Inn at Windmill Lane
Just a few hours outside of the city sits this picture perfect inn located in Amagansett. Choose from seven suites, three cottages, or an entire four-bedroom residence. For the utmost privacy, book one of the cottages, all of which boast at least two fireplaces and feel like your own mini piece of the Hamptons. Gorgeous traditional furnishings, modern art, and top-of-the-line amenities – from in-room steam showers to Molton Brown toiletries – are just a few of the ways this inn stands out. The indoor-outdoor fireplaces make sitting outside on a cool day enjoyable, reading one of the many curated books found in your room. Bikes are available and the perfect way to explore the town and the nearby Indian Wells Beach. The innkeeper’s gourmet turndown treats will make you never want to leave, as will the homemade muffins for breakfast. Finish with the “cheesecake” panna cotta, which is the perfect marriage of smooth and crunchy, or even better, another cocktail … no one’s driving, this is New York.
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A few steps beneath W 4th Street sits Matthew Griffin’s Fedora. Homegrown herbs, expertly purveyed proteins, and an extensive cocktail list are just a few of the reasons to visit this comfort-come modern speakeasy. Several items are staples on the menu and for good reason. The shiitake and oyster mushrooms with a poached egg and brown butter are rich and satisfying. The krispie [sic] fried chicken is one of the best chickens in the city, with pickled cucumber over a bed of rice with sweet and sour soy jus. The menu is quite seasonal and Griffin is truly dedicated to purchasing eco-conscious, sustainable seafood and making it shine. Seared dorade with smoky eggplant, cherry tomatoes, and capers is rustic and light. Bigeye tuna tartare with puffed rice will have you seriously considering ordering seconds.
Amidst the bustling meatpacking district sits the peaceful but lively Italian escape, Santina. Even though it comes from the same group as Carbone, the fare here is lighter, and thus easier to consume on the regular. And a regular you’ll want to be, after digging into the cecina: a paper thin chickpea pancake with your choice of fillings. The avocado, raw tuna or lamb tartare gives every palate a choice. While this is by no means a vegetarian restaurant, vegetables do seem to be the star of the show. Squash carpaccio is photo worthy with goat cheese, pepitas, and fresh parsley. Eggplant sesamo is quite divine with toasted rice, a soy based sauce and so satisfying that you won’t even miss a protein.