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The Culinistas
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The Culinistas, a Manhattan-based food prep service, is sending their team of chefs out to the Hamptons for the summer. A good thing, because for those going East to get away from it all, “all” might include cooking. In the city, time-strapped working mothers like Nadine Abramcyk and Adair Ilyinsky (of tenoverten) and Rachel Blumenthal (of Rockets of Awesome) rely on the Culinistas to assist with weekly meal prep for their families. From June 21 to September 18, their new membership service is catering to anyone entertaining friends and family—they'll do everything from stock the fridge to help you plan a BBQ for a large group. Here's how it works: The team will design a menu (they lean heavily on local farm stands like Bhumi Fams, Mecox Bay Dairy, and Serene Green), a chef will do the shopping, cook, serve, and handle clean-up. If you're planning a larger gathering, the team is happy to help coordinate rentals, waitstaff, etc., as well. A sample menu checks all the boxes—there's apricot dressed spinach and beets with seared cucumber tabbouleh to start, a spiced skirt steak with arugula gremolata, and blueberry semolina…
Farm-to-Fete, delivered
Since 2015, Lexi Ritch and Louisa Young have gained a following on the Hamptons with the launch of their farm-fresh (and vintage chic) food truck business, Hamptons Aristocrat. Now the health-conscious duo is upping the ante by delivering their locally sourced recipes directly to our doors. Farm-to-Fete, delivered offers a full menu of ready-to-eat organic meals served on custom wooden boards. With a menu fit for all diets, the service caters to a variety of summer events, from intimate dinner parties to weddings and holiday fetes.
Hampton Hopper
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It's notoriously difficult to get around the Hamptons, as taxis are few and far between and Ubers aren't as reliable as we'd like. Given those facts, Hampton Hopper has the potential to be a major game-changer. Their buses are on a loop from Hampton Bays to Montauk and back (there's an express service, too), and the buses can be tracked live on their App, so you'll know exactly when they're arriving. It's $20 for a full-day pass—which, when you think about the price of cabs around these parts, sounds awfully reasonable.
Driver On Tap
With houses so spread out and few drivers available, it's no secret that hailing an Uber is an imperfect science in the Hamptons. But App DriverOnTap is an ingenious solution to that problem: Their drivers can be summoned via the App at any hour, but instead of picking you up in their car, they'll drive you home in yours. The whole process is surprisingly seamless, and offers a brilliant workaround when you've had one too many but the car is parked somewhere it shouldn't stay overnight.
Namaste
We're pretty sold on this concept: Namaste, a self-titled "wellness concierge," will send massage therapists, personal trainers, yoga teachers, and the like to your home or hotel room through one quick email or text—even for same day, last-minute appointments or corporate retreats. They’ve spent more than a decade looking for the best practitioners around, a rolodex rigor that means you won’t be disappointed. Prices are commensurate with what you’d pay in a nice spa ($150-$250/hr), but with the convenience of an at-home treatment. They currently serve New York, The Hamptons, Palm Beach, Aspen, Connecticut, Los Angeles, and San Francisco—plus all the corresponding ‘burbs. If this is the wellness model of the future, we couldn’t be bigger fans.
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