Hamptons, News Around Town…The Million Dollar Question

Hamptons, News Around Town…The Million Dollar Question
April 11th 2015

So many people have asked me what is the deal with Doppio in Sag Harbor, are they reopening….That is the MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION! WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH DOPPIO…Nothing, zip..has been taking place in that location……I say BRING BACK MADISON & MAIN! I had the most fun in 2013…Last year 2014 Back Page & Back Harlow were fun, but not as much fun as Madison & Main…The Watermelon Martini’s were the absolute BEST…the bartenders were fun! Sasha my favorite(bartender) worked at Doppio but not even he could save it. I do think Back Harlow will be a place I might choose to hang out at, but only if the drinks are affordable. I like the management team and I am told they will be doing some really fun things this summer.

It is confirmed Plaza Sports is opening in Sag Harbor on Main Street, I spoke with the owner and he stated that he plans on being open year-round. He plans on focusing on the summer then re-assessing for the fall and winter. He stated he would be selling Sag Harbor t-shirts, hmmmm is he not aware that there are 2 other businesses in Sag Harbor selling the same thing. Plaza Sports has locations in Rocky Point and Montauk, hopefully if the item is not carried in the Sag Harbor location, they can have it sent from another location. They should be open before May.

Harbor Market update….things are moving along well and progressively and they should be open in a couple of weeks….I do hope before May, looking forward to that brick oven pizza.

11070790_866278796762042_4811013822328142179_nPOTHOLES: Looks like Many of the towns are just putting a band-aid on the situation and filling in the holes…but East Hampton is still the worst, so be careful driving at night because there are some serious potholes that could just do damage to your car.

Rumor has it that WHITES APOTHECARY is opening a second location in Southampton, hmmm will it just be the cosmetic part of the business or will this be competition for Southrifty Drug Southampton?

buffet Lunch
buffet Lunch
Saaz Indian Cuisine in Southampton delivers…for $10 you can have Indian Food delivered to you…$20 for East Hampton Residents and unfortunately East Hampton they are only making 2 delivery runs per day. M-Sun 7pm and 930pm…If business starts to generate and they are getting more deliveries, then the cost of the delivery might decrease. Sorry Montauk no plans to deliver, too far. I love this place M-Sun “All you can Eat” buffet is fantastic and different items everyday.
Happy Hour 1/2 price drinks Sun-Thursday 4-6pm…. Did someone say GIRLS NIGHT OUT! OH YEAH…..GNO

EAST HAMPTON: East Hampton Town officials are abandoning plans to impose a summer weekend ban on all helicopters this summer in the Hamptons, a very busy tourism season, citing concerns about aircraft being diverted to neighboring towns. Hmmm…Is that the real reason……Well at least they have enforced some curfews during the week. I am sure the organizers for the numerous celebrity-filled events this summer in the Hamptons are grateful…I wonder were they scratching their heads trying to figure out how they were getting their A-listers to their events this summer……I guess the thought of being stuck in traffic for hours was not a draw.

A new restaurant opening in Montauk …Harbor in Montauk….owners James “Jamo” Willis and business partner Robert Hirsh. 3,200 square-foot revamped eatery on West Lake Drive will have that familiar Hamptons feel — a laid-back beach-bar vibe during the day that gives way to dancing at night. I am sure the residents in Montauk are very excited about this opening…. maybe…some skinny dipping…LOL…just kidding

DSC_9339Rumor has it that Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Spa is making some changes and going very high end….Targeting a high-end demographic….they have dropped their timeshare model. Will the middle-class be able to afford a Day at Gurney’s? Is Gurney’s seeking to make the list Earth’s Most Exclusive Retreats…among these favorites: http://robbreport.com/luxury-travel/the-robb-report-100-resorts

Fresh Hamptons
Fresh Hamptons
FRESH HAMPTONS: I had the pleasure of attending a cooking class at FRESH HAMPTONS last week and it was amazing…coming soon my article on my amazing experience… HURRY, HURRY these classes will be ending soon.
Last class April 16th
Re-Fresh with Detox Classes
Fresh Hamptons is debuting detox classes. These classes will teach attendees how to detox while still indulging in dark chocolate, cheese, and wine. The classes will be taught by Chef Todd’s Life and Restaurant Partner, yoga & Pilates instructor, and certified detox specialist, Lillian Grajeda.
The Re-Fresh program meets 1x per week at Fresh for three consecutive weeks. Choice of:
Program 1: Tuesdays April 14, 21st, and 28th from 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Program 2: Thursdays April 16th, 23rd, 30th from 12:15-1:30 p.m.
By popular demand: Saturdays April 25th, May 2nd, and 9th from 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Each $299 package includes a cleansing lunch for all three classes, a personalized detox program designed for you and your palate, and support along the way. For more information or to register, call Lillian at (631) 903-7097.

BEAUTY COMES TO NOYAC ROAD IN SAG HARBOR…There’s a new Salon in Sag Harbor and it is Called RAVE SALON & SPA….All Hair Services, Manicures, Pedicures, Waxing, Massages, Facials, Spa Days, Energy Healing with Energy Healing – Erin Sirona, and Reflexology with Jo Gramarosso,
They are located on Noyac Road in Sag Harbor, and the place is beautiful. Owner Cindy Ward Capalbo is a beautiful person and you immediately feel the positive energy when you walk in. I definitely need that Energy Healing……Join my Facebook Group to stay updated with the events that Cindy will be hosting at the Spa these next few months…

unnamed-11-111x320If you Love Sweet’tauk Lemonade, then you will love the they announced that they have finalized a partnership with Gourmet Guru, a well-respected natural and organic products distributor, to distribute their lemonades and to grow their brand throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

designingjoe-amagansett-beach-bicycleAMAGANSETT BEACH & BIKE ARE OPEN FOR THE SEASON….Store Hours 10AM- 5PM
They deliver…new line of fishing kayaks from Feelfree

Which Celebrities can we expect to see around town this summer in the Hamptons….Well it has been trending the Jason Alexander rented a home in East Hampton..next week I should have more information on who will be in the Hamptons, Where to go to celebrate Cinco De Mayo in the Hamptons, more openings, Hamptons Summer events list and updates to rumors I have heard. As always follow me on Twitter,Instagram @hamptonsmpiece and Facebook for daily updates on Happenings in the Hamptons.

Hamptons Teen: Westhampton and Southampton Varsity Sprinters headed to compete in State championship

Hamptons Teen: Westhampton and Southampton Varsity Sprinters headed to compete in State championship
Hamptons Teens: Congratulations to the following students who will be going to the Winter Track State championship in Ithaca, NY on March 7TH… The girls 4×400 Girls relay track team is #1 in Section XI and will be heading to Ithaca to compete for the Gold Medal in the New York State Track and Field 2015 Championship. These girls qualified at the Millrose Trials and will be competing at the Armory on Saturday, February 14th. They will be competing with some of the BEST sprinters from all around the country. Hamptons Mouthpiece will be there covering that race!

Lauren Lorefice a 12th grader @ Westhampton and part of the 4×400 relay team took 2nd in the Girls 300 Meter Dash 40.97. When I spoke with Lauren’s mom after the race they were very excited but not sure if she would compete in the 300 at the State Finals. The 300 is a hard race and she might choose to just focus on the 400 relay. Whatever decision Lauren decides, we congratulate her, a great way to end her High School Winter track season.

Keira Kelly an 11th grader @ Westhampton will be competing in the Girls High Jump..she jumped an impressive 5-04.00 Good luck Keira!

NYS-Qualifier-Championships-921aJoseph Strassfield a 12th grader @ Southampton High School is the only boy from the Hamptons competing at the State Finals…He finished 2nd in the Boys 55 Dash @ 6.60sec

1) 3667 Lauren Lorefice 12 2) 3578 Nora Murphy 11
3) 3570 Jennifer Jordan 10 4) 3564 Grace Gilbakian 11

Congratulations to all of the student athletes that competed in the Section XI State Qualifier, an amazing accomplishment…
Shout out to my daughter Allura Leggard and East Hamptons Boys Varsity Winter Track Team: Erik Engstrom, Thomas Paradiso and Will Ellis

photo credit:  Ricci  Paradiso
photo credit:
Ricci Paradiso

You can see more images from the Suffolk County State Qualifier HERE….www.photographybykurt.net

A nice Lobster dinner that won’t break the bank…

Greetings Hamptons Mouthpiece readers…last week I visited the Seasons of Southampton located on Prospect Street in Southampton, NY for their Thursday evening ClamBake. If you are looking for A nice Lobster dinner that won’t break the bank, then consider The clambake is on Thursday’s only and you have a choice of selecting the following:

  • Buffet clambake for $34.95 which includes all you can eat + lobster and raw bar
  • Raw bar only
  • Lobster*baked potato*corn on the cob $20DSC_2296

I decided to try everything so that I could share my experience with all of you. I started with the raw bar that included clams*shrimp*oysters.DSC_2273 2

The Clambake consisted of Baked Chicken, Grilled Vegetables, sausage & peppers, corn on the cob, potato wedges DSC_2280 2

Grilled Vegetables….DSC_2275

For me, I enjoyed the Lobster Meal for $20, the lobster was very tasty, it was not over-cooked and it was NOT cold…DSC_2298

The chef prepared them as ordered. The corn was sweet from a local farm stand and the potato was perfect. I know you might be saying to yourself how can anyone mess up such a simple meal, but believe me what looks simple is not always so simple to prepare. For $20 this is really the BEST deal in the Hamptons. I especially love the fact that this Clam-bake will continue for the month of September. I was not that in-love with the Clambake, although the food looked really good and I could not wait to take a bite into the chicken and the stuffed fish ,unfortunately it was a bit under-seasoned for my taste. I did enjoy the salads, the Sausage & Peppers were delicious and the Grilled Vegetables were very good. I gravitate to Hotdogs at BBQ’s and I would have preferred the Hotdogs to be grilled than steamed, I was confused that rolls & mustard were not offered.  I found it a bit odd.

The evening ended with a nice arrangement of desserts, fruit salad, pies & cookies….I had the cookies and the fruit salad

Overall, the ambiance was beautiful, our margarita was DELICIOUS…. The Lobster Meal is one of  the best deals in DSC_2294the Hamptons and is very good. I am looking forward to returning before the clam bake ends on Thursday nights. I am not completely sure when the last day is, so I would suggest calling the Seasons of Southampton. They are located at 15 Prospect St  Southampton, NY 11968 (631) 283-3354

A nice Lobster dinner that won’t break the bank…

Can you believe Labor Day is here already…

Hamptons Happenings

Greetings Hamptons Mouthpiece readers, Where did the summer go? Can you believe Labor Day is here already? So many events are crammed into this weekend for what some believe is the last summer weekend in the Hamptons. Contrary to what some believe the Hamptons does not shut down after Labor Day and hibernate until next year. Many year-round residents look forward to Labor Day, many are moving back into their homes from renting for the summer. The beaches are not as crowded and that is the time that I like to go. Our students in the East End do not return back to school until September 9th and it is a relaxing time for many year-round residents before the hussle of back to school. I absolutely love the Hamptons in the Fall, there are so many wonderful things to do, so when you leave to resume your life after Labor Day, come back  for a long weekend, there are many FUN things to do, like Wine tours in the Northfork, Apple picking, Harbor Festival in Sag Harbor, the Music Festival, SeptemberFest in Southampton, Halloween in the Hamptons, and much much more. The beaches are free to attend and the water is at its best in September. This is also the time that I go out to eat because I think the food and service are just better after a busy summer and I am looking forward to visiting FRESH in Bridgehampton, NY. Listed below are some things to do this weekend and some really big things happening in the Hamptons during the Fall.

Hampton Classic 2013 … August 25 – September 1
WHERE:  Bridgehampton, NY (off Montauk Highway, Route 27 –

at 240 Snake Hollow Road), 65-acre showgrounds,

located near some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast,

amidst the fashionable Hamptons summer scene.


Daily: $10/person (under 6 free) or $20/carload.

Seniors free: Tuesday – Thursday; Kids free: Saturday
The Wing It Project will be happening at the Hampton Classic on Kids Day this Saturday! Proceeds to benefit educating children throughout the world (10×10 – Girl Rising & Half the Sky Foundation & Darfur Dream Team). Come on down and join us to make you very own fabulous wings-to-wear!! A great project for kids of all ages. www.wingitproject.com


 Thursday August 29th 6-8pm @ C. Wonder, Southampton, NY…A summer shopping party to benefit for VH1 Save the Music Foundation



County of KingsThursday August 29thLemon Andersen, Tony Award-winning Def Poet, will be taking the stage at Guild Hall in East Hampton for a special engagement performance of his acclaimed memoir,jpeg

Guild Hall , 158 Main Street ,East Hampton, New York 11937
One Night Only *Thursday August 29th
Performance at 8:00pm* Purchase Advance Tickets $30  631-324-4050 box office

67TH ANNUAL SHINNECOCK INDIAN POWWOW**Friday-Monday August 30th-September 2nd 2013


Shinnecock Indian Powwow, Shinnecock Indian Reservation***Southampton, NY
The 67th annual “Shinnecock Indian Powwow” will be held over Labor Day weekend from Friday, August 30, through Monday, September 2. More than 100 tribes represented, music and dance performances, sunset fire lighting, smoke dances, native arts and crafts and native foods vendors will be featured at the weekend-long event. Grounds open Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 10 a.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids, seniors and the handicapped. Kids age 5 and under are admitted free. Free parking. Pets are not allowed.

Kick Your Labor Day Weekend into High Gear...Friday, August 30th Sienna will be the hottest happening in town, as anyone who knows The Box is well aware that it’s a blast! The night will feature the most jaw dropping acts (in true Box style)Sienna Restaurant & Ultralounge (www.siennahamptons.com) for the sexiest kickoff to Labor Day weekend.BOXAD_outlines copy[2]

1157669_10101633891729794_1755439906_nOur Fabulous Variety Show Presents: Burger Theater!

The Raffa Show was a huge success!! Help us keep these super fun nights going and join us this Friday for BRYSON TURNER!
Bryson Turner back by popular demand! Performing at 230 Down, located at 230 Elm Street in Southampton.
Your ticket includes seating for the show as well as a delicious burger dinner by Tim Burke Productions!
On Friday August 30th we welcome back NYC comedian Bryson Turner and his hysterical friends for an evening of comedy! Seating is limited so buy early! $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

The Sag HarborFest to Celebrate 50th Anniversary
With Weekend-Long Festival
Friday, Saturday & Sunday September 6th, 7th and 8thwhaleboat_races

Three-day festival complete with music, food tastings, contests, historic tours and, of course, the famous whaleboat races, which will take place throughout the weekend off Windmill Beach in Sag Harbor.

The Wharf will be filled both Saturday and Sunday with vendors participating in the Taste of Sag Harbor as well as a thrill ride of children’s activities. The famous Chowder Contest will take place on Sunday and the 2013 Whaleboat Champion will be crowed after two days of intense races.

Here is the schedule of events for the weekend:

Friday, September 6th: 
HarborFest Fiesta 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM  Sep 06, 2013
(Bring your beach chairs, blankets and dancing shoes for a night of fun for all ages as the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum kicks off the 2013 HarborFest weekend with a Fiesta!
 * Montaco Truck Tacos, Chips & Salsa, Guacamole
 * Montauk Brewing Company Beer
 * Channing Daughters Wine
 * Dreamy Ice Cream and Iced Coffee from Sylvester & Co.
 * Music by DJ Mister Lama
 * Kids Adventure Area
All proceeds from the Fiesta go to the Capital Campaign Fund to restore the home of the Museum, the Benjamin Huntting House.
Tickets are available online, [http://harborfestfiesta.splashthat.com] or call the museum at 631-725-0770. Or stop by at 200 Main St, Sag Harbor! Tickets purchased in advance are $50 for adults, $12.50 for children. Location:  Sag Harbor Whaling Museum 
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM  Sep 06, 2013
Harborfest events at Bay Street Theatre introduces
Gene Kelly weekend in honor of Peconic picture show sponsored by Peconic Landing
 AN AMERICAN IN PARIS on Friday, Sept. 6 at 8 pm
FOR ME AND MY GAL on Saturday Sept. 7 at 8pm. 
Tickets are $7 at the door.
For Tickets and Information (631) 725 9500 and online at www.baystreet.org 
Location:  Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor, NY 
ALL DAY EVENT* MusicFood tastingsContestsHistoric tours and, of course, the famous whaleboat races, which will take place throughout the weekend off Windmill Beach in Sag Harbor.The Wharf will be filled both Saturday and Sunday with vendors participating in the Taste of Sag Harbor as well as a thrill ride of children’s activities. The famous Chowder Contest will take place on Sunday and the 2013 Whaleboat Champion will be crowed after two days of intense races. The Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce is raffling a 14-karat gold whale pendant made by David Lee on Sunday, September 8, which is the final day of HarborFest. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25 and can be purchased at The Windmill on Long Beach, The Wharf Shop, Sag Harbor Liquors and Sag Harbor Variety.
Live Music @ Madison & Main on Sunday, September 8th with Talented acoustical guitarist and vocalist Telly Karloousis …Happy Hour 4-7pm madison & main 1-16 - 9-5-13 copy
1174766_10151753684808449_62442804_nOLA LATINO FILM FESTIVAL 2013 @ Parrish Art Museum September 13th-15th
Sponsor by/Patrocinado por OLA, BNB, VOZ, Isa Consignment, Parrish Art Museum.
Admission $10 per film click here for ticket information
Friday, September 13
Movie at 5PM: Movie
6-8PM: Dance/Baile con Mambo Loco * band
Saturday, September 14
Movie at 3PM:
Sunday, September 15
Movie at 3PM

SEPTEMBER 27 & 28, 2013

SEPTEMBERFEST September 27th-29th, 2013…Southampton, NY ….On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 27/28/29, Southampton Village will celebrate the season with a series of exciting events that embrace art, music, food, entertainment, history and fun… and everyone’s invited! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO..



HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 10-14, 2013…more information to be added at a later date…come back to see the movie line-up here…


September and October are great months for a bike Tour in the Hamptons…check out Amagansett Beach & Bicycle for Tour information and Bike Rentals.

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The Hamptons Best Pizza

The Hamptons Best Pizza
Pizza is one of those food items that everyone loves, I guess because it is so customized for your personal taste. For some it’s all about the crust thick or thin, for others it’s the sauce and then there are those where it’s all about the cheese for me I want all three crust, sauce & cheese. I really like thin crust because I feel like you can really taste the toppings more when you’re mouth isn’t full of bread. Also important for me is that there isn’t too much tomato sauce. I hate a pizza where the sauce is gushing out with every bite and causing the cheese and everything to fall off. I vary with toppings, I like mozzarella, tomatoes and basil (but the mozzarella & tomatoes need to be sliced thin), I love really good pepperoni, yummy sausage & peppers or mushrooms. What are your favorite toppings?

 Who has The Hamptons Best Pizza? The Hamptons is home to many pizzerias many of which I have personally visited and many I have not. Based on suggestions from friends, my personal experience, google & yelp reviews is how this list was developed? Some will say Pizza in the Hamptons is not as good as NYC pizza like Gabby’s Pizza in Queens or Ray’s Pizza in NYC two of my favorites but I think you will be pleasantly pleased with the selected Hamptons pizzeria’s. My hubby tells me however no one compares to the legendary Gloria’s pizza that used to be in Flushing Queens, he continues to show his age.

These are my top 10 Hamptons Mouthpiece picks for The Hamptons BEST Pizza…criteria: Crust, sauce, cheese, toppings and of course taste. Plain pizza

2017 UPDATE:
Hampton Market & Kitchen, Sag Harbor
American Pie, Bridgehampton, NY
La Capannina Wainscott, NY
World Pie, Bridgehampton (Brick oven, dine-in restaurant)
La Parmigiana, Southampton, NY
Red Horse Market: East Hampton,NY
Pizzetteria Brunetti, Westhampton Beach, NY * 631.288.3003 ( brick-oven)
Conca D’oro, Sag Harbor, NY
Astro’s Pizza and Felice’s Ristorante, Amagansett
Francesca’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, Hampton Bays

*My readers favorite