Fathom Favorites : Hamptons

1. Shou Sugi Ban House

Shou Sugi Ban House

The first comprehensive wellness retreat in the Hamptons is located on three acres of verdant land adjacent to the Parrish Art Museum. The Japanese-inspired sanctuary was created by a former corporate attorney who wanted to “blend global wellness philosophies with state-of-the-art practices” in a tranquil space that “allows for quiet contemplation and introspection.” There are thirteen guest studios, a swimming pool, demonstration kitchen, treatment spa, and fitness center. Meals are designed by Noma co-founder Mads Refslund with the help of a resident nutritionist and feature produce from the on-site organic vegetable and herb gardens. All-inclusive four-, five- and seven-day itineraries are offered for overnight guests; day guests can partake in half- and full-day spa rituals.

2. Parrish Art Museum

A small but lovely donation-based museum in town housing a collection of 19th century American art from area residents like Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Willem de Kooning, Dan Flavin, and Roy Lichtenstein. Water color classes commence in the museum's garden. 

279 Montauk Hwy
Water Mill, NY, 11976

3. Pollock Krasner House & Study Center 

830 Springs-Fireplace Rd.
East Hampton, NY, 11937

4. Ditch Plains

Lifeguards, room for families, great surfing because of the consistent waves, and local snack shack Ditch Witch. The crowds can be slightly ridiculous on summer weekends, and you need to bike or taxi if you don't have a beach permit.

Ditch Plains Rd.
Montauk, NY, 11954

5. Wölffer Estate

A Tuscan-style villa overlooks lush vineyards and a state-of-the-art winemaking facility. It's our favorite Hamptons winery to do a tasting because of the patio seating and wine flights served with cheese.

139 Sagg Rd.
Sagaponack, 11962

6. Grey Lady

The guys behind the New England-style favorite are bringing their famous raw bar to Lake Montauk this summer. Grab a lobster roll and head to the back deck to catch sunset, or rent the 1951 wooden sailboat docked nearby for lunch on the water.

440 W. Lake Dr.
Montauk, 11954

7. Breadzilla

Meats smoked in-house, seafood sourced directly from fishermen, all packed on your choice of squishy rolls, whole-wheat loaves, baguettes, and hand-rolled bagels baked fresh at dawn. Check online around 11.30 a.m. for the day's menu. Favorites include TMP (tomato mozarella pesto).

84 Wainscott NW. Rd.
Wainscott, 11975

8. South Edison

Many call it one of the best restaurants on the East End, and with good reason. The charming restaurant has unique seafood dishes and an extensive wine and beer list.

17 S. Edison St.
Montauk, 11954

9. Herb's Market

Pick up sandwiches, picnic items, and crazy good fried chicken.

778 Montauk Hwy
Montauk, 11954

10. Bell & Anchor

This relative Sag Harbor newbie has already earned major popularity for its laidback vibe and expertly prepared seafood.

3253 Noyac Rd.
Sag Harbor, 11963

11. Fresno

On balmier nights, choose from the standard mediterranean menu (salmon tartare, cod, osso buco) from a seat tucked under the pergola.

8 Fresno Place
East Hampton, 11937

12. Almond

A Hamptons mainstay that continues to turn out excellent French food.

1 Ocean Rd.
Bridgehampton, 11932

13. LT Burger

Chef Laurent Tourendel's bright white-tile diner tempts with juicy burgers and the fixings, like peppered bacon and mecox cheddar, or carmelized onions and maderia mushrooms. A solid roster of shareable starters (fried pickles, chowders, nachos, salads) keeps everybody happy.

62 Main St.
Sag Harbor, 11963

14. The Hideaway

Everyone's favorite Mexican dive on the grounds of the Diamond Cove Marina.

364 West Lake Dr.
Montauk, NY, 11954

15. Marie Eiffel Market

Locals love the beautiful, handmade pizzas, breakfast sandwiches, and prepared foods displayed on various antique furnishings. The little gourmet market is backed by two chefs with serious foodie pedigrees (Daniel, French Laundry, Per Se).

184 North Ferry Rd.
Shelter Island, NY, 11964

16. Silver's

Treat yourself to a beautifully composed picnic salad, hearty BLT, and crab cakes at this lovely lunchtime institution. Local chef-owner Garrett Wellins handwrites the daily menus and has been doing the locavore thing, without the label, for years. The slender parlor (his grandfather's former cigar-and-newspaper shop) is one part Parisian bistro (his mother's pastel portraits hang gallery style), one part beach retreat.

15 Main St.
Southampton, NY, 11968

17. Sen

There isn't much of a Japanese restaurant selection in the Hamptons, but this little wooden sake box is a perennial favorite. Prime location for strolling while you wait for a table to open up.

23 Main St.
Sag Harbor, NY, 11963

18. Joni's

A little dash of hippie beach bum culture thanks to a menu of breakfast burritos, healthy shakes, and hemp necklaces.

34 S. Edison St.
Montauk, NY, 11954

19. The Dock

Chowder, fried oysters, clams casino, nachos, and other pub grub at this seaside saloon, a local favorite for fishermen since the '70s. Staff enforces rules barring cell phone calls and screaming children.

Montauk Harbor
Montauk, NY, 11954

20. Harvest on Fort Pond

Dine in a lush herb garden on a glass-like pond. Pastas, grilled pizzas, and wine by the glass.

11 S. Emery St.
Montauk, NY, 11954

21. Duryea's Lobster Deck

This casual fish counter serves crustaceans, mollusks, and claws that taste great with the crystal clear sunset view from the deck. Duryea's got an upgrade for this season, with teak furniture replacing plastic tables and chairs, and a brand new oyster and sushi bar.

65 Tuthill Rd.
Montauk, NY, 11954

22. Clam and Chowder House at Salivar's Dock

A  24-hour diner, great to hit up before a sunrise surf or deep-sea fishing trip. Salty dogs, tales of the high seas, taxidermy fish.

470 West Lake Dr.
Montauk, NY, 11954

23. Navy Beach

Crab cakes, shrimp cocktail, calamari, and sashimi served by the sea shore. Earn extra maritime points when you arrive by boat and dinghy over to the dining room.

16 Navy Rd.
Montauk, NY, 11954

24. Fishbar on the Lake

Slow Food docks at this jaunty seafood restaurant, just the kind of place you're looking for when on a casual beach vacation. The fish doesn't get any fresher than this — the chef picks up the day's catch in a wheelbarrow and steers it to the kitchen. It's a wonder (and a shame!) that there aren't more restaurants like this in the Hamptons.

467 E. Lake Dr.
Montauk, NY, 11954

25. Shelter Island House

Previously known as La Maison Blanche, Shelter Island House is a pet-friendly boutique hotel with eight garden-view rooms, complimentary bicycle use, and pétanque court. Shout-out to the in-house bakery, where fresh breads and croissants are made daily.

11 Stearns Point Rd.
Shelter Island Heights, NY 11965

26. Baron's Cove

The newly renovated Baron's Cove hotel opened its doors last summer. Pack for prep-tastic happenings: sailing, tennis, G+Ts by the flag pole.

31 W. Water St.
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

27. Topping Rose House

A beautifully restored 1842 Greek Revival mansion is now a small luxury inn, stellar restaurant, and farm, with chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten consulting on the menu this summer. Start with a drink on the wrap-around porch before sitting down in the breezy dining room for fresh greens straight from the hotel's farm.

1 Bridgehampton – Sag Harbor Turnpike
Bridgehampton, 11932

28. Reform Club (Inn at Windmill Lane)

Classically modern cottages and suites with ridiculously lavish amenities,: Duxiana beds, private exercise rooms, rain showers, preferred tee times at Montauk Downs Golf Club.

23 Windmill Lane

Amagansett, 11930

29. Sunset Beach

André Balazs revamps a 1960s motel as a chic summercamp for adults. It's stylish, whimsical, and somewhat secluded (aside from the raucous sunset cocktail hours).

35 Shore Rd.
Shelter Island, 11965

30. C/O The Maidstone

Scandinavian design group C/O add a fresh — and sustainable — layer of personality to the posh hotel, restaurant, and grounds. Widly decorated rooms are bursting with color, fancy bath products, and the occasional claw-footed bath tub in the middle of the room. Foodie-family friendly (dogs, too).

207 Main St.

East Hampton, NY, 11937

31. Capri

Thirty beachy guest rooms done up by the guys behind W South Beach and Suf Lodge in Montauk, a Nobu restaurant, and a shop curated by Cynthia Rowley. No doubt it's a scene, especially at The Bathing Club, the hotel's pool lounge. Prepare for beaching with cocktails in hand.

281 County Rd. 39A
Southampton, NY, 11968

32. Southampton Inn

Classic East End resort in walking distance to town. Engage in preppy Southampton pastimes (tennis, swimming, croquet, cocktailing) on five well-manicured acres. On chilly nites, cozy up to the fireplace. 

91 Hill St.
Southampton, NY, 11968

33. The Baker House 1650

Within walking distance of East Hampton village. A sunny breakfast room, pool, 200-year-old wisteria pergola. As a major bonus, guests get coveted beach parking passes.

181 Main St.
East Hampton, NY, 11937

34. American Hotel

An icon of the whaling era in a gorgeous seaside town that feels more New Englandy than the rest of the Hamptons. There are only eight guest rooms, so it's tough to book. A well-regarded restaurant lets you take a peek into the place. Service can be a little snarky.

49 Main St.
Sag Harbor, NY , 11963

35. 1708 House

An historic B&B with floral curatins, four-poster beds, wood floors, fireplaces, brick patio, and dining room with Limoges china.

126 Main St.
Southampton, NY, 11968

36. Solé East

A laid-back beach resort with nicely appointed (though not overly lavish) details like modern decor, free WiFi, heated pool, and beach barbecues. Or consider one of the 26 vintage-style rooms at the more affordable Solé East Beach (107 S. Emerson Ave.; +1-631-668-6700).

90 Second House Rd.
Montauk, NY, 11954

37. The Surf Lodge

One part stylish hotel, one part summer club, and one part beachfront music venue. They've hosted major talent, from Willie Nelson to St. Lucia to Ra Ra Riot.

183 Edgemere St.
Montauk, NY, 11954

38. Gurney's Montauk

Since new owners took over in 2013, the 90-year-old oceanfront resort has been undergoing a major facelift: 42 newly renovated rooms, a 30,000 square-foot spa and sand-filtered seawater pool, new dining options (The Beach Club is our favorite), and most recently Gurney's Residences opening this year.

290 Old Montauk Hwy.
Montauk, 11954

39. Sylvester & Co. Modern General

Pick up a cuppa of Red Thread Good coffee as you browse through thoughtfully curated home furnishings, accessories, and apparel.

103 Main St.
Sag Harbor, 11963

40. Cavaniola's

A charming, tucked-away country store with a fine assortment of cheese, boutique wine, savory baked goods, and snacks for the perfect sunset patio party.

89B Division St.
Sag Harbor, 11963

41. Wellnest

An old sea captain's house has been turned into a zen boutique for gorgeous sustainable homewares, hard-to-find beauty products, apothecary, detox tinctures, and fresh juices. Pick up a schedule for classes at their yoga studio and healing arts center.

125 Main St.
Sag Harbor, NY, 11963

42. Wampum Skate Shop

Two Montauk brothers create a mini temple to local skateboard culture (their mom is jewelery design Helen Ficalora).

2487 Main St.
Bridgehampton, NY, 11932

43. Share With ... Montauk

Former Calypso Christianne Celle designer Joelle Klein's chic colletion of fair trade, sustainable, reclaimed, recycled clothing, pottery, and art work in a chameleon-like space (part-time gallery, sometime boutique, collaborative workshop).

764 Montauk Hwy.
Montauk, NY, 11954

44. Surf Bazaar

The Surf Lodge boutique may be tiny, but it really packs a big punch with its roster of indie brands (Alexandra Cassaniti, Suno, Jill Platner) that capture surfer vibe. 

183 South Edgemere St.
Montauk, NY, 11954

45. Melet Mercantile

The East End outpost of the NYC collectibles shop is a large and wonderfully overwhelming warehouse for unusual and forgotten objects with a nautical vibe (vintage surfboards, frayed tees, ship lights, etc).

102 Industrial Rd
Montauk, NY, 11954