Hampton Partygoers Find A New Daytime Playground

Ina Sunshine, Prince Justin Ryan DiCosolo, Lena GutauskaiteWith the fate of outdoor spaces Day & Night and Madame Tong’s up in the air, cool young Hamptonites have found a Sunday hang on the sweeping lawns behind the hedges surrounding the Southampton Inn. The brunch-meets-pool party model took wing at OSO at the Southampton Inn this weekend and will continue every Sunday. With House DJ Derrick Reason of Spotlight New York spinning an Ibiza – St. Tropez soundtrack, a flock of young Hamptonites turned out for the soft launch this Sunday hosted by Sidi Belqaid and Liz Derringer. Sipping mimosas and pomegranate-tinis co-cost Prince Justin DiCosolo, grandson of Princess Marcella Borghese partied with beauties Ina Sunshine and Lena Gutauskaite. Grandaughters of Baron de Hirsch, Jenna Gotthelf, and Shane Moan and kicked around a volley ball with artist Christian DiLalla while not trying to spill their mimosas.

Poolside at OSO at the Southampton InnOSO executive chef Bryan Naylor, whose culinary creations have been termed “pure food ecstasy” was kept busy churning out pizzettes and tapas for the hungry crowd refueling after a night of club hopping. Belqaid and Derringer, both East End club scene veterans, plan to run the brunch blast throughout the summer. And why shouldn't they, with 5-acres of very private space, a great pool, free parking, fab cocktails and a South of the Highway location, OSO is poised to take over the daytime action for the young and fabulous.

Trophy Kids Get Their Groove On

Cast of Trophy Kids - Nathan Lee Graham, Ryan Eggold, Tania Raymonde, and David Gallagher Hot on the heels of “Gossip Girl” and “NYC Prep” comes “Trophy Kids,” a big screen slice of the good life written and directed by Josh Sugarman touted as, “A self-deprecating comedy about the most coddled generation in history.” Stars Ryan Eggold (a "90210" hearthrob who was recently named one of People magazines ‘Hottest Bachelors’) and fellow “Trophy Kids” stars, Tania Raymonde, David Gallagher, and Nathan Lee Graham were out in the Hamptons recently partying with the Social Life Magazine gang at the sprawling Social Life Estate toasting the latest in the long line of gorgeous cover girls – swimsuit model Jessica Hart.

Devorah Rose, Jessica Hart, Justin MitchellHart arrived fashionably late, as all good cover girls should, and charmed the room including Social Life Magazine publisher Justin Mitchell and editor Devorah Rose. Eggold was spotted quietly sneaking out of the party, catching a cab alone, while Jay Lyon of “The City” made a late arrival, showing up as the event ended. The party was also host to an exclusive jewelry trunk show that showcased the designs of Tara & Sons, which guests browsed while nibbling on hors d’oeuvres and sipping cocktails.

This Saturday more hot young celebs are headed to the Hamptons. Over at Lily Pond in East Hampton, Absolut Mango and Perrier Jouet with hotel heiress and fashion designer Nicky Hilton, will host the second annual Malibu soiree at Lily Pond in East Hampton. Table reservations are a must for this bash which is sure to last until sunrise.

East End Community Supports the 13th Annual Heart of the Hamptons Ball

Oh Barbara – you did it again! North Fork native Barbara Poliwoda, Regional Director of the American Heart Association, and her team of event Genies created a lovely event between the raindrops last weekend to support the American Heart Association.

More than 400 well heeled guests headed to the Hayground School for the 13th Annual Heart of the Hampton Ball that was deliciously catered by none other than Starr Boggs. Notable guests included Rudy and Judy Giuliani and fashion forward stars of “The Real Housewives of New York City” Alex McCord and Simon Van Kempen.

“This year’s Heart of the Hamptons Ball was truly enjoyed by all. The committee did an amazing job to help ensure the events success” said Stephen Adler, 2009 Heart of the Hamptons Event Chair. The fun and elegant event focused on raising funds for the mission of the American Heart Association.

Dirty Bird Margarita? Yes Please!

Jon Bon Jovi on the beach in East HamptonI have rarely been offered a margarita and passed and now there’s a new spot in town to get my “Mexican lemonade” – The Blue Parrot in East Hampton. After years of being shuttered and looking rather sad, the new owners, including rock star Jon Bon Jovi, Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger, and Revlon lipstick king Ron Perelman, splashed on a coat of paint (ok, so they hired contractors to do the actual work) and chopped together a delish menu that is being enjoyed by a fabulous crowd since opening this week.

Just how fabulous can the guest list at a new low-key Tex Mex joint with only 55 seats you might be wondering? Well, I hear that the Queen of All Media, Martha Stewart, was sipping the signature ‘Dirty Bird Margaritas’ while fashionista and stylist to the stars, Rachel Zoe spent time with her handsome hubby Roger Berman over a relaxed dinner for two on the same night. Other ladies enjoying the menu included mother and daughter pair Christie Brinkley and Alexa Ray Joel who popped in after Alexa’s recent show at the Stephen Talkhouse with close friends.

Christie Brinkley and Alexa Ray JoelThis dive bar is the typical hole-in-the-wall relaxed place you’d find in the Caribbean – quaint, over-bright, mellow, and a spot where attitudes are checked at the door. A source reported that when it comes to the menu, “So far, the must-try favorites are the smoky Chipotle Guacamole (Hass avocado, tomato, onion, smoked chipotle chile, cilantro leaves, and homemade tortilla chips, $12) and Meatballs al Chipotle (Tender meatballs – Albondigas – in a roasted tomato and chipotle chile sauce, chayote julienne, and fresh cilantro served with white rice, $17).” That all sounds scrumptious to me!

Moving on to cocktails, my source said further, “The menu also features the ‘Dirty Bird Margarita,’ a revival of the original made famous at the restaurant, served in a Mason jar on the rocks with Old Time blend of Tequila and fresh juices; in addition to premium and super premium tequilas and Mexican beers.”

The Blue Parrot (33A Main Street, East Hampton, 631-329-BLUE) screens classic surfer films including “The Endless Summer” (1966), “Big Wednesday” (1978), and “Ride the Wild Surf” (1964), as well as spaghetti Westerns and sporting events. So go in for a bite or a drink, relax, and stay for a flick – tell them SprintingInHighHeels.com sent you.

Love Heals Bash Takes Cover At Polish Hall

Donny Deutsch and guest Liza SandlerGenerous event underwriter Donny Deutsch with Liza Sandler. (Photos by Rob Rich)

A little rain never stopped a great party, especially not a party in the Hamptons party support the 10th Annual Love Heals event for the Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education. Originally set to take place at the sprawling Luna Farm in Sagaponack, due to rainy weather the venue switched at the last minute to Polish Hall in Southampton. The vast event space was more than large enough for the 300+ crowd that came out for the ‘beach chic’ party that lasted until it was time to head out to the infamous after-party.

Stephanie Greenfield and Charlotte RonsonHosted by designer Charlotte Ronson, twin sister of DJ Samantha Ronson who makes headlines with ex-gal pal Lindsay Lohan, and generously underwritten by ad man Donny Deutsch and Claiborne the event was a splashing success. DJ Kiss lent her sexy spinning style to the southern-style barbeque by DeForest Gibbs as hot lifeguards kept a watchful eye on the ‘dressed-to-impress’ masses.

Always one of the most anticipated events of the summer season because of the fun people, abundant silent auction deals, and party atmosphere this years’ event did not disappoint and raised over $300,000. Featured auction items such as an internship with Diane von Furstenberg went for $2,000 and a tour of the “Gossip Girl” set went for $5,250.

In the mix sipping SKYY Vodka and Red Bull cocktails while munching on PopChips, CRUMBS cupcakes, and Nathan’s Hot Dogs were designer John Bartlett, Dini von Mueffling, Victoria Leacock Hoffman, Jennifer Miller, Michael Lewittes, Mark Simon, Richard Johnson, Sessa von Richthofen, Stefani Greenfield, Anait Bain, Liza Sandler, Alison Brod, and Ramona Singer to name but a few.

A Note For Dear Old Dad

Ladies young and not so young all remember those special moments today with the first, and maybe only, man in their lives they can always depend upon – their Daddy.

For me, my father is the scent of Old Spice and cigars, a laugh that fills the room, conversations that span the globe, that extra snack late at night, and a bear hug that erases any worries in the space of a few seconds. He is the larger-than-life man who helped me take my first wobbly steps, taught me how to walk in high heels, and cheered the loudest when I came down the aisle for my college graduation. Years later he held my hand as he proudly walked me down the aisle, reminding me to take it slow and to enjoy every moment on my wedding day. He is my ever-present voice of reason and my staunchest supporter.

For my two little girls, he is the smiling grandfather who sits patiently as they drip pancake syrup into his coffee and then enjoys a “make over” complete with a bright orange wig and lipstick that he can’t seem to remove before the cameras snap. He is the cheerleader who eggs them or to drive their parents crazy. He is the one who just can’t seem to get enough extra hugs or kisses to hold him over to the next visit. He is the voice on the phone telling stories of how Mommy did something silly when she was little. He is the one who will teach them how to fish in the same spot he taught his little girl, me.

So on this Father’s Day across the miles I write this note to my Daddy – a little reminder of fleeting moments that will surely bring tears to his big brown eyes as they have brought to mine.

I love you Daddy! Happy Father's Day!

Quick Gifts For Dad

This weekend it’s a big 'three cheers' for the handsome fella that your children call, “Daddy.” Now what do you get for the guy who has everything, or the father-in-law who leaves you stymied as you go from store to store looking for something other than golf balls every holiday? Here are a few last minute suggestions that came across my desk recently.

Start off with a stunning photo book – “Historic Photos of Long Island” by Joe Czachowski ($39.50 at local booksellers). For Dads from the Long Island, especially those Grandfathers who have been around the block a time or two, this photo essay has everything – planes, railroads, shops, and of course beaches. The images are timeless and charming, a lovely addition to any collection.

Clothes are a safe bet for the sporty Dad who likes boating, golf, and polo ponies. Over at Hampton & Co (60B Jobs Lane, Southampton, www.hamptonsandco.com) you’ll find a full line of the hottest polo-inspired shirts ($95 shown), silk ties, linen button-downs and blazers, and accessories like belts and weekender bags that will keep Dad looking sharp and stylish. And ladies, there are a few great finds for you at Hamptons & Co including a linen tunics perfect for the beach or casual cocktails, jewelry, and handbags recently featured on “Gossip Girl.”

For the well-groomed guy who likes to travel, start with a sturdy travel bag from ACE ($15.99 at drugstores) and fill it with shaving and hair essentials that he’d never buy for himself. I like the shave system from Black Opal packed with everything his sensitive skin needs ($19.95 at www.blackopalbeauty.com). The shave gel is great for the bikini line so get it for him and then snag it when he’s not looking.

Then focus on his hair – if he’s like my husband he’s constantly working on his mane and the right products will keep him picture perfect for the family photos. Start with a shampoo that will add thickness to thinning hair, try Densite by L’Oréal Professionnel ($16 at premiere salons nationwide). A crisp, clean scent is on the sporty side and the quick wash and rinse will add shine and manageability. Tame that mane with Structure’s Classic Gel by Profound Beauty ($23 at www.profoundbeauty.com) for flexible hold that he can transform into something a la Robert Pattinson.

Finish off with a spritz of sexy cologne. I like USHER ($65 at department stores nationwide) and there’s not much out there hotter than Usher ladies except for maybe this cologne. The sensual fragrance is a blend of amber wood, white pepper, and musk with a touch of verbena – it’s like a sexy cashmere sweater and you’ll want to snuggle.

Now that you’ve got him groomed, well read, and half dressed take him out to dinner, surprise him with Mets (or Yankees) tickets, or treat everyone to an exciting vacation. These are ‘icing on the cake’ gifts that kids can afford with a little help from an indulgent Mom.

Happy Father’s Day!

Socials Toast “Queen Takes King” Poolside

Ladies looking for a fun beach read need look no further than Gigi Levangie Grazer’s latest book, “Queen Takes King,” out this June and available at bookstores everywhere.

Author Gigi Levangie Grazer and Jamee Gregory were all smiles at the book party.

Gigi is best known for her book “The Starter Wife” that became a summer hit starring Debra Messing on USA network last summer. Other great reads by the author include “Maneater,” which is now a mini-series on Lifetime starring the always funny Sarah Chalke of “Scrubs” fame, and “Rescue Me.”

In “Queen Takes King,” wit and sense of reality come through on each page as the reader is drawn into the lives of the conflicted New York City-based characters – a lonely wealthy wife who needs to find herself, a cheating billionaire husband, their surprising daughter, and a host of others that all play their parts to scintillating delight. You will not be able to read this one quickly enough! I could not put it down and when I finished I raised a toast to the author for a job well done. Pack it in your beach bag today and thank me later!

Just this weekend Gigi was honored with a book party hosted by her friend Rita Schrager in Southampton. The lovely fete drew big names including designers Nicole Miller and Elie Tahari, Tamara Mellon of Jimmy Choo, Fern Mallis of IMG Fashion, Richard Johnson of Page Six, and social luminaries Jamee and Peter Gregory, Andrew Rosen, Elena Cho, Helen and Tim Shifter, Lucy Sykes, Rory Tahari, Sue Devitt, and a few hundred more.

NY Hamptonite Turns It Up To The Max With The Countess

Mario Singer, Sarah Herbert-Galloway, Maximiliano Palacio, and Ramona Singer at the New York Hamptonite magazine party at Four Seasons Caterers in Southampton. (Photos by Ann Watt)

While the mag wars are again taking up space in the Hamptons press in recent weeks, one shining star emerging from the fray unscathed is the fabulous freshman ‘zine New York Hamptonite. New this season and hopefully in it for the long haul, it is a combination of style, parties, people, and arts – all of the things that everyone loves about the Hamptons and New York City in a very stylish package. Not to be outdone by the glossy pages of its first issue, Publisher Aidan Vola and his team, including Editor and PR maestro Tony Vargas as well as photographer Rob Rich, welcomed some 300+ to a swank party at Four Seasons Caterers in Southampton on Saturday night to toast the magazine’s first cover girl – Countess LuAnn de Lesseps.

Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and TV personality Jeff Smith chatted at the party.

A quick stop for cocktails this was not as revelers stayed well past the end of the night to wish Vola well and get the scoop on the next issue, due out July 4th. In the mix were many familiar faces including LuAnn’s “Real Housewives of New York City” cast mate Ramona Singer and her jewelry-designing hubby Mario Singer and show regular Maximiliano Palacio.

Ladies you all remember Maximiliano – think back to the Halloween party, now recall the super sexy Latin lover that Kelly Killoren Bensimon sported around as arm candy dressed in a loincloth, he, ladies, is Maximiliano. Oh hello Max! Dressed in a simple black cashmere sweater his smile radiated throughout the room and his magnetic personality drew guests over all night for a chat about his career, Maximiliano is not only a model but an actor with a few interesting projects in the works, but about how he plans to enjoy the summer in the Hamptons. We will be seeing much more of Maximiliano on these pages, promise!

Publisher Aidan Vola and wife Jen sip a white wine from Jamesport Vineyard.

The Countess held court, looking stunning in vintage lavender, with friends and was talking passionately about her book, “Class With The Countess,” and her summer plans which include spending time with her children. She promises to be a regular fixture on the benefit circuit with her signature flip hairstyle and glittering smile. As for her turn as cover girl, she remarked that it was a pleasure and that she was delighted to be part of their first issue of New York Hamptonite.

In the mix sipping cocktails by Hamptons Vodka, Pure Cool Water, wines by Jamesport Vineyard, and enjoying the musical vibes from DJ Cam Entertainment were the always sartorially resplendent Sir Ivan and Bunny Mina, host of “Inside the Actor’s Studio” James Lipton and his wife Kedakai Turner, jet-setter Caroline Lieberman, dentist to the stars Dr. Ancy Verdier, Judy and Michael McDowell, noted author and civil rights activist Bob Zellner, TV personality Jeff Smith, Richard and Donna Soloway, hotelier Michael Wudyka, the very social Sarah Herbert-Galloway, and scores more.

Dr Ancy Verdier and Edward Callaghan George and Joan Hornig Patricia Watt, Jacqueline Murphy, and Caroline Liberman Sir Ivan and Bunny Mina

Ladies, Put Your Hubby On A Course For Montauk Highway

Just in time for Father’s Day (it is next weekend for those of you who have forgotten) the classic Audemars Piguet company has released its newest luxury creation, the special edition Royal Oak Offshore Montauk Highway timepiece. “Though only a 100-mile stretch of road, the Montauk Highway is much more than a route on a map. This is the famed asphalt that connects New York City dwellers to the sun, surf, and style of the Hamptons,” remarked the company in its official statement.

For city dwellers the two-hour long commute between Manhattan and the long stretches of beaches in the Hamptons is a route to relaxation and summer bliss. Those feelings were the inspiration for this ruggedly handsome timepiece. The Royal Oak Offshore Montauk Highway, with chocolate brown counters set against an off-white Méga Tapisserie guilloche pattern, reflects the aqua blue sky and sea in its numbers, seconds hand, counter pointers and tachymeter scale. Delighting in the special details, Audemars Piguet offers a brown “Hornback” crocodile strap with stainless steel AP folding clasp and aqua stitching on the strap, completing the visual harmony.

The Montauk Highway is not simply a pretty watch; it is built for function and adventure. A soft iron cage protects the movement against magnetism; while the black rubber seals on the crown and pushers ensure water resistance up to 100 meters so wear it on the beach or by the pool.

The Royal Oak Offshore Montauk Highway; exclusive to Audemars Piguet boutiques in New York City and Bal Harbour as well as London Jewelers on Long Island, is produced in a limited edition of 300 numbered pieces and retails for $20,500.

Sure that’s a hefty price, but for the man who holds your heartstrings nothing it too much.

Michael Kors Fabulous New Bags For Summer

When it comes to fabulous American style, designer Michael Kors is at the top of any fashionista's list. His clothes are cut for women with shapely curves that accentuate the positives and downplay the less-flattering areas. The perfume lines are scent-sational! And when it comes to accessories, no wardrobe is complete without a bag, belt, or clutch with the Michael Kors name on it.

Out this summer is a line of bags inspired by the Hamptons most hidden location, Wainscott. This small hamlet in the middle of the South Fork is home to some of the most amazing estates (billionaire Ron Perelman aka "Mr. Revlon" lives there), an bustling airport, a TV studio, and beautiful hidden beaches. The Wainscott line is filled with handsome bags in shades of white and blue with gold accents, a few pieces are available in bright orange and black.

The large blue leather satchel ($398) is quite roomy and the small shoulder bag ($198) will go from brunch to a club with stylish ease. With two generous front pockets you can keep your phone and keys organized when you're on the go.

These bags are sure to disappear from the shelves but you can pre-order the bags right now on the Michael Kors website. Happy Shopping!

Secret Gardens in the Hamptons

Coming up this weekend is the much anticipated Parrish Art Museum Landscape Pleasures Garden Tour. The theme this year is COLOR and each garden represents that idea with cascading blooms of every variety and in every hue of the rainbow. A symposium begins on Saturday, June 13 with designer Isaac Mizrahi and interior designer Charlotte Moss at 9:00 a.m. Later that night it's over to the home of Mica Ertegun for an exclusive cocktail party (I'll be there and promise to share the scoop as well as fun photos). On Sunday, June 14 the tour of six exclusive Southampton estates begins bright and early at 10:00 a.m. Luckily I had the opportunity to again be invited by the event organizers at the Parrish to get an early peek of one of the tour gardens at the home of Betty and Virgil Sherrill.

You can find just about anything in Southampton and at the home of Betty and Virgil Sherrill you can explore a truly lovely ‘Secret Garden’. The unique property features a view of Agawam Lake and the only rolling hill in Southampton Village upon which is a traditional-style home, completing the pastoral setting are various gardens that have been over 50-years in the making. With tender, loving care Berry Sherrill, who laughed and said that she takes off her garden gloves from time to time because “I like to feel the dirt,” has planted, cultivated, and enjoyed the beauty of her gardens. Filled with blooming white azaleas, over 75,000 white and yellow daffodils that sound the call of early spring, a blazing red azalea that stands boldly between the crepe myrtle and ferns near the Koi Pond, and so much more this is a garden filled with joy and wonder where even weeds, the Sweet Rocket with its purple flowers in particular, are enjoyed.

Petite brick pathways were laid over the decades by Mrs. Sherrill as she expanded her gardens that had been completely bare in the beginning. “There was nothing here, not even a blade of grass, when we moved in over 50 years ago,” she laughed. Joined by her son Stephen, she began the transformation from vast emptiness to sprawling lushness by adding the azaleas near the house and then further onto the property. Over time they have all grown into towering specimens which she is currently under planting this season.

Her husband Virgil and daughter Ann, along with many close friends, supervised the process and gifted her with trees, bushes, and other blooming wonders over the years to add to the thriving splendor. A native of New Orleans, Mrs. Sherrill loves crepe myrtle and on the property you’ll find species with distinctive bark patterns. Other favorites of the charming hostess are her late blooming dogwood (Cornus kousa), magnolias, oak and willow trees, dwarf Japanese maples, and viburnum which line the driveway and are dotted throughout the property.

There is nothing formal about Mrs. Sherrill’s gardens and she likes them that way, “I always wanted a natural looking garden.” Fields of lily of the valley and daylilies lead to strikingly beautiful peonies in the only ‘formal’ garden near the covered side brick patio, known as “Betty’s Folly” to the family, overlooking the hill and Agawam Lake. Beyond that are clusters of towering lilacs – the fragrance from the double French purples is nothing less than intoxicating – and the cutting and vegetable gardens. Never one for ordering flowers, Mrs. Sherrill prefers to cut her own especially lily of the valley which can be found in numerous vases and containers throughout the Sherrill’s equally lovely home.

On the tour guests will have a chance to explore the paths and enjoy the beauty of a garden brimming with beauty and quite a few surprises from a “Tea House” to whimsical sculptures and of course thousands, upon thousands of dazzling blooms.

Mood Swings Hit The Walls

What woman doesn't understand the fundamental necessity of a good mood swing? You're having a good day then the kids color on the wall, the car won't start, or the bills arrive in the mail and suddenly, it's a very bad day. Or in a relationship, he's great until, well, you know that moment where he goes from 'the' guy to just another notch on your lipstick case. It happens to us all.

Grab a few girlfriends and head over to the tres chic Solar Gallery in East Hampton, helmed by the fabulous Esperanza Leon. Esperanza brings together passionate artists from Latin America and beyond for a great show. With "Mood Swings" it's a blend of works in a number of mediums, including paintings, photographs, prints and mixed media sculptures by 17 artists including Eduardo Bárcenas, Mary Ellen Bartley, Matthew Brophy, Joe Eschenberg, Astolfo Funes, Grant Haffner, Eileen Hickey-Hulme, Bill Kiriazis, Jennifer Meihofer, Cristen Motty, Ted Nemeth, Zoë Pennebaker, Deborah Riley, Stephen Soreff, Lihie Talmor, Aurelio Torres, and Alejandra Villasmil. Bravo!

"This is an unprecedented mix of artists and artwork at Solar, a hybrid, cross-cultural, multimedia, multi-message, cross-generational encounter that well-reflects the title theme of the show and resonates also with our current social, political, and economic climate. Mood Swings reflects our perception of and reaction to all forms of stimuli. The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat. United we stand, divided we fall. Yes, we can. From Celebration of Life to Darkness of Spirit and those points between, Mood Swings visits the place where invisible barriers cease to exist. Because we have a soul, the Mood Swings journey ends there," explained Esperanza in her statement for the show.

The opening party for the summer exhibition, running from June 13 to August 3, is this Saturday, June 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the gallery located at 44 Davids lane, East Hampton.

Big Trouble At Madame Tongs, Again

Madame Tongs Restaurant, Southampton, NYYes, the food is fabulous, thanks to the tireless efforts of reknowned chef Frank Tramantano, but of late getting a table is not about passing the hostess a $100 bill. It's more focused on owner Ed "Jean Luc" Kleefeld paying his bills to keep the doors open.

Memorial Day came as a shock to the Jean Luc and his staff when doors were the padlocked and equiptment was held in a truck until a large check changed hands. The doors were opened, the weekend went by with mior issues, and then life went back to normal, right? Not so. Again, I hear from a very reliable source, trouble has come up to the tune of $700,000 for fines, inspections, and more. Another check was cut and investors are not happy.

But where is all the cash flowing after night after packed night? I'm sure the newshounds will do the digging, if not my sources tell me they will keep their ear to the ground.

In the meantime be sure to double check those reservations - the food is worth the wait.

Fabulous Cuisine And Fun Atmosphere At Starr Boggs

Starr Boggs Restaurant, Westhampton, NY

Often imitated, never duplicated, and completely scrumptious - that about sums up the bustling food haven in Westhampton Beach known simply as Starr Boggs.

On a recent Saturday night trip to Westhampton Beach a friend and I were ready to have dinner so we dropped by a spot on Main Street that had plenty of open reservations, and let me tell you – the service was horrid, the cocktails were watered down, and the menu was sadly lacking – it was no wonder why they were so empty on a busy Hamptons weekend. In need of a Plan B we tried again to snag a table at Starr Boggs, where we had called earlier and sadly discovered they were filled, unexpectedly we were told that they had room at the bar so we rushed right over. The valet who parked the car set the tone – friendly, professional, and eager to please. The hostess suggested that we nab a bar table with a good view of the comings and goings near the door, we did and people watched over dinner and cocktails.

When you go to a restaurant you should feel welcomed and at ease, we were instantly right at home and ordered a few fun cocktails as we perused the extensive menu. There is truly something for everyone at Starr Boggs. Chicken, seafood, steaks, and chops all with perfect seasonal sides. To start I enjoyed a Butter Lettuce Salad with candied pecans, blue cheese, and tart green apples lightly tossed with a creamy dressing. My dear friend enjoyed the much acclaimed Crab Cake – fresh chunks of crab and perfectly seasoned. Each bite was a delight for the senses.

On to the main courses we couldn’t pass up the Flat Iron Steak, a favorite of all the staff, and the Almond Crusted Flounder. The steak was utterly succulent and the accompanying gratin potatoes and asparagus were full of flavor. The flounder was flaky and moist while the sweet potato puree added a hint of sweetness. My favorite part of every meal is the sweet ending and we were not disappointed as we sampled Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Mousse and Mango Puree and the Profiteroles with Espresso Ice Cream. Throughout our meal we were joined by servers, hosts, and other staff member to check on our every need. Event Starr himself made the rounds to check on his well-pampered guests.

Here’s a tip: When you go to a restaurant for the first time ask your waiter what he and the other servers prefer from the menu. It most likely is not on the specials list and that’s fine, go for something known to be delicious. It’s your money and in these economic times spend it wisely on a proven winner.

Starr Boggs is located at 6 Parlato Drive, Westhampton, New York, 631-288-3500.