Some things in the Hamptons feel familiar this summer. You’ll still treat your dashboard like a punching bag on the drive out there, and you’ll still text someone you haven’t spoken to since high school to see if they’ll get you into The Beach Club. But other things aren’t quite as normal. Surf Lodge concerts require a wifi connection, Ruschmeyer’s closes at 10pm, and Carbone is serving its spicy rigatoni out of a pop-up in Southampton. But Carbone isn’t the only pop-up happening right now. You’ll find all the ones worth checking out before the end of the summer on this guide.
Carbone has set up shop in Southhampton for the summer. And considering its garden on Elm Street has quite a bit more space than its sidewalk in Greenwich Village, you won’t have to get online at 6am to make a reservation like we did on their first night it reopened in Manhattan. This Italian spot’s classics, like spicy rigatoni in a phenomenal vodka sauce and perfectly breaded veal parm, are available as part of a $125 per person set meal served family-style for your group. You can reserve a table or place an order from their a la carte menu for takeout or same-day delivery (to East Hampton) through the pop-up’s website.
All summer in Sagaponack, this Brooklyn-based food truck is serving a weekly rotating menu of Thai and Indian dishes like duck confit pad thai and short rib biryani. You can order takeout on Friday, Saturday, or Monday night. The dishes offered on Monday will also be served as part of an $85 set menu (plus drinks) at 7pm and 8pm seatings on Tuesday nights on the patio. Place an order or make a reservation through their website.
Kissaki - a high-end sushi spot with locations in the East Village and Midtown - now has a space in Water Mill as well. An a la carte menu ranging from avocado rolls to $147 omakase boxes is available for takeout and delivery, as well as on the patio every day from 4-10pm. If you’d prefer to sit at the chef’s counter (which is limited to 50% occupancy) or a table on the covered veranda, you’ll need to order the $200 omakase, which requires a $100 deposit upon making the reservation. Whichever route you go with, you can book through their website.
Il Buco is operating an all-day cafe out of the Marram hotel in Montauk, where you can get a latte and avocado toast at breakfast, salads and lobster rolls at lunch, or pizzas and daiquiris at dinner. The pop-up in the beachside hotel opens every day at 8am, and private dinner parties are available by reservation through their website.
Every summer, Cynthia Rowley has a restaurant pop-up outside of its Montauk clothing store. This year, it’s Bravo Toast, which will be opening a drive-thru in LA in the fall. From 9:30am-2:30pm every day except Wednesday, you can get a coffee and avocado-pesto toast before picking up a new swimsuit or kaftan.
One of our favorite wine shops in the city is operating every day from 12-7pm out of Highway Restaurant in East Hampton. Parcelle’s wine list has categories like “beach wines” and “summer reds,” and it’s all available for same-day delivery from Southampton to Montauk.
While contactless payments have become standard these past few months, it’s been the only way to place an order at Bandit since this coffee shop opened its first location in Midtown last year. And downloading their app is the only way you’ll be able to pick up a cold brew or chocolate croissant at their pop-up in Water Mill this summer.