●Inn at Windmill Lane – 23 Windmill Lane; 631-267-8500; innatwindmilllane.com; gated cottages and suites; short trip to Indian Wells Beach.
Sights & Sites
●Delamater-Bevin Mansion – 76 Bevin Road; facebook.com/pages/Delamater-Bevin-Mansion/112379785439787; historic, 22-room Victorian mansion on north shore (Eatons Neck landmass at Duck Island Harbor edge).
Sights & Sites
●Sagamore Hill National Historic Site – 20 Sagamore Hill Road (Oyster Bay); 516-922-4788; nps.gov/sahi; home of 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, from 1885 until his death in 1919; includes Theodore Roosevelt Museum in separate building.
EAST HAMPTON (includes Bridgehampton & Watermill)
●Hedges Inn – 74 James Lane; 631-324-7101; thehedgesinn.com; overlooks village pond; exclusive enclave nestled among East Hampton’s legendary estates; around corner from world-class beaches and steps from Village; built in 1800s; recently renovated.
●Maidstone Arms – 207 Main Street; 631-324-5006; themaidstone.com; since 1740; recently renovated to retain historic integrity but maintain modern comfort; try to rent Alfred Nobel cottage (striking; each room comes with beach pass).
●Topping Rose House – One Bridgehampton (Bridgehampton, on Sag Harbor Turnpike); 631-537-0870; toppingrosehouse.com; hotel and spa with Tom Colicchio restaurant on premises.
●Babette’s – 66 Newton Lane; 631-329-5377; babetteseasthampton.com; 1st-rate, innovative cuisine; local and organic ingredients (including grass fed beef); healthiest Hamptons restaurant; great celebrity spotting place; staff is inconsistent and summer throngs make it interesting (if somewhat frustrating) wait for table; expensive.
●Blue Parrot – 33A Main Street; 631-329-2583; blueparroteasthampton.com; Mexican joint owned by Ron Perelman, Jon Bon Jovi, Renee Zellweger, and Larry Gagosian.
●Nick & Tony’s – 136 North Main Street (between Cedar Street & Miller Terrace); 631-324-3550; nickandtonis.com; trendy power venue; reservations advised.
●Pierre’s – 2468 Main Street (Bridgehampton); 631-537-5110; pierresbridgehampton.com; lovely baked goods; pretty outdoor seating.
●Serafina – 104 North Main Street; 631-267-3500; serafinarestaurant.com; thin-crust pizza.
●Topping Rose House – One Bridgehampton (Bridgehampton, on Sag Harbor Turnpike); 631-537-0870; toppingrosehouse.com; Tom Colicchio.
●Capitale Jeunesse – 670 Montauk Highway (Water Mill); 631-726-2657; capitalejeunesse.com; private beauty clinic known for excellent facials.
●Naturopathica Spa – Red Horse Plaza, 74 Montauk Highway; 631-329-2525; naturopathica.com; massages.
●Topping Rose House – One Bridgehampton (Bridgehampton, on Sag Harbor Turnpike); 631-537-0870; toppingrosehouse.com; try Natural Face Lift Facial.
●Food & Co. – 238 Pantigo Road; 631-329-1000; foodandco.com; desserts are specialty.
●Gail Rothwell – 66 Newtown Lane; 631-324-6666; gailrothwelleh.com; designer accessories, clothing, and jewelry.
●Round Swamp Farm – 184 Three Mile Harbor Road; 631-324-4438; roundswampfarm.com; 250 year-old farm; locally produced products; try take-out, picnic chicken.
●Vogel Bindery – 30 Blue Jay Way; 631-329-3106; vogelbindery.com; cases, boxes & books.
●Harborfront Inn – 209 Front Street; 631-477-0707; theharborfrontinn.com; can take ferry to Shelter Island.
●Frisky Oyster – 27 Front Street; 631-477-4265; thefriskyoyster.com; American cuisine.
●Noah’s – 136 Front Street; 631-477-6720; chefnoahs.com; highly regarded; locally sourced ingredients; seafood.
●Scrimshaw – Preston’s Wharf; 631-477-8882; scrimshawrestaurant.com; land and sea staples.
●Jedediah Hawkins Inn – 400 South Jamesport Avenue; 631-722-2900; jedediahhawkinsinn.com; 1863 mansion.
●Luce & Hawkins – 400 South Jamesport Avenue; 631-722-2900; jedediahhawkinsinn.com; locally sourced ingredients.
●Allegria Hotel – 80 West Broadway; 516-889-1300; allegriahotel.com; 143-room, beachfront hotel with stylish design, resort-like ambience, and terrific restaurant; ask for ocean-front (not beach view) room; excellent black-out shades in rooms; lovely bathrooms.
●Farmhouse Inn | Shinn Estate Vineyards & Farmhouse – 2000 Oregon Road; 631-804-0367; shinnestatevineyards.com/farmhouse-inn; located in remote farming area; on-site vegetable farm large enough to feed staff and B&B guests; 1880s farmhouse renovated in 1997 to accomodate current demand for flatscreen TVs and running water, while still maintaining weathered pine floors and old country feelings; 4 rooms, each with vineyard and surrounding farmland views; seasonal breakfast prepared by man of house.
Sights & Sites
●Shinn Estate Vineyards & Farmhouse – 2000 Oregon Road; 631-804-0367; shinnestatevineyards.com; husband and wife (David Page & Barbara Shinn) grow Bordeaux varietals in an organic, biodynamic way.
●Montauk Yacht Club – 32 Star Island Road; 631-3100 or 888-692-8668; montaukyachtclub.com.
●Ruschmeyer’s – 161 2nd House Road; 631-668-2877; visitruschmeyers.com; purposely no-frills; affordable for area; one-time summer camp reimagined as light-hearted retreat for well-heeled adults; 2 bars, restaurant.
●Surf Lodge – 183 Edgemere Street; 631-668-2632; thesurflodge.com; lovely beyond belief; once sun sets over Montauk’s Fort Pond, becomes “trendy scene” fueled by cocktails and fresh seafood at restaurant.
QUEENS (includes Elmhurst, Flushing, Forest Hills, Long Island City & Maspeth)
Bakeries, Coffee, Ice Cream, Juice & Tea
●Cannelle Patisserie – 75-59 31st Avenue (Jackson Heights, at 77th Street); 718-565-6200; cannellepatisserie.com; chefs honed skills at Waldorf-Astoria; in unprepossessing strip mall; croissants, gateaux Breton, éclairs.
●Pao de Queijo – 31-90 30th Street (Astoria); 718-204-1979; newyorkpaodequeijo.com; exotic Brazilian fruit; just few stops outside of Manhattan on N train; try cupuacu or caja fruit smoothies; also, good food.
●Sweet Leaf – 10-93 Jackson Avenue (Long Island City, at 49th Avenue); 917-832-6726; sweetleafnyc.com; excellent coffees and pastries.
Bars & Nightclubs
●Astor Room – 34-12 36th Street (Astoria, at 35th Avenue); 718-255-1947; astorroom.com; refurbished commissary for Kaufman Astoria Studios (where Cocoanuts filmed); Jazz-themed supper club in subterranean setting; try Astoria (gin martini with orange bitters dash).
●Z New York Hotel – 11-01 43rd Avenue (Long Island City); 212-319-7000 or 877-256-5556; zhotelny.com; 100 room, motel-like, boutique property; sleek but in industrial neighborhood; ask for deluxe king (floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning Manhattan skyline views); from 7 am to 11 pm, provides transport to Manhattan to set locations; lounge-restaurant and rooftop bar.
●Astor Room – 34-12 36th Street (Astoria, at 35th Avenue); 718-255-1947; astorroom.com; refurbished commissary for Kaufman Astoria Studios (where Cocoanuts filmed); Jazz-themed supper club in subterranean setting; traditional mainstays that are well-executed.
●Cabana “Original” – 10710 70th Road (Forest Hills); 718-263-3600; cabanarestaurant.com.
●Cabana “Seaport” – 89 South Street, Pier 17 (Flushing); 212-406-1155; cabanarestaurant.com.
●Domaine – 50-04 Vernon Boulevard (Long Island City, at 50th Avenue); 718-784-2350; domainewinebar.com; wine, pristine oysters, charcuterie, and zinc bar.
●Five Napkin Burger – 35-01 36th Street (Astoria); 718-433-2727; fivenapkinburger.com.
●Joe’s Shanghai – 136-21 37th Avenue (Flushing); 718-539-3838; joeshanghairestaurants.com; famous for dumpling soup; this is original.
●Lao Dong Bei – 44-09 Kissena Boulevard (Flushing, at Cherry Avenue); 718-539-4100; where sweet & sour pork (called here fried pork in orange sauce) is authentic, Dongbei Chinese version, not goopy American kind; also try Blotch soup and/or green bean sheet in jelly.
●Lima Limon – 94-20 Roosevelt Avenue (Elmhurst); 718-651-5002; Peruvian food; specializes in ceviches; watch out for tripe.
●Linn – 29-13 Broadway (Astoria, at 28th Street); 718-204-0060; linnrestaurant.com; very fresh chirashi sushi.
●LIC Market – 21-52 44th Drive (Long Island City); 718-361-0013; licmarket.com; loveliest new restaurant in area; try foie gras burger; chicken liver hash on weekend brunch menu is worth trip.
●M. Wells – 21-17 49th Avenue (Long Island City); 718-425-6917; mwellsdiner.com; diner-y restaurant, reasonably priced; open from 10 am-4 pm; breakfasts are beloved; as soon as liquor license obtained, will be open for dinner; try foie gras grilled cheese or order your French onion soup with foie gras on top.
●M&T Restaurant – 44-09 Kissena Boulevard (Flushing); 718-539-4100; Qingdao cuisine prepared with elegant simplicity.
●MP Taverna – 31-29 Ditmars Boulevard (Astoria); michaelpsilakis.com; Greek food in industrial-chic, 2-story premises.
●Madera – 47-29 Vernon Boulevard (Long Island City, at 47th Road); 718-606-1236; maderacubangrill.com; dignified Cuban restaurant with good steaks.
●Pachanga Patterson – 33-17 31st Avenue (Astoria, at 34th Street); 718-554-0525; pachangapatterson.com; try caramel-and-chile chocolate diablito cake.
●Pao de Queijo – 31-90 30th Street (Astoria); 718-204-1979; newyorkpaodequeijo.com; just few stops outside of Manhattan on N train; exotic Brazilian; try chicken and cheese coxinhas and beef bolinhos.
●Queens Comfort – 40-09 30th Avenue (Astoria, at Steinway Street); 718-728-2350; queenscomfort.blogspot.com; crazy comfort food (meals with Eggo waffles and Honey Smacks cereal, for example); very impressive.
●Rockaway Taco – 95-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard (Rockaway, Beach 96th Street); 347-213-7466; rockawaytaco.com; fish tacos; only open summers.
●Testaccio – 47-30 Vernon Boulevard (Long Island City, at 47th Road); 718-937-2900; testacciony.com; Italian.
●Wafa’s – 100-05 Metropolitan Avenue (Forest Hills, between 70th & 71st Avenues); 718-880-2055; wafasfood.com; modest in appearance; chef is Lebanese; middle-eastern home-cooking.
●Warique Peruvian Restaurant – 40-17 30th Avenue (between 41st Street & Steinway Avenue); 718-726-5555; wariquenyc.com; brick walls & art adorn this neighborhood nook known for its Peruvian classics & rotisserie chicken; order picarones for dessert.
Sights & Sites
●Calvary Cemetery – 49-02 Laurel Hill Boulevard (Woodside); 718-786-8000; nymoon.com/pubs/undertone/dead; notable burials – (1) organized crime: Anthony Carfano (aka “Little Augie Pisano,” Ignatius “Lupo Wolf” Lupo, and Benjamino “Lefty Guns” Ruggiero; (2) entertainers: Tess Gardella (actress who played Aunt Jemima).
●1st Calvary Cemetery – 33-52 Greenpoint Avenue (Long Island City, at Gale Street); 718-786-8000; longislandgenealogy.com/cemindex.html; take #7 to 33rd Street, walk down 33rd Street, left on Hunters Point Avenue and right on Greenpoint Avenue; best admired for dramatic setting (tucked in among highways, residential neighborhoods, industrial buildings and Newtown Creek, with Manhattan views rising as backdrop); best views from §§7 & 48 (use posted map); §7 more spectacular, as elegant obelisks and other monuments point skyward in foreground; §48 has cleaner city views.
●Mount Zion Cemetery – 59-63 54th Avenue (Maspeth); 718-335-2500; mountzioncemetery.com; famous interments include Berta Gersten (Yiddish Theater actress), Theresa Weinstein Moers (boxer Norman “Kid McCoy” Selby’s mistress (he shot her in his LA apartment, was convicted of manslaughter, and spent several years in prison)), and Nathanael West.
●Museum of Modern Art PSI – 22-25 Jackson Avenue (Long Island City, at 46th Avenue); 718-784-2084; momaps1.org; among America’s largest and oldest institutions dedicated solely to contemporary art.
●Museum of Moving Image – 3601 35th Avenue (Astoria); 718-784-0077; movingimage.us.
●Noguchi Museum – 9-01 33rd Road (Long Island City, at Vernon Boulevard); 718-204-7088; noguchi.org; displays & preserves Noguchi’s architectural models, drawings, furniture designs, sculpture, and stage designs; 2-story, 24K' square museum & adjacent sculpture garden.
●Queens Museum of Art – NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park (Flushing); 718-592-9700; queensmuseum.org; 10K artifact permanent collection, including over 6K documents and objects related to 1939 through 1964 World’s Fairs (building is 1939 World’s Fair building); works by Salvador Dali, Mark Dion, Andrew Moore’s photographs from Robert Moses and Modern City, 20th Century photographs from 1964 World’s Fair Kodak Pavilion, and crime scene photographs from Daily News’ archive 1920s-1960s; maintains partnership with Neustadt Collection re Tiffany glass.
●Stone Creek Inn – 451 Montauk Highway (between Carter Lane & Wedgewood Harbor); 631-653-6770; stonecreekinn.com; beautiful; French food; extremely established and popular.
●MP Taverna – 1363 Old Northern Boulevard; 516-686-6486; michaelpsilakis.com/mp-taverna; Greek.
●Truth + Beauty Spa – 250 South Service Road; 516-625-7000; truthandbeautymedispa.com; beauty playground.
●American Hotel – 49 Main Street; 631-725-3535; theamericanhotel.com; among historic Sag Harbor’s landmark buildings (built in 1846 at whaling era’s height; among most elegant, charming and professionally run establishments on Long Island’s East End; 8 superbly appointed guest rooms and award-winning restaurant.
●La Maisonette – 133 Main Street (NY Highway 1); 631-725-0300; lamaisonette-newyork.com; antiques.
●Monc XIII by Natasha Esch – 40 Madison Street; 631-808-3333; monc13.com; furniture and home accessories.
●La Maison Blanche – 11 Stearns Point Road (Shelter Island Heights); 631-749-1633; maisonblanchehotel.com; boutique hotel with beach-inspired décor; 5-minute walk to Crescent Beach; ask for Room 8 (king-size bed, unfussy but luxurious), which has hotels largest bathroom.
●Sunset Beach – 35 Rocky Shore Road; 631-749-2001; sunsetbeachli.com; seasonal boutique hotel.
●Sunset Beach – 35 Rocky Shore Road; 631-749-2001; sunsetbeachli.com; French-style, beachside dining.
●Capri – 281 Country Road 39A; 631-504-6575; caprisouthampton.com; expensive “motel” with swimming pool/bathing club and restaurant (currently Nobu).
Sights & Sites
●Parrish Art Museum – 25 Jobs Lane; 631-283-2118; parrishart.org; dedicated to American art, focusing on Long Island’s East End.
●North Fork Table & Inn – 57225 Main Road; 631-765-0177; northforktableandinn.com; American cuisine.
●Three Village Inn – 150 Main Street; 631-751-0555; threevillageinn.com; have to duck to get through some of doorways in this charming 1750s country inn, set right on harbor; exposed beams, narrow hallways, and antiques; rooms aren’t huge, but are comfy and decked out in pastels, with frilly drapes; cottages bit bigger and some have extras you won’t find in inn, such as stone fireplaces and water views; 2 excellent on-site restaurants, Mirabelle and more affordable Mirabelle Tavern.
●Mirabelle – 150 Main Street; 631-751-0555; threevillageinn.com; French-inspired, bistro comfort food; pricey.
●Mirabelle Tavern – 150 Main Street; 631-751-0555; threevillageinn.com; French-inspired, bistro comfort food; more affordable.