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September 26th, 2006

Late-Summer Roundup: HAMPTONS

by John Wegorzewski and Edward Callaghan

hamptonsAt the end of the season tempers get a little frayed on both sides. Visitors are worn out from the impossibility of snagging restaurant reservations and the frustrations over leaving those 24/7 clocks behind. Although grateful for the influx of money that has come with summer, residents wonder if everyone checked their manners and their brains somewhere west of the canal. Time for everyone to take a deep breath, catch the fall light and be thankful for this little bit of paradise. Fall is in the air.

In the spirit of an early Thanksgiving we’d like to post a few tips from our unbiased (well maybe not so unbiased) panel of residents and regulars on the still vibrant scene to remind us of the reasons why we come here. They all rate A+ in our book.

Galleries: to See and Be Seen
Vered Gallery
For over two decades, Vered and partner Janet Lehr have reigned as the premier dealers in 20th century masters, contemporary painters, sculptors and photographers–Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Willem de Kooning, Milton Avery, Henri Matisse, Botero, Bert Stern, Hunt Slonem and more. This is serious and expensive art for the most discerning collectors. Few gallery owners are as well versed in the field as this dynamic duo. A must visit. 68 Park Passage Place, East Hampton 631-324-3303

Hampton Road Gallery
Chat up owner Peter Marcelle and you’ll hear wildly outrageous stories of the Warhol years, the Chad’s Ford crowd, the Wyeths, et al–and they’re all true. An astute eye and encyclopedic knowledge of the contemporary art scene make this motorcycle riding dealer the only rep for such prominent artists as Dan Rizzie, Paton Miller, Bruce Lieberman and Nan Goldin. Also throws the best opening parties. 36 Hampton Road, Southampton 631-204-9704

Esperanza Leon’s gallery has become well known, not only locally but internationally, as the prime showcase for emerging and established Latin American artists, Lucila Caro, Jesus Matheus, Darlene Charneco, Fernando Martinez are among those featured in the coming months. 44 David’s Lane, East Hampton, 631-907-8422

The Gallery at Sag Harbor
Rebecca Cooper features a diverse array of local and international artists. Historic Sag Harbor photos by John Jonas Gruen will be featured. 125 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-7707.

RVS Fine Art
RVS has been a bright spot on the Hamptons scene for over 27 years, showcasing the works of popular local artists such as Jeff Muhs, Tapp Francke and Kevin Berlin. 20 Jobs Lane, Southampton 631-283-8546.

Catching the Last Rays
The light that first drew the great American painters like Thomas Moran and William Merritt Chase, continues to be a major attraction. Nowhere are there more beautiful sunsets, particularly at these local favorites:

East Hampton Point The unbeatable view overlooking Three Mile Harbor and the marina keeps this THE hot spot for leisurely dining and great cocktails. 295 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton, 631-639-2800

Dockers Waterside The young group house set, families and locals pack the decks that sit in the marshes. Get here early for a picnic table, order their local fried flounder sandwich, suck up clams and catch one of the most glorious sunsets over the bay. 94 Dune Road, East Quogue, 631-653-0653

Or… for a great romantic interlude hit any spot along the Peconic Bay or its many inlets, sit back and sigh. Life doesn’t get much better!

Breakfast, Lunch & the Quick Nosh
Whether you’re still catching Indian summer rays or just enjoy poring over the papers on the beach, there are quite a few great spots for hearty breakfasts, or simply a muffin and great java

Sip ‘N Soda This family run business cranks out the fastest eggs over easy and for those in need of a sugar fix, there are malted milk shakes, ice cream, sodas and egg creams in this diner cum old-fashioned ice cream parlor. 7 days a week 7:30 am to 5pm.40 Hampton Road, Southampton, 631-283-9752

The Golden Pear With outposts in Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton and their newest in Sag Harbor, these tiny eateries are big with the granola & yogurt set and one of the few places to pick up The Sunday Times. Delectable light fare and baked goods to go. 99 Main Street, Southampton, 631-283-8900 * 34 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 631-329-1600 * 2426 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, 631-537-1100 * 111 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-2270

Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen Stop by here and you’re liable to catch actor Roy Scheider reading a script or Rene Zellweger munching on a bagel in the early hours. A Bridgehampton institution, it’s the favored spot for quick meetings in a low-key casual atmosphere. 2391 Main Street, Bridgehampton, 631-537-9885

Simon’s Beach Bakery This is where savvy Westhampton Beachers soothe their sweet tooth. One of the first, if not the only bakery to serve kosher delights. With free wireless, opening daily at 6am and staying open until midnight or later on the weekends, it is no wonder their cozy wicker chairs are always occupied. 112 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, 631-288-6552

Twice Upon a Bagel for those who didn’t schlep a couple of dozen in from H&H, this is the spot for bagels that folks drive miles for. Not Murray’s–but the best in East Hampton. 358 Montauk Highway, Wainscott, 631-537-5553

Dining ’round the Towns
Almond Bar & Restaurant
After a cumulative total of 25 years in some of the greatest kitchens, partners Eric Limonides and Jason Weiner set out on their own to fill a major vacuum in the East End and opened Almond, a true Parisian bistro complete with warm woods, soft lighting, tin ceilings and the kind of cooking that has critics like Gael Greene swooning in delight! Moules frites, escargot in garlic with a snappy twist of Pernod, glorious coq au vin, and mouthwatering pates at French countryside prices. You’ll find it easily, just look for the mile stretch of cars parked on Montauk Highway. Call and snare a table a day in advance or better yet, make a standing reservation. 1970 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, 631-537-8885

Della Femina
When advertising whiz Jerry Della Femina decided to create a place where there would be great food and cool atmosphere for his creative friends, it was the best news to hit the Hamptons since the Revolutionary Days when the women of East Hampton turned steaming cauldrons of pudding on the advancing British Soldiers (hence, the name Pudding Hill). While Jerry’s kitchen doesn’t do pudding it churns out some of the finest country American fare in these parts for a celeb clientele that runs from Governor Pataki to Billy Joel. 99 North Main Street, East Hampton, 631-329-6666

American Hotel
Yet another historical reference, Ted Conklin’s hostelry was once the headquarters of the British Army, before those tough Sag Harbor residents tossed them out. Rebuilt in 1846 and renovated in 1972, The American boasts the greatest wine cellar and collection of single malts on Long Island. Matching this is a menu that defines haute cuisine on the East End, add in the roaring fireplace and you have the perfect makings for a romantic fireside dining experience. 45 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-3535

Driver’s Seat
Our absolute hands down fave spot for hanging out. For decades, this has been the place where Gin Lane ladies and scruffy surfers rub elbows, all drawn by the no-nonsense, high quality fare. Great burgers, ribs, and salads keep the crowd sated. In the fall weather there is a beautiful umbrella-ed patio and a covered bar. Resident mixologists Tom and Dick are long time vets who keep the cocktails shaking. New owner Irma Herzog, who had been a customer for over 20 years adhered to the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” philosophy and simply added a few dishes from her native Mexico. Driver’s Seat is still turning out its famous baked clam–a misnomer for an enormous succulent clam pie, a real trencherman’s portion. A must-have on Sundays is their challah French toast with fresh fruit–3 massive but featherweight breakfast treats. 62 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631-283-6606

Magic’s Pub
Just the fact that the kitchen is open 7 days a week from noon to midnight would get it a spot on any list. Add the fact that they offer great food and delicious specials, makes them a winner in our book. Magic’s has the most reasonably priced food and drinks in the Hamptons; a fact that is not lost on the Hollywood set. The phenomenal burgers are legendary. Recently under new management they now accept all major credit cards. It’s a place well worth stopping off on your way out East and a nice break before completing your trip back West. 111 Main Street Westhampton, 631-288-6105

Something of a local institution, this casual sports bar offers some of the best food in pricey Southampton and offers a sun-drenched patio. Rib eye steaks, fish burgers (the best on the East End) and an inexpensive Sunday brunch make this a regular destination. 17 Cameron Street, Southampton, 631-283-9417

Last year, our pals were extolling the virtues of a new restaurant formerly the Fish Net, a favorite shanty delivering great local seafood. Maybe because we were busy bemoaning the loss of yet another old hangout, whatever, we were wrong in not visiting Antonio Coelho’s new eatery F.O.O.D, (that’s an acronym for First Order Of the Day) The line of limos, jaguars, and pick up trucks tipped us immediately something was afoot here. The tiny cottage was filled with a real cross section of East End Socialites and in the know locals feasting on a menu of Brazilian infused hearty fare. 122 East Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, 631-723-3663

One Ocean
For years The Giordano Family has been luring diners to Noyac for their hearty Mediterranean-Italian classics. Since taking over the moribund connect at Ocean Road & Montauk Highway, they are packing them in with such specialties as chicken limone with olives and capers, saltimbocca and a planko encrusted salmon fillet that is superb. Betty Giordano and son John head up the warm and friendly staff. They’ll urge you to try dessert. Don’t resist, they have the best in town. 1 Ocean Road, Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, 631-537-5665

Getting the Look
Lost luggage? Didn’t have time to pack? Or simply want to look like you belong? There are a number of specialty shops that will fit you out in classic, classy preppy– think madras, trousers with embroidered whales…you get the picture. Perfect for an afternoon at the Southampton Beach Club or The Maidstone.

J. McLaughlin
A staple of the Palm Beach-Hamptons-Newport crowd, they offer an eye-searing collection of boldly colored casual wear for both men and women, perfect for garden parties and proper club going. With three East End locations, J. McLaughlin has got the private schooled set locked up.
12 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631-204-0183; 121 Main Street, Bridgehampton, 631-537-1962; 55 Main Street, East Hampton, 631-329-0898

Scoop Beach
Should your tastes be more Euro-chic and less Lily Pulitzer, there’s plenty of that too at this seaside out post of New York’s hippest spot for of the moment designer threads and accessories. Very popular with the young and not-so-fashionable devotees. 47 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 631-329-8080

Harmont & Blaine
A newcomer to Job’s Lane, H&B offers classic preppy looks with a modern twist–sort of Paul Smith meets Plymouth Rock. Perfect for the traditionalist trust-fund baby who likes to consider himself risky & daring. Their clothes and shoes, remarkably well crafted, can easily take you through the rounds of barbecues, beach parties and clubbing. 38 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631-287-6442

Kevin Maple Salon
For almost 20 years, Kevin Maple has been the only go to guy on the East End for top-notch hair styling, coloring, and full skin and nail care services. Locals from as far as mid island and visiting celebs appreciate the privacy and club like atmosphere of the salon on the second floor of a historic 1800’s building. 46 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631-283-8230

H. Groome
Now in its 5th year, Barbara Warner’s lovely emporium offering exquisite fashion for the home continues to draw the savvy designers, tastemakers and celebrities. With a blue chip fashion and design pedigree honed with luxury retailers and the houses of Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, the globe trotting Warner has a most discerning eye for unique, statement making home accessories, bath and beachwear. Smart house – guests know that a hostess gift from H. Groome will guarantee an invitation to return. 9 Main Street, Southampton, 631-204-0491

Culture Watch
Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
A vibrant venue for music, theater, dance and film, WHBPAC presents a diverse program from world-class artists to local productions all year round. Headliners include Eddie Palmieri and his orchestra, Tony winners Brian Stokes Mitchell and Elaine Stritch, New York City Opera, Lyle Lovett and David Brenner.
76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, 631-288-1500

Bay Street Theater
For 15 years, under the direction of Sybil Christopher, Stephen Hamilton and Emma Walton, Bay Street Theater has made Sag Harbor a major destination for theatergoers. Of interest: Taboo’s Euan Morton starring in The Who’s Tommy; Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl, who won acclaim for her portrayal of art world doyenne Peggy Guggen-heim takes on another art legend Frida Kahlo in the world premier of Viva La Vida. The theater’s Comedy Club has been SRO since its inception, offering such headliners as Mario Cantone. You can laugh along with Colin Quinn, Lisa Lampanelli, Paula Poundstone, Judy Gold, Lewis Black and more.
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor, 631-725-9500

Parrish Art Museum
This little jewel of a museum offers provocative exhibitions, thought provoking guest speakers, and concerts. Coming up is an extraordinary show: Encouraging American Geniuses, Master Paintings from the Corcoran Gallery of Art including the legendary Edward Hopper. And, look for an exhibition of America’s most celebrated pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.
25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631-283-2118

Guild Hall
The premier cultural institution of its kind on the East End and the rec room for the likes of Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Turner and artists such as Cindy Sherman and April Gornik, pulls out all of the stops for its 75th Anniversary with a whole weekend of parties, performances, and family activities. Try to snag a ticket for their Diamond Anniversary Season Finale, The Night of 75 Stars, starring Joy Behar, Phyllis Newman, Alec Baldwin, KT Sullivan, Elaine Stritch, Anne Jackson, Eli Wallach, and sixty five more great artists. 158 Main Street, East Hampton,

The 14th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival
Wednesday, October 18 through Sunday, October 22, 2006
The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) was founded to celebrate the American Independent film and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to our audiences. The festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all.
Among the many notable films previously shown at HIFF are: The Cooler, dir. Wayne Kramer, Gods and Monsters, dir. Bill Condon, Heavenly Creatures, dir. Peter Jackson, Osama, dir. Siddiq Barmak, and Pollock, dir. Ed Harris. Past attendees have included: Kathleen Turner, Charlize Theron, Joaquin Phoenix, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Alan Cumming, Illeana Douglas, Faye Wray, Harvey Keitel, Michael Apted, and Faye Dunaway
Tickets/passes will go on sale in September 2006.

Jean Luc Feeds the Hamptons
Some years ago Jean Luc (aka: Ed Kleefield) brought a breath of fresh air to the Upper West Side. His success, duly noted by critics and patrons alike, encouraged him to “Go East young man” and go he did–to East Hampton, Sag Harbor, Southampton and again Sag Harbor–taking care of us one plate at a time. As you will see Jean Luc covers the culinary waterfront:

Jean Luc East offers casually elegant fare with a Pacific Rim influence.
103 Montauk Highway East Hampton, 631-324-1100

JLX with views of the wharfs and a bright airy design, JLX offers lovely French Bistro fare seven days a week. 16 Main Street, Sag Harbor 631-725-9100

Madame Tong’s at JL Beach Nothing is more typically Southampton than this charming old house with its sprawling back lawn. Their deftly handled Chinese dishes, sushi and even steak have made this spot a fave with year-rounders. 256 Elm Street, Southampton, 631-204-0300

Mumbo Gumbo Jean Luc taps into Cajun country with a menu that features such bayou classics as po’boy sandwiches, fried oysters, and lots of ribs. Plus there are 10 American beers on tap to soothe that singe on your tongue 62 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-005

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