An Interview with Nicole Miller: All Things Hamptons

Nicole Miller, iconic American designer and longtime Hamptons resident, shares her entertaining tips for the summer including her must-have in-home essentials, her favorite East End restaurants, and what she is most looking forward to this upcoming season.

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Hamptons Valentine’s Day Dining

Deciding where to go for Valentine’s Day dinner can be harder than deciding on a life partner. Whether you wish to embrace a casual evening or do something a little fancy, here are our favorite Hamptons and North Fork restaurants that you and your partner are sure to love.

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Dinner at Baron’s Cove

Last week during Long Island Restaurant Week, we dined at Baron’s Cove, nestled on Sag Harbor‘s West Water Street with its sweeping views of the cove. Baron’s Cove is celebrating the season with their new ‘Chopped’ winning Executive Chef, Jay Lippin. He established his new post in July, bringing reimagined Hamptons classics including farm fresh food and East Coast American cuisine.

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Fall Scented Candles of the Hamptons

Getting out of the crisp, fall air and into a warm, cozy home with fall-inspired candle scents of pumpkin pie, apple cider or spicy nutmeg wafting through the air is one of the best perks of this season. Although you can walk into countless East End boutiques, these are the best for finding your festive fall candle.

Country Lane in Sag Harbor should be your go-to spot for decadent candles that’ll make your mouth water. Pumpkin Vanilla, Bourbon Maple Sugar, Honey Soaked Apples, Roasted Espresso,  Spicy Cinnamon Hot Toddy and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are just some of the delicious candle scents you’ll find at Country Lane. Continue reading

Best Fall Drinks on the East End

The East End is home to many local coffee shops where you can indulge in your fall cravings with deliciously decorated autumn inspired classics as well as several creative renditions with a dash of local flavor and personality.

Here’s a round up of the best beverages throughout the East End that’ll fulfill all of your fall fantasies—think apple, cinnamon, maple and of course, pumpkin.

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Paddle & Party for Pink 2018

Hamptons Paddle & Party For Pink to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation was held on Saturday, August 4 on Havens Beach in Sag Harbor beginning at 7pm. The event was created  in 2012 by BCRF Board Member Maria Baum, her husband Larry and Lisa and Richard Perry, the very first event took place at the Perry’s own Hampton’s residence.

Event co-chairs were Maria and Larry Baum, Lisa Pevaroff-Cohn and Gary Cohn, and Jackie and Bippy Siegal. This unique event has become one of the hottest signature soirées, and for me personally, was my favorite of this season thus far. The cheerful pink decor (think Lily Pulitzer!), delicious food, cozy lounges, and sensational band created such a memorable and vibrant scene.

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10 Best Things I Ate in 2017

2017 was very generous when it came to how many sensational, memorable plates I enjoyed. It was quite tough to narrow it down to just ten but there is no doubt you will enjoy these as well. From a wood fired pizza I came back for at least five times to a homemade autumn-inspired lasagna, here are my ten Best Things I Ate in 2017.

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Drink It Tuesday: 10 Best Things I Drank in 2017

I am pleased to share my the ten best things I drank in 2017, which were discovered as I once again navigated the East End and beyond for my new favorites. New drinks of 2017 included a notable dry cider, a surprisingly creamy dairy-free milk, and a ‘detox’ cocktail. For the first time this year, one eatery earned two spots on my list!

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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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LT Burger in Sag Harbor

LT Burger is a must-visit for families and people of all ages. Serving up incredible burgers, sandwiches, milkshakes and more all day long, this friendly neighborhood spot offers indoor and outdoor seating including a spacious dining area, bar and cozy corner booth-style tables. The restaurant is owned and operated by Chef Laurent Tourondel, a native of France who has worked under such notable chefs as: Bruno Tison at Restaurant Beau Geste in Manhattan, Jacques Maximin at Restaurant Ledoyen in France, and Chef de Partie at Restaurant Mercury at the Hotel InterContinental in Moscow. He now also owns several award-winning restaurants in New York, Miami, San Juan, Hong Kong, and one in Kazakhstan, and has authored three cookbooks including New American Cooking and Fresh from the Market.

We visited LT Burger, located in the Village of Sag Harbor, on an early Tuesday evening. My family and I have been coming to dine here since the restaurant opened in 2010 and have always been pleased with the consistently friendly and attentive service, as well as their unbeatable milkshakes and burgers that are far too good to split.

The milkshakes we chose were S’mores: vanilla ice cream, toasted marshmallows ($9); and Death by Oreo: chocolate ice cream, Oreo cookie, chocolate syrup ($10). These are the milkshakes that dreams are made of. I had not yet tried the S’mores milkshake before this visit and I can now say I have officially found my favorite milkshake at LT Burger. These are the creamiest milkshakes topped with plenty of homemade whipped cream, and the toasted marshmallow is reminiscent of those evenings out by the campfire. The Death by Oreo is very chocolatey and is a must if you are an Oreo cookie fan.

Our burger choices were the Route 27: caramelized onion, peppered bacon, smoky catch-up, Mecox Cheddar ($15); and LT Backyard: grilled hickory smoked bacon, NY state cheddar, LT sauce. ($14). My daughter had the LT Kids Box with the chocolate milkshake ($22). With the LT Kids Box, my daughter had the choice of the following: grilled cheese, mini burger, corn dog, chicken fingers, or mozzarella sticks; and a choice of the following sides: waffle fries, broccoli, sweet potato fries or skinny fries ($17 +$5 for the chocolate shake).

Both burgers were top notch and combined smartly stacked, dense flavors: the pepper bacon and cheddar, and the LT sauce followed by the crunchy red onions, to name a few. Their burgers are so appealing that this should be your only destination burger spot during your Sag Harbor stay.

It is a lot having a burger and shake together, so I recommend two options: have your own shakes and split a burger or have your own burger and come back later for your shakes.

Sarah had the grilled cheese with skinny fries as she loves grilled cheese sandwiches. The LT Kids Box includes an interactive carrying box (perfect as an activity during the meal and for taking home leftovers). The Box also included a clementine and a PEZ dispenser. A coloring book with crayons and their signature orange balloon were gifted to Sarah during our visit.

View their menu selection online here. LT Burger is currently open seven days a week, Monday-Thursday from 8am-9pm, Friday 8am-10pm, Saturday 7am-10pm, and Sunday 7am-9pm. // 631-899-4646