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6 Bay St., Sag Harbor
In a shingled cottage on a leafy street in Sag Harbor directly facing the water, this little gem is one of our go-to Italian restaurants in the Hamptons. Sure, the setting is almost perfect (we love the tucked-away patio for alfresco dinner on warm evenings, and walks along the marina afterwards), but it’s really the food that keeps us coming back over and over again. The pasta dishes are almost without equal on the East End, and our favorites include the tagliolini (squid ink pasta with bay scallops, shrimp, calamari, chili, and tomatoes) and the ravioli with wild mushrooms and ricotta. It also happens to be our neighbor—the goop pop-up is right next door, for some pre- or post-lunch browsing.
Erika Bloom Pilates Water Mill
760 Montauk Hwy., Unit 2D, Water Mill
Fans of Erika Bloom have come to rely on her workouts in New York, Connecticut, and Los Angeles. And she’s added the Hamptons to the mix, with a studio tucked into a quaint, bright cottage in Water Mill. Some of Bloom's best instructors rotate through the East End, curating super-personalized routines that integrate pilates, yoga, the Alexander technique (for improved posture), the Feldenkrais method (for a better mind-body connection), and weight training. They're big on breathwork and alignment as a foundation for any practice, which means meditation is just as much a part of a session as working up a sweat. There's also an on-site boutique stocked with products from Tata Harper, Alo Yoga, and Sakara Life. The original East Hampton location is open year-round, and both studios make house calls. Photos: Chris Fanning
Seawater Spa at Gurney’s
290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk
This resort on a prime stretch of Montauk coast underwent a total renovation in 2014, which included a reimagining of the spa and the restoration of the Olympic-sized saltwater swimming pool, which uses sand-filtered water drawn from the sea. A Finnish-style sauna was also added, where guests can pour aromatherapy-enhanced water over hot stones, and there’s also a eucalyptus oil-infused steam room. Set at 120 degrees and 100 percent humidity, a few minutes here is meant to help the body release impurities through sweating. As one of the only places open year-round, it’s an ideal off-season getaway, too.
10 Amagansett Square Dr., Amagansett
Coming up on its eighteenth year in Amagansett Square, Mandala Yoga was founded by Jolie Parcher, who aimed to create a strong wellness community in the area through her studio. Aside from yoga for all levels, several forms of self care are offered, including meditation and Reiki, aromatherapy, and massage, as well as intimate events, like the Mandala book club, a free get-together meant to inspire enlightening conversation and introspection. Even kids can join in, with the studio’s yoga classes for ages four to seven, incorporating music, art, and games.
Address provided upon booking; Montauk
As the eye behind well-trafficked Montauk spots Ruschmeyer's and Surf Lodge, interior designer Robert McKinley is no stranger to the beach town's mellow vibe and wild coastline. So it follows that just in time for the East End's summer crunch (where prime lodging books up months in advance), McKinley and his wife, Kate Nauta, have opened McKinley Bungalow, a sprawling four-bedroom ranch-style home available for rent (there's a three-day minimum). We love the design details here, like natural oak floors and exposed beams, vintage decorative objects mixed with Mid-century-style furniture, and the open kitchen and living room that flow into one another, which makes for a lively communal space for families or weekend guests. The backyard, meanwhile, is storybook Hamptons, lined with seagrass and white hydrangeas and comes with a BBQ and communal table for outdoor meals. There's also a stash of Shinola bikes (Ditch Plains, known for its long surf break, is just a five-minute ride away). And if you really love it, everything (yes, everything), including the linens and furniture, is entirely shoppable, should you want to bring some of those Montauk memories home with you. …
Duryea’s Lobster Deck
65 Tuthill Rd., Montauk
Although it’s been a Montauk staple for decades, the buzz around Duryea’s has grown lately, thanks to a sleek makeover two years ago. Instead of rustic picnic tables and a BYOB policy, there are now bottles of Provençal rosé, white banquettes, and clean-lined, bleached wood tables and chairs that create a setting that wouldn’t look out of place on Mykonos—especially with its waterside view of Fort Pond Bay. The steamed lobster and lobster rolls are a no-brainer, but also consider the perfectly grilled skirt steak, the small plates (baked cherrystone clams and steamers), the lobster club salad, and oysters from Orient Point, just across Gardiner’s Bay.
482 West Lake Dr., Montauk
Like the name suggests, this quirky, divey restaurant sits a few steps away from one of the main fishing docks in Montauk and serves hearty, straightforward dishes of the kind you’d want after a day on the open water (many of the regulars are fishermen). There’s clam chowder, soft shell crab sandwiches, grilled tuna steaks with coleslaw and fries, and a peanut butter and chocolate pie that’s probably the most decadent dessert in Montauk. The decor, meanwhile, is an eclectic mix of taxidermied geese and deer heads, Halloween-worthy masks, and vintage model sailing ships.
500 W Lake Drive, Montauk
At the entrance of Montauk Harbor, Gosman’s (which opened in 1943) epitomizes a kind of classic, unfussy seafood restaurant visitors have come to associate with the town. A bright, airy dining room looks out over passing fishing boats, and the menu is dominated by regional comfort food like Atlantic cod fish and chips, baked stuffed clams, steamed lobster, and Maryland-style crab cakes with a corn and jicama slaw. There’s also a walk-up window for those who don’t want a full sit-down meal, where you can order huge lobster rolls and plates of crisp, fried calamari to take to the water for an impromptu picnic.
36 Newtown Ln., East Hampton
The beauty of Sam's is its simplicity (not a word that’s often associated with the Hamptons). It’s an old school pizzeria in the best way, with a pine-paneled dining room and vinyl-covered booths where families cozy up to share classic thin crust pies. We love the Sam’s Special (sausage, onions, garlic, peppers, and mushrooms), though the pastas are worth a look, too, especially the rigatoni broccoli rabe in garlic and olive oil and the linguini with fresh, local clams. It’s right in the center of East Hampton, which means you can walk across the street to Scoop du Jour for ice cream after.
264 Butter Ln., Bridgehampton
A converted barn in Bridgehampton is the home of SoulCycle’s latest endeavor, SoulAnnex—classes that take things off the bike and onto the mat. But don’t think that means sessions are easy—they’re still taught by SoulCycle’s high-energy, motivating instructors that regulars have come to know and trust. Classes include Torch’d, which uses body resistance, free weights, and dance for a strength-focused workout, and Housework, a Pilates-meets-high-intensity-cardio session. But there’s also Reset, a forty-five-minute guided meditation class that’s all about stillness, peace, and tranquility, and Le Stretch, meant to lengthen and relax worn-out muscles and joints.
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