Hamptons Scene: Jimmy Fallon Mini Golf; Cocktails on TapAmanda Gordon
Jimmy Fallon took a look at the ninth hole of the new miniature-golf course at the Children’s Museum of the East End and pronounced, “I totally want to play this.”
The course opens Saturday and has a physics theme, with slopes, parabolas and other challenges (brief explanations are offered on the scorecard). The ninth and final hole is set up like a pinball machine, with chiming bumpers that make the most noise during a hole-in-one.
The host of “The Tonight Show” eyed the fresh turf from the lobby of the museum in Bridgehampton last Sunday, around noon, as his wife and daughter headed to play in the indoor treehouse. The night before, he’d covered the Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues” at the Montauket during the Montauk Music Festival.
From morning to late at night, for singles and families, the Hamptons on the East End of Long Island offers a multitude of distractions beyond the beach, the surf and home-cooked meals featuring farm-stand bounty (asparagus now, blackberries later).
Designer Lisa Perry has opened a boutique in East Hampton where bathing suits are $225. Southampton’s Sant Ambroeus offers an Italian respite and two cappuccinos for $11 (which, by the way, they won’t make with skim milk). Bridgehampton has a Blow bar offering hair blow-outs for $40.
For culture, the Parrish Museum of Art, in Water Mill, features local artists and interpretations of the landscape.
Jennifer Bartlett’s triptych of perspectives on a swimming pool is being shown through July 13. Dennis Oppenheim’s sculptures of water splashes and a room of Fairfield Porter and Robert Dash paintings side by side, showing how the light of the East End makes itself felt inside, are on display through October.
$7 a Cone
The museum is also a great place to take a quiet lunch on its patio, surrounded by meadow grasses.
Candy Kitchen in Bridgehampton may not be the shiny, new kid on the block, yet it serves excellent and not-too-sweet banana ice cream, $7 for a large cone. East Hampton’s Round Swamp Farm, whose take-out salads and baked goods are pricey and worth it, has opened a location in Bridgehampton.
Donatella Arpaia, a restaurateur and “Food Network” personality, is doing her part to accommodate the crowds who prefer to dine out. Her first venture in the region is at Sienna in East Hampton, located a comfortable distance from the town’s mobbed main drag of restaurants, which include Nick and Toni’s and Serafina.
The menu is familiar for those who’ve experienced her now-closed New York spots, Donatella and Anthos. There are Italian dishes like her miraculously light veal meatballs and house-made spaghetti with stracciatella cheese, as well as a lobster cobb salad, grilled octopus and seared scallops.
“It’s a New York crowd but on the weekend, and they’re in bikinis and they’re more weight-conscious, so I want there to be some lighter options too,” Arpaia said.
That philosophy also applies to the sparkling watermelon, featuring Pop Rocks and non-fat yogurt. More decadent are the rainbow cookie ice-cream sandwiches.
Arpaia has been taking a break from restaurants to raise her son, who’s now two and a half. She said she took the offer to run Sienna because it came with the promise of a place to stay and a nanny. She’s adding a children’s menu.
She’s also thinking of reviving her meatball cart for the late-night shift, when Sienna turns into Ultralounge. The entertainment will include cabaret acts.
Cocktails on Tap
Other restaurant news: Fresh Hamptons, the super-healthy restaurant that opened last year, has added a take-out stand in the back, offering sweet corn chowder, raw summer rolls and a juice bar.
Oscietra caviar is on the menu at Topping Rose House, Tom Colicchio’s restaurant in Bridgehampton. It’s served with an egg and rhubarb to accompany asparagus from the North Fork, and is priced at $21.
Townline BBQ has installed a custom tap system made in Slovenia, featuring one tap for Pilsner Urquell, two for wine (white and red) and one for a mixed drink. Like the wines, the cocktail will rotate.
The first one is “Up from the ground came a bubbling crude,” which is made with Old Overholt rye whiskey, passion fruit-peppermint tea, fresh lemon juice and agave.
Georgica has a new chef, Greg Grossman. The teen prodigy will still be too young to drink during the venue’s full calendar of nightlife: Saturday is a pop-up of LDV Hospitality’s No. 8, with music by DJ Sinatra. On Sunday, DKNY and Hannah Bronfman are hosting an event for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
Brooke Garber Neidich, whose Sidney Garber jewelry line will open a boutique on Madison Avenue in September, lives near Georgica and said she’s never been there.
With a house filled with her now-adult children and their friends, their crowd is too big to go out. Home entertainment at “Camp Neidich” starts with a 9 p.m. cocktail, followed by dinner and, usually, live music, courtesy of the guests.
(For those whose friends aren’t musicians, vintage vinyl records are one option, available at Innersleeve Records in Amagansett.)
Neidich does get out to shop for food at Loaves & Fishes, and buys sweaters at J. Crew. If you see her, don’t ask about her Hamptons lifestyle.
“I refuse to call it anything but the beach, the country or Long Island,” Neidich said.