Jean-Georges Topping Rose

We visited the restaurant at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton on Sunday for Long Island Restaurant Week. Long Island Restaurant Week spans for eight days, Sunday to Sunday, and offers a $27.95 prix fixe menu at dozens of restaurants across Long Island. It gives customers an affordable opportunity to try the cuisine at several restaurants of their choosing. During this week, I try to visit restaurants I have never dined at before in the hopes of finding a new place to come dine at on a regular basis. We were very pleased with our experience at Topping Rose House. We have dined here for brunch and have attended events in the past, but this was our first visit for dinner. The charm and elegance of the restaurant and the hotel assimilate well within the Hamptons. The white, stately mansion with a classic, beach scene decor with a splash of unobstrusive modernism. Our daughter loved the cinemagraph of the snow owl as we entered the hotel lobby.

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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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Rowdy Hall

The Hamptons International Film Festival is one of the most anticipated event of the year, and I cannot think of a better happening to pair with great food and conversation. While working about an appetite during each film screening, head over to any and all of the for restaurants I have curated that will be serving up some serious grub from a perfectly plated ahi tuna salad to a swoon-worthy charcuterie and cheese board.

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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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