Hamptons, New York
Hi everyone, Allie Provost here! I’m the creator and photographer behind Prêt-à-Provost: a fashion, travel, and lifestyle blog based out of New York City! As much action as there is in the city, there is nothing I love more than escaping the craziness and heading to the Hamptons. For the past three years, I have taken every opportunity to make the short drive out east for some relaxation and some of my favorite restaurants that I never pass up on!
While the Hamptons can get quite pricey, especially during peak season, one of the most iconic cheap-eats is a restaurant called “the lobster roll restaurant” or “lunch” – nicknamed after their recognizable sign – located in Amagansett right on the way to Montauk. Here you will find everything from chicken fingers and burgers, to their world famous hot or cold lobster rolls. They even have amazing vegetarian and gluten-free options. Every one of their options will make you realize why the masses stop here during their weekend out east.
My favorite brunch spot in all of the Hamptons is hands down Babette’s. It is also conveniently located down the street from where I stay in East Hampton…so maybe I’m biased. What really makes this spot so refreshing is their healthy menu. Stopping here for brunch after a night out makes me feel so much better about myself…it’s almost like those drinks at Surf Lodge didn’t count! The quaint atmosphere and peaceful outdoor seating are what make this spot stand out from the rest; but be sure to get here early, the limited seating means longer wait times!
Levain Bakery is a New York City icon, and when they opened their Wainscott location not too long ago, the fans went wild…mostly because their Upper West Side location has lines that will cost you an hour if you’re lucky. This bakery is known for its thick half-baked cookies that are sent down personally from heaven. Perfectly crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside. I always stop here on my way back into the city, Sundays have the shortest lines!
Are you even in the Hamptons if you don’t have a bottle of rosé? The answer is no. And is it a bottle of rosé if it’s not Wölffer’s “Summer in a Bottle?” also no. This Hamptons staple is basically mandatory for any table and thankfully the Wölffer vineyards have become the go-to spot for watching the sunset on weekend nights. People come from all over the Hamptons to spend the evening at the Wine Stand listening to live music, frolicking in the vineyard, and drinking a bottle or two (or three) of their amazing wine. It’s truly the perfect evening if you ask me! Just be sure to bring your own blanket in case all of the seats have been claimed. If sitting outside isn’t quite your thing, Wölffer also has restaurants throughout the Hamptons, including the Estate, where you can get a tour of the winery and grab dinner. There’s also the Kitchen in Amagansett, and the Kitchen in Sag Harbor!
Honorable mention for drinks goes to Ruschmeyer’s. When the sun goes down, the party doesn’t stop! Ruschmeyer’s has a chill and laidback vibe created by the most beautifully lit tree with picnic benches and hammocks for hanging out underneath it’s branches. Basically, everything I look for in a night out!
Moby’s!! This place is a must when visiting out east. Located in the northern portion of East Hampton, Moby’s sits right on the water with the perfect view of the boat filled harbor. Thankfully they offer a variety of indoor and outdoor seating options, so you can fully enjoy the picturesque surroundings. Reservations open 21 days in advance and book quickly, especially for the weekend nights. You’re not going to want to miss out on their burrata or spaghettini!
While the main goal of the Hamptons is to get a little relaxation in before heading back to the madness of New York City, there is one activity that I’ll always ditch my pool chair for; a visit to the Montauk Lighthouse. This lighthouse dates all the way back to the late 1700s and will forever have one of the best views if you’re up for the climb. It truly feels like you’re at the end of the world!