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    The Hamptons Summer Update

    There's always an influx of great new stores and restaurants in the Hamptons every summer—and this year is no different. We've tried many of these—and have heard that others are great. Below, what's new (and a few things that are just new to us), including some exciting art openings. To see our round-ups from years past (and more great spots to work into your weekend itineraries, like Dave's Grill and Clam Bar), look here and here. And meanwhile, we've put together a beach packing list, too.

    EAT
    • The Back Page at 63 Main

      The Back Page at 63 Main

      63 Main St., Sag Harbor | 631.725.1810

       

      Devoted to local and organic (chances are that the veggies in your order are from their on-site hydroponic garden), this Sag Harbor mainstay now has a market and café in the back, though we usually stop by to stock up for beach picnics. Opt for the grilled portobello mushrooms over quinoa and tuna tartare, which are both delicious.

    • Bay Kitchen Bar

      Bay Kitchen Bar

      39 Gann Rd., East Hampton | 631.329.3663

       

      This place is great: The sunset water views from the balcony are stunning, and the fish is fresh and delicious. There's a raw bar, crudos, and ceviches, though we dipped into fried calamari and the perfect martini. It also gets points for its lively, laid-back vibe. Ultimately, it might have the makings of a classic.

    • The Harbor Raw Bar and Lounge

      The Harbor Raw Bar & Lounge

      440 Westlake Dr., Montauk | 631.668.8260

       

      With an all-day raw bar and a menu made for sharing, this is the perfect place to go with a big group post-beach. Open as of Memorial Day, it's rumored to be the summer’s nightlife fixture, but if you get there before the lights dim, you’re in for some delicious food, from Farro Risotto to Drunken Lobster.

    • Harlow East

      Harlow East

      1 Long Wharf, Sag Harbor | 631.725.5858

       

      We're anxious to try this nautically themed outpost of NYC’s midtown restaurant—after all, it's probably Sag Harbor’s buzziest opening this year. Good friends have gone and report that the food (raw bar, local East End wines, dressed up fish dishes) is good, though the service could be better. The best seats are on the deck overlooking the dock.

    • Montauk Juice Factory

      Montauk Juice Factory

      12 South Etna Ave., Montauk | 631.668.8286

       

      Montauk’s surf and yoga crowd now have their own local juicing hangout. The small menu of cold-pressed, organic juices pretty much covers all the bases between hard-core cleansing and sweet, fruity treats.

    • Red Stix

      Red Stix

      1020 Montauk Hwy, Watermill | 631.726.6200

       

      Filling in the gap for Chinese food in the area, chef Skinny Mei’s upscale new restaurant serves Beijing specialties like Peking Duck family style, along with Americanized classics like Sweet & Sour Chicken, Spring Rolls, and the like. We haven't made it over there to check it out yet, but we hear it's good, and that there's also a nice assortment of dim sum-style dumplings.

    • West Lake Fish House

      West Lake Fish House

      352 Westlake Dr., Montauk | 631.668.3474

       

      In the same vein as many old-school Montauk establishments, this newcomer offers a particular brand of no-frills dockside dining with a modernized menu, making it a nice antidote to the traditional Hamptons scene. Whether you go for lunch or dinner, the pull is the fresh fish—from sushi (very good and very well-priced), to fish tacos and swordfish BLTs.

    • Shuko

      Shuko

      290 Montauk Hwy, Wainscott | 631.527.5372

       

      The sushi chefs from NYC’s beloved Neta and Masa have picked up and moved to Wainscott for the summer to introduce their next (albeit brief) pop-up venture, Shuko. With a small but mighty sushi and small plates menu based around local ingredients, and a great cocktail list, these will definitely be some of the summer's most sought-after tables. It's delicious, if expensive: The toro tartare with caviar is insane, though sticker shock inducing ($60), particularly because they took our single order for one to share, and multiplied it into an order for three, with the bill to match. Ouch. Don't miss their summer tempura with the most delicious dipping sauce and the scallop and potato roll. (If you can't make to to the Hamptons, they're officially opening in Greenwich Village this fall.)

    • Doppio East

      Doppio East

      126 Main St., Sag Harbor | 631.808.3444

       

      With locations in Connecticut, NYC, and Long Island, this particular branch mixes plenty of local fish into its rustic Italian menu, especially when it comes to small plates. The pizzas, for which their other branches are famous, haven't yet made it to the menu, but the pastas and bistro-style mains make for a perfectly cozy and delicious home-style Italian dinner.

    • Fresh Hamptons

      Fresh Hamptons

      203 Sag Harbor Tpk., Bridgehampton | 631.537.4700

       

      The menu here is full of vegetarian, vegan, organic, and gluten-free options (in a variety of different portion sizes). The other buzzword that rings true at this casual, woodsy spot is local, as Chef Todd Jacobs has a long-standing relationship with the nearby farms and fisheries where he sources ingredients.

    • Juice Press

      Juice Press

      2486 Montauk Hwy, Bridgehampton & 93 Main St., Southampton | 212.777.0034

       

      NYC’s ever-expanding Juice Press now has two locations in the Hamptons, right in time for summertime cleansing. Along with their cold-pressed, organic juices, they also sell healthy, raw snacks like falafel, kale salad, and yogurt parfaits.

    • Buddha Berry Frozen Yogurt

      Buddha Berry Frozen Yogurt

      125 Main St., Sag Harbor | 631.808.3888

       

      Located in a quaint little white house, this Buddha Berry (the second in the Hamptons) offers the same delicious flavors (cookies & cream, Georgia peach, latte), with toppings that range from healthy (chia seeds, flax seeds, raw almonds) to less so (Sour Patch Kids and Nerds).

    • Mobys

      Moby's

      341 Pantigo Rd., Amagansett | 631.527.5388

       

      While there's a more formal dining room up front at this summer-only pop-up from the Eveleigh/Kingswood crew, we like the great open-air patio out back best. It's dotted with picnic benches and lounge areas, along with an on-site wood-burning pizza oven. The wait for food can be a bit insane, but if you don't mind killing time over cocktails, it's a good option for a low-key night out.

    SPECIALTY
    • East Hampton Gourmet

      East Hampton Gourmet

      66 Newtown Ln., East Hampton | 631.329.3993

       

      While East Hampton Gourmet has been around for 18 years, we had never stepped inside until this week: Whoops, because it's amazing. In short, besides offering catering, it's the perfect solution if you don't want to cook (they even offer curb-side pick-up). There are delicious prepared foods (including frozen dim sum), and they have delectable gluten-free lentil crackers, which are so good with their lentil pâté. We picked up turkey chili, Chinese chicken salad, and crab cakes, and it was all perfection.

    • Madeline Picnic Co

      Madeline Picnic Co.

      631.353.8923

       

      With pick up locations dotted throughout the Hamptons, this new picnic service provides healthy, beautifully prepared and locally sourced salads and tartines for 2, 4, or 6 (with enough advanced notice, they’ll cater for more). They also have kid-friendly options.

    • Round Swamp Farm

      Round Swamp Farm

      97 School St., Bridgehampton | 631.324.4438

       

      Like its sister store in East Hampton you can expect all sorts of goodness from this old-world farm's second location. There are gorgeous pies and baked goods, a pretty amazing looking range of produce, along with fresh, local seafood and prepared foods.

    • South Fork and Spoon

      South Fork and Spoon

      646.455.0837

       

      The single downfall to having a weekend home at the beach is time spent at the grocery story when it's perfect outside. This new local operation is the antidote. They offer a selection of services, from dropping off ready-to-cook meals and cocktail kits to full "Home Preparation," which includes everything from flowers, to grocery shopping, to bar stocking. to fully organizing your home in time for your arrival.

    DO
    • Blow

      Blow

      2462 Main St., Bridgehampton | 631.537.8000

       

      This new blow dry bar offers the requisite range of affordable quick hits and long-lasting blow-outs. They also do house calls.

    • Love Yoga Montauk

      Love Yoga Montauk

      83 S. Elmwood Ave., Montauk | 631.668.8068‎

       

      Montauk’s health-conscious flock to Love for surf lessons and daily yoga (morning, noon, and evening). This summer, the "Get Really Good" package sounds like the ideal way to get in shape if you’re staying for the season: It's a combo deal of 10 yoga classes and 10 surf lessons.

    • Poe Yoga

      Poe Yoga

      3 Railroad Ave., East Hampton| 908.672.1015

       

      Hot yoga at this bright and airy studio is kind of the perfect way to start the day. Rather than pumping hot air into the room, they have a heated floor and use infrared heat from the ceiling so the room doesn't get that gross, humid quality that you tend to run into at other studios.

    • East End Acupuncture

      East End Acupuncture

      43 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton| 631.329.5292

       

      Co-proprietor Julie igler-Baum is a straight-up (and hands-down) excellent acupuncturist, though if she's not available the other practitioners (including her mother, Carol) are great, too. All in, this airy little spot is the real deal.

    • Dr. Faccio

      Dr. Emmanuel Faccio

      16 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton| 631.329.1009

       

      Although Dr. Faccio trained as a traditional M.D., during the past decade he's become a full-blown healer, focusing specifically on the issues that revolve around traumas, anxiety, phobias, and grief. He also sees patients in NYC.

    SHOP
    • Peloton

      Peloton

      53 Main St., East Hampton

       

      The concept here is really cool: Splurge on a high-tech Peloton stationary bike (under $2,000), and then tune into their indoor cycling classes (TA, cover your eyes!) anytime you want (you can stream a live class, or watch one that's been pre-recorded at their Chelsea studio) for $39/month. Whether you're a spin fan or not, the attached boutique has great luxury sports gear from brands like Beyond Yoga, Pret-a-Surf, VPL, and the Hamptons-based Pheel.

    • Pilgrim Surf Supply

      Pilgrim Surf Supply

      4 Amagansett Sq., Amagansett | 631.267.3598

       

      The surfboards at this new shop are hands-down stunning—i.e., they could almost double as art. There's also plenty of surf-inspired, beach basics for men and women, like cools Vans, bikinis, and shorts. (It's all stuff you'd want your significant other to wear at the beach.)

    • Orlebar Brown

      Orlebar Brown

      23 Newtown Ln., East Hampton | 631.604.5656

       

      This British brand of tailored swimwear has made its first foray onto American soil with their summer pop-up in East Hampton. You’ll find mix and match swimwear for women, classic boardshorts for guys, along with bright preppy basics for casual beach days. They also have a few Martone bicycles for rent.

    • Lullanest

      Lullanest

      78 Main St., East Hampton | 631.527.3507

       

      From gifts for newborns to all the basics, like bottles, strollers, and diapers, this is a one-stop shop for all things baby. It being the Hamptons and all, the selection is definitely of the luxe variety with brands like Bugaboo, Stokke, Ergo, and Uppababy, all hand-picked for their looks as well as their durability.

    • Bandier

      Bandier

      44 Main St., Southampton | 631.488.4304

       

      No matter what NYC fitness cult you subscribe to, exercise is a daily fixture out in the Hamptons and this new shop is dedicated to outfitting the endeavor. Owner Jennifer Bandier gathers luxe brands like Live The Process, Lucas Hugh, and Adidas by Stella McCartney along with the requisite Beats headphones and Nikes to finish off the outfit.

    • Tiina The Store

      Tiina The Store

      216 Main St., Amagansett | 631.267.6200

       

      While Tiina has been in the Hamptons since 2012, we never realized it was there, until Michael Kors tipped us off to the treasures inside. It's owned by a former stylist, who deftly mixes pieces from Crippen, The Elder Statesman, and Dosa, in a primarily black, white, and navy palette. There are tons of great gifts here, including Comme des Garçons polka-dot wallets, baby vests from Makie, and simple Iittala glasses.

    • Zimmerman East Hampton

      Zimmerman East Hampton

      27 Newtown Ln, East Hampton | 631.604.6291

       

      Though this Australian label may take most of its inspiration from Bondi Beach, the aesthetic works perfectly out in the Hamptons: At this summer-only pop-up, you can shop a full expression of the brand, from its floral patterned bikinis to ethereal, floor-skimming gowns.

    • Net-A-Porter

      Net-a-Porter

       

      While there's no bricks-and-mortar location, NAP is offering same day delivery to the Hamptons. Place your order by 10am, and you'll have it by dinner.

    SEE
    • The Fireplace Project

      The Fireplace Project

      851 Springs Fireplace Rd., East Hampton | 631.324.4666

       

      The current exhibition, "Chop Wood Carry Water," features the work of Erika Keck, Nick Theobald, and Michael Bevilacqua. Open weekends only or by appointment. Through July 21. Credit: Erica Keck. Untitled, 2014.

    • Pollock Krasner House and Study Center

      Pollock Krasner House & Study Center

      830 Springs Fireplace Rd., East Hampton | 631.324.4929

       

      This small homestead from 1879—once shared by Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner—is now a National Historic Landmark. It contains many artifacts from their life, including everything that was still in the house when Krasner died—and a studio, where you can see Pollock's process documented across the paint-splattered floor. Open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

    • Dan Flavin Art Institute

      Dan Flavin Art Institute

      Corwith Ave., Bridgehampton | 631.537.1476

       

      This renovated firehouse has a permanent exhibition of nine of Flavin's fluorescent light works. There's also an adjoining gallery. Now up: "A Friendship: Carl Andre’s Works on Paper from the LeWitt Collection." Credit: Photo: Florian Holzherr. Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York.

    • Halsey McKay Gallery

      Halsey McKay Gallery

      79 Newtown Ln., East Hampton | 631.604.5770

       

      Through July 14, this airy gallery will be showing the work of Lauren Luloff and Joey Piziali. Credit: Joey Piziali, Untitled (ES-HM:TYC2), 2014, Acrylic on Canvas, 60 x 48 inches

    • Parrish Art Museum

      Parrish Art Museum

      279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill | 631.283.2118

       

      Don't miss the theatrical adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's novel, Galapagos, at this local institution (July 21-July 25). And while there, be sure to see the Maya Lin show, which runs through October 13.

    • Eric Firestone Gallery

      Eric Firestone Gallery

      4 Newtown Ln., East Hampton | 631.604.2386

       

      In the show, "Positivilly Marvillainous," you can see work from artists like Dave Sayre, Mike Bidlo, and Austin Lee. Through July 27. Credit: Kenny Scharf, SCARY GUY, 2004

    • Art Market Hamptons

      Art Market Hamptons

      Bridgehampton Historical Society, 2368 Montauk Hwy, Bridgehampton | 631.283.2118

       

      For three days only (July 10-13), the Art Market Hamptons will descend on the Bridgehampton Historical Society: You can see work from dozens of galleries. Credit: Pablo Picasso, La Femme Au Fauteuil, 1949, Courtesy of Galerie Mourlot, New York

    • Glenn Horowitz Bookseller x Grey Area

      Glenn Horowitz Bookseller x Grey Area

      87 Newtown Ln., East Hampton | 631.324.5511

       

      All summer long, Grey Area will be collaborating with Glenn Horowitz on installations, events, and exhibitions.

    • Guild Hall

      Guild Hall

      158 Main St., East Hampton | 631.324.0806

       

      From August 9 to October 13, swing by Guild Hall in East Hampton to see "Robert Motherwell: The East Hampton Years, 1944-1952." Credit: Robert Motherwell, At Five in the Afternoon, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. ©VAGA, NY.jpg

    • The Surf lodge

      The Surf Lodge

      183 Edgemere St., Montauk | 631.483.5039

       

      Through July 13, Montauk's Surf Lodge is showing "EXSanguiNatio_n," a Michael Bevilacqua solo exhibition. Credit: Endless Summer II, 2014. Courtesy Fireplace Project

    • Silas Marder

      Silas Marder

      120 Snake Hollow Rd., Bridgehampton | 631.702.2306

       

      On Friday evenings through August 29, this gallery will be projecting movies for all comers in a series called, "Films on the Haywall." Free. Bring your own beach chair.

    TRANSPORTATION
    • Blade

      Blade

       

      It's certainly not cheap (about $575. one-way), but this new app lets you book a seat on a helicopter out to the Hamptons (or, you can just book the whole thing and crowd source out the seats if there isn't a flight at the time you need to take-off). If inclement weather persists, they'll drive you to your destination in a Maserati. Hilarious.

    • Standair

      StndAIR

      855.STND.AIR

       

      For $550 each way, you can snag a seat on one of these sea planes, which leave from the East River on Thursdays and Fridays (returning, Sundays and Mondays).

    • Tailwind at Fly The Whale

      Tailwind @ Fly The Whale

      1.844.TAIL.WND

       

      Tailwind—which offers chartered flights from New York City to Boston and D.C.—has partnered with Fly the Whale to drop New Yorkers in East Hampton and Nantucket. It's $550 to fly from NYC to East Hampton on Thursday or Friday, but only $99 if you catch a lift out on Sunday or Monday. Thanks to their amphibious planes, they take off and land on the East River.

    • Uber

      Uber

       

      We've made no small point of our affection for Uber—and we don't intend to make a small point of the fact that we're thrilled it's finally available in the Hamptons.

     
     
     
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    We're all pretty well-versed on the virtues of staving off sunburns during long beach days—but we didn't always realize that sunscreens can harbor toxic ingredients. Vitamin A, otherwise known as Retinol Palmitate, can speed the development of skin tumors when exposed to sunlight, and Oxybenzone is an allergen. We also didn't realize that we should skip (super-handy) sprays—even when the ingredients are seemingly less toxic—since they release nano-particles into the air which can then be inhaled. None of it's as fun to think about as time in the sand, which is why we've done the legwork for you. Here, our favorite super-clean, safe sunscreens (with very low (i.e. good) ratings from the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database) that are easy to apply and don't leave a ton of white residue behind.
     
     
     

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