The DRL Hamptons Guide Archives

A Look Back At What Got Us Started

We Switched Our Style Up.

When we first launched Dune Road Lifestyle, we wanted to put together a guide to the best places to eat and drink in the Hamptons. We made a spreadsheet, jotted down all the top restaurants and bars, and wrote up short blog posts about each of them. That blog is what started it all.

Since then, we’ve started working on other stuff. We’ve gotten busy with other things. And a little thing called the COVID-19 pandemic threw our lives for a loop. Moreover, it threw the scene out east for one too.

With all the changes that have happened, and are bound to happen, it’s going to take a lot of work to keep The DRL Hamptons Guide up to date. And frankly, we’re not here for it.

See, the way in which we found users engaging with our content wasn’t by checking our database of top spots, but wanting to know what’s hot now. Current. Relevant today. And a guide that works like a list of classics…that’s just not what people need.

So, we’ll be continuing to cover the best bars and restaurants (and other spots) out east, but we’ll be doing it in real-time; in one-off posts that shoot more to capture the essence of an experience, rather than a collection of posts that try to be comprehensive.

We won’t catch everything, but we will serve feels. And in 2022 (and the future), that’s what counts.

The posts below are (in publication order) our old posts from The Dune Road Lifestyle Hamptons Guide. These are summaries that reflect the best of out east, and current only as of Summer 2021. Some spots might have closed down; new ones might’ve come up. You’ll just have to check out our new content (Insta, TikTok) to stay up on the latest.

Archived Posts
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. The “house” actually features accommodations in the form of guestrooms within the main house and a series of four cottages located just steps away. The vibe of the decor is homey chic, with classic touches like wainscoting on the walls and beds that look more like they came out of a high end home catalogue than your standard issue hotel. The area rugs found throughout really tie the spaces in, and you might find yourself wishing that your own house looked more like Topping Rose House.

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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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The Patio

THE PATIO

Anyone who knows Italian food knows that there’s one dish to measure the quality of a restaurant’s pasta: cacio e pepe. When we tried the “cach e pep” (as we pronounce it) at The Patio in Westhampton Beach, we were stunned. We thought we were back in Little Italy, or up in the Bronx on Arthur Avenue. But no, we were in Westhampton, and we didn’t have to worry about where we parked the car.

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The Montauk Beach House

THE MONTAUK BEACH HOUSE

Contemporary Montauk chic is how we’d describe the vibe at the Montauk Beach house, or “the MBH,” for short. Offering guests 5 different room types makes for a unique, fun approach to design and the appreciation of it. A stay at the MBH might send you running to refurnish your own place the week after. With refinished hardwoods, a bold take on wall color and furnishings, and warm lighting, you’ll wish you lived here. And the scene itself might make you.

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The Maidstone

THE MAIDSTONE

If you gave a team of genius branding pros the assignment of taking the phrase “Hamptons chic” and turning it into a business concept, we’re pretty sure the result would look a lot like The Maidstone. The boutique hotel, featuring a restaurant and bar, is a gorgeous instant-classic set right in the heart of town.

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Harvest on Fort Pond

HARVEST ON FORT POND

Summer vacation. You wanted to go to Tuscany. Everyone else voted out east. Well, tough luck sugar, but you’re in for a surprise. Harvest on Fort Pond, in Montauk, has some of the best Tuscan Italian food around.

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Tate's Bake Shop

TATE’S BAKE SHOP

If you’re in the city and you like cookies, or go to places where cookies are sold and have a pair of functioning eyes, you’ve probably noticed the nearly ubiquitous presence of green Tate’s Bake Shop bags of delicious cookies all over the city. But have you ever wondered where they come from? Is there a real Tate’s Bake Shop? Or it a fictionalized fantasy and the cookies really come from a factory in New Jersey?

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Stone Creek Inn

STONE CREEK INN

Luxurious and storied are two words we’d use to describe this gorgeous inn-style house located in East Quogue, out of which chef Christian Mir serves some of the best French-influenced American cuisine you’ll find anywhere out east. And he should know: Christian worked for years under storied French chef Alain Ducasse in Paris.

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Starr Boggs

STARR BOGGS

Words like “chic” and “delicious” fail to capture the decades of excellence that have been going on at Starr Boggs in Westhampton. A mainstay of the east end since the 80s, the restaurant is still serving up beautifully plated nouveau American cuisine in a stunning environment. The chef-owner is getting up there in years, though, and has recently hinted that he might be closing up shop. If you can, definitely make it a point to stop in and enjoy this iconic piece of Hamptons culinary history.

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Smokin' Wolf BBQ

SMOKIN’ WOLF BBQ

There’s a ton of ways to discover restaurants that are worth trying, and, if worthy, featuring on DRL. How did we do it for Smokin’ Wolf? We smelled it. From the street. And it smelled delicious.

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Sen Japanese Restaurant

SEN

For more than a quarter-century, Sen has been serving up some of the best sushi on the east end. They’re not just sushi, though, and they’ll be the first ones to tell you. Do yourself a favor and sample some of their buns. We’re carnivores by nature but even their veggie bun had us salivating.

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Sammys

SAMMYS

You can get a lobster roll practically anywhere these days. But a lobster burger? You’ll have to go to Sammys (and you should).

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Rumba

RUMBA

Like its sister restaurant, CowFish, Rumba is bringing fine dining back to Hampton Bays. It’s decidedly more chilled out vibe and island flavors will make you wonder whether the view you’re taking in is in New York, New Providence (the Bahamas).

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Page at 63 Main

PAGE AT 63 MAIN

All images courtesy of Page at 63 Main. 63 Main St., Sag Harbor, NY 11963 (631) 725-1810 page63main.com @page63main We’ve all heard of restaurants that

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