New York summer officially started this past weekend when the city masses got on the Jitney, the Luxury Liner, or the LIRR and headed east to the Hamptons. We actually spent the holiday relaxing in our midtown apartment but have plans to head out there a few times this summer. Ironically, the Hamptons, long considered the playground for the rich and famous, may be a more attractive local vacation alternative for a little R&R this year. We’ll be bringing you coverage from the Hamptons, Montauk, Nantucket, and other domestic destinations throughout the summer. Whether you live in New York or are planning a visit, make sure to spend a weekend there and see what all the buzz is about.
Even for the seasoned Hamptonite, 2009 still brings a lot of new things to do. Thanks to our friends at Wordhampton to help us figure out what’s new this summer.
Montauk Yacht Club: We’re heading out to spend a weekend at the Yacht Club later in June and just in time for it’s 80th Anniversary celebrations. This summer they also launched a new restaurant: Gulf Coast Kitchen which brings Southern comfort food to the East End resort. We’re pretty psyched for the Chili Rubbed Steak and Watermelon Gazpacho spotted on the menu. 32 Star Island Road, Montauk
Blue Sky Restaurant & Lounge: This moderately priced Mediterranean eatery just opened last week in Sag Harbor opened by veteran Hampton’s chef Giuseppe ‘Beppe’ Desiderio. It’s so new they don’t even have a website, but we hear they have everything from tzatziki lamb chops to Paella. 63 Main Street, Sag Harbor; (631) 725-9353
You’ve seen Philippe featured on The City (and perhaps in various cities you’ve visited: Miami, New York, LA, Vegas, even Mexico). But this is the first time Chef Chow is taking his creation to the country. He’s applied the same successful formula- trendy food, upscale decor, and beautiful clientele now with the added perk of catering to your boat. We’ve yet to try a Philippe’s restaurant- so maybe we’ll make a point to check out the newest one. 44 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton; (631) 907-0250
I don’t think there’s such a thing as too much Hampton’s sun but just in case you need a little re-balancing, Beautiful You: Center for Healing Arts is the newest natural spa on the scene with services ranging from facials to massages to a feng shui class. We’re willing to bet that even though the services list look comparable to what you’d find at an upscale Manhattan spa, there won’t be any traffic noises during your facial- something not even the best place in the city can guarantee! 80 White Street, Southampton, 631.287.9352
The Spa at East Wind welcomes new celebrity hair dresser Gregg Giannillo who has designed the tresses of Natalie Portman and Rachel Ray. But what we’re really excited for is the hotel’s Girlfriend Getaway Package this summer which for $160-$209 per person (depending on number of friends) you’re each treated to use of spa and fitness facility, a facial or a massage, a spa lunch at Desmond’s Restaurant and Lounge, a bottle of champagne in addition to luxury overnight accommodation and late checkout. We think this might be the next spot we check out after the Montauk Yacht Club. 5720 Route 25A, Wading River (631) 929-3500
ROCK & ROLL
To be perfectly honest, we’ve seen enough of the clubbing scene right here in New York City but if your idea of a vacation means beachside by day and barside by night, some of the city’s most exclusive clubs are now open in the Hamptons.
1OAK at Lily Pond: The only times we’ve been to 1OAK in the city was for Fashion Week parties and even then we’ve had a little trouble with the bouncer despite being on the guestlist and dressed to the nines. We’ll just venture a little guess that the door might be just as tight out in East Hampton so make sure your tan’s not streaky and your feet are perfectly pedicured before attempting the velvet ropes. 44 East Mile Harbour Rd, East Hampton NY
The Harbour Club: This is touted to be the hottest new club of the season and they’re offering bottle service at 65% the cost of other clubs! Does the logo look a lot like Ralph Lauren Blue Label? We’re going to guess that’s probably also the dress code there. 964 Bridgehampton
Sole East: Last summer all the buzz in Montauk was happening around the Surf Lodge where the nightlife was managed by Cain and it was apparently impossible to get anyone on the phone to make a reservation. This year, it looks like it’s shifted to Sole East where we hear that the guys that run Chloe 81 (the new media/art insider’s club now that Beatrice is closed) will be partying it up.