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The Best of Everything



Twice Upon a Bagel in Wainscott has the best bagels in the Hamptons, the best egg salad, and the best cinnamon roll in America. The bagels are as good as H&H, if not better.
Lizzie Grubman


The new hip-hip-hip place is Fairway on the Green at Wainscott's Poxabogue golf course. Paradise in Sag Harbor serves a terrific breakfast. Babette's in East Hampton has egg-white omelettes; that's where President Clinton stopped by to see the lady who runs it.
Steven Gaines

At Dreesen's in East Hampton, they have this insidious Rube Goldberg-like machine in the window that makes doughnuts. They're like little atom bombs -- hot, crusty, but still moist.
Steven Stolman


I don't even go on 27. I take Town Line Road to Daniels Lane to Gibson and then up Sagaponack Main to Sagaponack Road. I get out by Bridgehampton Commons. You totally circumnavigate Bridgehampton, which is a nightmare because the intersection on 27 becomes a huge logjam.
Matt Nye, fashion designer

The only shortcut out here is to do everything during the week and have things delivered on the weekends.
Jamee Gregory, socialite and journalist


There's nothing like a piece of meat from The Palm. Just add some fried potatoes and fried onions and, man, if you felt healthy all weekend, now you're ready for a good heart attack.
Robert Morton

The steak at Sagaponack's Old Stove Pub just really tastes good; I can't compare it to anything else.
Ross Bleckner, artist


BookHampton, on Main Street in East Hampton, is the biggest and best store. Rob Schumann, who runs it, will track down any book. The owners are always there, and the staff is terrific. They really, really believe in books, and they push them -- but that's what a bookstore should do.
James Brady, author and columnist


Sam's in East Hampton is the best pizza on this half of United States; I like Mario's Mix, with artichoke hearts, goat cheese, basil, and sun-dried tomatoes. It's to die, if you're having to eat out with a vegetarian.
Brent Newsom

La Parmigiana in Southampton is a great little inexpensive Italian joint like you'd find in your neighborhood in Manhattan, and they have the best pizza. It's run by this incredibly sweet Italian family, and you can buy stuff like old-fashioned antacid from Italy.
Alex Kuzcynski, Times media reporter

Fish Store

The Seafood Shop in Wainscott is fabulous; I've dealt with them for more years than I'll say.
Jonathan Canno, philanthropist

I call ahead and have Southampton's Clamman cook my lobsters; I don't like to hear them scream.
Jamee Gregory


Everybody goes to Gibson in Sagaponack, a sceney beach that feels public, even though it's private.
Lizzie Grubman

If you walk along Flying Point Beach in Water Mill, there's a warm inlet of water where children can play because it's shallow. Also, there's never anybody at all on Wyandanch beach in Southampton.
Pia Lindstrom, television critic

Ice Cream

The Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen has a really yummy, yummy, yummy chocolate.
Lucy Sykes

Carvel opposite Bridgehampton Commons is just a throwback-to-the-fifties kind of place. Get the chocolate-and-vanilla swirl.
Chappy Morris

Sant Ambroeus in Southampton has $185 ice-cream cakes and great flavors. In East Hampton, a Mister Softee kind of cone at Poppy's Snowflake is something special.
Steven Gaines


Nick & Toni's in East Hampton, if you can get in -- if your name is Mr. Gere.
Brent Newsom

Writers' Haunt

The American Hotel in Sag Harbor is still holding its own. There's a very swank, wonderful bar, and you can go in there late at night and see Michael Thomas and Candace Bushnell at one table, Thomas Harris at another, and Jimmy Buffett.
Steven Gaines

Local Hangout

Shippy's isn't a glitzy, and it's patronized by the locals and the old-guard Southampton people. It has cozy booths, and there are delicious lobsters and baked potatoes.
Jamee Gregory

Barrister's in Southampton has pubbish, simple food; it's like J.G. Melon. Then there's The Driver's Seat in Southampton for the burgers and chili. Rowdy Hall in East Hampton makes the best onion soup I've ever had in my life.
Lizzie Grubman

Breadzilla in Wainscott -- it's the world's worst name, and it looks like it's run by Woodstock hippies, but that girl, Nancy, she is gifted. The homemade doughnuts with raspberry fillings are just extraordinary.
Steven Gaines


Alexandra von Furstenberg is the most groomed; she's very pretty, she has a great figure, but most important, she just coordinates everything beautifully. Also, Lulu de Kwiatkowski, because she's original and is not frightened of color. Mica Ertegun always looks fabulous; she has a wonderful ultrachic mélange.
Ann Dexter-Jones

Liz Cohen is so right-on for the Hamptons; she wears the newest thing from Scoop, the newest thing from Shoshanna, the newest in pashmina. It took me three years before I could work out which bikini to wear with which sarong to wear with which flip-flops with which bag. Aerin Lauder Zinterhoffer has the lifestyle, which comes through in her dress. Tiffany Dubin has the best handbags; whenever I've seen her, she has a new handbag for the beach.
Lucy Sykes

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