New Hamptons Restaurants for 2012 Season
If you think Hamptons men are commitment phobic – they’ve got nothing on Hamptons restaurants. Each year new eateries emerge in time for Memorial Day madness. Yet after the seasonal rush many quietly shut their doors and abandon their facebook pages. Here are some summer romances we hope will last.
Welcome the lineup of new Hamptons restaurants for summer of 2012. See if you can follow the in and out. Cheers!
Out – Oasis In: The Bell & Anchor
In Sag Harbor on 3253 Noyac Road top Hamptons’ restaurateur David Loewenberg of the much beloved The Beacon Restaurant, Fresno, and redbar Brasserie is opening The Bell & Anchor with partner Executive Chef Sam Mcleland working his seafood magic with fresh fish and lobster. The marina waterfront location is undergoing a top to bottom renovation with a new easy breezy feel.
Out – Beachhouse In: The Hamptons Players Club
The Hamptons Players Club gallops into East Hampton at 103 Montauk Highway. The equestrian and polo themed restaurant from Frank Cilione and partners will feature modern American fare from chef Hector Diaz. The three tiered space features a formal dining room and bar with outside beer garden and fireplace and VIP lounge. Check out our feature story.
Out – Boathouse In: Andrra
This harbor-front spot is always a sunset favorite. The new Andrra located at 39 Gann Road in East Hampton takes advantage of its waterfront setting on Three Mile Harbor. Owners Sami Krasniqi who is the Executive Chef, Noti Krasniqi, and Rich Silver with Consulting Chef William Valentine will be bringing a Mediterranean seafood and chops concept to the recently renovated space which will include a late night lounge. HipHamptons insider tip: Happy Hour Mondays from 3 to 8p with a complimentary appetizer with drink.
Out – Pomme Café In: Muse In The Harbor
Muse formerly in Water Mill has moved into Sag Harbor to be Muse In the Harbor at 16 Main Street. They’ve redone the space in blue hues around the signature 8 x 4 tropical fish tank featuring new American cuisine from Chef/owner Matthew Guiffrida with occasional live music.
Out – Nello’s In: Nammo’s Estiatorio
Located in the charming Old Post House at 136 Main Street in Southampton, Nammo’s has renovated the interior for ample lounge and DJ space. Look for a Mediterranean themed menu.
Out – Philippe In: Beaumarchais A La Plage
This Meatpacking District favorite adds a French flair to its new location at 44 Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton next to SL East. Look for their signature Beau Brunch and DJ Driven Dinners. You have to love a restaurant with this philosophy, “Drinking when we are not thirsty and making love at any time is all that distinguishes us from the other species,” Pierre Beaumarchais. And here we thought it was the opposable thumb.
Out – Exile In: Sotto Sopra
At 231 Main Street in Amagansett this Northern Italian eatery takes its place in the Randy Lerner crown jewels of Amagansett.
Out – Oyster Pond In:Zum Schneider
This beloved Bavarian Bierhaus from NYC comes east to Montauk at 4 South Elmwood. We’re hoping the Oompah band will head east as well.
Out – Surf Lodge In: Surf Lodge-Lite?
It may be a kinder and gentler Surf Lodge. After months of legal issues over code violations it was taken over by Montauk Properties LLC with principal Michael Walrath who moved from a minority position to sole ownership. He indicated he wanted to place nice in that very sexy sandbox as he is himself a local. He’s stated his intentions to stick to a more simple and mellow plan. As long as Nancy Atlas is there playing Wednesday nights and you do something about the longest line to the ladies room in the Hamptons we are happy campers.
Out – Lenny’s In: Swallow East
Michael Walrath is also the new owner of the dockside restaurant Lenny’s in Montauk with partner Jimmy Tchinnes and is reported to be looking to open a fun and family friendly restaurant at that location. We hear mojitos on the dock and local striped bass tacos are on the way at 474 West Lake Drive.
Out – Bull’s Head Inn In: Topping Rose House
Topping Rose House will open in Bridgehampton in late summer 2012. Welcoming guests year round, the full-service inn will be home to 22 guest rooms and a restaurant from acclaimed chef Tom Colicchio with a menu focusing on vegetables. Originally constructed in 1842, the Greek revival mansion that was once the Bull’s Head Inn is undergoing a top-to-bottom restoration.