For those of you still whining about the closure of Indian Wells Tavern, stop it. It’s embarrassing. Head into its replacement, Main Street Tavern, and have Cory make you a big boy/girl drink to cry into. You’ll thank us later.
Sel Rrose brings the excellence of the NYC mixology scene to Montauk in a venue that’s quintessentially east end. Helmed by veteran NYC bar owner Kristin Vincent (of Sel Rrose (the NYC version), Fig. 19 and Home Sweet Home fame), the Hamptons iteration of her house of mixology is poised to serve up the same level of cocktail in a far more relaxed setting.
We remember Moby’s, in all its iterations, and we just love the fact that they’re returning to the old spot on Pantigo Rd. We could sit back here and tell you stories of the old days, when we were young and reckless, drinking the night away at the old spot. But then things changed. We grew up. New spots opened up. Montauk boomed. Moby’s moved away, doing a brief stint in Northwest Harbor.
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.
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’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.)
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.