Hamptons of New Restaurants

Friday, May 25, 2018

A turf war is brewing in Sag Harbor. 

For nearly a decade, Tutto Il Giorno, owned by Gabby Karan and chef Maurizio Marfoglia, occupied a prime spot in Sag Harbor. Its waterfront view and simple yet well-crafted Italian menu drew everyone from Keith Richards to Sarah Jessica Parker to Calvin Klein. Gabby’s mom, Donna Karan, even opened her Urban Zen shop next door. The restaurant did so well, a second location was opened in Southampton. It also became extremely popular, but never had quite the celebrity wattage the Sag Harbor location commanded.

Two years ago, the partners split. Karan retained the Southampton restaurant and the “Tutto” name; Marfoglia kept the original Sag Harbor location. He was forced to change the name to Dopo La Spiaggia, but the buzzy crowd stayed with him in Sag Harbor.

Karan tried for a year and a half to open another location in Montauk, but her deal fell through. Now she has finally found her new outpost, just up the block from her original Sag Harbor space. This summer, she will use it mostly for private parties, but by next season, she and Marfoglia will be going head-to-head with practically the same menus, within spitting distance of each other, battling over the same high-profile diners. Again, Donna Karan is fully supporting her daughter, moving Urban Zen into a spot that adjoins Gabby’s new restaurant. 

Meanwhile, Marfoglia, who unveiled a second Dopo in East Hampton last year, will add weekend brunch to that location’s summer offerings. “We have a beautiful garden and I thought it would be a good fit to have brunch,’’ explains Marfoglia, who confirmed rumors that Massimo Solla, a Michelin-starred chef from the Lake Como area, will be arriving to lend a hand this season. “He will share kitchen duties with me and our chef Nicolas Reisini,’’ he reveals. 

Another Italian favorite, Il Mulino, which has four Manhattan locations, will now have a presence in the Hamptons, opening a Wainscott branch in the house on Georgica Pond that previously housed Osteria Salina. “It was natural for us to go East because a lot of our devoted guests have houses in the area,’’ says Lee Katzoff, one of the owners. “We have been getting such warm emails and we will make the place quite handsome.’’

Uber chef Laurent Tourondel proved he could go casual with LT Burger, and now he’s doing it again with Sag Pizza. He has taken over the Conca D’Oro on Main Street in Sag Harbor and will offer salads and prosciutto bread, along with pies including pepperoni and truffle. “I am trying to come up with a salad pizza with a lot of local greens,’’ reveals the chef, who plans to open in June. “We will also have seasonal gelatos with flavors like corn and honey or local strawberry.’’

Action-packed Moby’s will be back after a summer away, and it’s found a new location. Owners Nick Hatsatouris and Lincoln Pilcher have relocated their hopping American restaurant to the East Hampton Point hotel, replacing the restaurant that has been there for decades.

Southampton’s Japanese party place Kozu is no more, and in its place food blogger Svitlana Flom and longtime Nello maître d’ Allan Basaran have opened a modern Provençal restaurant, Maison Vivienne. Look for starters such as Niçoise salad and charred escarole hearts and entrees like bouillabaisse, roasted heritage chicken for two, côte de boeuf or grilled langoustines, and dessert options that include cherry clafoutis. Flom and Basaran have also taken over the inn upstairs, which will have seven rooms and two suites. “I love French culture, and Southampton already has very good Italian restaurants, but we want to do something different and really make a splash this summer,’’ says Flom. 

But don’t worry, you’ll still be able to get your sushi fix at Sen, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an expansion that will hopefully reduce those hour-long waits. Owners Jeff Resnick and Jesse and Tora Matsuoka will reopen the renovated Sag Harbor spot with an additional 20 seats, a lounge that’s tripled in size and some new offerings, including handmade soba. 

Brian Mooney, former head chef at the Quiet Clam, will be opening his own quick serve place in Montauk this summer called Hooked. Says Mooney: “Think killer lobster rolls, steamed lobster, a raw bar and salads.’’

And finally, Almond owners Eric Lemonides and Jason Weiner have taken the space next door to their Bridgehampton restaurant and opened a specialty grocery called L&W Market. Among the offerings: rotisserie chicken, sauces, dressings, breads, salads and marinated meats for grilling.


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