EAT, PLAY, LOAF From left: brunch at the Montauk Beach House; “one,” a concept store founded by Julianna Teeple in the former Elie Tahari space in East Hampton; shaded loungers on the beach at Duryea’s Orient Point; a pineapple margarita from Rita Cantina.
ut honestly, there’s so much to do, when will you even find the time to eat? Guild Hall has deftly shifted performances to the John Drew Backyard Theater with a full slate of shows such as Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story with Michael Urie and Ryan Spahn, and A Conversation with Laurie Anderson and Julian Schnabel, both in July. Meanwhile, the Parrish Art Museum’s beloved annual Midsummer Party (this year is the 50th anniversary celebration) is on for August. The Southampton Hospital will raise money this year with a luncheon in honor of Charlotte Moss and her new book, Flowers, at the Maidstone Club in East Hampton.
Tickets are $10,000 a table, which includes signed copies of the book. The Hampton Classic will also be going ahead after a year off, attracting equestrian stars like Georgina Bloomberg (who sits on its board and will tell you all about it on page 72.) Many other staples are also returning after 2020’s enforced hiatus, like the popular Bastille Day celebration at Demarchelier Bistro on the North Fork, polo in Bridgehampton, and Michael Milken’s annual cancer research benefit, to be held this year at the Parrish Art Museum in August. For those who can’t take their yacht to Capri this year, a sail to Shelter Island might be a diverting alternative. With Yacht Hampton, captain Joe Ialacci splashes onto the scene with a multimillion-dollar collection of luxury boats. The self-proclaimed “Willy Wonka of water toys,” his fleet features top-of-the-line jet skis, hydrofoil hoverboards (he calls them “levitating magic carpets”) electric surfboards, floating islands, and even a battery-powered porpoise that pulls you through the water, which, he promises, “is like swimming with the dolphins.” Otherwise, head to popular Duryea’s in Orient Point or Montauk. The Orient Point outpost will now cater to the madding crowd with an outdoor tiki bar so guests can imbibe while they wait. Tropic Ocean Airways will take you from midtown Manhattan and can land on a tarmac or
directly on the water, right next to your yacht, in 45 minutes. Montauk’s iconic dive bar, the Sloppy Tuna, has become Bounce Beach Montauk—an outpost of the Flatiron club, offering après-beach meals by chef Sean Olnowich. (Locally sourced coriander-crusted yellowfin tuna certainly doesn’t sound “sloppy.”) If you by chance forget a bathing suit, swimwear brand Solid & Striped’s takeout stand has you covered. (Or uncovered, depending on your personal style, but please use the restrooms for changing.) For a chi-chi-ier dining experience, La Fin has opened in the former Swallow East space. The French-inspired kitchen and lounge offers all-day dining overlooking Montauk Harbor with a St. Bart’s vibe. At Gurney’s, chic party planner Jung Lee is curating experiential fun in the Bungalows by the Sea. Adding her flair to the décor, Lee has curated a bar menu of cocktails (many of which have edible flowers) as well as the perfect picnic to enjoy on the beach. In Westhampton, private club Dune Deck has added more programming to keep members happy: bonfires, clambakes, and lunches on the beach and a deck bar where you down a frozen shot of Casamigos and then throw the empty glass down the deck, aiming at a bell target. Ding ding, take that, Covid!
MONTAUK BEACH HOUSE, GIADA PAOLONI; JULIANNA TEEPLE, COURTESY OF ONE
AVENUE MAGAZINE | JULY—AUGUST 2021
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