Is it just me or does it seem like every car on the road right now is a Volvo with Vermont plates? Not only that but they’re stopping cold in the middle of the road to make a right turn!!!? SHOOT ME! While I’m not a total misanthrope (PSAT study class word) , the idea of venturing into the wild wild world of the Hamptons in August is sometimes too much for me. So what to do?! Well finally there’s something new to say about the lame situation of food delivery out here! UBER EATS has finally arrived… while the selection is a bit limited there are a few not too expensive standouts; The Seafood Shop and
The Highway Diner in Wainscott and Buoy One Seafood in East Hampton. All will bring fully cooked dinners right to your right door. But if breakfast is your thing there’s also more to the skinny on getting chubby without leaving home.
Grindstone Donuts in Sag Harbor is also delivering!!! In case you’ve never been to Sag Harbor on a weekend morning and saw the line out the door, you know I have you’re attention on this! I mean we’re talking “DONUTS.” But if you think I’m talking “Dunkin,” you couldn’t be more wrong. I’m talking a brioche style donut with flavors like smores, lemon poppy and classic glaze! Recently I had the chance to stop by and talk to owner Kyle Shanahan about what brought him to town and why his a hole cut above the rest!
Finally, in addition to Uber Eats there are Chinese restaurants that I think are worth their weight in MSG. Number 1 (631-726-8080) in Water Mill and Phoenix in Wainscott (631-537-0011). There are a few others in the area but one of them actually has Immodium on the menu which to me is a big red flag…OK I’m kidding. While my two recommendations aren’t exactly Shun Lee or Mr. Chow’s, they’re both good, hearty and reasonably priced. Both are the best Chinese delivery in the HAMPTONS! Although, that’s kind of like saying it’s the friendliest restaurant in France.
I hope it doesn’t sound too too cheesy, but I’ve been working on some snappy lines about the newest restaurant to open its doors in Sag Harbor. Yes, I know I need to work on my delivery. Anyway, for now I’ll just give you a piece of my mind about Sag Pizza.
Located in the site of the former Conca D’oro (they even kept the sign), the newly renovated and sleekly designed restaurant opened it’s doors to a hungry horde earlier today. Perhaps it’s because it’s from the same folks that brought us LT Burger that had them lining up outside an hour before a single pie was tossed. So, how is it? I thought it was pretty darn good, especially since they were only opened for about an hour. While I heard some grumbling about having to wait in line to get a slice, it’s the first day folks! I’m sure they know there’s mushroom for improvement and given the folks running the place, they’ll get there soon enough. Now, to the really important part… the food itself. I had a slice of the margherita and one of the pepperoni. Both were made with fresh mozzarella and sauce on a thin crust that was nicely complimented by a slight smoky
flavor from the wood burning oven. Overall, a solid slice and a welcome addition to Sag Harbor. If you want more menu information, click on the restaurants website here. Let me know what YOU think.
You know how when you go to any town in the U.S. and the locals have a funny way of referring to their community, you know like in Bayonne you’ll meet someone and they’ll tell you how “people call us the Paris of New Jersey!” Hmmm, while I’m not sure I usually agree with these analogies I will tell you, I do have a few of my own about certain things in the Hamptons. In fact, I asked some of my friends if they had some quaint ways to refer to the sites and sounds of the Hamptons. Here are a few of my favorites:
Madison and Main Sag Harbor is the 42nd and Broadway of the Hamptons. With pedestrians that don’t look, drivers who don’t know how to drive and more cars than these two streets can handle, I can see it. Hit that intersection on a Saturday at 7pm in July and August and you’ll be looking for the dirty Elmo to come take his picture with your kids for $5.
Stop and Shop stores are the DMV of the Hamptons. Perhaps it’s the long lines. It could also be the parking lot that’s full with the mayhem and madness of novice drivers. Maybe it’s the cranky cashiers or maybe it’s the fact you really don’t want to buy the produce at either that this comparison makes sense. Either way, I’m not a fan of either and they apparently bought their dingy lighting from the same place.
Gucci pants, shoes, shirt and an Hermes belt are the Garanimals of the Hamptons. Remember those kids who used to eat the glue in 3rd grade? The ones who were lucky enough to have their mother tell them to always make sure they wear a giraffe pants with a giraffe shirt?! Well some of them grew up and now live in the Hamptons. Yes, t
hey’re here and still dressing with the same amount of thought as they did when they were in phonics class. It’s a thoughtless uniform but with a more expensive flair. By the way, I would wear these Garanimals too if I had the money to spare.
Tesla is the Honda of the Hamptons. If you live in a normal part of the world you go out to dinner, the movies or wherever and you park in a lot that’s probably Honda heavy. It’s a good car. It’s a sensible car. It’s also the vehicle, 90 percent of your friends drive in the rest of the world. Well this isn’t Cherry Hill here. It’s the Hamptons. Yes, sensible has a different look here on the East End. But hey, I do like these cars. I’m not knocking them. BUT, if only there was a supercharging station closer than Southampton.
Amagansett is the Tribeca of the Hamptons. It’s young, it’s hip, it’s loaded with celebs, it’s trendy and the coffee shops are so hip they hurt! I hope I don’t need to explain this further. If you don’t believe me, stop by Jack’s coffee anytime from now to Labor day. Oh, and if you ever see a guy wearing gap khaki shorts and a polo shirt who stands out like a sore thumb in town…. that’s me.
While you might be familiar with some of the more famous homes of the Hamptons, Grey Gardens, The Creeks or even the Orgy House, there are probably a few you haven’t heard of yet. Why? Because it’s what agents refer to certain homes behind the owner’s back…. and it’s not necessarily a compliment. By the way, I won’t disclose any of the addresses but that doesn’t mean I won’t tell you when I see you.
First off, I knew of a listing a few years ago in Hampton Bays and the agents around town were referring to it as “Moscow on the Peconic.” Apparently the décor was so unique the agents equated it to a “Russian bordello.” Gilded faucets and ceilings, elegant
patterned marble floors and chandeliers that would convince you that the interior
designer was Vladimir Putin. It was as if you took the Trump Tower penthouse and put it on the water. By the way, I had my own listing that I used to refer to as the “bordello” a few years ago. It wasn’t an easy sell.
Speaking of waterfronts, there is one in Sag Harbor that has some interesting qualities. It’s dark, cavernous and overflowing with nautical touches. Any guess how a few agents described it to me? It’s like living in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride at Disney World. Wow! I wonder if you could just say it’s where they actually filmed it and maybe get some p.r.? I mean who would be the wiser?
But don’t think it’s all about movie themes in some of these homes. Sometimes you can get the association with a store or restaurant. One Southampton home which is overflowing with Asian accents, industrial grade carpeting and Formica countertops is affectionately known as the “Benihana” house. I also know of another home in East Hampton that’s walls are so overloaded with posters, knick-knacks and flair it’s just referred to as “TGIFriday’s.” Wow, why do I suddenly have a craving for some shrimp tempura and potato skins?
Finally, one of my favorites is a home I think I coined with the nick name “1313 Mockingbird Lane.” Yes, if you’ve ever driven to or from Sag Harbor and East Hampton you’ve no doubt seen this lovely little ditty! It’s kind of funny but who knew a cedar shingled beach house could look so sinister? But everyone has their own style and once size doesn’t fit all. I’m sure there are some folks out there who think my prominent oil based painting of Bella and Russell is kinda tacky. I have no problem with that I get my own joke. But don’t you ever dare insult my collection of Hummel figurines.
Well this Friday it’s Memorial Day weekend and the beginning of the Summer Season. But before we take off our suits and ties for the season, a little advice for landlords and tenants in the Hamptons the season is about to begin. Trash is not automatically picked up by the town. You need to either drop it off at the
local dump or hire a trash service to come and pick up your refuse. You know like Norsic or Mickey’s. It is not recommended that you take your Hefty or Glad bags and throw them over the fence onto another person’s property. Yes, this really happened to a landlord who discovered a years worth of garbage as they were prepping their property for summer tenants. Ain’t the Hamptons just so glamorous!?
So you ran to the store and you bought all the eggs, bread and milk you could find and now you’re eating French toast for dinner. You was had people! Yep, after much hype and hoopla , the blizzard that wasn’t hit the East End.
Forecasters were so convinced of this snowpocalypse that they even gave it a name. I can’t remember what it was and it’s a good thing. As we all know, it was a big snooze here. While we did have some icing roads and a power outage in The Springs, the most significant impact of the storm I’m now calling “Fluffy” was a down tree in the middle of Main Street East Hampton. So there you have it, now it’s time for spring to begin.
Sag Harbor needs lots of things… a shoe repair shop, a great day spa, a doggy day care or even a Cheesecake Factory or Outback Steakhouse as discussed in previous blogs.
One thing they don’t need is another bank. Well guess what Hamptons folks, your prayers have once again been ignored. JP Morgan Chase has set its sites on the location once occupied by Capital One. An application has been made with the Village of Sag Harbor to obtain a “Certificate of Appropriateness from the Village Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review.” I personally will benefit from the fact I don’t have to pay a service fee for ATMs in town since I bank at Manufacturers Hanover….err I mean Chemical Bank…. I mean Chase. But a bank?! How boring… like a real estate office.
Beach Permits… you can’t live with them and you can’t live without ’em. But while Southampton Village and Flanders Village continues to sell permits in unlimited numbers, the can’t be said of East Hampton Village. So, how many are left? According to my top secret reconnaissance (i.e. I made a phone call) there are only 100 passes are left! So take two minutes and go online here and get your beach pass, otherwise you might as well go to Ocean City, MD. I would have insulted New Jersey here but my family keeps getting nasty about my blog posts! OOOPS… I meant to give you the link to get your passes online! Yep you can do that by clicking here.