Memorial Day Out East


It’s Memorial Day weekend, which, if you live in NYC, is practically synonymous with a share house in the Hamptons and seemingly endless rosé. Whether you’re heading out for a low-key weekend by the pool or, rather, you’re planning for just the opposite (ahem, read spending an ungodly amount of time in line before MTK’s Surf Lodge lets you into its concert series (FYI, this weekend’s line-up includes Son Little, Cole Ramstad and Lukas Graham)), the East End is buzzing with new watering holes and eateries you really shouldn’t miss. Here’s everything on our radar… and now, on yours too. See you shore-side, kids.


Arbor x The Garret 
Remember Arbor— the silent sleeper that opened in Montauk last season and served up surprisingly good food and wine by the glass? Well, this year, its seafood platters and rosé brunches are back, but its outdoor patio will play host to an entirely new venture: a summer-long pop-up of the East Village’s beloved cocktail den, The Garret. Expect craft cocktails, tunes and all-around good vibes. (MAP IT)

Grey Lady Charters
Sure, plenty of people were talking about the better-than-average lobster rolls at The Grey Lady Montauk last year, but did you know that the casual sea-centric restaurant allows you to privately charter its sail boat? A 2-and-a-half hour sunset cruise with cocktails, champagne and rosé will run six friends a total of $900. There’s also a full lobster bake dinner cruise for groups of four.

From the chef of East Hampton standby Bay Kitchen Bar, Eric Miller, comes Montauk’s newest dining option: Flagship. The about-to-debut spot will focus on fresh, seasonal plates and local seafood. (MAP IT)

East Hampton

EMP Summer House
Hands-down, the buzziest headline of the season is the opening of Eleven Madison Park’s East Hampton pop-up, EMP Summer House. The Manhattan restaurant– which was just crowned number one at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards– is closing its doors for renovations so Chef Daniel Humm and his business partner Will Guidara needed a plan to take care of their staffers in the meantime. Ingeniously, the duo decided to follow their well-heeled clientele out East with a vision for a casual, summer spin-off in the former Moby’s space. Opening its doors on June 24th, the restaurant will serve an à la carte menu of local produce and seafood, as well as large-format meals including fried chicken dinners and lobster boils. Complete with outdoor games (think corn hole, ping-pong tables and pétanque courts), the venue is exclusively for AmEx card members. (MAP IT)

Cove Hollow Tavern
Café Max is no more. In its place, Shelter Island’s Vine Street Café owners, Lisa Murphy Harwood and Terry Harwood, have opened Cove Hollow Tavern, a Mediterranean-meets-French bistro good for day or night. (MAP IT)

Dopo La Spaggia
Dopo La Spaggia‘s East Hampton offshoot opened early last fall which means most summertime East Enders have yet to check out the Italian hideaway. Dishes range from shaved brussels sprouts Caesar salads to a scallop crudo with caviar. Though the spot is open all day, you’d be remiss not to stop by its outdoor deck for the daily, half-off happy hour. (MAP IT)


Wolffer Kitchen
Wolffer family domination of the Hamptons continues with the opening of Wolffer Kitchen‘s second location, this one in Amagansett. Co-owned by siblings Joey and Marc, the new kitchen will take after its Sag Harbor sister, serving farm-to-table share plates like cured salmon with beet yogurt, lemon zucchini noodles and “summer in a bowl,” a mix of summer vegetables and stone fruits marinated in (wait for it) the family’s rosé. (MAP IT)

Sag Harbor

Le Bilboquet
The dock in Sag Harbor is about to get a whole lot chicer with the debut of Le Bilboquet (its UES locale is a favorite of CP contribs like Ann Dexter-Jones and Nell Diamond). Featuring favorites from its Manhattan flagship, plus a crudo bar right in its center, the space opens this weekend. (MAP IT)

Lulu Kitchen & Bar
The man behind Duryea’s Lobster Deck in Montauk, Marc Rowan, is setting up shop in Sag with Lulu Kitchen & Bar. The casual spot boasts a raw bar and seaside bites like crab and avocado dip, a wood-burning oven for artisanal pizzas and a bevy of veg-centric plates like grilled heirloom cauliflower with tahini and a fresh tomato tartare.(MAP IT)


Finally, a legit Greek place is landing on the East End (are we the only ones that could strictly subside on cucumber-tomato salads and whole fish come summer?). Coming to Watermill this weekend, the owners of NYC’s Periyali and Il Cantinori (both CP contrib favorites, BTW) are cooking up Santorini-ready fare inside their latest venture: Calissa. Come for the octopus, the pastourma (grilled peach with honey, mint and pea tendrils) and salt-baked whole Montauk bass and stay for, well, exactly that… (MAP IT)


The Lucky Bee
The site of one of our invite-only Supper Clubs, kitschy Thai spot The Lucky Bee is a team go-to when we’re in the mood for a color-drenched, booze-filled meal with friends because: (a) the people watching is next-level, (b) the vibes are low-key, but fun and (c) the food is better than it needs to be given (a) and (b). Come to think of it, doesn’t that sound like the recipe for an ideal summer hang? Clearly owner Rupert Noffs agrees– he’s heading out to Greenport this season to open a satellite pop-up for the summer season. Sharing the kitchen of the daytime café, Bruce & Son, The Lucky Bee’s annex will serve dinner on weekends only. As for its menu? Noffs is putting a Thai twist on local seafood with plates like crab green curry and betel leaf lobster. (MAP IT) CP


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