What's New in the Hamptons

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We've summed up the best of what's new and notable in the Hamptons this summer, from restaurants to events and more.

As New York’s favorite beach destination, there’s always something new going on in the Hamptons. This year is no different, with a slew of new restaurants, revamped hotels, and not-to-miss events, from charity balls to celebratory wine and food festivals. 

Where To Stay

Gurney's Montauk Resort
Originally built in the 1920s to resemble a cruise ship, complete with porthole windows and multiple decks, Gurney’s Montauk Resort is in the midst of a much-needed multi-year renovation. Phase three, revealed this season, features 42 new ocean-facing rooms with vaulted ceilings, oak floors, and custom furniture. The hotel is also expanding its wellness program, with in-room fitness lessons and a partnership with surf coaching service Paddle Diva Watersports. This season the resort also debuts their Fashion Collective, a series of rotating pop-up shops with Sandro, Edie Parker, and more. Though the resort is still working out some kinks, it’s shaping up to be one of the chicest options in the east end. 290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk; 631-668-2345; gurneysmontauk.com.

The Surf Lodge
This boho Montauk getaway got a refresh this spring from interior decorator Fiona Byrne. The white-washed walls and visual odes to surf culture remain, but this time with the work of photographer Gray Malin, driftwood accents, hanging chairs, and more. From $445; 183 Edgemere St.; 631-483-5037; thesurflodge.com.

Hotel ZE
Restaurateur Zach Erdem (behind local favorite 75 Main) turns his attention to lodging with the MONTH?-opened Hotel ZE in Southampton. The five-suite, four-room inn, designed by Costas Kondylis, sits above Erdem’s new restaurant Kozu (see below). Rates start at $800 per night on weekends, with a three-night minimum. 136 Main St.; 631-619-6660, 75maingroup.com.

Where To Eat

Zach Erdem has enlisted alumni of Nobu, Morimoto, and Le Bernadin for his Japanese-Peruvian restaurant, located on the ground floor of his new hotel. The sunny space is large enough to serve 100 indoors and 150 outside. Champagne brunch, with a live DJ, is served daily until the end of August. 136 Main St.; 631-619-6660; 75maingroup.com.

Restaurant at the Topping Rose House
This summer, John-Georges Vongerichten presides over the menu and kitchen of Bridgehampton’s charming Topping Rose House hotel. Using ingredients sourced primarily from the property’s one-acre farm and local fisherman, expect dishes like striped bass with summer squash and a lime-apricot emulsion, black truffle pizza, sweet pea guacamole, and more. 1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke.; 631-537-0870; toppingrosehouse.com.

Union Cantina
Southampton Social Club owners Ian Duke and David Hilty open inventive Mexican restaurant Union Cantina inside the former Southampton Publick House space (which moved to 62 Jobs Lane) on Bowden Square. The space hosts 400 Rabbits Tequila Bar, with more than 100 types of agave spirits on offer, along with two other bars.  Opened in June, Union Cantina will stay open year-round and offers bottomless brunch on weekends. 40 Bowden Sq.; 631-377-3500.

Grey Lady
After opening an outpost in Nantucket last year and Aspen before that, this New York establishment is finally opened an outpost closer to home, in Montauk, earlier this summer. Serving oysters, lobster rolls, and other New England seafood shack favorites—but with local catch in mind—in an upscale setting, with rustic brick walls and wooden floors and hanging plants, the Gray Lady is sure to charm folks here as it has in its other locales. 440 West Lake Dr.; 631-483-5803; greyladymtk.com.

Jue Lan Club
An outpost of the clubby Manhattan restaurant, named after a clandestine Shanghai art club from the 1930s, brings soup dumplings, Hakka pork belly, tea-smoked chicken, and other modern Chinese dishes to Southampton. Jue Lan Club fills the Hamptons’ Chinese restaurant gap after Phillpe Chow’s Hamptons outpost shuttered in 2015. 268 Elm St.; 631-353-3610; juelanclub.com.

Things To Do

Punch Fitness Pop-Up
The Hamptons pop-up of NYC-based, cult-favorite kickboxing gym Punch Fitness Center keeps you beach ready all summer long. Middleweight Thai boxing champion Adelino Da Costa’s fun and effective program (with an in-house Afro-beat DJ) offers private, semi-private, and group workout sessions starting from $110 per single session. Studio 89 - 89 Clay Pit Rd., Sag Harbor; 212-288-2375; punchfitnesscenter.com.

Three Galas
The calendar of Hamptons benefits, galas, parties, and balls is as full this year as always. At the 23rd annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit and Auction, installation artists from around the world create large-scale pieces and stage performances throughout the museum’s eight-and-a-half acre grounds (July 30; tickets from $650). To celebrate the opening of Guild Hall’s exhibition Aspects of Minimalism, with works by Dan Flavin and Gerhard Richter, the museum’s summer gala includes a special preview, cocktails, dinner, and a live auction (August 12; from $500). The Perfect Earth Project’s garden party, hosted on Cindy Sherman’s lawn, boasts Isaac Mizrahi as Master of Ceremonies and performances by Debbie Harry, Rufus Wainwright, and Suzanne Vega (September 3; tickets from $500).

Dan’s Taste of Summer
The star-studded, four-day event celebrates the talent of Manhattan and East End chefs. The festival kicks off with GrillHampton (July 22), where culinary talents face off in a cutthroat grilling competition. The Taste of Two Forks brings together chefs and winemakers from more than 40 North and South Fork restaurants, like Sarabeth’s, Phillippe, Noah’s, and Fresno (July 23). Gurney's Montauk hosts an inaugural clambake event with surf-and-turf and a VIP after-party (July 30). Taste wines from Long Island wine country with Geoffrey Zakarian at the picturesque McCall Vineyard and Ranch in Cutchogue (August 20). Purchase VIP tickets for access to better seating, a lounge area, and a gift bag.  Tickets from $170; multiple locations; 631-227-0188; danstasteofsummer.com.

Chefs & Champagne
The James Beard Foundation’s annual tasting bash held on the Wölffer Estate Vineyard will host New Orleans-based chef, philanthropist, and restaurateur John Besh this year. The not-to-miss event will features dishes from over 40 award-winning chefs including Matt Lambert of The Musket Room in New York and Perry Hendrix of Chicago’s Avec, plus free-flowing Champagne. July 23tickets from $275; 139 Sagg Rd., Sagaponack; 212-627-2308; jamesbeard.org

Hampton Classic Horse Show
The Hampton Classic is one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the country, playing host to top-notch equestrian competitions for more than 30 years. In 2016, watch the finals for the Young Jumper Championships, the Hunter Classics, and the Hampton Classic Leadline, a procession of ponies and their riders in the Grand Prix Ring. (There’s also plenty of food, shopping, and celebrity-sighting to go around.) August 28-September 4; 240 Snake Hollow Rd.; 631-537-3177; hamptonclassic.com.

Getting There

Make the Hamptons commute as luxe as the destination itself this summer and arrive via helicopter. Blade and JetSmarter are offering one-way tickets (starting at $495) to various points in the Hamptons, including Montauk and Shelter Island, from various points in Manhattan.

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