The Squeezery in Amagansett

The Squeezery, located on Main Street in Amagansett, is everything one would wish for in a juice and smoothie bar: hip and friendly staff, laid-back atmosphere, live music, art, a cozy couch with a take one/leave one ‘library bookshelf, ‘boozy’ juices or ‘detox’ cocktails, local sourced produce, and so much more.

After visiting for the first time last week during the Hamptons International Film Festival, I instantly realized that this is a spot to frequent year round and tell all your friends and family about. If you have not been in yet, it is about time you checked it out! The owners are Sam Schoenheimer and James Huertas, two mates who hail from the United Kingdom and opened The Squeezery Memorial Day Weekend of this year.

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Duryea’s Lobster Deck in Montauk

Duryea’s Lobster Deck, set on Fort Pond Bay in Montauk and just a minute away from the train station, is a laid-back, family-friendly restaurant and market offering indoor and outdoor seating for lunch and dinner. What I love about Duryea’s is you could sit here for hours if you would like, taking in the breathtaking view and salty sea air. Service was above and beyond during this particular visit, water was provided consistently throughout our meal and we were checked on accordingly.

New this year is their exclusive private dining area and the oyster bar.  The new private dining area is located just above the main lobster deck and accommodates 30 people for a sit-down event or more for a cocktail event. Sweeping views of Fort Pond Bay paired with incredible sunsets makes this a perfect spot for a summer dinner party.  The new oyster bar at Duryea’s offers oysters, champagne and wine.  The oyster bar, located just adjacent to the fish market at Duryea’s, offers Montauk Pearl, Orient Point, Blue Point and Kumamoto oysters by the dozen. You may pair your oysters with a selection of rosés, whites and reds as well as a few select champagnes.

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Lulu Kitchen & Bar

Lulu Kitchen & Bar, located on Sag Harbor‘s Main Street in the Village, has quickly become a top-choice for dining out. This very friendly restaurant establishment, which has two sister restaurants: Duryea’s and Arbor (both in Montauk), will be a year-round convivial bistro. The menu and open kitchen are centered around a wood-burning grill and oven and offers casual lounge-like dining in the front with a view of the bustling main street through its French doors in addition to outdoor season during the warmer months. The centerpiece of the restaurant is the open kitchen anchored by the wood burning grill & oven.

Executive Chef Philippe Corbet, a French-trained chef with several years of experience in Michelin-star rated restaurants as well as top tables throughout Long Island, has created a unique wood-burning cuisine. This cuisine fulfills a lifelong culinary dream to execute an entire menu from the flavor producing cooking style.  The restaurant offers lunch, dinner and a late night menu, with a focus on local products. The menu features weekly specials each day of the week such as: Monday’s Bouillabaisse ($31), Tuesday’s all you can eat Mussels ($28), Wednesday’s Paella ($85 for 2), Saturday’s Cowboy Rib Eye ($76 for 2), and more.

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Isola on Shelter Island

Isola, Shelter Island‘s newest restaurant, opened its doors over July 4th weekend. Located in the Historic Heights District nd within walking distance to the North Ferry, owner Brad Kitkowski has completely revamped the former home to Sweet Tomatoes with plenty of outdoor seating and a spacious rustic-meets-modern wine and cocktail bar.

Isola, or island in Italian, offers a menu of New Italian cuisine, strongly influenced by seasonal ingredients with an emphasis on showcasing the abundance of local delicacies such as clams, sea bass, and tomatoes. Isola works closely with several local farms and fisheries including Shelter Island’s Sylvester Manor, Sang Lee Farms, Koppert Cress, Southold Fish Market, and North Fork Smoked Fish Company. At the helm of the kitchen is Executive Chef Seth Nathan, who brings 17 years of cooking experience to the restaurant. He hails from Santa Barbara Wine Country in California where he was Executive Chef at Mad & Vin at The Landsby hotel, and the Santa Ynez Inn.

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The Springs Tavern in East Hampton

The Springs Tavern opened their doors in East Hampton this spring and has already drawn in excellent reviews. As soon as we stepped inside, we were greeted by genuine, upbeat waitstaff who went above and beyond to accommodate us and made our dining experience comfortable and enjoyable. The seating area is very open and airy, and the oak bar is a spacious spot to sit and watch sports. High-top tables are just in front of the bar for additional seating space. Just around the bar, you will discover a dart board, which gets very popular during the late evenings. We were able to play a few rounds during our dinner.

We recognized several people we knew from Springs. They expressed how much they enjoy coming here and how it is so close to home. “The hours are very reliable, we always know we can count on Springs Tavern for a late night dinner. We are easily able to walk here, it’s so fantastic!” says a customer. There is live entertainment on select nights and Country Night is every Tuesday beginning at 8pm. On this night, guests may participate in a complimentary line dancing class at 8pm, and the Spaghetti Westerners will play live music at 9pm. A light bar menu is available for guests and includes: $4 Jack Daniels shots, $4 Sweet Action Beers, $5 hot dogs, pizza slices and more.

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