August means that summer’s in full swing, and with that, so is the annual tradition of celebrities flocking to the Hamptons. But for one such celebrity, heading out east is not just something she does in the summer. Martha Stewart considers East Hampton, and her place on Lily Pond Lane, to be her second home. So when she’s out East, where does this lifestyle expert, crafting queen, and food fanatic like to go? Long Island Mamas decided to find Martha Stewart’s Hamptons hangout spots for readers to visit when heading out to the East End.
ARF, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons
Looking to bring a new pet into the family? Martha Stewart urges anyone wanting a pet to check out their local shelters. She herself went to ‘ARF’ in Wainscott where she added two, new members to her family by adopting two Himalayan cats.
Where: 90 Daniels Hole Road, Wainscott, NY 11975
According to its own website, Bay Burger “brings a much needed hamburger joint to The Hamptons.” They pride themselves on being all about “homemade and comfort” — from the family atmosphere to their hand-crafted buns. For a show she did all about Hamburgers, Martha Stewart visited Bay Burger where she was schooled on how to make their famous Fish Burgers!
Hours: Open 7 Days, 11 am – 9 pm
Where: 1742 Sag Harbor Turnpike, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Contact: 631- 899-3915
Cavaniola’s in Sag Harbor is a gourmet kitchen that serves fine prepared foods and offers small-scale catering. Martha was quoted as saying Cavaniola’s is a “wonderful little prepared food take-out shop” which even helped to inspire a segment she did on NBC’s TODAY show about serving food at a picnic in jars. While shopping at Cavaniola’s, she saw a salad packed in a jar so she elaborated on that idea and came up with a great summer picnic menu.
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9 am- 6 pm; Sunday: 10 am-4 pm; Closed Tuesday
Where: 89B Division Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Clam Bar at Napeague
Clam Bar is a casual, outdoor restaurant that touts the freshest seafood on the East End. Better known for its “beachy” atmosphere with a dress code of the same caliber, Stewart has been spotted having lunch at the Clam Bar and indulging in the local cuisine.
Hours: Open April to November – Noon ‘til dark
Where: 2025 Montauk Highway, Amagansett, NY 11930
ERES is a maker of beautiful swimwear and lingerie, using comfortable, high-quality fabrics. The brand is popular with East Hampton shoppers, and Stewart calls the boutique there “a small jewel, offering great product and very personal client service.”
Where: 55 main Street, Suite 4, East Hampton, NY 11937
Guild Hall in East Hampton
Martha Stewart calls Guild Hall “an incredible arts center and a real gift to the Hamptons community.” Guild Hall offers something for the whole family including arts and crafts workshops for kids, conversations with culinary celebrities, and a dedicated cultural center for the eastern end of Long Island.
Where: 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937
In her blog, Martha Stewart says that La Fondita is “an unassuming taqueria with excellent Mexican food.” She goes on to say that her favorite drink at La Fondita is “the watermelon agua fresca (literally, “fresh water”), lightly sweetened and very refreshing.” La Fondita usually shutters up for the season at the end of October, though the owners say this year they are going to try to stay open year round.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:30 am -9 pm; Friday-Saturday 11:30 am – 10 pm
Where: 74 Montauk Highway, Amagansett, NY 11930
Navy Beach Restaurant
According to its website, Navy Beach is Montauk’s favorite beachfront restaurant serving casual coastal cuisine in a laid back, family-friendly setting. Among the signature dishes are comfort foods such as buttermilk fried chicken, truffled macaroni and cheese and a several-layer chocolate cake. Stewart shared her birthday celebration there in 2010.
Hours: Open April to October — hours vary by month
Where: 16 Navy Road, Montauk, NY 11954
By Kim Como