Sad news…. apparently the gang behind Sag Harbor Baking Company kneeded a break and have closed up shop. The confectionary establishment which was a favorite with locals for the past few seasons closed last fall and apparently decided not to reopen. But the news isn’t all bad. Going into it’s place at 51 Division Street will be a new gourmet chicken cafe called “Lil’Birdie.” Featuring brined 24 hour fried or rotisserie chickens along with sandwiches, side salads and a promising menu of fries this could be just want this village needs. They currently have their menu online but I haven’t receieved any information yet on opening day. I’ll keep you guys informed.
Meanwhile, if you didn’t try it last year you need to go this summer and try V-Cafe located at 172 Buckskill Rd. in East Hampton. Operating out of the former snack stand at Hampton Raquet the cafe orders a limited but perfect array of Vietnamese goodies. The chicken and shrimp summer rolls are my personal favorites. You can order to go or actually dine by the courts. This may also be the best deal in town with salads starting at $8 and chicken and steak satay’s going for $10. While they don’t have a liquor license, feel free to bring your own favorite wine or beer! Open every day from 10 am to 8pm (except Sunday till 3p) the V-Cafe should be on the must list for Summer 2021! You can find them online or give them a call at 347-217-0944.
Shrimp Summer Rolls…. Perfect for a light summer bite!!
Back in the day I would get excited about going to clubs and hearing the latest music but not anymore. Instead of getting psyched for fresh beats I now get excited by fresh BEETS! Ha. Sorry. Hamptons foodies rejoice! Farmers markets are back, or coming back, this summer. With markets up and down the South Fork, we’ll have no shortage of fresh produce and locally sourced goodies until the leaves change. I, for one, cannot wait to dig into the many organic and artisanal delights, like local honey, gourmet mushrooms, fresh pies and heaps of fruits and veggies.
Navigating all that’s out there can be challenging, so I’ve put together this handy list of markets along the South Fork, from Montauk to Westhampton Beach.
Montauk Farmers Market New vendors and returning favorites will convene on Village Green (743 Montauk Highway) every Thursday from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. starting June 3. The day switches to Fridays on September 17 and will continue with the same hours every Friday through November 19. Covid rules remain in effect, including masks, social distancing and one-way aisles.
East Hampton Farmers Market This local favorite returns on Fridays at its new Herrick Park location starting May 28 and will continue every Friday from 9 a.m.–2 p.m., rain or shine, through December 12. The Sunday market is already underway at Herrick Park, but the final day is slated for May 30, following the return of Fridays. You’ll find something for every taste, including your dogs.
Look for: Arlotta Foods, Artisan Knives by Gary Parker, Balsam Farms, Blue Duck Bakery, The Complete Burger, The Cookery: Cyn & Trudy, East End Apiaries, Eli’s Bread, Finn’s Smoked Fish Dip, Hamptons Barkery, Hamptons Sourdough, The Hampton Grocer, The Heavenly Hive, Island End Farms, Knot of This World Pretzels, L’Acquolina Pasta, Manna Sauces, Mecox Bay Dairy, Montauk Scallop Co., Open Minded Organics, Papa Pasquale Italian Specialties, Peck’s of Maine, The Perfect Pickle, Regina’s Farmstand, Rena’s Dream Patties, Sand & Soil Farm, Sang Lee Organic Farm, Sharp Cat Knife Sharpening, Solemate Cakes, South Fork Bakery, Terra Nut, The Ferm, The Tumeric Store, Tulo’s Milk, Wickham’s Fruit Farm and Wolffer Estate Vineyards. Personal fave…. The Cookery with Cyn and Trudy! They have amazing fruit tarts, breads and pies!
Sag Harbor Farmers Market
Kicking off next Saturday, May 22 and continuing every Saturday on the corner of Bay and Burke streets from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. through Halloween, the Sag Harbor Farmers Market has all the requisite fresh foods, produce and local products from a long list of vendors. You might even spot a celebrity or two.
Amagansett Farmers Market / Amber Waves Farm and CSA Operating on land conserved by the Peconic Land Trust in 2008, Amber Waves Farm focuses on their effort to unite food and community “with the mission to provide rich educational opportunities in agriculture for aspiring growers, thoughtful cooks and eaters of all ages.” Visit seven days per week to find fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits and herbs, among other goodies, from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. at 367 Main Street. And ask about their CSA program if you want to go full-on crunchy granola.
Westhampton Beach Farmers Market Open Saturdays from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Village Green (Main Street and Beach Lane), the Westhampton Beach Chamber of Commerce’s market hosts over 60 vendors, growers and producers offering locally grown, caught made items such as breads, fruits and vegetables, herbs, honey, local wine, pickles, mushrooms, Greek yogurt, shellfish, ravioli, fudge, cheese, cakes and pies, eggs, fish, flowers, sauces, spice rubs, chicken, gourmet items and much more.
Go to one or go to them all! This is Hamptons living done right.
I caught wind of some good gossip out of Sag Harbor: UNCONFIRMED RUMOR HAS IT… The famed 1790-built Peleg Latham House, listed by Brown Harris Stevens for $5,999,000 and current home of pink and wispy women’s clothing store LoveShackFancy, just sold to Jack Mazzola, owner of Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee. I wonder if the B-52s get a cut? After all, Fred Schneider is no stranger to these parts.
Unfortunately for Mazzola, I’m also hearing LoveShackFancy—”She’s a dreamer, a lover, elegantly ethereal, and romantic at heart…”—might not want to give up their lease. And why would they? Located at 117 Main Street, Latham House is one of Sag Harbor’s most historic and iconic buildings.
The three-level, 3,162-square-foot federal-style home offers more than 1,150 square feet of prime retail space and a Main Street-accessible residence with exposed wood beams, seven custom brick fireplaces and beautifully aged hardwood floors. And while it’s old, Latham House isn’t short of luxury and pomp, including a spacious living room, formal dining room, gourmet kitchen, full bath, laundry and butler’s pantry on the first floor. Jack will have to supply his own butler, but it’s nice to know Jeeves would be well supplied. This place exemplifies old-world charm, with history oozing from every exposed brick and venerable wood beam.
Outside, the backyard features a spacious brick patio, gunite pool, private garden and manicured landscaping.
The BHS listing started at $7,999,000 in January 2020, dropped to $6,995,000 last July and finally landed at an irresistible $5,999,000 in February.
Italian Fashion Comes to EH, Twice
Speaking of new business, two of Italy’s most recognizable fashion brands, Gucci and Tod’s, now have spots in East Hampton Village.
Passersby in EH will have seen the pink flowers and Gucci logos filling the windows at 17 Newtown Lane, which used to house Club Monaco. Renovations are underway behind those covered windows, and soon the flower motif will give way to displays by one of the fashion world’s most seminal designers. Watch gucci.com for updates, including the opening date.
Meanwhile, just down the block at 47 Newtown Lane, Tod’s is open for business selling shoes, belts and other fine Italian leather goods in the former home of Tory Burch.
Everyone is waiting for what’s going to be a gangbuster summer, and with Europe still off limits it’s sort of a foregone conclusion. Hamptons shopping is back, baby.
Spring is in the air and the crowds are growing in the Hamptons. So much has happened since I last posted here. So, what took me so long? I’ve been working, talking vaccines and binge-watching UFO documentaries on Netflix.
Anyway, the big news in Sag Harbor is Bagel Buoy on Bay Street has finally sunk (toldja). A year or so after they closed and reopened and closed again the space is vacant. But that’s not the big news. I’m burying the lead again! What’s going into its place (according to sources) is Carissa’s bakery and café. I was late to the Carissa’s fan club but once I tried their pickle sourdough rye (seen to the right) and their Plum and Apple Tartin, I was hooked. For those unfamiliar, check out their menu from the two locations in East Hampton click here.
Meanwhile, just in time for Spring comes some more good news. Word on the street is that the East Hampton Regal Cinema will be reopening on May 21st. It’s been a nearly a year since the venue was shut after the Covid-19 outbreak. Now after watching everything Netflix, Hulu and HBO Max have to offer we’ll have a chance once again to sit in stiff seats, pay for overpriced pretzels and have our feet stick to the floor. I know I missed it too!