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.).
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.
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.
Most of the crowd on peak weekend nights is most definitely NOT over 25. Talkhouse during the season looks like the kind of place you’d imagine a real life Chuck Bass making a move on a real life Serena Van Der Woodsen, while real life Blair Waldorf cries in the bathroom. Is it a scene? Yes. Is it fun? Yes. Do we recommend it for every night you’re out east? Absolutely not. (Unless you’re Gossip Girl.)
There’s usually a long line at the front on Friday and Saturday nights during the season, so be prepared to wait. There’s a cover at the end of that line, so there’s also that. But, there’s usually live music, and it’s usually pretty great. Drinks are what they are: light beers, vodka sodas, and anything else you might order at what’s basically a college bar out east.
It’s usually a super fun scene on the inside once you’re in and get into it. Put back a few vodka sodas and get to dancing. Get to the bar, order shots, make new friends, and remember what it’s like to be back in college for a night. You might run into that cute person you sat across from on the Jitney. Definitely buy them a vodka soda.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.