[Photos via Kim Bates]
One of the best things about Shelter Island is that you are completely removed from the whole Hampton's Scene...that is until you get to Sunset Beach, Andre Balazs's chic little spot at the North end of the island on Shore Road. However, even at this hot spot, you feel like you are far away from the normal social scene. The food is great, the drinks are even better, and the ambiance is unbeatable. Every year Kim Bates, a regular summer resident on Shelter Island, celebrates her birthday there. I had forgotten how magical the place was until this past Saturday, when I was lucky enough to join in on the celebration there.
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Others who joined me in wishing Kim a Happy 25th Birthday included: Keith Lissner, Douglas Marshall, Nick Deitz, Kimberly Simonton, Heidi Kelso, Ashley John Heather, Stephanie Cochinos, Joe Astill, and Andy Russell.
There were speeches, toasts, a dance and even a serenade of opera singing that got half the restaurant to get up from tables and come join in action. After dinner we took the party upstairs for a night of dancing. The staff and service, (including managers Eric Eim and Amy Cole) at Sunset beach are unparalleled....a perfect place to plan your party.