The DRL Hamptons Guide Archives

A Look Back At What Got Us Started

We Switched Our Style Up.

We used to be a site focused on covering a wide range of bars, restaurants, and other spots to check out in the Hamptons. The posts in this archive are from that time.

Now, we’re more focused on creative design, media production, and related pursuits.

Nevertheless, we’re still super interested in the bar / restaurant / hospitality / retail scene out east, but now in a hyper-focused, super-curated way.

If you’re looking for the best places to eat, drink, shop & more in the Hamptons during the 2022 season, the list you’re looking for is here.

If you want a view into what our old content was like, let the posts below be your guide.

Archived Posts
Townline BBQ

TOWNLINE BBQ

Nothing feels more like summer than BBQ. If you want to skip the grilling and cleaning that goes with doing it yourself, TownLine BBQ has you covered. You can expect a menu of meats that are smoked and dry-rubbed on site, southern inspired sides (cue the cornbread), and a large selection of housemade sauces.

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Hero Beach Club

HERO BEACH CLUB

In need of a relaxing beach weekend out East? Look no further than Hero Beach Club. Located close to the heart of Montauk, on Umbrella Beach, the resort features a vast garden equipped with fire pits, a pool decorated with furniture imported from Bali, and elegant modern beach inspired rooms.

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Crow's Nest

CROW’S NEST

It’s late afternoon and the sun is about to set. You need a glass of rose and some bites as you bask in the remainder of the day. Head over to Crow’s Nest, a chic restaurant and inn with outdoor lounge seating, offering a menu that includes a mezze platter, spiced roasted cauliflower, and local fluke and tuna crudo among a variety of other dishes. Order a tray of oysters, take your wine down to the beach, and enjoy your summer evening as string lights turn on over the lawn and dusk gives way to the stars twinkling. 

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The Baker House

THE BAKER HOUSE 1650

The bar on what “luxury” means in the Hamptons is pretty lofty. The Baker House, an East Hampton B&B, continually sets the high mark.

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La Fondita

LA FONDITA

Want to find great Mexican out east? Follow the cars heading out of Ditch Plains after a long day surfing. You’ll find that more than a few make a pit-stop at La Fondita in Amagansett. The “little kitchen” just off Montauk Highway serves up amazing iterations of classic casual Mexican fare (e.g., tacos, burritos, ‘dillas, etc.).

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Duck Walk Vineyards

DUCK WALK VINEYARDS

Probably our favorite thing to do on a lazy summer afternoon is to head over to Duck Walk, grab a bottle with friends, and hang out in their super chill, zero-pretenses tasting room. A stark contrast to some of the other vineyard tasting rooms you’ll find on the south fork, it’s no surprise that people looking to avoid city vibes choose it, and its wine club, as their go to vino destination for time spent on the east end.

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Wolffer Estate Vineyard

WOLFFER ESTATE VINEYARD

Known to all as the premier vineyard on Long Island, the renowned Wolffer Estate has a tasting room that is a must-do for your summer out east.

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Sag Harbor Baking Co.

SAG HARBOR BAKING CO.

One of our favorite things about the east end is frankly how much excellence can be crammed into such a small corner of the country. Sag Harbor Baking Company is a piece of all that excellence.

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La Hacienda

LA HACIENDA

We’ve heard people say things like “there should really be a Dos Caminos out east.” And if you, like them, think good Mexican food can only be found at a big brand NYC resto, we pity you. You’ve never been to La Hacienda.

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The Stephen Talkhouse

THE STEPHEN TALKHOUSE

Named after a real life local Hamptons legend, the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett is probably the most quintessential out east bar we can think of. That being said, prepare yourself, especially if you’re over 25.

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Wolffer Kitchen

WOLFFER KITCHEN

If you’ve been out to the east end enough, you know that the name Wolffer is synonymous out here with luxury experiences. But what you might not know is that it doesn’t just stop at the wine. Enter, Wolffer Kitchen, the latest offering of the Wolffer food and beverage empire.

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Tutto Il Giorno

TUTTO IL GIORNO

The east end sisters of the restaurant in TriBeCa by the same name, Tutto Il Giorno out east don’t mess around. The menus are different at each, which gives you a reason to try both.

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Topping Rose House

TOPPING ROSE HOUSE

If you’re looking for a luxurious place to stay out east, stop looking for a Four Seasons (there isn’t one). There is that level of luxury, though. Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, for one, is capable of delivering it.

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Wolffer Wine Stand

THE WINE STAND AT WOLFFER ESTATE

The Wolffer Wine Stand exists mainly to solve your basic grammergency. And you have those out east, right? It’s been 12+ hours since you posted and you’re all out of fresh summer content? Fear no more.

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Surf Lodge

SURF LODGE

Just because there’s a lot of hype doesn’t mean you shouldn’t believe it. If Surf Lodge had a motto, that would be it. Probably the most talked about place in Montauk, and maybe on the east end, Surf Lodge was almost like the Lewis & Clark of the post-millennium Montauk revival. (They pioneered it.)

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The Plaza Cafe

THE PLAZA CAFE

It should come as no surprise, given how many of the city’s rich and famous summer in the Hamptons, that you’re going to find a lot of haute cuisine out east. But finding a chef with a CV as deep as that of Doug Gulija is a tall order. Chef Doug (as he’s known), of Southampton’s The Plaza Café, has spent decades mastering the craft of fine dining, and his dishes, both in their flavor and presentation, evidence it.

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