Unless you’ve been asleep for the last nine months (and... solid planning, if so), it hasn’t been
Hamptons season in a while. But look at that—now it is again. And with a new Hamptons season comes all the
shiny new spots to while away your weekends. Spots like these...
Was: South Pointe. A spot for celebrity summering, poolside model-gramming and
world-renowned DJs spinning into the sunrise. Is now: Well, probably very similar to that. But now with an “interactive” DJ booth
(you’ll see) and golden excerpts from Darwin on the walls. Which... nice to know those are there.
Was: Trata Estiatorio. Is now: Not at all Greek. Instead, expect Beijing-style shrimp satay and Peking duck from a
Philippe vet. Outdoors: check. Noodles and dim sum that’ll last well into the late-night, DJ-spun hours:
check. You: we’ll get presumptuous and say check.
Was: B. Smith’s. Is now: The Sag Harbor outpost of the opulent Midtown seafood specialist (from a Nobu
partner). This version is where you’ll come for marina-side local catch and bottles of North Fork wine.
It’s been far too long since you’ve done anything marina-side.
Bay Kitchen Bar
Was: Andrra Restaurant & Lounge (they never recovered from the spelling error). Is now: Where you devour all the things that live or could have lived in the waters nearby.
Long Island duck, scallops, lobster ravioli. The waterfront-dining aspect still remains. That’s how
Finale East Hampton
Was: SL East, which, with a two-year life span, outlasted a lot of Hamptons club
concepts. Is now: The official late-night spot of the arrival-by-helicopter crowd. Think bottles and banquettes under arches of purple light.
Which is great, until you see the cabanas outside. Cabanas trump everything.
Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
Was: Gurney’s. Is now: Better Gurney’s. Totally redone. Has its own market. Beachside cocktail service.
The only sand-filtered seawater pool in North America. A brand-new seafood spot. You know, better.
The Harbor Raw Bar & Lounge
Was: The Cross Eyed Clam (we hardly knew ye). Is now: Home to ocean-to-table lobster from a former Barrique chef (a Long Island favorite)
and cocktails from a Red Rooster vet. Think oysters on the patio by day and live music by night. Think hard
about that, in fact.
PATHS OF VICTORY
UD’s The Next Move: Hamptons
Was: Dormant for the off-season. Is now: Roaring back into your mobile app with a lust for scoping out late-night lobster
rolls in Bridgehampton... and solving any breakfast-burrito crises you may have in Montauk. Knowledge, meet