Avenue’s 2015 Guide to Memorial Day in New York

Friday, May 22, 2015
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Consider it summer’s official inauguration. This weekend signals a mass exodus from crowded cities and even sprawling suburbs to the warm embrace of the country’s beaches–in fact, it’s estimated that over 37 million people will travel this weekend, the largest number in over a decade. With so much to do, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the seemingly endless option of what to do, where to do, what to wear, and how to get there. Luckily, we did the footwork for you and curated a list of the absolute best things to do this weekend. All you have to do is worry about what drink to sip on from the shore.



Harbor: Although it only opens officially this weekend, this upscale-meets-laid-back spot is already slated as the place to hang out in Montauk. Ideal for a casual gourmet meal after an afternoon of sailing and late-night drink with friends, the restaurant is hosting the ultimate Memorial Day party with hp-hop superstar Ja Rule. Grab your favorite maxi, spring for the biggest bottle of rosé, and enjoy the first taste of summer from the Harbor’s open, breezy interior.

Navy Beach: This Montauk staple is a requisite stop when weekending in the East End in, and this Memorial Day is no exception. In addition to restaurant’s standard fare of freshly-caught seafood, gorgeous outdoor dining tables, and–of course–private beach setting, Navy Beach is also kicking off its summertime Sunset Sets, live music starting early evening and continuing into the night. The kid-friendly establishment is perfect for families looking for some weekend fun.

Navy Beach, Montauk
Navy Beach, Montauk

Gurney’s Inn: The return of the hotspot’s iconic Day and Night brunch party kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m. and will feature a member of the Dual Group actually skydiving into the party to personally deliver a magnum of Dom Perignon Rose Luminous. The early launch time is the ideal way to get your perfect, sunny holiday weekend started off right.  Come for the amazing food, stay for the ideal Instagram opportunities.


Jet Set Candy: Situational dressing is essentially the greatest part of any holiday. With Jet Set Candy’s new collection of

Jet Set Candy Hampton Collection 2015
Jet Set Candy Hampton Collection 2015

Hampton-inspired baubles perfect for any occasion, from the boat to the beach to brunch. The new line includes a handful of (dare we say?) charming accessories, including a cute little oyster-and-pearl charm, a JFK airline ticket pendant, and–our favorite–a cheeky spin-wheel that dictates exactly how you’ll get to the Hamptons (yacht, duh!) and what you’ll do upon arrival. Luxe for nights out yet dainty enough to pair with a swimsuit and sarong, the collection is available in silver, vermeil, and 14k gold, meaning there’s a piece to match every belt, bag, and bikini in your closet.

Hampton Sun:  You’re serious about skincare, which means this weekend you’ll be shellacked with so much sunscreen that not a soul could tell you spent three whole days on a beach. Luckily, local company Hampton Sun created a faux-sun product so sneaky, you’ll be getting a lecture from your dermatologist before you can even explain that your sun-kissed glow is artificial. The clear, scented formula makes for even color while the aerosol can ensure perfect application every time.


The Sunset Beach Sangria: Spice up your sangria with this curated cocktail from the mixologists at the exclusive Sunset Beach Resort in Shelter Island, created with André Balazs Reserve Rose, of course. 1 liter André Balazs Reserve Rose, .300 ml Orange Liqueur, .100 ml peach brandy, .200 ml lemon juice. Mixed fruit:  apples, red seedless grapes, orange segments, grapefruit.

The American Summer Spritzer, available at Navy Beach now
The American Summer Spritzer, available at Navy Beach now

The American Summer Spritz: Enjoy the sea breeze and ocean views while you cool down with this exclusive cocktail from Montauk’s staple Navy Beach. By Josefina Garcia. 4 ounces of Chandon sparkling wine, because bubbly makes everything better. 1 ounce of Aperol, to bring a little Italy to the Hamptons. 1 dash of Angostura bitters, for that extra kick. Top it off with a fresh wedge of orange and serve in a wineglass over ice: refreshing!



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