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
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.

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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

Leveraging a truly unique form of growing–aquaponics–Page delivers some of the freshest produce from a source you might not have expected.

The menu also features thing the restaurant hasn’t grown, such as a delectable charred Spanish octopus, and a duck confit that rivals any from the city.

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Navy Beach

NAVY BEACH

Wouldn’t it be great to sip a summer beer with your feet in the sand and the waves touching your ankles? We thought so too. And so did the people at Navy Beach.

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Montauk Brewing Co.

MONTAUK BREWING CO.

If you’ve ever been to the east end, chances are you’ve seen, and probably tasted, a beer from Montauk Brew Co. But have you been to their tasting room?

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Levain Bakery

LEVAIN BAKERY

If you’re a cookie fiend like we are, you’re probably already aware of what Levain Bakery does.

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Left Hand Coffee

LEFT HAND COFFEE

Maybe the most quintessential surf life coffee spot there is, Left Hand Coffee is a crucial part of Montauk life.

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