This summer brings an entirely new line up of sunny and boozy Hamptons adventures to be had. The drought of weekends on the beach can finally come to an end, and travelers should expect to see some fantastic new restaurants, clubs, and storefronts. So hop on the improved Hamptons Free Ride and check out this a break down of what to look out for.
CLOSING: All Good Things Must Come to An End
- AXE Lounge will be ending its tenure in Southampton this summer, but look out for NYC’s W.I.P. who will be taking over the space and renaming it, “Sands.”bloghamptons.com
- Ronjo Motel. The motel, as most know it, will be shutting its doors. In its place will be a new copper toned high-end boutique hotel named The Montauk Beach House from the people at Sole East.
RETURNING: Here's Another One
- Almond. The famed French bistro remains at Bridgehampton's Main Street and Ocean Drive. Owner Eric Lemonides greets patrons at the door and oversees a menu of incredible dishes -from specialty salads, such as their escarole, mint pistachio citronette, and manchego cheese concoction to entrees like herb-crusted Montauk flounder served with carmelized fennel broccoli rabe and garlic chips.
- Blue Parrot. The tex-mex surfers lounge will be expanding their patio so you can expand the amount of margaritas you order.
- Capri Hotel. This upscale Hamptons hotel will return for the season, hosting the Japanese style cuisine of NoBu and women's summer wear from Cynthia Rowley.
- Georgica. The waterfront mansion returns for 2012. Part upscale restaurant, part party house, this crib is the place to be. Whether you want to get in a little early for dinner or join the party late night, Georgica fuses culinary excellence and bustling nightlife. The result? Perfection!
- Navy Beach. Navy Beach is back for another summer! Situated on the waterfront of Montauk and known for its breathtaking sunsets, this nautical-themed gem will take you from breakfast to dinner and beyond. This is the spot for the ultimate lazy beach day. Chef LaBue (formerly of The Laundry) mans the kitchen here. His New American influenced menu focuses on fresh seafood.
- South Pointe.Stephen Tedeschi and Erik and Gordon von Broock will be bringing South Pointe back for another summer. The ultra exclusive club has hosted the best DJ’s in the biz including Calvin Harris, Avicii, Max Vangeli and Funkagenda. The space includes 35 tables, 12 outside cabanas, and a top-of-the-line Funktion One sound system. Doors swing open Memorial Day Weekend so get ready for another epic summer at South Pointe!
- Southampton Social Club. As we've reported, the SHSC has gone through some renovations which includes private cabanas within a beautiful garden-like environment, ideal for those breezy and intimate summer evenings.
- Sloppy Tuna. As their website tells you, "kick back and relax during the day and party into the night." Completely overhauled, renovations include the outdoor beach bar, the second floor restaurant, and a larger oceanfront outdoor deck.
- Surf Lodge. After nearly 700 violations and the departure of head chef Sam Tolbot, Montauk Properties LLC will pump some new blood into the space while Jayme Cardoso will stay on board.abcnews.com
- The Meeting House The Meeting House has become a Hamptons staple in the past few years and shows no signs of stopping. This cozy restaurant serves up an array of dishes. Favorites include their signature mac n' cheese, chicken milanese, pan-roasted fluke and blistered shishito peppers. The high ceilings, spacious dining room, classic American decor and breezy patio seating make the experience even more enjoyable. If you're looking to forego the clubs and would rather opt for a low-key, relaxing environment with delicious food, The Meeting House should be on your list.
- The Stephen Talkhouse. The popular music venue with an incredibly long history returns this season with an improved bathroom patio so the lines aren't so interminable.
- Banzai Burger. Dig in on May 25th at the burger and sushi joint that’s been renovated with in updated décor and new menu. An updated cocktail menu should be the first thing your fingers flip to.
- Taste of Two Forks. Head to Bridgehampton for a showcasing of the best local culinary talent from over thirty East End restaurants, Long Island wineries form the Long Island Wine council and several premiere local purveyors.Click HEREto learn more and buy tickets.
- SL East. For the second year in a row, this wild nightlife venue's over 7,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space should make everyone's weekend checklist.
NEW: So Fresh and So Clean
- C. Wonder, Whole Foods, and Dylan's Candy Bar will all be opening up pop up locations this summer, so you'll always have a place to keep your energy going and accessories flashing.
- MONC XIII. Come by the newly opened storefront for vintage furniture and home goods from luxury brands and designers.
- Beaumarchais. Opening May 18th, straight from the Meatpacking district comes a new brunch destination where you can experience signature dishes outside the busy NYC streets.
- Zum Schneider. The East Village beergarden is coming to Montauk this May a single block away from the beach! They’re currently hiring as well.
- Hamptons Players Club. Look out for the entirely whole new polo and equestrian themed restaurant and 15,000 sq. ft. beer garden will be opening in Montauk.
Promising on “delivering a body transforming workout,” this new pop-up gym will be open in the Wainscott Village Shopping Plaza and in the former North Shore Windows and Walls space, in June.
- The Bell & Anchor. Try the new seafood restaurant in Sag Harbor. From David Loewenberg and Sam McCleland who own Beacon, bring you a menu consisting of steamed whole lobsters and raw bar. Open all year and available for private functions.
- Andrra. Formerly known as The Boathouse, new buyers have updated the interior décor, and include an menu that specializes in Mediterranean cuisine.
- Nammos Estiatorio. Formerly Nello Summertimes, this new Mediterranean style restaurant is coming to Southampton. Try the The "Nammos Special" appetizer, a crisp paper thin zucchini and eggplant chips with tzatziki sauce.
That's it, folks. If we missed something (though we're pretty sure we got it all!), let us know by commenting below. Starting Memorial Day weekend we will have a weekly Hamptons party guide, so check back soon. See you in the Hamptons!