Summer Season in the Hamptons
The season of summer shares, $700 motel rooms and schmoozing friends with second homes you neglect in months shorter than six-letters has alas arrived again in the Hamptons. New names on old addresses define much of the season, especially in hotels where our long-favored Reform Club is now known as The Inn at Windmill Lane. Sean MacPherson puts his trendy moniker down in Montauk at the revamped Crow’s Nest that’s a New England-style inn with voguish seafood eatery. Further east the owners of Sole East will open Montauk Beach House in late-June within an exorcised Polynesian-theme resort infused with an industrial beach-chic style and new pool scene 200-ft. from the sea.
Nammos Estiatorio arrives to the Old Post House along Southampton's Main Street within a sexy new dining room with lounge bar offering weekend DJs. Chef Emmanouil Aslanoglou cooks-up a standout menu of lamb chops on herbed couscous, grilled octopus and crispy skin salmon. In East Hampton, the former Philippe Chow space on Three Mile Harbor Road debuts as Beaumarchais East Hampton that hopes to duplicate NYC's most infamous weekend brunch scene. The familiar space has been imbued with South of France glamour of showy chandeliers and champagne buckets chilled from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Beaumarchais sits next to SL East nightclub that returns for a second season for what has become the hottest dance scene in the Hamptons for the VIP bottle service and 2am velvet rope crowd. South Point also reappears for another season, hoping to stack-up against nightlife newcomers like the Sands from the guys behind W.I.P. in New York. Sands will open in the former-Dunes space, home to the musky Axe Lounge of previous seasons, for what could be the hottest new club of the 2012 Hamptons season.