It started with a spark and became a night of blazing suspense! Lulu in Sag Harbor which was the site of a fire last month will reopen it’s doors today at 6pm! In case you
missed it, the fire started in a small storage closet on the 81st floor and jeopardized party goers on the top floor “Promenade Room.” But thanks to the quick thinking fire chief O’Halloran and the architect Doug Roberts who evacuated the party goers by rigging the scenic elevator, a breeches buoy and finally by exploding water tanks on the roof lives were saved! Wait, err… that was the Towering Inferno! Ok, after a kitchen fire and repair for some smoke damage, Lulu in Sag Harbor will be open once again to diners starting tonight at 6pm.
After floating gossip it seems, Bagel Buoy in Sag Harbor is no longer sunk.
The Village staple shuttered it’s doors or rather the lox were changed earlier this week. A “notice of closure” was posted on the door and that had lips flapping all over town.
While I am not a huge fan of Bagel Buoy and the surly staff it’s always sad to see this sort of thing happen. Rumor has it a deal is in the works to bring Goldberg’s Bagels to the Bay Street location. If you take a look at what they’ve done with the nightmare that was “Twice Upon a Bagel” in Wainscott, we can all rest easy knowing we’ll still have a good place to nosh! But the story isn’t over yet, apparently the buoy was bobbing with business earlier today. So grab your popcorn this battle of the bagels has apparently just begun.
Meanwhile, the site of the former “Service Station” (loved the salads and sandwiches) has reopened as the Quiet Clam 2.0 earlier this week.
While I haven’t been in yet, my spies say it’s actually worth a visit. The menu is a throw back to when the establishment was “The Quiet Clam” before it was “Nichol’s” back in the last century. Yes, they have clams on the menu along with burgers, pizzas and more. I promise I’ll have more to come. But from what I’ve been hearing on social media the place will be getting a thumbs up.
UPDATE: I went in and it was “meh.” Right now there is no liquor license so it’s BYOB. The lunch menu was limited and there were NO clams but the dinner version seems a bit more promising. I’ll have to go back when they get their act together.
Finally, in case you missed it EMP House reservations went on lin
e earlier this week via an American Express website. Well if you snooze you lose and I apparently snoozed. After going live at 9am, by noon the only slots left available were at 5 pm or 10 pm. While this might not pose a problem if you’re 25 or 85 years old, the rest of us younger side of middle age folks (no comments from the peanut gallery) are S.O.L. While there still be walk-ins available for the picnic tables in the back, my attention is more focused on something called the “Taco Experience” for $95 – $125 per person. I’m just hoping that tequila is included with that number! Hahahahhahhhahhaahhhhahah. I know it’s the Hamptons!
I’m starting to feel like the Terence Malick of bloggers right now. In fact, I feel I’m in my “Tree of Life” phase, minus Brad Pitt and with even less enthusiasm from the audience. But as my fortune cookie said the other day, “you must try or hate yourself for not trying.” So here I am trying to bang out my ever so entertaining latest installment of “HAMPTONS CHATTER.” – crickets –
Anyway, what everyone seems to be really discussing in my part of the world is about how Sag Harbor has turned a corner. I’ve been nestled in Sag Harbor’s Main Street for the better part of 12 years (more on that later) and enjoyed it’s sophisticated small town feel. From the “five and dime” to home design stores to the Golden Pear coffee shop, it was “hello”… “good morning”…. “have a good day.” But as Whoopi said in the movie “Ghost,” – – “Sag Harbor, you’re in danger girl.”
The main culprit from what I hear is that “new restaurant” that shall remain unnamed. According to reliable sources, just because the place is empty doesn’t mean they want your unpretentious butt sitting at one of their tables. More than a few of my city and local friends have gone in only to be told, “we’re full!” Wow! I actually was curious and went to YELP to read some of the reviews. I swear I remember reading them and they were pretty much the same thing, rude staff that had more attitude than Katherine Heigle at a “Grey’s Anatomy” reunion. But guess what?! I went back to re-read these reviews (I wanted to post them here) and now I can’t find them! Now I don’t want to start any sort of conspiracy here but …. seriously… unless I’m totally losing it they’ve gone MIA. Anyway, I will ask is the food really that good? I’m not a masochist anyway and I doubt a serving of moules et frites will change my life. So, for now I’m happy going to the Sizzler Steakhouse.
My advice – – guys lighten up! The great thing about Sag Harbor is it’s a friendly town with not a whole lotta attitude. Yes, you’re the new kid in town and lots of overdressed and socially insecure people are posting tons of photos on Instagram, blah blah blah. “Look I got in and you didn’t!!!” But this stuff wears thin when most of us are busy worrying about more mundane things like our families, health and paying bills. Believe me the folks who are getting in WILL care when they’re the only people in the place. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be posting their dinners on line! “Look I got in… and I’m the only one here – because nobody really wants to be here” doesn’t have quite the same sexy allure. I’ve seen it before over and over in the Hamptons and it will happen to you too… too much attitude can be the kiss of death.
Meanwhile, I was getting my morning coffee at Goldberg’s in Wainscott – a friendly place but I don’t eat carbs (lying). When I came across the most interesting and delicious looking brownie. Now remember, I don’t eat carbs or sweets (lying again) but when I read the story about this amazing bakery I felt the need to eat… I mean contribute. It’s called South Fork Bakery. According to their website:
South Fork Bakery’s purpose is to provide meaningful and supportive employment to South Fork residents with ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorders, Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Employees are immersed in all aspects of the business, including baking, packaging, sales, marketing, and business management.
What a great idea and the brownies and cookies are great too (or so I heard – as I wipe brownie crumbs from my mouth)! If you want more information click here! You can also order products online. So do something good for others and enjoy. This stuff is better than moules et frites any day!
After more than 14 years in Sag Harbor I’ve decided to make a change. I am now so very proud to be a member of Sotheby’s International Realty in East Hampton. Located at 6 Main St. Make sure to note it in your yellow pages book extra page, rolodex and filofax. Now pick up that princess phone and give me a call. You can google the number.
So the Hamptons are more crowded this year than last. But yet, everyone from shop keepers and especially real estate agents (talking rentals) are saying that business is off. One thing I always do when I take my stroll around town trying to look better dressed than the next guy, I always ask shop owners “how was your season?” The response I keep hearing “not great.” But it’s so crowded, which leaves me wondering what gives!? Well some folks are blaming the increasing popularity of those short term rental websites for the problem. For example, you can rent a house in Southampton from a website called Marquis for a nightly rate of $1,100 a night even though this is in violation of town code which requires a minimum of 14 days. So, according to some there lies the problem. You have a house which advertises an occupancy of 12 people each essentially paying $100 per person, they’re not the types who are going to be spending money about town in the shops and restaurants. By the way, I like that the Hamptons are becoming more accessible to folks who wouldn’t normally be able to visit but by allowing overcrowding in houses it’s more like a spring break location than quiet escape from city living. What do you think?
Finally, I got the chance to visit the new Topping Rose by Jean Georges last night and I can say is it was worth the wait. Although the reservation lines need some fixing… about 45 minutes of holds, hang ups and transfers… the total experience was great. The menu is unpretentious with everything from an amazing mini pizza to a terrific kale salad and a really solid cheese burger. Service was solid and entrees arrived within a half hour of ordering. I had the penne with meatballs and thought they were over the top awesome. My dinner guests ordered the burger and the salmon, each earning a thumbs up from each. I also recommend the heirloom tomato salad which right now is on the tail of being in season so go try it now. This is a huge step up from last year’s outing by Tom Colicchio.