Hard as it is to accept, summer is slowly sizzling down. With so few days left, we want to make sure that you use your time wisely. So, for this week, we're introducing the Hamptons Hot List: a quick and dirty rundown of the must-sees in food, nightlife, and activities for those precious last days of sunshine. First up: the hottest places to sate that summer appetite.
Hottest for a Seafood Lunch Spot: Bostwick's Chowder House, East Hampton
The 2K10 relocation of Bostwick's Chowder House (from the current Boathouse space on Three Mile Harbor) features a more moderately priced menu full of seafood dishes, raw bar options, and sandwiches. The restaurant has a quintessential laid back atmosphere with generous sized portions. Order a lobster roll or a crab cake sandwich and eat indoors, outdoors or out by the bar.
Bostwick's Chowder House: 277 Pantiago Road, East Hampton NY (P: 631-324-1111)
Hottest Burger: CittaNuova, East Hampton
Sit at a table facing Newton Lane for street-side people watching (better than the webcam version) and amazing burgers at CittaNuova. The casual ambiance is full of people unwinding and relaxing from a day at the beach. Be warned, the restaurant is right in the middle of town so it gets fairly busy and service can be a bit slow. But that being said, the burgers are great and it's the perfect place for quick bite.
CittaNuova: 29 Newton Lane (P: 631-324-6300)
Hottest Hungover Breakfast: Citarella, Locations in Watermill, East Hampton, and Bridgehampton
When your having one of those mornings - you know when your head feels like its been hit by a brick and your hair seems to have some sort of champagne concoction still stuck in it - the last thing you need is to deal with a bunch of happy Hamptons families enjoying a sunny Sunday brunch. For the quick coffee/breakfast/ASAP fix, just head to Citarella for lots of delicious (and healthy) options, followed by a beach nap (nothing's better for that hangover..)
Citarella Watermill : 760 Montauk Highway; Citarella East Hampton: 2 Pantiago Road ; Citarella Bridgehampton: 2209 Montauk Highway
Hottest Lobster Meal: The Palm, East Hampton
While there may be plenty of famous lobster joints out east, The Palm is an A-list option and a must-taste at least once a summer. For the insatiable lobster lover, go for the big daddy five-pounder (yes, FIVE WHOLE POUNDS of lobster) - and don't forget sides of cottage fries and fried onions. Dig in fret-free, for the classic printed bibs keep your summer whites in the same shape they came in as. Of course, The Palm is not necessarily for the recession-minded, but justify your indulgent behavior with the thought that with that much lobster, you probably won't have to eat for the next 24 hours anyway!
The Palm: 94 Main Street, East Hampton NY (P: 631-324-0411)
Hottest Pre-Polo Lunch: Serafina, East Hampton
The Manhattan Italian restaurant brought its memorable yellow umbrellas to East Hampton for summer 2K10. Get a table on the outdoor patio and pick an option from the various Italian pastas, flatbread pizzas, salads and fresh grilled fish and meat. Though the quality of service has been debated, the food is consistent, and it's without a doubt a great spot to come before sipping "Pink Polos" in your head-to-toe seersucker and wide-brimmed hat at Bridgehampton Polo.
Serafina East Hampton: 104 North Main Street, East Hampton NY (P: 631-267-3500)
Hottest for a Friday Night Dinner: East Hampton Point; East Hampton
East Hampton Point is not only the venue for the famous Saturday brunch party Day & Night - it's also become the perfect place to enjoy a Friday evening. Get reservations for the main dining room or take a table outside to enjoy the sunset views of the marina on Three Mile Harbor. The food is outstanding, with a plethora of options ranging from chicken to pasta to oysters. After you finish your grub, go upstairs to dance off your meal at The Point. It's an all around win-win for a Friday night.
East Hampton Point: 295 Three Mile Harbor, East Hampton NY (P: 631-329-2800)
Keep an eye out this week for our other Hamptons Hot Lists!