Pop’s Seafood Shack & Grill
(516) 432-7677, Island Park
Remember that giddy feeling you had your first visit to Disney? You’ll feel that again when you stand in the sand, beer in hand, overlooking the water with palm trees (yes, real palm trees) scattered about the beach. Pop’s is great for any age group during the day, but by the time that bursting sunset drops the crowd turns into upper 20s through mid 30s ready to mingle. Even the city folks are forming their own “bridge and tunnel” crowd to come here. Find out what all the buzz is about—make sure you wear your flip flops!
Georgica Restaurant and Lounge
(631) 537-6255, Wainscott
Summer is coming to a close and the Hamptons’ nightlife is down to its final few hot weeks. Still open for the first few weeks of September, Georgica Restaurant and Lounge continues to perfect the East End scene with its fine cuisine and chic yet relaxed social scene popular with the who’s who of NYC—you may end up bumping backs with one of the Hamptons’ frequent celebrities.
Nestled against the waterfront of Georgica Pond, the bustling mansion plays to the “it” crowd with its step and repeat placed up front so everyone can strike a pose. Your taste buds will pop with every bite—make sure you dig into the unique tuna cone appetizer, the lobster risotto entrée, sides of sublime lobster mac and cheese and a melt in your mouth corn pudding brûlée, and the red velvet lollicake pops for dessert. Drink options are extensive (by the glass or the pitcher), but the cool cucumber cocktail is a must-have. By the time you’re polishing off your dessert (and another round of drinks), the beats billowing from the lounge will change the vibe from stylish restaurant to late-night lounge where bottle service and special guest DJs reign.
Put your best foot forward and strut your stuff in Wainscott now while the nights are still hot in the Hamptons.
(212) 989-6363, Pier 66, Manhattan
Summer is just about over, but Autumn in Manhattan is still hot down by the pier. For a nautical night out, grab a bucket of beer on a historic lightship (a big boat) at Pier 66 Maritime. This seasonal bar and grill (open till mid October) is a casual, after-work hot spot with a reputation for standout fries. Wear your comfy shoes, you are on a rocking boat after all. If doing your three-hour tour on a weekend, get here early—they close ship by midnight or 1am.