Here comes the sun, little darling… There’s not a day this week that doesn’t take advantage of the beautiful weather. You may have to play hooky from the office, but no one would hold it against you (the boss probably isn’t going to be around too much either). If ever there were a time to have the best week, this is it.
Start it right: call out sick. Blue Island Oyster Co. in Sayville is rumored to be offering kayak tours of their operations followed by fresh bivalves and local brews. If you get shut out, meander the trails at nearby Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Oakdale
Embrace objectification—the art kind—at Halsey McKay Gallery in East Hampton. Spy contemporary sculptures and paintings then relax at the waterfront hideaway we’re loath to tell you about: Cowfish in Hampton Bays . The relaxed vibe and stunning views will make it hard to remember which island you’re on.
Get out and go. Eisenhower Park in East Meadow has a weekly post-work 5k. Rest weary legs after with some pints at nearby Rachel’s . That counts as carb loading, right? Not enough? Add an egg-capped burger.
Catch the inaugural New York Football Club at Yankee Stadium and stoke some passion for the feets-only sport that most of the world literally goes crazy for. Union Prime Steak & Sushi in Great Neck is the spot to refuel on the return home.
Beach day! Hit Jones Beach early and stay for a show at Nikon Theater. Somewhere in between, get a taste of summer at its best. Peter’s Clam Bar in Island Park is serving up authentic, caught-it-this-morning fresh sea fare. White tablecloths and flip-flops are equally at home.
Begin the journey east. Start with art at Long Island’s Museum’s Ansel Adams exhibit. Continue NOFO-ward to Croteaux Vineyards and Sparkling Pointe where summer roses run aplenty. End with a nightcap at Brix & Rye in Greenport where mixologist Evan Bucholz is pouring.
Start at The End and work backwards: Swallow East is a precursor of both small plates and Montauk cool. If you can pull yourself away, catch a world premiere of Sincerely Yours at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor and end on a sweet note with dessert at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton.