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The Best of Everything

Let our panel of Hamptonologists -- Chappy, Morty, Shoshanna, and the rest of the gang -- pump up your South Fork I.Q.


Farm Stand

The one on Scuttle Hole Road in Bridgehampton is really big. Everything is very fresh, and it's well spread out and not too crowded.
Nicole Miller, fashion designer

The Green Thumb in Water Mill is great and not as expensive as, say, Round Swamp in East Hampton -- which is great in that they do a lot of their own preserves and their own baking, but it's très cher. If I want really good field-ripened tomatoes, I go to them. They grow almost everything they sell there, and their corn is fabulous.
Brent Newsom, caterer

New Restaurant

Robert's in Water Mill is owned by Robert Durkin, who's reinventing Italian food out there. And there's a great wine list. Maya's has a different menu every night, and is getting the big crowd now -- the hoi polloi of the Hamptons. And Maya is a great chef; I ate there two nights in a row last weekend.
Robert Morton, TV producer

Maya's is the hot restaurant in St. Barths that just took over the Sapore di Mare space in Wainscott; this is the new place for grilled food, local vegetables. My father -- everyone -- loves it.
Lizzie Grubman, publicist

Stop on the Way Out

T.G.I. Friday's off exit 57 in Hauppauge; Get the potato skins and the quesadillas.
Chappy Morris, investor

Grace's, right off Exit 70 in Manorville, has the best onion rings -- crunchy, not soggy and greasy -- and well-cooked, juicy hot dogs. It's chic fast food.
Andrew Sasson, nightclub impresario


Meg Ryan was at Sunset Beach on Shelter Island on Saturday night having dinner; Helena Christensen is always there; Liv Tyler is always there, and socialites like Lulu de Kwiatkowski always turn up. We've nicknamed some of the customers the boat people, because they all come over on their incredible boats, and they leave $300 tips. It's the biggest ego-trash -- as opposed to Eurotrash -- scene I've ever encountered.
Lucy Sykes, fashion editor, Allure

Sit down on a bench on Main Street in East Hampton, where I just saw Spielberg; a regular Who's Who is guaranteed to walk by.
Andrew Sasson

Count on celebrities, great breast jobs, lots of bare belly buttons, and everything sold at Calypso and Scoop that week to wash up at the polo matches at Two Trees Stables in Bridgehampton. And of course, there's the Hampton Classic Horse Show at the end of August.
Steven Gaines, author


Scoop Beach in East Hampton is like a nightclub; every single person is in there trying to buy the latest Shoshanna swimsuit or the latest jeans jacket. Jeans are huge this year for the Hamptons. And everyone's wearing a denim jacket -- everyone.
Lucy Sykes

Calypso in East Hampton has lots of color; it's great for dresses you would wear to cocktail parties. Above the Potatoes on the corner of Newtown and Main Street is very T-shirty, and it's a little bit more junior so it's great for beach stuff.
Nicole Miller

Fahrenheit 451 in Westhampton Beach has the best used jeans I've ever found in my life; Liz, the owner, hand-picks each pair.
Shoshanna Lonstein, fashion designer

You wear Steven Stolman in Southampton the same way you wear Lilly Pulitzer. He uses wonderful toile de Jouy and leopard prints. Also, Stubbs & Wootton nearby is great for needlepoint or velvet shoes with the most clever motifs: palm trees, ships, or cigars.
Karen LeFrak, socialite

A lot of men quietly wardrobe themselves at Edward Archer on Main Street in Southampton. He sells very, very understated tailored clothing that many who shop at Barneys or Bergdorf's wouldn't admit to buying because it's so low-key.
Steven Stolman, fashion designer


Sant Ambroeus in Southampton easily serves the best food in the Hamptons without the scene. It's definitely a Euro-hangout for cappuccino in late afternoon and Sambuca, which Americans don't like because they think you've got a problem if you're drinking before five.
Clive Cook, CEO of InterCapital

Red Bar Brasserie's fun; the food's great -- and there aren't that many major restaurants in Southampton, if you think about it.
Pamela Gross, executive vice-president,, and MetroGuide reporter on MSG

We go to Paradise in Sag Harbor a lot. B. Smith's nearby has a good seafood selection -- it's more beachy than sole in some fancy sauce.
Nicole Miller

The Palm in East Hampton: The people who eat there every week are Ron Perelman, Penny Marshall, Martha Stewart -- everybody. Another good one is Alison by the Beach in Sagaponack: It's pretty food.
Lizzie Grubman

Peconic Coast in East Hampton is like my dining room: The food is consistently great -- as is the service -- and they don't take reservations, so you know everyone has an equal chance. Della Femina in East Hampton is also very hard to beat.
Brent Newsom

The Lobster Inn in Shinnecock is casual and it's airy, and the food is fresh and tastes of the sea.
Ann Dexter-Jones, style editor, Country magazine

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