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10 Things to Do Off-Season in the Hamptons

We’ve all heard of The Hamptons—the series of scenic waterfront villages lining Long Islands’ eastern end that play host to a swishy NYC crowd between the months of May and October. But the region boasts more than just its see-and-be-seen summer scene. The area has long lured farmers and fishermen, artists, vintners, chefs, builders and shopkeepers. And in the fall, even after the beach-going the crowds diminish, the region’s pristine beauty and charm endure.

Here are ten iconic Hamptons activities can be enjoyed year-round.

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Irvina Lew Long Island

Where to Dock and Dine on Long Island

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Dockside dining is a spectator sport. At waterfront restaurants, a big part of the scene is the scene. Landlubbers residing at deck-top tables watch the seafaring cavalcade as part of the experience: yachters relishing in their trophies while the captain backs into a slip and the more modest boaters negotiate flinging lines ashore. But for all, it’s about the picturesque scenery, sipping summertime drinks and savoring Long Island’s bounty. This summer, whether circumnavigating the Island or charting a course to one destination, our selections for dockside dining should not be missed. Even if you go by car.


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Old Mill Inn
5775 West Mill Rd, Mattituck
Vibe: low-key and local, authentic NoFo
(631) 298-8080,

When the red vintage inn comes into view it feels as if time stands still. The former gristmill dates from 1821 and the interior showcases yacht-like polished wood. During prohibition the mill was a popular drop-off spot for rumrunners who transferred hooch during low tide. Sipping a gin and tonic under brightly colored umbrellas on the deck while looking up the creek, the rural North Fork vista still resembles what it might have been decades, even centuries ago.

This was part of the appeal that attracted owner Bia Lowe to the Mattituck Inlet locale. She’s retained that timeless beauty and created a spot that highlights Long Island ingredients, particularly seafood. There are always specials in the bar or on the beach and live music scheduled throughout the summer. There’s no charge when boats dock at the restaurant. If there’s no more space, the adjacent Mattituck Inlet Marina & Shipyard (MIMS) offers a special rate to Old Mill Inn guests: the docking charge is $1 per foot for four hours; $3 per foot overnight.



SALT Waterfront Bar + Grill
63 S. Menantic Road, Shelter Island
Vibe: crisp but casual, shorts and cocktails
(631) 749-5535,

Alison and Keith Bavaro, who spent their childhood summers on Shelter Island, returned to create new memories at their happening, four-venue complex on the southwest side of Shelter Island. Reservations are recommended for SALT, the main restaurant, where chef Darren Boyle’s focus is on fresh and local ingredients. The market-driven menu features his “Best in Show” clam chowder, plus multicultural temptations from tabouleh and falafel to tempura lobster roll and tuna tataki salad.

The Ship Wreck, 50 yards away overlooking West Neck Harbor, is a full-service bar within a 39-foot refitted schooner where local wines, SALT Waterfront Wheat (their house-brewed beer) and raw bar specials, sushi and chicken are served while live music plays. For those on the go, the new retail outlet at The Tasting Room also sells local wine and serves grab-and-go goodies. The venues are all within the Island Boat Yard on Menantic Creek, which offers resort-like facilities: a swimming pool, showers and chauffeured van service. (All of which come in handy for those who take advantage of the newly launched private catering facility.) While locals simply anchor out and walk on in, there’s a gas dock, transient docking for 20 (from 20-55 feet, as available) and a fee: $4.50 per foot (weekends), $3.50 (mid-week).



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Island Mermaid
780 Bay Walk, Ocean Beach, Fire Island
Vibe: casual, family, eat with your hands
(631) 583-8088,

Sitting under an umbrella on the deck at the Island Mermaid and watching the sun set over Fire Island Ferries docking, paddle-boarders skimming across the bay and bathing-suit clad kids selling hand-painted shells from red wagons is as close to a staycation as a day trip can be. Inside, the cozy bar catches the view and serves souped-up, blended frozen piña coladas, a good selection of Long Island wines and 21 beers, including craft brews, some Long Island-based.

Last summer, Scott Hirsch the operator/owner of Island Mermaid celebrated the restaurant’s 25th season. Though there’s plenty of seating for a rainy day, it’s the bay-front deck that comes alive in the sunshine. There’s always a great vibe, the best views and the most extensively varied summer menu favorites. Regulars park their bikes or boats and order fresh lobster rolls, the Mermaid’s famous fried calamari, line-caught local fish or a fresh tuna BLT (with avocado). Weeknight specials include half-priced entrées on Monday and wine bottles on Wednesday; there’s beer and barbecue on Tuesdays and Long Island clambakes are a Thursday night tradition. The four transient boat slips can accommodate beams up to 27 feet, the widest on the island. Docking costs $20 per hour. Reservations are highly recommended.



258 East Montauk Hwy, Hampton Bays
Vibe: welcoming and rustic
(631) 594-3868,

The four-season restaurant CowFish boasts manicured landscaping and curved paths leading to the steep-peaked space with post and beam construction and panoramic views. The bar on the upper level leads to two roof decks, each with water views, and the bar in the waterside garden overlooks the floating dock. Brunch includes a bellini, bloody mary or mimosa and there are some popular mealtime favorites: Oysters Hampton, Hampton Bays #1 Clam Chowder, blackened fish sandwiches, burgers and steaks. CowFish supports Long Island agriculture and procures fresh local seafood and line-caught fish.

There’s ample complimentary transient docking at the floating dock and within the marina. Plus, the Rumbarge shuttles from CowFish to their Caribbean-themed Rumba location across the bay; it will transport boaters at anchor in the bay to either venue. The eatery is well located immediately south of Montauk Highway at the Shinnecock Canal and offers easy access by boat through the canal from the Peconic or through Shinnecock Inlet from the ocean or nearby bay-front boating communities.



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Dockers Waterside Marina
94 Dune Road, East Quogue
Vibe: elegant, summer chic, well-heeled
(631) 653-0653,

Dockers Waterside is a casually chic destination reached beyond the oceanfront mansions, tennis courts and beach clubs dotting Dune Road. It’s a nautical space where the color palette of marine blue and stark white dominates the décor and the staff uniforms. The popular gathering place offers a windowed veranda, outdoor lounges that feel like waterside living rooms, three bars and live music until midnight, three times a week. Even from stools in the interior bar, there are views of osprey in the marshlands and boats on the bay. Executive chef Scott Hastings is starting his sixth season sourcing fresh seafood from local purveyors. His casual, comfort food menu also features burgers and a chunky lobster mac and cheese. For Dockers’ 27th summer season, there’s a new, 20-slip marina with 9 dedicated transient slips plus a floating dock. Pulse readers enjoy a special rate: $1 per foot.

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Three Dimensional Design

Showing off the recently renovated guest bathroom of her Great Neck home, Evelyn Benatar of New York Interior Design said she started by following the same rules she always recommends to her clients. “I took photographs of the ‘before’ space, measured it carefully and hired a reliable contractor.” Having remodeled a number of bathrooms, she wanted to incorporate the ultimate in comfort, like a thermostat-regulated heated floor, but keep the overall aesthetic modern, clean and crisp.

Because floor and wall tiles are her typical starting points for bathroom remodels, Benatar’s first choices were made at Porcelanosa USA. She chose oversized 24-inch-square, cement-grey colored tiles for the floor. She used 2-inch-squares of the same style for the floor inside the thicker than usual 1⁄2-inch glass-enclosed shower stall.

As the bathroom’s focal point, Benatar chose curvilinear tiles to capture a modern three-dimensional design motif. The stark white textured effect of the perfectly matched tiles gives the illusion of a forest of palm fronds. The trick in installing them is matching the peaks and valleys: each tile has a unique, raised pattern that bleeds off the edges. Proper mounting requires all four sides of each tile meeting up to complete the pattern.

“One of the questions clients always ask me is, ‘How far should the tile go up?’ I’ve been doing tile all the way up to the ceiling— or none at all—for years. I think it’s a very dated look to have tiles that stop mid-way up the wall.” Expert tile work is absolutely mandatory, especially on walls where every flaw is noticed and the patterns must match seamlessly. For clients who don’t embark on the floor-to-ceiling look, Benatar allocates the budget towards other fashionable options or a simple, durable coat of paint.

“I usually use wall covering or paint on the walls,” she said. Contrary to the papers of the past, Benatar has found that most current coverings will not come down in a bathroom when applied correctly and has incorporated the element in projects as well.

After deciding on a Cameron 3 deep soaking tub, a ToTo sculpture-shaped toilet, the farm sink with 47-inch Duravit wall-mounted vanity and a spa-like rainfall shower head, she selected the accessories. Elements like the toilet paper holder, towel rods and hooks “must follow suit” with the polished chrome, nickel or modern brass materials chosen for the tub, shower and sink faucets. Benatar worked with Ferguson Enterprises to ensure delivery of all the components before demolition began to avoid any surprises when they arrived (or the cost of delays and rush orders on replacements).

The new bathroom is significantly more light-filled. The previous glass tiles above the tub on the outside wall were replaced with a 45-inch tall by 37-inch wide window, the largest that the construction space allowed. To complete the modern treatment, Benatar framed the pane with a fresh, flat 5.5” casing, which although proportionate to the footprint of the glass, is oversized enough to invoke a dramatic visual.

The makeover also feels a good deal larger than the “before” space, even though the dimensions (10 feet by 5.5 feet) remained the same. During the demolition phase, the mirrored soffit above the tub, an elongated vanity top and a half wall next to the shower were gutted to add to the space-enhancing effect.

The bright, sleek result has an added pizzazz thanks to the crisp white color, the textured tiles, the pure sculptural lines of the fixtures and a vase overflowing with an array of orange tulips.

Where To Eat Near Lincoln Center

Restaurants are just one of the many draws of the area around Lincoln Center, that stretch of Manhattan’s Upper West Side famous for attracting avid concert and theater goers, dance and opera buffs, film and library lovers, and tourists from around the world. From the kindergarten set at Young People’s Concerts to seniors at matinee and evening performances, everyone wants to dine, drink, or “get a bite” nearby, before or after the show. Among the many options, here are our picks for the ten best places to eat around Lincoln Center.

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