Townline BBQ Sagaponack

Townline BBQ, located in Sagaponack, is one of my favorite spots to drop in for an impromptu lunch and bar bite. This rustic, laid-back local’s favorite is open thru lunch and dinner, so you could stop in after work, for an mid-afternoon snack or for an after dinner drink and dessert. I usually come in for lunch and order my favorite combo plate: Brisket, Pulled Pork, Corn Bread and Collard Greens. For dessert, my go-to is a slice of their super-moist German Chocolate Cake, and my most recent is their Birthday Cake with colorful sugar sprinkles. The atmosphere is so relaxing and chill, I never feel rushed. I always like to sit in the seats adjacent to the parking lot or outside during the warmer months. View Post

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Sotto Sopra

Sotto Sopra is a standout spot for dinner in the heart of Amagansett. Set on Main Street, this Northern Italian restaurant, featuring rear outdoor dining during the warmer months, serves exquisite, traditional dishes created by Executive Chef Fermin Jimenez. Sotto Sopra’s evokes a comforting, warm atmosphere paired with professional, knowledgeable staff. When my husband and I dined here this past Sunday evening, each staff member provided us with exceptional, genuine service which I find lately is very difficult to find.

Sotto Sopra’s finely tailored menu includes freshly baked bread and Italian style pizza, succulent steaks and chops, and whole-roasted fish. To note, their traditional wood-burning oven bakes incredible pizzas. These include The Picante Pizza, layered with peperoni and spicy sausage over ricotta cheese, the Primavera’s combination of sautéed vegetables, including dried tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, and my choice, the Funghi Pizzatopped with sautéed mushrooms, spinach, and robiolina.

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c/o The Maidstone

I had the pleasure of enjoying a lovely, whimsical stay at one of my favorite spots on the East End, c/o The Maidstone in the historic Village of East Hampton. This eclectic and chic boutique was just the spot my husband and I needed for a little ‘staycation’ with our daughter. The entire hotel is family-friendly and dog friendly, making it an ideal escape for everyone. Every aspect of The Maidstone and their restaurant, The Living Room Restaurant, is so inviting and stylish. You could spend your entire stay at the hotel and still not discover every chic and heartwarming Scandinavian detail this oasis has to offer.

We began our stay by checking in just after 3:30pm, set our belongings in our room, Josef Frank. Each of their 19 rooms, named after a Scandinavian celebrity or historical figure, is individually designed and has its own character and charm. Austrian-born Josef Frank was a renowned artist and architect who adopted Swedish citizenship in the latter half of his lifetime. The room features an original Josef Frank banana sofa by the bay window and a dressing room, a marble bathroom featuring a free-standing claw foot tub along with a separate rainfall shower, a King-size Hästens bed, luxurious toiletries by Malin + Goetz, and flat screen television with a DVD player.

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c/o The Maidstone

My family and I are no strangers to dining out at The Living Room Restaurant at c/o The Maidstone hotel in East Hampton. We come here not only because it is both child-friendly and dog friendly (we don’t have dogs at the moment yet we love to sit and ‘dine’ with them), but for the consistent, slow food, Scandinavian cuisine and hardworking, reliable staff members that perform to the highest of standards. During our dinner last week on a Tuesday evening, we never once had to ask for more water, bread, drinks, or to see a wine list. Our waiter was efficient and courteous as was the front desk staff.

Upon arrival, we chose to sit in the open lounge in the front of the hotel that offers beautiful views East Hampton’s historic district. Sarah was thrilled that she could play with the toys and books provided for children who stay and dine. She was occupied for over thirty minutes, or until or entrees arrived. Then Sarah came to sit and eat with us.

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Claudio's Greenport

I had the pleasure of dining for lunch at Greenport‘s landmark eatery, Claudio’s Restaurant. Claudio’s is celebrating their 146th season and has been owned and operated by the same family all of these years. In fact, did you know that Claudio’s is America’s oldest same-family owned restaurant?

I admire the nostalgia each time I visit Claudio’s: the old-world nautical interior, grand bar, and wooden table seating in their side room with excellent views of Greenport Harbor. Whether visiting Claudio’s for a drink and appetizer at the bar, or for a full-course seafood lunch or dinner, I am always reminded of my visits to Greenport and touring the quaint seaside community ever since I was very young. It has become a family tradition to visit the restaurant at least once during the early autumn months.

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