WINE & SPIRITS
SEE WHAT'S (AND WHO'S) HOT ON THE 2010 BAR SCENE—A RIOTOUS WEEKEND BECOMES AN HC&G TRADITION!
F or the last three years I've been kicking off my Hamptons summers with a cocktail crawl, a weekend at the start of the season devoted to exploring the latest and greatest in bespoke East End potables. This year my pals and I covered a vast swath, from Montauk to Southampton to all points in between.
Montauk to East Hampton
6:30 p.m. | We pull into the lot at Navy Beach, a new nautical hotspot overlooking the water in Montauk with its own sunbathing beach (16 Navy Rd., 631-668-6868, navybeach.com). Owner Leyla Marchetto, whose dad runs Manhattan's star-packed Da Silvano, greets us with a round of Port Royales (Bacardi Limon, St. Germain, Moscato D'Asti), a tasty light sipper.
7:15 p.m. | We pile into our chauffeured wheels and head to the Montauk Yacht Club (32 Star Island Rd., 631-668-3100, montaukyachtclub.com), where we luxuriate at a long bar overlooking a fleet of yachts and enjoy strawberry mojitos (10 Cane rum, lime, mint and soda) by barman Andy Gallagher.
8:45 p.m. | Our thirsty caravan arrives at Bostwick's Chowder House in East Hampton (277 Pantigo Rd., 631-324-1111, bostwickschowderhouse.com ), where we sip juicy pear Margaritas (Milagro tequila, cactus pear purée, fresh lime juice) and nibble on fried whole belly clams and buckets of steamers.
9:25 p.m. | At Fresno (8 Fresno Pl., 631-324-8700, fresnorestaurant.com), hunky Brazilian bartender Diego plies us with killer ginger caipirinhas (Leblon cachaça, lime, sugar, ginger) and shrimp ceviche with cumin popcorn.
10:20 p.m. | We end the night at Nick & Toni's, where mixologist Henry Lopez serves us after-dinner Calvados Sidecars (Cardinal Calvados, Belle De Brillet, fresh-pressed lemon juice) to accompany dessert—creamy, delectable bowls of sheep's milk panna cotta.
Wainscott to Southampton
6:00 p.m. | At Rugosa in Wainscott (290 Montauk Hwy., 631-604-1550, rugosarestaurant.com), bartender Mark Keller delivers a smoothly sparkling Yvette Royale aperitif, a mix of Cava and Crème Yvette (a specialty liqueur).
7:15 p.m. | Bridgehampton's Almond (1970 Montauk Hwy., 631-537-8885, almondrestaurant.com) is bursting with revelers when we sidle up to the bar for Kevin Tunney's beautifully bitter Aperol negronis (Aperol, Antica Formular, Beefeater 24 gin), which we sip alongside a poached octopus salad.
8:20 p.m. | We pull up at the charming Muse in the Water Mill Shopping Center (760 Montauk Hwy., 631-726-2606, muserestauranthamptons.com), where we drink Mimosatinis (Skyy Passion Fruit Vodka, passion fruit purée, orange juice, Cava floater) and snack on crabmeat-filled cones and mini duck tacos.
9:15 p.m. | At Wildthym, a farm-to-table newcomer in Southampton (14 Windmill Ln., 631-204-0007), we drink remarkable rhubarb mojitos (Tommy Bahama rum, rhubarb purée, mint, lime) while nibbling on poached Iacono Farm eggs with fresh asparagus and pancetta.
9:45 p.m. | Time to switch to a little wine. At Southampton's buzzing Red/Bar Brasserie (210 Hampton Rd., 631-283-0704, redbarbrasserie.com), co-owner David Loewenberg, who has just returned from a trip to Portugal and Spain, pours us Iberian vinho verdes and Alvarinhos alongside a platter of artisanal cheeses, followed by Spanish reds and a house-made foie gras—the perfect ending to a great boozy weekend.