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Where to see celebrities in the Hamptons

So many celebrities vacation or own homes on the East End that it isn’t unusual to see Naomi Watts buying cereal at the Amagansett IGA or Alec Baldwin browsing the shelves of BookHampton in East Hampton. But if you want to see stars in more glamorous environments, these places have attracted the rich and famous. They’re open to us hoi polloi, too. 

Blue & Cream

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Blue & Cream, 60 The Circle, East Hampton, 631-329-1392, 
Gawk at the $600 Golden Goose sneakers at this streetwear boutique off Main Street in East Hampton, but try to play it cool if Jennifer Lopez and A-Rod walk in to browse designer T-shirts. Also known to have shopped here: Chris Rock, Chanel Iman and Christie Brinkley. 

Flying Point Surf Boutique

Surfboards, clothing and accessories are displayed inside of
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Flying Point Surf Boutique, 34 Main St., Sag Harbor, 631-725-0705, 
A favorite of celebrity dads, including Jimmy Fallon and Will Arnett, who come in with kids in tow and leave with Crocs and flip-flops. Chris Hemsworth dazzled employees and customers alike when he stopped in with his family just before “Thor: Ragnarok” debuted last fall. 

What Goes Around Comes Around

What Goes Around Comes Around on Main St.
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What Goes Around Comes Around, 8 Main St., East Hampton, 631-324-0874,
This Beverly Hills-based designer vintage store counts Rihanna and Victoria Beckham as customers, so it’s no surprise that when it opened a Hamptons outpost, famous customers followed. Robert Downey Jr., Rachel Zoe and photographer Cindy Sherman have shopped for gently used Chanel and Hermès accessories. Experienced salespeople will help you find that perfect vintage Missoni beach cover-up, no rummaging required.

Naturally Good Foods

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Naturally Good Foods, 779 Montauk Hwy., Montauk, 631-668-9030,
A longtime Montauk favorite, Naturally Good Foods, recently relocated to larger Main Street digs, the better to accommodate a growing list of health-conscious celebrities. Sam Talbot of “Top Chef” fame is a fan. So are fashion types like Bottega Veneta designer Tomas Maier. But Naturally Good really jumped to the top of the A-list when Lady Gaga walked in late last year. 

Townline BBQ

Ribs served at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack.
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Townline BBQ, 3593 Montauk Hwy., Sagaponack, 631-537-2271,
This bustling barbecue joint offers classic dry-rubbed, house-smoked meats, including ribs, brisket and chicken, along with Southern- inspired side dishes such as hush puppies and fried mac-and-cheese. Comfort-food-loving celebs including Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Mariska Hargitay and NASCAR god Jeff Gordon have all bellied up to the counter. 


The interior of Babette's, a restaurant in East
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Babette's, 66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; 631-329-5377,

This is the place to brunch on pan-crisped tofu and greens, just like famous vegetarian and Babette’s regular Paul McCartney. Whole-grain, gluten-free pancakes are served all day (workout wear mogul Kate Hudson must like those). Baseball legend Derek Jeter has checked out the whole-foods place, and Bill Clinton likes the organic eggs. 

Crow's Nest

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Crow's Nest, 4 Old W. Lake Dr., Montauk; 631-668-2077,
Glamorous in a youthful, boho, Montauk style, this waterfront restaurant (part of the trendy Crow’s Nest Hotel) welcomes the likes of Lorne Michaels and Stephanie March with fresh, local dishes such as Montauk fluke, sea bass with black quinoa and spaghetti with heirloom tomatoes. Leonardo DiCaprio has enjoyed the food, as well as the adjacent boutique, where he bought his date a cashmere sweater to ward off the chill from the bay. The wait can be long, especially if you are not an A-lister. Relax while you sip a glass of rosé and enjoy the sunset by the outdoor fire pit.

Indian Wells Tavern

Indian Wells Tavern on Main Street in Amagansett.
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Indian Wells Tavern 177 Main St., Amagansett; 631-267-0400,
This low-key pub serves burgers, salads, roast chicken and nightly blackboard specials to incognito celebs like Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost, Billy Baldwin and Chynna Phillips, Ethan Hawke, and Luke Wilson. They’re also happy to serve the less low-key, including former President Bill Clinton and his entourage of 13. 

Nick & Toni's

Diners have the option of supping on the
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Nick & Toni's,

NICK & TONI’S, 136 N. Main St., East Hampton; 631-324-3550,
The original of celebrity haunts, this Mediterranean/farm-to-table resto (there’s a veggie garden out back) has been serving stars since it opened in 1988. Among those who have recently dined on kale salad, brick-oven pizza and short-rib ravioli are Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, George Stephanopoulos, Emma Roberts, Sen. Charles Schumer, Howard Stern, Emily Mortimer, Gwyneth Paltrow, Blythe Danner, Steven Spielberg, Nathan Lane and Tom Hanks. 

Union Cantina

Outdoor patio at Union Cantina in Southampton.
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Union Cantina, 40 Bowden Sq., Southampton; 631-377-3500,
Tacos and tequila for everyone! Celebrities such as Uma Thurman, Bethenny Frankel, Regis Philbin and Brooke Shields have been spotted enjoying the house specialties, including nachos, quesadillas and skirt steak fajitas at this Tex-Mex hotspot. Yes, there are skinny margaritas (made with tequila, coconut water and agave syrup) for maintaining those celebrity beach bods.

Stephen Talkhouse

Thomas Bradley Muse from Montauk takes the crown
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Mr. Amagansett, 161 Main St., Amagansett; 631-267-3117,
More than 50 Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, including Sting, Paul Simon and Jon Bon Jovi, have performed at this intimate and storied club. Often, they perform for their famous friends. When Coldplay gave a last-minute benefit show a few years ago, Beyoncé and John McEnroe showed up in support.

The Surf Lodge

Christie Brinkley and daughter Alexa Ray Joel party
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The Surf Lodge, 183 Edgemere St., Montauk; 631-483-5037,
This hotel/restaurant/concert venue is the preferred chill spot of young stars including Christie Brinkley, above, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Alexa Chung, Alexander Skarsgård, and “Pretty Little Liars’ ” Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell. Malia Obama stopped by on her birthday. You never know who might take the stage: Surprise performers have included Courtney Love, Rita Ora, Jimmy Buffett and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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