upcoming solo release. On Saturday, Sept. 3, he handles percussion duties during a six-hour party (1-7 p.m.) with DJ Nelleke McCowan, a mixer known for her vinyl-only (no iPad or computer) sessions. No cover to attend, but guests must first RSVP via thembh.com (631-668-2112).
COCKTAIL PARTY(Credit: Getty Images for Housing Works / Gary Gershoff)
The “Labor of Love” cocktail party, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at a private residence in East Hampton, is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Housing Works advocacy group. Hosted by travel adviser Brian “The Points Guy” Kelly (second from left), it features beats by DJ Lina Bradford and a performance by celebrity designer, model and dancer Dita Von Teese. Tickets from $150 (347-473-7400, housingworks.org).
TUMBLEWEED TUESDAY(Credit: Barbara Palumbo)
That's what they call the day after Labor Day. At Dockers Waterside in East Quogue, Tuesday, Sept. 6, is a day for celebration, complete with $5 drinks (4-6 p.m.) and a pig roast buffet ($40) after that, plus live music from Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks (631-653-0653, dockerswaterside.com).
DANCE PARTY(Credit: AFP/Getty Images/AFP)
AM Southampton wraps its summer season with an appearance Saturday, Sept. 3, at 10 p.m. by house DJ duo Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano (pictured), followed Sunday, Sept. 4, by a 10 p.m. set from Walshy Fire of the electronic music group Major Lazer. Tickets from $20 for ladies, $40 for guys at ticketweb.com (text 516-492-0346 or email AMsouthampton@gmail.com for bottle service reservations).
FASHION EVENT(Credit: Getty Images for City Harvest/Cindy Ord)
Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi hosts the PRFCT! Fundraiser 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at a private home in East Hampton. Created to benefit the nonprofit Perfect Earth Project organization (promoting global toxin-free land management), the family-friendly affair features food, cocktails, games and live music from several artists, including Rufus Wainwright, Suzanne Vega and GE Smith, as well as Debbie Harry and Chris Stein from the iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band Blondie. Tickets from $1,000, $500 ages 21-30, $100 younger than 21, and nannies are free (631-907-9040, perfectearthproject.org).
ROSÉ BRUNCH(Credit: The Arbor)
If you’re heading out East on Sunday, keep going until you get to Montauk. Arbor, which took over in June from Ciao by the Beach, is offering a prix-fixe “rosé” brunch for $28.95. Start with a basket of fresh croissants, brioche and banana bread, then choose a starter — perhaps a cucumber-watermelon salad with Goodale Farms feta, or tomato panzanella with French bean salad. Among the nine mains are mussels with tomato confit and beurre blanc, French toast with mixed berries and bacon, merguez-sausage corn dog with lime-mint aioli and (for $4 extra) an 8-ounce prime burger with Mecox Dairy Cheddar with fries.
Included in the price is a glass of still or sparkling rosé, or a Bloody Mary, mimosa, Bellini, Arbor beer or soft drink. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Arbor is at 240 Fort Pond Rd., Montauk, 631-238-5430, arbormontauk.com).
CHARITY BASH(Credit: Getty Images / Kristy Sparow)
The Prostate Cancer Foundation holds a fundraiser 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill that includes dinner and dancing, as well as live music from five-time Grammy-winning singer Dianne Reeves and new wave/punk icon Billy Idol. Tickets start at $2,500 (561-373-9294, email firstname.lastname@example.org).
FIFTH HARMONY JAM(Credit: Viacom Media Networks)
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation holds its annual “Hamptons LIVE” fundraiser 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at a private residence. DJ Cassidy (he's mixed Jay Z and Beyonce's wedding and President Obama's inaugurations) will spin, while the evening's live music is supplied by the pop quintet Fifth Harmony. Tickets from $750 (212-846-7416, vh1savethemusic.org).
RETRO SHOW(Credit: Southampton Arts Center)
What might be a flashback for some could also be a fun day for their kids (or grandkids). The Southampton Arts Center features a free “Punch & Judy” hand-carved puppet show at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 (631-283-0967, southamptonartscenter.org).
NAMASTE(Credit: Bryan Downey)
The annual Hamptons YogaFest runs Friday, Aug. 26 through Sunday, Aug. 28 on the grounds of the Hayground School in Bridgehampton, with organic food and drink, shopping in a vendor village and many different types of massage and body-relaxing techniques. There's a program for kids ages 4-10, live music and a number of yoga workshops. Admission is $192 for the weekend, or $98 Saturday, $88 Sunday; or opt for $5 grounds admission and $40 single class (hamptonsyogafest.com).
GAME, SET, MATCH(Credit: Fred Mullane)
Tennis icon John McEnroe, pictured, leads “Hang Out in the Hamptons With Mac,” a two-day program of events starting 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, with dinner ($500) and live entertainment including appearances by comedian/TV host Chelsea Handler and rock musician Patty Smyth. On Sunday, Aug. 28, McEnroe, Handler and others take part in a round-robin doubles tournament that pairs the amateurs with the pros, 3-10 p.m. at SPORTIME Amagansett in East Hampton ($50 spectators; 212-427-6150, jmtpbenefit.com).
CELEBS READ(Credit: SocietyAllure.com / Rob Rich)
In what's become a bit of an annual Hamptons tradition, "Celebrity Autobiography" returns to Guild Hall at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, with staged readings that feature celebrities interpreting the autobiographies of other celebrities. This year's cast includes Brooke Shields, Susan Lucci (pictured), Christie Brinkley and "Saturday Night Live" newsreader Colin Jost. Tickets are $40-$75 (631-324-4050, guildhall.org).
ICE CREAM TACO(Credit: Eric Striffler)
Chocolate ice cream tacos get the artisanal treatment at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack (3593 Montauk Hwy.). Pastry chef Rachel Flatley folds a housemade waffle cone, stuffs it with vanilla ice cream, then dips it in chocolate and decorates with chocolate pearls. Vanilla is always available, with another option that changes every few days. Each taco is $4 (631- 537-2271, townlinebbq.com).
Nightlife at Oreya(Credit: Ian J. Stark)
Oreya Hamptons (281 CR-39A, Southampton; 631-500-9055) recently opened at the Capri Southampton Hotel, in the space that last year held Beautique. Led by chef Greg Grossman, there is a menu inspired by Mediterranean cuisines — but it definitely looks to have a nightlife component as well. Expect live jazz on Thursdays (including artist Cole Rumbough through August), DJs late on Friday and Saturdays, and a movie night Sundays starting at 7 p.m. With a revamped restaurant area and an outdoor patio with bar, there will be day parties, too, but things will be kept somewhat subdued as the atmosphere is more lounge than club; expect beats to be deep and funky. Bottle service is not required for entry (although it is available; the priciest Champagne is a $4,200 2006 3L Louis Rorderer Cristal, the highest end wine is a 2011 Gaja red for $1,095), but dress to impress, as admission for parties is at the doorman’s discretion. To reserve for movie nights and other events, email RSVP@oreyahamptons.com.
New hotspot(Credit: WordHampton)
Zigmund's in Bridgehampton is poised to be the new “it" spot this summer, with ambitious small plates and a late-night bar menu. Courtesy of Eric Lemonides and chef Jason Weiner of Almond Bar and Restaurant in Bridgehampton, the just-opened spot is loosely based on The Wild Rose, a bar housed in this very location in the '90s. Expect Mediterranean small plates — eggplant dip, grilled octopus, or fried fish with dill and lemon ($7 to $22) — plus batched cocktails seasoned with herbs from the on-site garden (631-919-5340).
Plan ahead(Credit: Evan Sung)
Reserve now to dine like a rock star with plenty of caviar and toro on Aug. 13 for a one-night tasting menu at Highway Restaurant & Bar in East Hampton, courtesy of the acclaimed East Village restaurant Shuko. The 2.5-hour, $200 a person dinner (plus tax and gratuity) will feature popular Japanese dishes and sushi selections. The pop-up keeps things in the family, since Shuko and Highway are owned and managed by TOMS Hospitality LLC, which includes Manhattan restaurants Eleven Madison Park, Charlie Bird, NoMad Hotel Restaurant & Bar, and Pasquale Jones.
Live music, no cover charge(Credit: Ian J. Stark)
When Harlow East didn’t return to Sag Harbor this season, its digs gave way to Decker’s Bar and Grill, a relaxed space for daily happy hour with live music (3-7 p.m.), DJs on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings, and live reggae Sundays on the back deck (631-725-7555). Meanwhile, Manna in Water Mill features live music 6-10 p.m. Thursdays (631-726-4444, mannahamptons.com).
The new Duryea's(Credit: Jason Penney)
Quinoa at Duryea’s? Until this year it would have been unthinkable. But now that the 80-year-old Montauk landmark lobster shack/fish market has opened under new ownership, major changes are afoot. The new Duryea’s has retained such menu items as New England clam chowder ($11), lobster roll ($28), lobster ($52 for a 2-pounder), but has added quinoa tabbouleh ($19) and skirt steak chimichurri ($48), among other new dishes. Once BYOB, Duryea’s now offers beer and wine (including a Paul Goerg Blanc de Blancs NV Champagne for $95). Plastic seats (and plates and cutlery) have given way to teak furniture and stainless dinnerware. 631-668-2410, duryealobsters.com.
Sunday fun day(Credit: Sunset Beach)
The buzzworthy "Balearic Sundays" day party has returned for another season at Sunset Beach on Shelter Island-- and it's such a hit that the venue has doubled down to offer the same scene on Saturdays, too (both days: 3 p.m. until sunset). Expect a relaxed, feel-good atmosphere with deep house beats; free admission; 631-749-2001, sunsetbeachli.com.
Outdoor movie(Credit: Phil Lehans)
The Marders garden center in Bridgehampton has resumed its free "Films on the Haywall" program, held weekly at 9 p.m. on Fridays. Guests need only bring blankets, beach chairs and snacks. 631-702-2306, silasmarder.com.
New Fitness(Credit: Mischief Media Group | MMG)
SLT (Strengthen Lengthen Tone) Southampton opens to the public Friday, July 1, with giveaways and classes all weekend. First-timers pay $20 (regularly $40). RSVP at 212-355-1737, sltnyc.com.
Silver's(Credit: Eric Striffler)
Silver's, Southampton: If there’s one place that can’t be missed in Southampton, it’s the venerable lunch-only Silver’s on Main Street. There’s a natural tendency to balk at its $24 BLT, but oh what a sandwich it is, with ruby-red tomatoes and grilled crusty bread with piles of smoky bacon and generous dabs of mayo. The lobster roll on a baguette just might be worth its weight in gold (at $49), and the Russian cabbage borscht is as good when it’s 80 degrees in the Hamptons as when it’s below 8 in Moscow ($15 a bowl). Lots of celebrities cycle in and out, and people-watching is an A-level sport here.
CELEB-SPOTTING The stars are out, and they’re eating up a storm. This summer, it seems they’re going for the fresh and casual. Recently spotted: Joy Behar, co-host of ABC’s “The View” enjoying a lobster roll at Bostwick’s Chowder House in East Hampton, where celebrity chef Bobby Flay also dined the next day. NBA player Kris Humphries — an ex of Kim Kardashian — eating a pulled chicken sandwich at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack, where "The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon sat at the bar and ordered a burger for lunch. Celebrity go-to Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton hosted Ethan Hawke on Sunday over Memorial Day weekend and was said to have ordered a whole branzino, listed on the menu with haricot verts and shallots, drizzled with butter and garnished with sliced almonds. — Melissa McCart
THE NEW TOPPING HOUSE(Credit: Topping Rose House)
Star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has taken over the kitchen at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton. (The restaurant at the luxury inn opened in 2012, under the direction of another star, Tom Colicchio, who departed in 2014). The dining room has been brightened with lime-green banquettes and the white tablecloths have vanished. Likewise the new menu, executed by chef de cuisine Drew Hiatt, is a mix of stylish and homey and, as it has been since opening day, focused on local produce. Dinner appetizers range from pea soup with sourdough croutons to tuna tartare with avocado, spice radish, and ginger marinade; pastas from linguine with clams, white wine, chilies and parsley to rigatoni and meatballs with a chipotle-tomato ragu; and “simply cooked” Atlantic salmon to black sea bass finished with fermented black-bean vinaigrette as well as a Cheddar cheeseburger with frizzled onions, fries, and housemade pickles. The appetizers are $14 to $20; pastas, $24 to $26; main courses, $21 to $42. Info: 1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton; 631-537-0870, toppingrosehouse.com -PETER M. GIANOTTI
MONDAY NIGHT FUN(Credit: Doug Kuntz)
Monday nights aren't usually rife with party potential in the Hamptons, but Memory Motel in Montauk is doing its part with a weekly bash aimed at people looking for an easy-going, no-VIP, no-RSVP, no cover, no dress code scene. DJs Matty Nice and PJ Monte spin (631-668-2702).
New Cocktail Menu at Highway Restaurant & Bar(Credit: Lion & Lamb Communications)
Highway Restaurant & Bar in East Hampton introduces a new cocktail menu for the season, courtesy of Mark Noonan of The NoMad Bar in Manhattan. Noonan said he has created a menu of “refreshing, easy-drinking” cocktails -– “drinks to make you forget you’ve just spent three hours in traffic to get here” — using fruits, vegetables and herbs grown in the Hamptons. Look for drinks like the rum-based Sagaponack Sling, with honeydew and coconut, and Hot on the Highway with spicy tequila, mezcal and Lillet. On weekends in particular, expect to see Noonan behind the bar (631-527-5372, highwayrestaurant.com).
'Far Out' at Surf Lodge(Credit: Krill Bitchutsky)
For a taste of NYC personality based fun at the end of the Island, Surf Lodge serves as the spot of a revolving-themed party conceived by the management of Manhattan's Goldbar (389 Broome St.; 212-274-1568, goldbarnewyork.com). Dubbed "Far Out," the event is set to take place every Friday evening starting at 5 p.m., hosted by Goldbar owner Jonny Lennon (pictured). General admission at doorman's discretion, but reservations can be made via email@example.com.
Hamptons Daytrip Homebase at Southampton Inn(Credit: Lawlor Media Group)
Daytrippers, take note: Southampton Inn welcomes non-guests to make the hotel a homebase of sorts. A $100 day pass includes access to the hotel's pool, showers and changing rooms.There's a tennis court, kids play room and free shuttle service to famed Coopers Beach -- you'll also get a $20 dining credit to the onsite restaurant. Reservations are required, 631-283-6501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Montauk Salt Cave(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Sit back, relax and breathe—so say the owners of the Montauk Salt Cave. The walls and floor are covered with three tons of salt imported from Pakistan. Patrons can sit in a zero-degree chair or lie on the salt, which is believed to help with allergies, sleep apnea and respiratory ailments. Forty-five-minute sessions are held on the hour six days a week (1-5 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. weekends) and cost $40. Or opt for a yoga session held within the cave at 10 a.m. and noon on Mondays; 631-668-7258, montauksaltcave.com
Roof Deck Party at Gurney's(Credit: Aaron Zebrook)
The roof deck of Gurney's Montauk will be busy weekends all summer long. There’s shuffleboard and life-size chess, as well as outdoor seating (some of which surrounds Gurney's popular fire pit) and music by resident DJ Nicole Leone. Guests can also enjoy cocktails at Gurney's Beach Club and Regent Cocktail Club, all open to the general public, too. The resort is also introducing a rotating series of clothing and lifestyle brand pop-up shops; 631-668-2345, gurneysmontauk.com
Beach Bar in Hampton Bays(Credit: Scott Spanburgh)
The Hampton Bays nightlife scene may have dwindled since the 1990s (Remember clubs like the now-defunct Foggy Google, Turtle Bay, Summers, among others?), but Beach Bar (58 Foster Ave.; 631-723-3100) is still going strong in the East End hamlet , returning this year for its Summer No. 24. DJ Doug returns as the resident mixer for Fridays, while on Saturdays the spot lends its space to the "The Drift Inn" party (the event that was once the nighttime shindig at the Neptune Beach Club), with its own resident selector, DJ Kevin. Cover is $20; visit beachbarhamptons.com.
Eat at Navy Beach(Credit: Noah Fecks)
Navy Beach, one of Long Island’s truly summery restaurants, is adding to its New American repertoire in Montauk. The beachfront restaurant is open for dinner Friday to Sunday, and for lunch on Saturday. Expect Montauk fluke ceviche with pickled Hamptons vegetables, hot pepper and Meyer lemon; fritto misto with octopus, clam strips, squid, zucchini and anchovy aioli; and a Catalan-style seafood stew, highlighting monkfish, shrimp, squid, clams, almonds, herbs and spices. Long-standing hits take in clam-and-corn chowder, buttermilk-fried chicken, dry-aged strip steak with chimichurri, and the house burger, finished with bacon-onion marmalade, Cabot Cheddar, and house-made pickles; 631-668-6868, navybeach.com
Make Your Own Surfboard(Credit: Brian Schopfer)
DIYers can spend a long weekend in the Hamptons making a custom wooden ride to take on the waves at Ditch Plains. Grain Surfboards' students choose from 16 board designs, then learn how to use traditional hand planes, saws and spokeshaves to craft a hollow board that's ready to be fiberglassed. Workshops run Thursday-Sunday or Friday-Sunday and cost $2,675 (includes materials, instruction, two daily meals), plus glassing. There's an open house 3-7 p.m. Saturday, May 28; 631-267-9283, grainsurfboards.com
Celebrity DJ at Jue Lan(Credit: Shane McCauley)
New in Hamptons night life: Jue Lan Club Southampton (268 Elm St., 646-524-7409), an upscale Chinese restaurant featuring a late-night aspect called "Elm & Main" that will run weekly Thursday-Saturday (starting at 11 p.m.) throughout the season. Expect a rotating list of celebrity DJs, with signature dishes from the Jue Lan Club menu until 2 a.m. "Elm & Main" kicks off summer Friday night with DJ Walshy Fire (pictured) of the electronic music group Major Lazer. Call ahead for admission information, or to RSVP visit juelanclub.com/southampton-reservations
Bike the Hamptons(Credit: Pour & Pedal)
An alternative to the Hamptons traffic logjam: Take a guided bicycle of the South Fork's vineyards. Pour&Pedal's 12-mile treks start at 10 a.m. Saturdays (and some Sundays), from Duck Walk Vineyards, rolling through Bridgehampton to Wolffer Estates or Channing Daughters for tastings before circling back to Duck Walk, where a catered lunch awaits. Biking terrain is flat and includes stretches of rides on Route 27. Reservations required; 516-987-8751, pourandpedal.com