Time to start planning your weekend getaways and doing your Hamptons Summer rounds! We compiled a list of our annual go-to-spots and some newbies that hit the dining and nightlife scene this year. We made our list and checked it twice. Look out below and see highlights from last year’s craziness.
1 Oak: Butter Group owners Richie Akiva and Scott Sartiano decided to open the celebrity touting spot this summer! With poolside fun, interactive DJ booth that should host some of the biggest names in the industry, we except to have a lot of bottle service and VIPs! 125 Tuckahoe Ln, Southampton, 212-242-1111
Red Stixs: Philippe veteran chef is preparing peking duck, dim sum and other asian-inspired dishes at the outdoor space. DJ will be spinning at the late night party! Red Stixs, 1020 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, 631-726-6200
Sienna Restaurant and Ultralounge: A menu boasting with Italian dishes from Executive Chef Donatella Arpaia that turns into a high-end nightclub with bottle service that includes fresh-squeezed juices, chocolate covered strawberries and a fun ambiance. I’m in!
Somewhere between a house party and Sloppy tuna, Mansion party and Surflodge
Harlow East: The Sag Harbor outpost of the opulent Midtown seafood specialist from a Nobu partner will guarantee fresh catches at the marina-side dining destination. Harlow East, 1 Long Wharf, Sag Harbor, 631-725-5858
Bay Kitchen Bar: Seafood-to-table dining with fresh lobster, market oysters, crudo with day boat scallop and and house made lobster ravioli. Where you devour all the things that live or could have lived in the waters nearby. Long Island duck, scallops, lobster ravioli. Great spot for 4th of July Fireworks! Bay Kitchen Bar, 39 Gann Rd, East Hampton, 631-329-3663
The Blue Parrot: Hidden in a corner of East Hampton, The Blue Parrot has remained eccentric and exotic since its reopening in 2009, after it was originally founded in 1981 as a spot for bankers and surfers alike to gather. Backed by the likes of Bon Jovi (!) AND Jewel (!!), The Blue Parrot offers a casual, hassle-free alternative to your typical Hamptons nightlife spot. A mix between a damn-fine Tex-Mex joint and the casual-cool feel of a dive bar makes The Blue Parrot a great spot to grab a bite (lobster tacos anyone?) and stay for a night of drinking, dancing, and rooftop patio-ing.
Georgica Restaurant & Lounge: With exquisite American cuisine and a sophisticated, high-energy nightclub. Dinner at Georgica is on par with New York’s best restaurants with specialties like fried oyster “fish n’ chips” and Peekytoe Crab Fritters. Oh, and plenty of steaks and chops. INew this Summer, Georgica has revamped their sushi selection as the pair behind up-and-coming sushi restaurant and food truck MYUMI, entrepreneur Jake Smith and chef Kazuo Yoshida, behind Brooklyn’s 1 or 8, have taken control of the fresh fish offerings. After you’re fully stuffed — you’ll be ready to party and won’t need to deal with calling a cab because the party is already flowing over to the two bars, a VIP room, and two dance floors.
Finale East Hampton: Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum of EMM Group will be opened the outpost in conjunction with nightlife veteran Ellington Keys. The official late-night spot of the helicopter crowd with cabanas and bottle service. Overlooking the water with a sweet Dj and the ultimate party crowd. Finale East Hampton, 44 Three Mile Harbor Rd, East Hampton, 212-627-1235.
Samantha Ronson DJ Set at Surflodge
Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa: Beachside cocktails and seawater pool! Seafood for daisy and drink service to the beach. Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, 290 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk, 631-668-2345.
The Harbor Raw Bar & Lounge: Seafood for days, oysters and live music. Chef Pierre Rougey, who earned three stars from The New York Times while cooking at Barrique Wine Bar on Long Island, has designed the menu around shareable seafood small plates. After dinner, the restaurant transforms into nightlife destination with more food offered with midnight munchies. With a mixology team on hand and DJ’s scheduled throughout the summer, we will drinking it up on the dance floor.
Moby Dick’s: One of the best kept secrets of the East End (I think everyone found out about it though) this new spot down a hidden path at Rick’s Crabby Cowboy Marina, is Moby Dick’s. The location can be considered a relaxed waterfront eatery with a simple beach vibe and winsome, unbroken views of Lake Montauk, and also a party scene at night.
Surf Lodge: First built in 1967, The Surf Lodge has become an international, much sought-after destination for local and international travelers looking for the perfect place for the fashionable and best events of the summer. With great lobster rolls and unparalleled views of the ocean, this is my number one spot for the summer.
Esquire Magazine and Sperry’s collaboration at Ruschmeyer’s playground
Ruschmeyer’s: Across the lake from Surf Lodge, this destination makes it very easy to jump from location-t0-location and amp up the partying with a change scenery. One of my favorite spots for lobster rolls and a ridiculously white clam pizza, the indoor/outdoor boutique hotel has a very open space for a picnic under the large trees or a drunk push or two on the swing set.
Wolffer Estate is one of the most well known wineries in the region. Many events throughout the season and jazz. Location: 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack, NY.
Channing Daughters is located in Bridghampton and apparently has a beautiful sculpture garden. Also, please pour here. Vino for days. Location: 1927 Scuttle Hole Road Bridgehampton, NY. We’ll also be attending Dan’s Taste of Summer, which is the biggest culinary event of the season and other art events in the area.