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
Hero Beach Club
This retreat, which opened in June, is located along Montauk’s Umbrella Beach. Housed in a refurbished 1950s structure (formerly the Oceanside hotel), its 34 rooms (including seven suites) boast furniture that was hand-selected and designed in Bali by the property’s interior design team, as well as mattresses from Tomorrow Sleep, and linens from Hill House Home. (Many rooms also have a private patio or balcony.) The hotel has a large and lush private garden with its own private entrance onto the beach. Over the summer, guests can take advantage of programming like bespoke cocktail events, film screenings, and bonfires. Rooms from $500; 626 Montauk Hwy.; 631-668-9825; herobeachclub.com.
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 has undergone a multi-phase renovation and now features 118 new guest rooms with vaulted ceilings, oak floors, and custom furniture. The hotel also offers an expansive wellness program, with fitness retreats and classes in partnership with wellness firm the Wellth Collective, and a partnership with surf coaching service Paddle Diva Watersports. This season, the resort's Fashion Collective, a series of rotating pop-up shops, features 6 Shore Road, Sweaty Betty, Joie, and more. 290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk; 631-668-2345; gurneysmontauk.com.
The Surf Lodge
This boho Montauk getaway recently got a refresh 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. Rooms from $445; 183 Edgemere St.; 631-483-5037; thesurflodge.com.
Restaurateur Zach Erdem (behind local favorite 75 Main) turns his attention to lodging with the Hotel ZE, opened last summer in Southampton. The five-suite, four-room inn, designed by Costas Kondylis, sits above Erdem’s new restaurant, Kozu. Rates start at $800 per night on weekends, with a three-night minimum. 136 Main St.; 631-619-6660; hotel-ze.com.
Where To Eat
Lulu Kitchen & Bar
Opened in April, Lulu’s is the latest addition to financier Marc Rowen’s group of Hamptons restaurants (including Montauk’s Duryea’s Lobster Deck and Arbor). Helmed by executive chef Phillippe Corbet, who has worked at multiple Michelin-starred restaurants, this Sag Harbor spot focuses on locally sourced, wood-fired cuisine with Mediterranean influences, like wood fire-roasted beets (with Satur Farms grilled Vidalia onions, pistachios, horseradish, Goodale Farms goat cheese, and pea shoots) and coal-roasted vegetable pot-au-feu with smoked aioli and spicy mustard. 126 Main St.; 631-725-0900; lulusagharbor.com.
With a flagship on the Upper East Side and satellite locations in Atlanta and Dallas, this French bistro opened another outpost on Sag Harbor’s waterfront in June. Owned by restaurateur Philippe Delgrange, businessman Ron Perelman, singer Eric Clapton, and real estate magnate Steve Witkoff, the restaurant is known both for its Cajun chicken and celebrity clientele. 1 Long Wharf, Sag Harbor; 631-808-3767.
In May, Joey and Marc Wölffer’s buzzy Sag Harbor restaurant debuted a second location in Amagansett. The menu focuses on local, seasonal American cuisine (think: seafood, tapas, vegetables, and legumes); the wine list features wines and ciders from Wölffer Estate Vineyard, the Long Island winery owned by the same family, plus offerings from other American producers. 4 Amagansett Square Dr., 631-267-2764; wolfferkitchen.com.
EMP Summer House
Located a five-minute drive from East Hampton's bustling Main Street, the EMP Summer House—a partnership between American Express and chef Daniel Humm's Michelin-starred New York restaurant, Eleven Madison Park—is a sprawling ode to surfside dining, open exclusively to American Express Card Members. The house itself has three main areas: an indoor dining room (with an elegant black-and-white-tiled pizza oven), a lounge area by the bar, and a covered patio where diners can order casual fare such as lobster rolls and Humm’s famous truffle-spiked hot dog. Outside, there are white picnic tables, yellow-and-white umbrellas, twinkly lights, and lawn games like bocce ball and blue-and-pink EMP Ping-Pong tables custom-made by Los Angeles-based 11 Ravens. 341 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton; The EMP Summer House is open exclusively to American Express Card Members; dinner reservations are required for the dining room, but otherwise walk-in guests are welcome. For more information on American Express’s By Invitation Only events in the Hamptons this summer, visit americanexpress.com/byinvitationonly or call 800-321-7787.
Zach Erdem has enlisted alumni of Nobu, Morimoto, and Le Bernadin for his Japanese-Peruvian restaurant, located on the ground floor of Hotel ZE (above). 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; kozuhampton.com.
After opening an outpost in Nantucket last year and Aspen before that, this New York establishment opened an outpost closer to home, in Montauk, last 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.
Things To Do
Punch Fitness Pop-Up FC
The Hamptons pop-up of NYC-based, cult-favorite kickboxing gym Punch Fitness Center keeps you beach ready all summer long. Thai boxing champion Adelino Da Costa’s fun and effective program offers private, semi-private, and group workout sessions starting from $110 per single session. 89 Clay Pit Rd., Sag Harbor; 212-288-2375; punchfitnesscenter.com.
Elements Fitness Studio
This boutique fitness studio, known for its barre and dance fusion classes, is introducing several new offerings this summer: Founder Andrea Hunsberger will instruct an outdoor barre class at Wölffer Estate Vineyard on select dates; Glam&Go will host an in-studio pop-up with blow dry and styling services; and stand-up paddle board sessions (including SUP Barre, which pairs signature barre exercises with SUP techniques), will be offered all summer long. 68 Newtown Ln., Suite 6, East Hampton; 631-604-5445; elementsfitnessstudio.com.
Hampton Classic Horse Show
The Hampton Classic is one of the largest horse shows in the country, playing host to top-notch equestrian competitions for more than 30 years; it features Olympic veterans, as well as World Cup and World Championship riders. (There’s also plenty of food, shopping, and celebrity-sighting to go around.) American Express Platinum Card® Members can access the Hampton Classic through By Invitation Only. For information and reservations, call 800-321-7787 or click here to learn more; August 27-September 3; 240 Snake Hollow Rd.; 631-537-3177; hamptonclassic.com.
The calendar of Hamptons benefits, galas, parties, and balls is as full this year as always. At the 24th 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 29; tickets from $650). To celebrate the opening of Guild Hall’s exhibition Avedon’s America, featuring works from over 50 years of photographer Richard Avedon’s career, the museum’s summer gala includes a special preview, cocktails, dinner, and a live auction (August 11; from $500).
Copious Row Beach Opens
This summer, Copious Row—a luxury women’s fashion boutique in Greenwich, Connecticut—opened a second location in Southampton; the new Copious Row Beach offers ready-to-wear pieces, accessories, and fine jewelry from both established and emerging brands, including Monse, Victoria Beckham, Judith Leiber, Delpozo, Roksanda, Sally Lapointe, Tomas Maier, and more. 28C Jobs Ln.; 631-488-4555; copiousrow.com.
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 Manhattan.